Liberals and mainstream media outlets love the word “impeachment” and use it as often as they can when it comes to President Trump.
Their latest reason concerns the ongoing investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the indictment of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. The lawyer, who has had a business relationship with Trump for more than a decade, has been charged with violating campaign finance laws.
Among the charges included are not reporting money given to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, which Cohen claims he was instructed by Trump to pay. The money was in exchange for their silence about an affair Trump had a decade before.
Now Cohen faces a case of whether he “knowingly and willingly” violated the law. The prosecution will undoubtedly transition to whether Trump did the same and if the payments looked to sway the outcome of the election.
But – is a campaign finance violation an impeachable offense? Hardly. In fact, while former President Obama was running for office he was forced to pay “one of the largest fees ever levied on a political campaign” for violating finance laws.
There were no calls for preventing him from being president and there were no calls to have him impeached.
Here’s more on Obama’s violation, from BizPac Review:
Democrats and the liberal media have a selective memory.
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But while Cohen admitted he violated campaign finance laws by paying porn star Stormy Daniels “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” a quick flashback will reveal that former President Obama’s campaign was charged with much worse.
In fact, Obama’s 2008 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for campaign reporting violations, according to a 2013 report in Politico by Maggie Haberman.
Don’t hear much about this one from liberals and mainstream media.
President Trump referenced Obama’s violation in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime. President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!”
Michael Cohen plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime. President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
“The only thing that I have done wrong is to win an election that was expected to be won by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. The problem is, they forgot to campaign in numerous states!” the president added in another tweet.
Here’s even more on the Obama campaign violation, via a Politico report from 2013:
The fine — laid out in detail in FEC documents that have yet to be made public — arose from an audit of the campaign, which was published in April. POLITICO obtained a copy of the conciliation agreement detailing the fine, which was sent to Sean Cairncross, the chief lawyer for the Republican National Committee, one of the groups that filed complaints about the campaign’s FEC reporting from 2008.
The major sticking point for the FEC appeared to be a series of missing 48-hour notices for nearly 1,300 contributions totaling more than $1.8 million — an issue that lawyers familiar with the commission’s work say the FEC takes seriously. The notices must be filed on contributions of $1,000 or more that are received within the 20-day window of Election Day.
The document outlined other violations, such as erroneous contribution dates on some campaign reports. The Obama campaign was also late returning some contributions that exceeded the legal limit.
For critics of the Obama campaign, the audit was a reminder of other reporting errors by the 2008 effort, which campaign officials said they tried to correct in real-time. But independent experts, including former FEC commissioner Michael Toner, said after the audit was released that the infractions were relatively minor, given the scope of the campaign.