(National Sentinel) Crime/No Crime: Left-wing Democrats and their mouthpieces in the “mainstream” media are pretending as though payments of hush money by Michael Cohen, POTUS Trump’s former personal lawyer, were somehow criminal in that they amounted to a “campaign contribution.”

No one who has a serious grasp of the law believes that and the proof is in the fact that special counsel Robert Mueller allowed Cohen to be sentenced earlier this week rather than save him as Star Witness No. 1 in a criminal case against the president.

Nevertheless, that’s the story the establishment press is telling anyone who will listen — and unfortunately, far too many Americans are listening to the conga line of anti-Trump buffoons the cable news channels are parading before the cameras.

Getting far less coverage is a story by The New York Post on Wednesday detailing that time when the Obama political machine and indeed, the president himself, tried to silence the former president’s highly controversial and long-time preacher, Jeremiah Wright. It was an effort that included an offer of a huge payout — $150,000.

The paper reported:

When sermons of Obama’s Chicago pastor, Jeremiah Wright, surfaced during the Iowa primaries, it threatened to derail Obama’s campaign. ABC aired one where Wright screamed, “Goddamn America!” Edward Klein interviewed Wright, who told him Obama’s team tried to buy his silence.

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‘Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”

Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.

“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”

“He offered you money?”

“Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”

“How much money did he offer you?”

“One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.

“Did Obama himself ever make an effort to see you?”

“Yes,” Wright said. “Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place. And I said, ‘You’re used to coming to my home, you’ve been here countless times, so what’s wrong with coming to my home?’ So we met in the living room of the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ, at South Pleasant Avenue right off 95th Street, just Barack and me. I don’t know if he had a wire on him. His security was outside somewhere.

“And one of the first things Barack said was, ‘I really wish you wouldn’t do any more public speaking until after the November election.’ He knew I had some speaking engagements lined up, and he said, ‘I wish you wouldn’t speak. It’s gonna hurt the campaign if you do that.’

It isn’t clear if Wright took the money — the interviewer Klein either didn’t ask, Wright refused to answer, or the Post simply did not include that part of the conversation. But obviously, the case never wound up in the hands of a federal prosecutor like the two payments of hush money made by Cohen to a pair of women claiming a sexual encounter with POTUS Trump some years ago (which the president denies).

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