The former acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama claims that President Donald Trump’s “future looks like it’s behind bars.”
During a segment Monday morning on CNN’s “New Day” with host Alisyn Camerota, Neal Katyal claimed Trump is facing “strong criminal liability” over Michael Cohen’s alleged campaign finance violations.
His scathing comments, provided without any evidence of a crime or charges being brought against the president, came in response to Camerota asking about memos being filed in the Southern District of New York last week.
In the memos, Cohen, the president’s former attorney, admitted to lying to Congress and provided information about allegations that Trump may have been involved in the $130,000 that was paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels in Oct. 2016.
Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump over a decade ago, was reportedly paid as part of a nondisclosure agreement that she signed.
Despite the memo painting Cohen as a pathological liar, Camerota and Katyal portrayed Cohen as credible and believable.
They also claimed that the memo, which was heavily redacted over names and personal information of individuals, showed that Trump committed a crime.
Katyal then argued that the Department of Justice can indict a sitting president, but they cannot face a trial until after they leave office.
“Trump knows he’s facing some pretty strong criminal liability when he leaves office, one way or another,” Katyal said. “Even if a sitting president can’t be indicted, he’s got to know his future looks like it’s behind bars unless he cuts some sort of deal with the prosecutors.”
While Camerota and Katyal were too busy salivating over the possibility of Trump losing re-election in 2020 and then facing the possibility of going to jail over alleged campaign finance violations, neither bothered to mention Obama’s historic record.
As reported by Politico in 2013, “President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for campaign reporting violations — one of the largest fees ever levied against a presidential campaign.”
Obama was hit with arguably the largest fees ever levied against a presidential campaign for violations, and not a single person went to jail.
Now, Katyal and many other top Democrats are parroting on left-wing media outlets that Trump could go to jail if he’s found guilty of campaign finance violations.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-CA, who is set to take over the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in January, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning that he believes Trump faces the “prospect” of “real jail time.”
.@AdamSchiff on the Russia Investigation: My takeaway is there's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office the justice department may indict him. That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time. pic.twitter.com/3kfwumFkh7
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) December 9, 2018
“There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him,” Schiff said. “That he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that if Trump directed the payments to Daniels or anyone else, it would amount to “impeachable offenses.”
Nadler bizarrely said the president can be impeached for an alleged action that occurred before he even assumed the presidency.
“But certainly they’d be impeachable offenses because even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office — that would be an impeachable offense,” he said, with no push back from Tapper, who sat quiet and nodded the entire time.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 9, 2018
Rep. Maxine Waters followed suit and also demand that Trump be removed from office over speculation that he played a role in campaign finance violations.
During an appearance Sunday on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” Waters said the House of Representatives should begin impeachment proceedings as soon as Democrats take control of the lower chamber next month.
“I do believe that the Congress of the United States of America has not assumed their responsibility that’s given to us by the Constitution of the United States by way of impeachment,” Waters said.
“This president, in my estimation, has done everything possible to certainly be eligible for impeachment,” she continued.
“And so I really do think that it should be started. I think there have been a few attempts certainly that did not win support because the Republicans were in charge of both houses, but now I do believe impeachment should begin,” Waters told MSNBC.
At least 260 members of the U.S. Congress have made hush-money payments to settle sexual harassment allegations.
By the logic of these Democrats, should they all be investigated and face jail time?