By Robert Willmann
As most of the television mass media elevated themselves to heights of ecstasy over the guilty plea of former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and the jury verdict on 8 of 18 criminal charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort that happened yesterday, 21 August, there was a third, kind of hushed-up criminal case with a four-count federal indictment against a man named Imran Awan and his wife Hina Alvi that concluded yesterday with sentencing, after which Imran walked out of the courthouse and his wife's case was dismissed. She got out of the country in the face of the FBI and Capitol Police on 5 March 2017.
On 20 August 2018, a "John Doe" paper was filed regarding Cohen in the federal district court for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan)--
Yesterday, Michael Cohen showed up in court to plead guilty to a 21-page, 8-count "information" that was filed and which contained felony criminal charges. A document alleging a federal felony that is filed by agreement is called an information instead of an indictment--
He did so with and through a plea agreement with the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan--
To conclude the formality, he was released on a personal recognizance bond, which means he is released on his signature, and he did not have to put up any money for bail, even though the amount of the bond is $500,000.00. The bond also required the signature of his wife and one additional "financially responsible person" (in this instance obviously not Trump!)--
Beginning on page 11 of the charging document are the alleged campaign finance violations, which are counts 7 and 8 and about which the media is estatic. Count 7, asserting an unlawful corporate contribution, refers to "Woman-1", the Playboy magazine model, and obviously regards the National Enquirer newspaper. Count 8 alleges an excessive campaign contribution, and refers to "Woman-2", the pornographic film performer, Stephanie Clifford, alias Stormy Daniels.