NEW YORK– The almost 40-page sentencing memo from New York prosecutors declaring that President Trump directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to make hush payments to two women that presumably violated election law provides no real evidence beyond Cohen’s own characterizations.
The memo itself, however, paints Cohen as a deceiver who voluntarily consistently lied, and who has a fleeting sense of misdeed, little remorse and a propensity to position blame on others.
The memo laments how the Court “had to push Cohen to acknowledge that he comprehended he was lying to a bank.”
It charges that Cohen’s “awareness of misdeed is fleeting, that his regret is very little, which his impulse to blame others is strong. While he has actually lawfully accepted responsibility, the Court needs to consider at sentencing these transparent efforts at lessening Cohen’s false statements and criminal conduct.”
While rendering Cohen untrustworthy, the sentencing memo relies on Cohen’s own characterizations to charge that he “acted in coordination and at the instructions of” an unnamed “Individual-1”, clearly describing Trump, to pay off two women who declared that they had previous sexual encounters with Trump.
At problem is a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, which district attorneys argue breached project financing law restricting contributions to no greater than $2,700. District attorneys state that a separate $150,000 payment presumably collaborated by Cohen through American Media Inc. to keep former Playboy design Karen McDougal from going public likewise constituted a prohibited corporate donation.
Particular criminal intent is essential to develop for effective prosecution of a campaign financing violation, as the Justice Department documents. The sentencing memo consistently represents Cohen as seeking to affect the election, decreasing the possibility that any payments might have been made as a personal matter with the designated objective of sparing Trump individual embarrassment.
The document outright implicates Cohen of “looking for to criminally affect the Presidential election.”
The memo continues:
Cohen’s commission of 2 campaign finance crimes on the eve of the 2016 election for President of the United States struck a blow to among the core goals of the federal campaign finance laws: openness. While lots of Americans who desired a specific result to the election knocked on doors, toiled at phone banks, or found any variety of other legal ways to make their voices heard, Cohen sought to influence the election from the shadows. He did so by orchestrating secret and illegal payments to silence two ladies who otherwise would have revealed their declared adulterous affairs with Individual-1. At the same time, Cohen tricked the voting public by concealing alleged facts that he believed would have had a considerable impact on the election
Later, the memo yields that “after making the payment to the 2nd female, and after Individual-1 was chosen President, Cohen independently boasted to good friends and reporters, including in taped discussions, that he had made the payment to spare Individual-1 from damaging press and humiliation.”
Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program, “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.” Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.
Joshua Klein contributed research to this short article.