Local politics, the county, and the world, as viewed by Tammy Maygra
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Donald J. Trump may have personally committed up to eight criminal offenses while campaigning for president and during the first year of his presidency, the evidence of these crimes is convincing. The offenses include violations of laws regulating campaign contributions and their disclosure, making false records and statements, and a scheme to defraud or break the laws of the United States.
Five of Trump’s possible violations involved his obvious knowing and willful direction, receipt, and cover-up of unlawful contributions to his presidential campaign in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA), 52 U.S.C. § 30101 et seq. It is true that technical offenses of the FECA are penalized with civil fines, more serious offenses are subject to criminal penalties. Unlawful campaign contributions or expenditures in excess of $25,000, made knowingly and willfully, are felonies punishable by up to five years in prison. A sentence set forth by a judge, which I personally would love see imposed on Trump.
The eight criminal offenses, including seven felonies, possibly committed by Trump include:
Causing American Media Inc. (AMI) to make and/or accepting (or causing his then lawyer Michael Cohen to accept) an unlawful corporate contribution related to Karen McDougal.
Two instances of causing Cohen to make and/or accepting an unlawful individual contributions related to Stephanie Clifford and February 2015 online polling.
Two instances of causing Donald J. Trump for President LLC’s failure to report contributions from AMI and Cohen related to McDougal and Clifford.
Causing Donald J. Trump for President LLC to file false reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Making a false statement by failing to disclose liability to Cohen for the Clifford payment on his 2017 public financial disclosure form.
Conspiracy to defraud the United States by undermining the lawful function of the FEC and/or violating federal campaign finance law related to “hush money” payments, false statements, and cover-ups of reimbursement payments to Cohen made by the Trump Organization.
President Trump may have personally engaged in several criminal offenses involving violations of federal election law and concealment of those violations while seeking and holding the highest office in our land. Those potential offenses include five knowing and willful violations of the FECA, one submission of false documents to impede the administration of the law, one false statement, and Trump’s participation in a criminal conspiracy. Because many of the facts have already been established by federal prosecutors or have been confirmed in in-depth reporting by news organizations, the facts show that the president did wrong doings.
While indictment of the president should always be viewed as an option of last resort, I feel that President has committed serious crimes directed at the American people and an attack on our republic, and enabling foreign powers to meddle in our country’s business and also to the fact that Trump made decisions that benefited our enemies and put national security at risk. A candidate who personally directed criminal conduct that deprived the American people of the ability to make a fully-informed decision about whom to elect president.
I would be a mistake, to view the criminal law as the sole articulation of removing a president from office. Our constitution institutes a higher spirit for our president and would-be presidents than that they merely avoid criminal behavior. It requires that the president “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” and provides that “he shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”333 It also establishes regular elections in which “We, the people” are empowered to decide whether an elected representative embodies the values that we have enshrined in the soul of our republic. Trump has violated these simple requirements laid down by our founding fathers.
Our founding fathers in their wisdom knew that one day America would have a crook and liar reach the presidency. So in order to keep the Republic safe and honorable the founding fathers put in place a procedure, and laws to remove a president from office if the facts find that the president broke the law.
Trump has violated many laws from campaign issues, to fraud, conspiracy, bribery, deal with foreign powers, to thuggery. Trump must go and the democratic majority in Congress are doing their job in holding hearings and protecting whistle blowers in the first part of the procedure if impeachment.
Although republicans are screaming that the democrats are holding secret hearings with no Republican’s, all which is a total lie. There are three committees and there are republicans on each of these committees. Several republicans have come out and said the testimony they are hearing is serious and troublesome. There is a certain clue there.
Trump himself asked Russia to check on opponents while he was on TV. Pretty hard to deny his own statements, e-mails and phone calls hidden on the secret server or not.. There is proof he tried to strong arm a country to dig up possible dirt on another opponent. Trump has no shame. He has abandoned our allies, resulting in their deaths for the benefit of Russia and Turkey. America has become a laughing stock of the world, and our standing has declined, no one will trust us.
The best thing America can do is to remove this fool, crook, from office so the country can heal.