Friday, Federal prosecutors, armed with the results of the Special Counsel investigation of possible Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, said that President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen deserved up to five years in prison. The connection, however, to Trump colluding with Russia to influence the election is a stretch. Cohen faces the prison term because he allegedly paid hush money to a former Playboy Playmate and a porn star who claim affairs with Trump. Cohen also is accused of trying to broker a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump that would have “phenomenal” political and business implications. Still no smoking gun despite political and media spins.
The prosecutors are saying that Cohan’s payments of some $280,000 to the women were tantamount to illegal corporate campaign contributions to Trump because they were made to benefit the campaign by buying the women’s silence. Cohen also lied about the timing of a Trump Tower business deal with Russia-a deal that never materialized. Cohen also is accused of monetizing his “Russian” connections to the tune of some $4 million through his consulting business prosecutors described as just one part of a decades-long career marked by deception and greed. Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal criminal charges. The extent that Trump is connected to these doings will determine whether the President faces criminal charges. Trump claims these revelations actually clear him of wrongdoing.
How is this different than the sordid actions of those who initially brought these accusations to the public? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did a deal to send nuclear grade uranium to Russia scoring $145 million to the Clinton Foundation. Bill Clinton received $500,000 for a speech in Moscow. Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta did a $35 million energy deal with Russia, and the Clinton Foundation received $2.35 million in donations from Ian Telfer, head of Russia’s uranium company. In October 2017, the FBI released information indicating both the Clinton’s and the immediate past “president” were involved in a bribery/kickback scheme with Russian officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. They also used falsified documents to convince the secret FISA Court to allow spying on Trump’s campaign.
If the American taxpayer is going to foot the bill for millions of dollars in investigations, then why not investigate all the dark shenanigans that have been going on? Doesn’t the citizenry have a right to know the self-enriching crooked deals that all these politicians are doing at not only taxpayer expense, but also at the expense of national security and the general welfare of the country? Proverbs 26:26 says, “[He] Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shown before the whole congregation.” The American people cast their votes based on what they see and hear. How many would be repulsed and demand righteousness if those evil things done in darkness were exposed to the light?
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