(National Sentinel)Â More: The Left is salivating over the ‘renewed’ prospect of bringing down our duly-elected president now that his former attorney, Michael Cohen, has reached a plea deal with “witch hunt” special counsel Robert Mueller to claim POTUS TrumpÂ told him to “violate the law” to pay hush money to a porn star and a former Playboy playmate.
But we’re talking about legal standards and we’re also talking about taking on a sitting president so, according toÂ former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Thomas H. Dupree Jr., soÂ Cohen will have to offer â€œsomething other than his own word,” he toldÂ Fox News‘ Laura Ingraham Tuesday night.
â€œFor me, what this ultimately is going to come down to is whether Cohen has something other than his own word that this is what happened, that these payments were made for the purpose of influencing the campaign, that they were done at the direction of, presumably, Donald Trump,â€ Dupree said, as reported byÂ Lifezette.
â€œIf Cohen has Trump on tape, if Cohen has evidence to support his allegations, then it could pose greater jeopardy for the president,â€ Dupree added. â€œBut right now all we know is itâ€™s just Cohenâ€™s word against, presumably, the presidentâ€™s word.â€
In his plea deal with Mueller,Â Cohen claims he made the payments in â€œcoordination and the direction of a candidate for federal office.â€ That candidate is presumed to be POTUS Trump, of course.
In May, presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Sean Hannity that the payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, at leastÂ wasn’t a campaign finance violation as Cohen and Mueller’s team are now asserting.
â€œPaying Stormy Daniels $130,000 turning out to be perfectly legal.Â That money was not campaign money. Sorry, Iâ€™m giving you a fact not that you donâ€™t know. Itâ€™s not campaign moneyâ€¦[Trump] knew [Cohen] would take care of things like this â€” like I take care of this stuff with my clients, I donâ€™t burden them with every single thing.â€
â€œI said, â€˜Thatâ€™s how heâ€™s repaying it, with a little profit and a little margin for paying taxes,’â€ Giuliani continued.
He added that Trump â€œdidnâ€™t know about the specifics of [the payment], as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement that Michael would take care of things like this. These are busy people.”
AndÂ just because Cohen makes a claim and prosecutors make a claim doesn’t mean that an actual violation of law has occurred.
â€œThe fact that Cohen pleaded to a particular charge doesnâ€™t mean that other people are automatically deemed guilty,â€ Dupree told Ingraham. â€œI mean, thatâ€™s why we have trials, thatâ€™s why we have evidence, thatâ€™s why we have juries make these determinations.â€
AndÂ he also warnedÂ that â€œone of the most complex and Byzantine areas in the entire sphere of federal lawâ€ involves the election code and its violations.
â€œLawyers will argue â€¦ about whether something constitutes an election violation or it doesnâ€™t. And I think this is no different,â€ Dupree said.
Harmeet Dhillon, the founder of the San Francisco-based Dhillon Law Group Inc. and Republican National Committeewoman for California,Â reminds us all whatÂ really happened yesterday.
Warning that Democrats and media pundits will continue to go â€œcrazyâ€ by â€œimputing guilt by associationâ€ for Trump, she toldÂ Lifezette, â€œYet, after all this money, all this effort, all this drama, all these indictments â€” all youâ€™ve got is zero to do with Russian collusion.
“The only person who committed campaign finance violations with respect to Russia, with respect to foreign countries, is Hillary Clinton. And she never got indicted.â€
Perhaps, if POTUS Trump had an attorney general…
What’s TrumpÂ really guilty of? Using a GOP operative like Manafort.
â€œI think, at most, the president is guilty of making a very poor personnel decision when he chose Manafort to be his campaign chairman,â€ Dupree said. â€œI tend to think if Manafort had something of value to give to Mueller and he was willing to turn it over to Mueller, youâ€™d think Mueller would have it by now.â€