- The Washington Times
Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Radio host Mark Levin says he’s had enough of shoddy and dishonest reporting on the Southern District of New York’s sentencing memo for President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

The man who served as chief of staff to Ed Meese, President Reagan’s second attorney general, declared Tuesday “A Time for Truth” regarding Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign and Mr. Cohen’s guilty pleas to campaign-finance violations and other criminal charges in August.

Mr. Levin blasted “the left-wing media and politicians” on Facebook for misleading the American public as to what, exactly, special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and SDNY’s memo legally means for the president.

The “Life, Liberty & Levin” host at Fox News broke down the issue into five bullet points, which read in part:

  • “A sitting president CANNOT be indicted. That’s official DOJ policy since 1973.”
  • “SDNY is NOT expert in campaign finance violations and neither is the Clinton appointed district judge. They rarely handle campaign finance cases. The left-wing media and politicians are regurgitating what the prosecutors have merely filed in their own self-serving brief. The media and others intentionally refuse to look at the actual rules and context. They refuse to even question what these prosecutors have thrown together.”
  • “The actual campaign rules and context do NOT include Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) or infinite other contracts, payments, arrangements, acts of a private nature, etc. as campaign contributions. This is normal human behavior and was never intended to be regulated or reported. SDNY is dead wrong.”
  • “[SDNY prosecutors] knew they couldn’t charge a sitting president. Thus, they convict the president in the press, not only an extreme act of professional misconduct but a violation of the very purpose of the DOJ memos banning the indictment of a sitting president while effectively indicting him in the court of public opinion, and watch as untold numbers of media personalities and former members of the SDNY, among others, use this dirty work to predict or demand the president’s indictment and/or impeachment.”
  • “As for impeachment, NDAs involving wholly private matters occurring before the president was even a candidate and completely unrelated to his office cannot legitimately trigger the Constitution’s impeachment clause. Indeed, they could not be more irrelevant. The history of the clause and its ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ language make it crystal clear that the office and the president’s duties are not affected in any conceivable way by these earlier private contracts.”

Mr. Trump insists that he is a victim of a partisan “witch hunt” in which left-wing prosecutors are abusing their power to paralyze his administration.

“There was NO COLLUSION,” Mr. Trump tweeted Monday. “So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution, which it was not (but even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE, like Obama’s — but it was done correctly by a lawyer and there would not even be a fine. Lawyer’s liability if he made a mistake, not me). Cohen just trying to get his sentence reduced. WITCH HUNT!”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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