Poor Rosie O’Donnell. The washed-up ‘comedian’ and actress is so distraught over Republican control of Congress and Donald J. Trump having beaten the most corrupt presidential candidate in the history of the republic (that would be one Hillary Clinton) she has been reduced to behaving like a Mafia figure.
On the eve of the Senate’s vote to support the Trump-led tax reform proposal — the first major reform and reduction of taxes in more than 30 years — O’Donnell took to Twitter to make this Mafioso-type offer: She offered to pay Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and/or Jeff Flake of Arizona $2 million each if they would just vote “no” on the bill.
Wow. Rosie is just like her Democrat friends and soulmates; they really hate it when Republicans try to let Americans keep more of their own money rather than have it confiscated at gunpoint by the IRS so Democrats can redistribute it to constituents.
As The Daily Caller notes, O’Donnell was very plain and open, writing on Twitter, “so how about this i promise to give 2 million dollars to senator susan collins and 2 million to senator jeff flake.” Later in her tweet, she added, “no s**t 2 million cash each”.
so how about this
i promise to give
2 million dollars to senator susan collins
and 2 million to senator jeff flake
if they vote NO
NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS
FOR THE SUOER RICH
DM me susan
DM me jeff
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 20, 2017
No Republicans took her up on the offer; all 51 voted for the measure. (Related: Rosie O’Donnell’s contribution to treason.)
That said, she probably committed a felony when she made her offer.
So, a little statute called “18 U.S. Code § 201 – Bribery of public officials and witnesses” states:
(a) (1) the term “public official” means Member of Congress, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner, either before or after such official has qualified, or an officer or employee or person acting for or on behalf of the United States, or any department, agency or branch of Government thereof, including the District of Columbia, in any official function, under or by authority of any such department, agency, or branch of Government, or a juror
Naturally, a senator is a “member of Congress.”
(1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent—
“The General Federal Bribery Statute punishes the offense of bribery in the U.S[iii]. According to 18 USCS prec § 201(b), whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official with intent to influence that person’s official act will be fined for the offense of bribery.”
That’s pretty much what O’Donnell did with her stupid, ridiculous, ham-handed attempt to “influence” the votes of two sitting U.S. senators. I mean, if I were a prosecutor who was handed this case, the only negotiating I would be doing with O’Donnell’s lawyers is over the amount of time in prison she’d be spending.
Which, according to the statute, can be “a fine of an amount not more than three times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, or imprisonment for not more than fifteen years, or both,” according to USLegal.com.
So in other words, in her lunacy, O’Donnell stepped in it big time when she very publicly offered to bribe two sitting U.S. senators. And as such, we are now calling on the Trump Justice Department to do its job and prosecute this very obvious attempt to unduly influence the constitutional processes of our government.
There should be no excuses. Frankly, I’m surprised the president hasn’t picked up the phone to Attorney General Jeff Sessions yet and ‘requested’ this case be pursued, because if what O’Donnell just did doesn’t qualify as attempted bribery, then nothing does.
J.D. Heyes is also editor-in-chief of The National Sentinel.