Jarrett on 'Life, Liberty & Levin': Pundits' Analysis of Cohen Case 'Turned Criminal Law on Its Head'
Says Cohen pleaded guilty to 'non-crimes.'
Mark Levin hosted an in-depth interview Sunday night with best-selling author and lawyer Gregg Jarrett and former Federal Election Commission chairman Bradley Smith.
The conversation focused on the upcoming midterm elections and the country's campaign finance laws.
Levin said the laws are "arcane" but a majority of Americans support them, wanting there to be less influence of money in politics. He asked whether it was a violation for President Trump to pay money to women with whom he allegedly had extramarital affairs.
"The short answer is no," said Smith, author of "Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform."
Jarrett, author of The Russia Hoax, was asked whether the guilty plea by Michael Cohen to campaign finance violations would therefore make Trump an "unindicted co-conspirator."
He said that argument from legal pundits "turns criminal law on its head," explaining that Cohen pleaded guilty to a "non-crime," something that's common in plea agreements.
"The prosecutors say you're gonna spend the next 50 years behind bars, but if you plead to what we want you to plead to, we'll let you out in two or three years," said Jarrett, adding he has always objected to prosecutors "flipping" witnesses, calling it a form of "bribery and extortion."
He argued that prosecutors in the Southern District of New York wanted something in the plea deal that would implicate Donald Trump, calling it "unconscionable."