No, I wasn’t just looking for an excuse to post a photo of Stormy. This is an ethics blog!
Chris Marschner authored a Comment Of The Day this morning, which reminded me that another of his Comments Of The Day had been waiting on the runway for almost a month.
I’m glad of this, because the topic has nothing to do with the Kavanaugh hearings. Chris was writing about the then-popular impeachment plan–Plan K-— raised by Michael Cohen’s fixing activities. Would I rather think about Michael Cohen or Christine Blasey Ford? Would I rather be kicked in the head by a Clydesdale or a musk ox?
Here is Chris Marschner’s Comment of the Day on the post, Morning Ethics Catch-Up, 8/22/18: Manafort, Cohen, and Mollie:
In your post regarding Gulliani’s quote “the truth is not the truth.” I opined that the truth was what one wishes to believe.
The entire question of whether a payment made by or on behalf of another to obtain an NDA for acts that may be embarrassing is an election law violation begs the question regarding taxpayer funded settlements made to congressional staffers to settle harassment claims by members of Congress. These settlements appear to have similar codicils for non disclosure for the express purpose of avoiding personal embarrassment that could influence their reelection bid.
Michael Avenatti claims his fees are being paid through a crowdfunding site but there appears to be no way to determine if much of those funds that flow through the site are from 10,000 unique people or one person or group. For all anyone knows large sums could becoming from Tom Steyer, George Soros, or even the Russians. Mr. Avenatti does not publicize the fact that he claimed to be the originator of “The Apprentice” and sued Trump years ago. He also does not publicize the fact that he is closely tied to Rahm Emmanuel and the Obamas.
Who exactly is paying Lanny Davis? If Cohen had to take a second mortgage to payoff Daniels where is the money coming from that he needs to pay for the service of the Clinton’s fixer? If he did not then why the bank fraud charge he pleaded to? More importantly, why would any attorney reject a pardon for his client if offerred? This smells.
My truth is that the women in question had sex with the Donald for financial gain which we know makes them working girls or camp followers. Trump paid them off as he would have even if not a candidate making this a non-issue.
Avanetti and Davis are simply political operatives working to undermine the president and Mueller is merely but gratuitously following his implicit directions provided to him by Rosenstein.