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Why Michael Cohen’s plea deal is really bad for President Trump

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Why Michael Cohens plea deal is really bad for President Trump

Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to to eight counts. Among those were admitting to excessive campaign contributions. He paid off women directly and indirectly to stay silent about their affairs with then-candidate Donald Trump.

This is the worst news the President has gotten all year.

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to 8 counts, including excessive campaign contribution

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/michael-cohen-pleads-guilty-to-8-counts-including-excessive-campaign-contributionPorn star Stormy Daniels has been embroiled in a legal battle with Trump over an alleged extramarital affair. Cohen paid her $130,000 in an October 2016 in exchange for her silence, but she filed a lawsuit earlier this year claiming the nondisclosure agreement she signed should be nullified because Trump didn’t sign it.

Cohen’s guilty plea to excessive campaign contribution applies to Daniels’ case, as Cohen said he was instructed by a candidate to make the $130,000 payment.

Cohen also confessed he made an illegal contribution of $150,000. Former playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had a sexual relationship with Trump, was paid $150,000 by the publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc., in order to keep her quiet about the affair.

In many ways this is worse than the Russia scandal because it has a lawyer for Trump acting on his behalf to pay hush money to women who may have been able to derail his presidential campaign. While the potential for Russian collusion rests comfortably in the middle of the gray area, this is direct.

Before getting elected President, Trump’s attorney explicitly tried to mislead Americans.

The only spin the White House can put on this is that Cohen was acting alone. They will try to say he thought he was doing the right thing by keeping women quiet, but that the President still never had affairs with them. They’ll say that had he known about the payoffs, he would have balked.

The tape that Cohen leaked that has the President saying something about a payoff isn’t clear enough to shake this narrative.

Cohen, Trump tape released. What does it mean?

https://noqreport.com/2018/07/25/cohen-trump-tape-released-mean/What seems to be missing in both narratives is a focus on the underlying problem with President Trump’s character. Just as those on the right lambasted President Clinton for his extramarital activities, so too should they be asking President Trump the same questions.

In the whole scheme of things this is just fodder for a few news cycles.

As it turns out, it was more than just fodder. This is a big deal. It will likely compel the President to be deposed about the payoff to Daniels. And her lawyer is having fun with it all at the expense of the President’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

Perhaps the saddest part in all of this is that Daniels is somehow considered a victim here. She was paid a lot of money and stands to be paid a lot more for having consensual sex with a powerful man. It doesn’t speak well for her just as it looks bad for the President.

The best case scenario for the President is that this is viewed by the public as a sexual embarrassment. Other politicians have survived worse exchanges surrounding sex and an extramarital affair before his time at the White House is already secondary to past Presidents’ affairs while in the White House.

The worst case scenario is that this the President will lie and/or be seen as a liar. It will be very difficult for him to make the nation believe he didn’t cheat on Melania. It will also be difficult to make them believe he didn’t try to pay them for their silence. What makes it all even worse is that if he lies about these women, what about everything he’s said about the dozens of other women who have accused him of consensual or unwanted sexual advances?

Republicans chose a man they knew beyond a shadow of a doubt had skeletons in his closet. They knew by his own admissions he is immoral, uncaring, and untrustworthy, yet they chose to embrace him through the election and support him through is time in office. This reflects badly on all who have stood by his side.

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  1. Bill

    August 22, 2018 at 4:48 am

    I am no expert on Cohen’s report to the FEC on the Stormy payment, but: Did that report require a denial from the President? If so, knowledge of the payment would be certainly be expected since the President has saught to enforce the agreement and now admits to reimbursing Cohen for it… after denying knowledge of it. That may be the biggest perjury trap, and Avenetti seems to see this…

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17 years later, Paul Washer’s shocking message still holds true

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17 years later Paul Washers shocking message still holds true

In 2002, Pastor Paul Washer delivered a message to around 5,000 young people. It has become one of the fiery Southern Baptist’s mostly widely-heard sermons because in it, we hear a very disturbing reality to most who proclaim to be Christians. Some simply aren’t doing it right.

He’s been criticized for the sermon. Some say he’s making it too complicated. Others say he’s scaring people away from the faith by making it seem too difficult. But this teaching is based on one of the most important teachings of Jesus Christ in all the Bible:

Matthew 7:13-27

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I’ve heard many teach on these verses and I’ve taught myself on the strait and narrow. It’s frightening to some because it was intended to be, and Washer’s declarations to these impressionable young people is clear. But it wasn’t nice. It wasn’t kind. It wasn’t inclusive. It didn’t fit in with today’s version of common pastoral messages.

The need for constant repentance and ongoing belief must never be understated.

Sometimes, the need to be “nice” from the pulpit must be replaced by the true need to be honest. That’s what Washer does in this famous teaching. I strongly encourage everyone to spend an hour hearing it.

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Why Tomi Lahren’s abortion view harms American conservatism

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Why Tomi Lahrens abortion view harms American conservatism

Democrats are unambiguous and united in their view of abortion. It wasn’t always this way. As recently as a decade ago, there were a good number of pro-life Democrats winning elections and expressing their views as pundits.

Today, they don’t exist.

Republicans aren’t so repulsed by the pro-abortion people in their midst. It’s understandable that as a party that’s less focused on individual issues, one can be a Republican without checking off all the various boxes. This is fine. What’s not fine is for breaks in the ranks of conservatives. There are certain things that must remain universal among those who claim to embrace conservatism, especially among those who speak for conservatives.

Fox Nation’s Tomi Lahren is one of them. She claims to be a conservative, but she’s pro-choice. That fact, by itself, is understandable because the issue is a polarizing one in which people can be swayed to one side based on personal experience. It’s not like taxes which warrant universal scorn from conservatives. There are gun-toting, tax-hating, pro-choice conservatives.

But there’s a bigger problem with Lahren’s perspective. She’s not just attacking the Alabama abortion bill and pro-life perspectives in general. She’s doing so with an argument that flies in the face of reality.

Do we think government is the answer? No. In fact, one of the most appealing parts about the Alabama abortion bill is that it represents the first true opportunity for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. When it reaches the Supreme Court (and it almost certainly will) it gives us the first glimpse of how the current makeup of the court will react. In fact, the makeup of the court could actually be better if one of the left-leaning Justices retires soon.

Once Roe v. Wade is out of the way, we can finally express the truly conservative aspect of federalism that should have never been taken away – the states’ rights to determine their own healthcare laws.

If Tomi Lahren doesn’t like the abortion ban, that’s fine. Her choice. But to defend her choice by insinuating a challenge to Roe v. Wade is somehow an attack on limited-government tenets is false and harms conservatism.

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Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

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Thomas Massie exposes the many problems with Red Flag Gun Laws

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) has been a staunch proponent of the 2nd Amendment throughout his career in Washington DC. This makes him an opponent to Red Flag Gun Laws which are spreading across the states. Colorado recently passed their version, bringing the total up to 15.

As we’ve documented numerous times, Red Flag Gun Laws are a direct attack on the 2nd and 4th Amendments. Depending on the version of the law, citizens can have their firearms forcibly removed from them by law enforcement when a judge decrees they may be a threat to themselves or others based on requests by people who know the victim. It’s important to understand that these laws are not based on anyone committing a crime. They are based on a feeling that someone may commit a crime.

It’s like the movie Minority Report, only without psychics. Gun owners’ liberties can be encroached based on the government’s “future crimes division.”

In this video, Massey gets to the heart of the matter by talking to Colorado Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams and Dr. John R. Lott of Crime Prevention Research Center. This is an important video for #2A proponents across the nation.

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