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Larry O’Connor: Michael Cohen Sentencing ‘Is Nothing But a Power Grab’ to Get Rid of Trump

Emily Ward
By Emily Ward | December 13, 2018 | 11:45 AM EST

Host of "The Larry O'Connor Show" on WMAL, Larry O'Connor (Screenshot)

While filling in for radio host Mark Levin on his nationally syndicated radio talk show, “The Mark Levin Show,” on Wednesday night, WMAL radio host Larry O’Connor, who also has his own show, “The Larry O’Connor Show,” said that the sentencing of Michael Cohen, the former attorney of President Donald Trump, was “nothing but a power grab” to get rid of President Trump.

“This is really a power grab from the Southern District of New York,” Larry O’Connor said. “Yes, the intention is to get rid of President Trump, but, also, let’s face it, if you believe and agree and love the separation of powers as articulated in our U.S. Constitution, this is nothing but a power grab.”

Larry O’Connor’s remarks came after Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for violating campaign finance laws. While discussing Cohen’s sentencing on “The Mark Levin Show,” O’Connor quoted from an article from The Daily Signal by Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation.

Below is a transcript of O’Connor’s remarks from Levin’s show on Wednesday:

“One other thing about this Michael Cohen election commission thing: Hans von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation, formerly of the Justice Department – he’s forgotten more about election law than anyone at the Southern District of New York is going to know, with all due respect – he wrote about this today at The Daily Signal, and he refers specifically to this idea that this private transaction can’t possibly be a violation of campaign finance law.

“Again, the Southern District of New York, they maintain that anything used to influence the outcome of the election must, in fact, be a campaign expenditure, but here’s the thing – and Hans von Spakovsky actually cites the law itself, the Federal Election Commission Act. This is 52 U.S.C. 30114 (b)(2). It says, quoting now, any expenditures ‘used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign.’

“Are you telling me that Donald Trump – billionaire real estate magnate, and, by the way, television personality – that it wouldn’t have behooved him and been a completely understandable and appropriate private transaction, outside of the confines of a presidential election, to have entered into this non-disclosure act with these people? Of course, it would have.


“And, finally, the whole basis of election law, in the first place, finance law, is so that a rich person can’t unduly influence a candidate by pumping a bunch of money his way. That’s not the case here. Trump had all the money. It’s his money! Who’s influencing him?

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“This is really a power grab from the Southern District of New York. Yes, the intention is to get rid of President Trump, but, also, let’s face it, if you believe and agree and love the separation of powers as articulated in our U.S. Constitution, this is nothing but a power grab. They’re taking this law, passed by the legislative branch and signed by the executive branch years ago, back in the early ’70s, and they’re now re-interpreting it in such a way that the executive branch can wield such incredible prosecutorial power over elected officials.

“People in Congress and the Senate should be – they should be frightened by this. They should be terrified by it – that the executive branch can do this now, that basically any funds used by a candidate for a personal, private matter, if it’s their private money, you’re guilty. If you used campaign funds, you’re guilty. Are you kidding me? This is a power grab. The – you can’t let the Justice Department of the executive branch do this kind of thing.”

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