Not mentioned: there is serious and signifcant doubt as to whether the charges in this case could possibly be campaign finance violations. Cohen basically pled to legal conduct as part of a "get Trump" effort. When Edwards was charged with similar but significantly worse conduct -- he paid off his mistress with campaign funds from a donor -- he was acquitted. Even those charges were considered controversial and a bit of a stretch.
The leaker here is basically saying Trump wasn't charged because he is the President. But that's pretty much never stopped anyone from enforcing campaign finance law before, and there are lots of other reasons not to prosecute a case like this.
Leaking this information is almost certainly a violation of DOJ ethics rules for prosecutors. As a prosecutor, you either indict, or shut up. You don't leak smears.
This entry was published Mon Aug 26 06:47:22 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2019-08-26 06:47:22.0.