Chronicles in Ordinary Time 164: Accused

The Unindicted CoConspirator in the Oval Office

Few who know me would ever accuse me of being patriotic.
Nearly 100,000 soldiers lost their lives fighting ‘to make the world safe from Communism’. The Commander in Chief dishonors every soldier who has ever fought. He calls the European Union ‘our greatest foe’ and sides with the Russian government over his own Intelligence services and the Department of Justice.

The 16 Republican Senators serving today, who so eloquently demanded the impeachment of President Clinton, who was acquitted on all charges,
remain silent.

I am ashamed of what our government has become.

From Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

“There is one apparent reason the president of the United States was not indicted Tuesday in the same case that yielded a guilty plea from his longtime personal lawyer. It’s not because prosecutors think he is innocent. It’s because he is President.

“The U.S. Justice Department has long taken the position that a sitting President is exempt from indictment. Only after he leaves office are prosecutors free to pursue criminal charges against him. Unless that policy changes, Donald Trump will serve the remainder of his time in office under the specter of prison.

“Let that sink in a moment. Prosecutors may postpone his indictment. Congress may refuse to impeach him or convict him. But Americans will be living under the administration of someone who has been implicated in a crime by a close associate — and who they may eventually learn is guilty of one or more felonies. The nation is being governed by an unindicted co-conspirator.”

President Donald Trump told the Fox News Channel that Michael Cohen’s payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump were not illegal because they “came from me” and not his campaign.

“They weren’t taken out of campaign finance, that’s the big thing,” Trump said during an interview on FOX & Friends that will air Thursday morning. “That’s a much bigger thing.  Did they come out of the campaign? They didn’t come out of the campaign; they came from me.”

The fact the payments didn’t come from the campaign coffers and were not reported in campaign finance reports is exactly why the payments were illegal.

According to the Federal Election Commission:
    If any person, including a relative or friend of the candidate, gives or loans the candidate money ‘for the purpose of influencing any election for federal office,’ the funds are not considered personal funds of the candidate even if they are given to the candidate directly. Instead, the gift or loan is considered a contribution from the donor to the campaign, subject to the per-election limit and reportable by the campaign. This is true even if the candidate uses the funds for personal living expenses while campaigning.

And given Trump’s own lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, admitted the payments were intentionally made and then concealed in an effort to silence women and prevent them from negatively impacting Trump’s electoral hopes, the payments should have been reported and should have adhered to federal campaign spending limits.

I wasn’t paying attention the first time an Unindicted Co-Conspirator sat in the Oval Office. It was 1974, I was in my fourth of five years in college; and I only watched television on rare occasions—back when dinosaurs ruled the earth, the only televisions at colleges were in the dormitory lounges. My first shock, when delivering our daughter to Oregon State University [my first college] was finding that portable televisions were in every room…

I’m paying attention this time.

There is very little ‘Fake News’ in journalism these days. Journalists still exist; they painstakingly research every story; they only publish these stories when multiple sources have verified the evidence. The story going on today started in late 2015, when most Journalists couldn’t believe that DJT could actually become President. A man who declared bankruptcy 5 times and could no longer find financing from American lending institutions. Nearly all of his recent projects were financed by entities outside of the United States. There’s a reason he hasn’t let the American people see his tax returns. Now that those closest to his campaign are being indicted for numerous felonies, and some of his longtime business associates have been given Immunity from Prosecution for the information they have, the American people will probably learn where the Trump Corporation has financed their businesses. The Trump Corporation itself is being investigated by the State of New York, as well as the Trump Charitable Trust. The President of the United States has no power to pardon those convicted of State felonies. The Trump Corporation executives—the children of DJT, and their father may all face jail time. This does not even begin to address violations of the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution.

The President’s statement, “that Michael Cohen’s payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump were not illegal because they “came from me” and not his campaign,” contradicts records from the Trump Campaign, that have already been submitted in a Civil Suit by the New York State Attorney General.

The Unindicted CoConspirator in the Oval Office



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