In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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Cohen Accidentally Cleared Trump of Campaign Finance Charges

In his testimony to the House, former attorney to President Trump Michael Cohen probably inadvertently cleared Trump of one of the “criminal” allegations against him with respect to his payoff of Stormy Daniels: The idea is that Trump violated campaign finance laws because the payment was illegal because was effectively an unreported campaign donation. But Cohen made quite clear that the donation was at least

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Trump May Have Colluded With the Russians – About Building a Hotel!

There’s a lot of excitement in the press about the Michael Cohen plea deal, but it should be made clear that there is no suggestion at this point that President Trump is in any legal jeopardy, though he may have lied to the American people when he suggested he had avoided business dealings with the Russians. Unfortunately, not the first fib by the First Fibber.

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Why Trump’s President is NOT in Danger. Not Yet, Anyway

From a piece I have running today on the NBC News website: Last week was widely held to be the darkest of President Donald Trump’s presidency. His longtime former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to a campaign finance violation — paying off Trump mistresses in what amounted to an illegal campaign contribution — and indicated Trump put him up to it. It was, some said,

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Politico: Legal Experts Say Cohen’s Admission Doesn’t Mean Trump is Guilty

Yes, Politico. Personally, I find Politico a little less biased than some of the other liberal mainstream outlets. And I worked with the reporter on this story, Josh Gerstein, at the White House for several years. Unlike some of my colleagues there, I never had any idea what his political leanings were. Anyway, Gerstein has written a brave story given the current climate, reporting –

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Former FEC Chair Indicates Hush Money to Mistresses is Not Campaign Spending

Former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley Smith indicates in a Washington Post op-ed this morning – which, surprise, suprise, has already fallen off the front page – that Michael Cohen’s payments to President Trump’s alleged former mistresses were not campaign expenses under the law. Smith cites the same statute I did in a piece Tuesday, which states that if the payments would have been made

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Trump Suggests He Did Not Direct Cohen to Make Payments

President Trump said Wednesday in an interview with Fox News that he knew “later on” about hush money payments made by his former attorney Michael Cohen to women accusing Trump of extramarital sex, but he did not say when he found out about the payments, at least in the clip provided by Fox News. Ainsley Earhardt: Did you know aboiut the payments? Trump: Later on

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Why Neither Cohen – Nor Trump – May Be Guilty of Campaign Finance Violations

If you look at the actual campaign finance laws, it appears that Michael Cohen – and therefore President Trump, who is already being convicted in the press as his co-conspirator – is not necessarily guilty of violating those laws. First of all, I want to credit Mark Levin for some of the ideas in this analysis. You should listen to his radio show, on which

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Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Strikes Plea Deal

According to Fox News: Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, admitted Tuesday to violating federal campaign finance laws by arranging hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal “at the direction” of then-candidate Trump. As part of a plea deal, Cohen admitted that the payments were coordinated with Trump in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential

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