As you may already have heard by now, a federal judge in Manhattan sentenced Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former ad hoc attorney and personal confidante, to three years in “Club Fed.” Mr Cohen had previously pled guilty to four separate criminal charges:
- Tax evasion during tax years 2012 to 2016;
- Making false statements to a bank in 2015;
- Making illegal campaign contributions in support of Mr Trump’s campaign for president in 2016; and
- Making false statements to Congress in 2017.
Bonus Questions: (a) What about the way more serious lies John Clapper told to Congress and to the North American public on 12 March 2013? Why isn’t the former Director of the U.S. National Security Agency being charged with the same crime? More bonus questions below the fold: (b) Did any of the other 2016 presidential candidates receive any illegal campaign contributions as well? What if all the candidates, even the losing ones, were investigated with the same vigor and the same amount of prosecutorial resources as the current president is being investigated!
(c) Lastly (for now), shouldn’t President Trump consider pardoning Mr Cohen immediately for the campaign finance violation? Even with such a limited pardon, Mr Cohen would still have to serve his prison sentence for his other crimes, but at the same time, Mr Trump would be sending a strong signal against the overzealous prosecution of elected officials. Or has everyone already forgotten the case of Senator Ted Stevens?