During his testimony before the House Oversight Committee, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, observed, “It was my experience that Mr. Trump inflated his total assets when it served his purposes.”
The New York Times investigation is vital because it lays out a roadmap for Democrats to follow in investigating the Trump crime family if they get control of either chamber of Congress.
There are two big unanswered questions concerning yesterday’s Michael Cohen plea deal:
- Is Cohen a cooperating witness who has “flipped” on Trump and will be working with prosecutors to bring down the president?
- Since Trump has not been indicted as a co-conspirator, when might that change and when might the president actually be indicted?
It appears that the answer to #1 is “yes” which leaves as the real mystery the second question.
Most of the mainstream media commentators who are talking about this right now seem to be of the opinion that Trump will not be indicted either by Mueller or by the team of Justice Department prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (where Cohen pleaded guilty). And they may be right, because there is very little precedent to go on concerning presidential indictments, and Justice Department guidelines seem to prohibit it.
Pulitzer-winning journalist David Cay Johnston said on CNN Tuesday that Donald Trump has been involved in shady business deals for 30 years and the Russian government has a file with evidence (called kompromat) it can use to prove Trump’s crimes. According to Johnston, this gives Putin and Russia leverage over Trump which they use to influence his behavior and his decisions.
When Trump claimed David Cay Johnston was "a reporter, who nobody ever heard of" he was quickly reminded Johnston wrote a bestseller about him