In the course of Michael Cohen’s guilty plea this week, the president’s former lawyer admitted his part in a high-level cover-up, including the use of hush money, designed to influence the 2016 election. And he accused President Trump of directing this violation.
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.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, threw cold water on Trump's witch hunt claims by saying that there is evidence of a Trump/Russia criminal conspiracy.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo this week has made a criminal case against Donald Trump much more likely.
First, on Wednesday, we reported that:
“New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday opened the door to a possible criminal case against the Donald J. Trump Foundation with a statement from his counsel that Cuomo was prepared to provide a criminal referral if asked.”
One thing that was accomplished with Rod Rosenstein’s announcement of 12 new indictments against Russians on Friday was to provide proof once again that Roger Stone has a long history of lying.
To go through all of the many provable instances of Stone’s lying would take too much time, but there are a few key examples that show Stone has been lying from the beginning about his personal involvement in the hacking of Hillary Clinton and DNC emails and about his relationship with the Russian government.
Former Donald Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen shook up the White House and most of America with his revelations in an ABC News interview over the weekend that he was no longer loyal to the president and that he was likely to cooperate with federal investigators in order to protect his family.
Editor’s Note 11:30 Am: There were two titles on this article, one was incorrect (titles are filled in at the top and bottom of a post, the bottom is filled in automatically and doesn’t update with changes but it is the one used on some social media). The Senators said Trump could be, not is, guilty of obstruction of justice. This has been corrected.
In April we reported that Alan Dershowitz believes the president is above the law. On Tuesday night the former Harvard law professor went on CNN to give another ridiculous opinion, saying that he believes it is legal for the president to obstruct justice.
A heavily sourced report that Donald Trump pressured Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans to end the Russia investigation is a textbook example of obstruction of justice.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) accused Trump of obstructing justice by firing James Comey to interfere with the Russia investigation.
Donald Trump has officially committed an impeachable offense by using taxpayer resources to promote his private Florida club.