Sean Hannity may spend the entirety of his Fox News show defending Donald Trump, insisting that the Mueller investigation is a hoax, and instructing people with information regarding the president’s actions not to flip and tell the FBI, but it seems at least some at Fox News are finally beginning to understand that Trump is in serious trouble.
Prez Has Exposure for 3 Crimes https://t.co/6rU9SpAxHF
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 11, 2018
Former Judge Andrew Napolitano, the legal analyst for Fox News, explained several points that the rest of his co-workers should be taking notes to understand. First, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not the prosecutor in the Michael Cohen case, those are prosecutors for the state of New York.
Second, Cohen cannot simply tell the prosecutors that he was directed to commit a crime by Trump or anyone else. Prosecutors must have proof that this was the case. A recording of a conversation between Trump and his former lawyer, during which Trump instructed Cohen to make hush money payments to two of his former mistresses and even told him to pay them in cash in order to keep the payments hidden, has already been released.
‘We learned that the federal prosecutors here in New York City, not Bob Mueller and his team in Washington D.C., career prosecutors have evidence that the president of the United States committed a felony by ordering and paying Michael Cohen to break the law. How do we know that? They told that to a federal judge and under the rules, they can’t tell that to a federal judge unless they have the evidence.’
Cohen’s recording shows Trump knew of specific acts SDNY says are part of the crime: https://t.co/iJb69yruEM
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) December 12, 2018
Napolitano also explained that the only Trump-appointed judge involved in the case has recused himself, so it will be the federal prosecutors presenting the evidence to an unbiased panel of judges.
‘The U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, a Donald Trump appointee taking a page from Jeff Sessions book, recused himself, leaving this case in the hands of the full-time career professional prosecutors. They’re the ones that prosecuted Michael Cohen, told the federal judge that Donald Trump orchestrated these unlawful payments.’
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Finally, the former judge also explained that it isn’t simply about Trump directing Cohen to commit crimes, although that certainly would be an impeachable offense. The felony comes in because Cohen was being paid by Trump at the time and that the crimes were committed as part of his job.
‘The felony is paying Michael Cohen to commit a felony. It’s pretty basic. You’re liable, criminally liable for the commission of that crime. That’s what the prosecutors told the federal judge.’
See the full segment below:
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