OK, we’re in GQ here, so please don’t get any warnings for political jabs on my behalf.
Bill Clinton was ultimately impeached for perjury, I believe. I’m not sure if perjury has degrees like assault and murder, and if it does, I don’t know which degree he was found guilty of (or, maybe impeached for – I’m not sure if he was ever found guilty of it in a court of law).
Michael Cohen just accused Trump of some campaign finance law violation which I understand is a felony. For the purpose of this thread, let’s assume Trump is found guilty of that, and only that, from this investigation.
Here’s my question: Is it possible to compare crimes as disparate as those two crimes? I know within the homicide chain, there are different degrees, plus various kinds of manslaughter, and these can be compared one to the other. I think there are also different kinds of felonies – felony 1 or A vs. felony 2 or something. Plus different crimes may have different minimum and maximum sentences, which could be used for comparison.
I’m hoping this is a GQ question, not an IMHO question, mostly because it will get more direct responses and fewer political jabs. So, which crime is “worse” – whatever perjury Clinton was found guilty of, or whatever Cohen accused Trump of?
Full disclosure – I will be out of touch for several hours after I post this.