Category Archives: Trump

Campaign Spending Laws Apply Equally

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After busting Trump fixer Michael Cohen for violating campaign spending laws, U.S. attorney Robert Khuzami bragged “we are a nation of laws, with one set of rules that applies equally to everyone.”

Kimberly Strassel at the WSJ doesn’t buy it:

If there is only “one set of rules,” where is Mr. Mueller’s referral of a case against Hillary for America? Federal law requires campaigns to disclose the recipient and purpose of any payments. The Clinton campaign paid Fusion GPS to compile a dossier against Mr. Trump, a document that became the basis of the Russia narrative Mr. Mueller now investigates. But the campaign funneled the money to law firm Perkins Coie, which in turn paid Fusion. The campaign falsely described the money as payment for “legal services.” The Democratic National Committee did the same. A Perkins Coie spokesperson has claimed that neither the Clinton campaign nor the DNC was aware that Fusion GPS had been hired to conduct the research, and maybe so. But a lot of lawyers here seemed to have been ignoring a clear statute, presumably with the intent of influencing an election.

Unindicted Co-Conspiritor Witch Hunt

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President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen ratted him out. He says Trump directed him to arrange hush money payments to a playboy model and a porn star. Trump then reimbursed him for the Stormy Daniels payment. Cohen claims that helped Trump’s 2016 election chances and therefore it was an illegal in-kind campaign contribution.

Witch Hunt

Democrats are wary of impeachment talk but Cohen’s lawyer (and Bill Clinton’s old impeachment defender)  Lanny Davis is howling “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

But Bill Clinton’s former speech writer Mark Penn says there’s nothing illegal about it. Had Trump used campaign funds to pay hush money it would have been an illegal personal use of campaign funds. So using his own money can’t be considered a campaign contribution. And Professor Dershowitz says even if it is a campaign contribution there’s no limit to the amount Trump can contribute to his own campaign.

Trump tweets “witch hunt.” Stay tuned.

 

Free Press Group-Think

Free Press Group-Think

The Boston Globe organized an editorial writing campaign last week. The idea was for independent newspapers to tell Trump to stop calling them “the enemy of the people.” All on the same day.

Three hundred plus papers including the New York Times obliged.

Some of the editorials also complained about Trump calling the media an “opposition party.” But here’s Jim Rutenberg in the NY Times two years ago:

If you view a Trump presidency as something that’s potentially dangerous, then your reporting is going to reflect that. You would move closer than you’ve ever been to being oppositional.

Free Press Group-Think

Others like the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post took a pass on the campaign. Carl Cannon in Real Clear Politics called the joint effort “group-think.” And he recalled H.L. Menken’s journalistic advice to “be a party of one.”

Jack Shafer in Politico added this bit of  advice:

Editorial pages of America, don’t unite! Think for yourselves! Reject this stupid pro-press assignment!

He also agreed with Cannon that the whole scheme played into Trump’s tiny hands. (Okay, he didn’t really say “tiny.”)

Trudeau Drives Trump Bonkers

trump bonkersA Justin Trudeau press conference seemed to drive President Trump bonkers. The Canadian Prime Minister spoke as Trump boarded Air Force One following the G7 meeting in Quebec. The president called Trudeau dishonest and weak. Strong words for the head of state of your best ally. Trump trade warrior in chief, Peter Navarro. then piled on saying there’s a special place in Hell for Trudeau. is it hot enough there to make your eyebrows fall off?

 

Trump Trade War

trade war

President Trump wants China to stop stealing technology and cheating on trade.

Trump Trade War

So he lowers the boom on allies with a 25% tariff on steel and aluminum?

But the only thing booming so far is the U.S. economy.