In this case, it’s not our Rep. Steve Cohen who did something stupid, it was attorney Michael Cohen who played the fool.
Any lawyer who evades taxes is playing with fire. He has torched his own career now. Who would hire him?
Even that, though, is not the biggest boner.
It was hiring uber Democrat Clintonista Lanny Davis as his lawyer.
That would be like Trump hiring Hillary Clinton to defend him. Davis was not ever going to be on his side. His job was to defend the Swamp/Deep State/Hillary people, not a Trump person! Didn’t he realize that? For a New Yorker, all of whom think they are canny and world wise, couldn’t he smell set up?
Sure enough, Davis got Cohen to make a plea deal, even for something that probably isn’t a crime. Consider this observation from The Conservative Treehouse blog: “There is no FEC rule or law that says a candidate cannot pay-off an accuser to avoid further issues, a nuisance claim. Paying an accuser to avoid controversy or embarrassment, is no different than a candidate buying an American made car -with personal funds- to gain the beneficial public optics of not driving a foreign car. Neither expense example makes the payment an aspect of am ‘in kind’ campaign contribution.”
Even the former FEC chairman Bradley Smith called BS on this. He told Mark Levin,
None of these expenditures helped Mr. Trump’s campaign. There’s all kind of reasons why he may want to make these expenditures even if the allegations made by Stormy Daniels are untrue. Just for family harmony or commercial viability over the long term.
Historically, the FEC has said these things are not campaign contributions.
When the FEC wrote the regulation that says what constitutes campaign expenditures and what constitutes personal use, it rejected specifically the idea that a campaign expenditure was anything related to a campaign, and instead says it has to be something that exists only because of the campaign and solely for that reason.
Aren’t all monies in a campaign used to influence an election, too? Isn’t that what Hillary employed Fusion GPS for? Where is her indictment?
Davis most probably knows better. But it gives the impression he wants. He even tweeted, “Today he stood up and testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election. If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?”
Surely Cohen should have seen where this was going. His opponents had a lot to lose. They’ll do anything to stop Trump. He didn’t get thrown under the bus; he went and laid down himself.