Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that it is possible that the Access Hollywood tape is being investigated as part of potential collusion between Trump and Russia on the release of John Podesta’s hacked emails.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 11, 2018
Schiff said, My reaction is a couple of things. First I think they’re doing their job and if there is any issue with an execution of a warrant, the president knows you go to court and you don’t fire the prosecutors. That is an on obstruction of justice. But I think there are possibilities that you outlined. This could be about whether or not Michael Cohen was suppressing that tape much like trying to pay hush money for the other people, stormy Daniels among others to keep their stories out of the press during the president’s campaign and whether that was a violation of the campaign finance laws, not to report it. That is one possibility. Also possible that they are looking at whether the trump campaign and Michael Cohen had any role in the timing of the Wikileaks dump of the Russia stolen Podesta e-mails. I tend to think it is more likely — the former because this was referred to the southern district of New York and that indicates it had more to do with the issue of Stormy Daniels and campaign finance law violations than it did on the issue of potential collusion. But it could be a culmination of both.”
Rep. Schiff is right. It could be both. While investigating the timeline of the release of the Access Hollywood tape and the leak of the stolen emails, Mueller’s team could have come across criminal activity related to Michael Cohen’s payoffs and efforts to silence women. It doesn’t necessarily have to be one or the other. It can be both.
Trump worst nightmare would be if all his scandals merged into one big timeline of corruption, and with the return of the Access Hollywood tape Trump’s biggest fears are closer to coming true.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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