There were two big news stories told this week. One was the discovery of Mollie Tibbetts’ remains and subsequent arrest of an illegal alien suspected in her disappearance and murder, prompting many to bring up the urgent need of building a wall at the southern border with Mexico and the need to end DACA once and for all.
The other story, which I will be covering here (I wanted to mention the Tibbetts’ story because this happened at the same time as the trials and the MSM is either going to ignore this entirely or dismiss it as unimportant like the insensitive, heartless monsters they are) is the story of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen being found guilty on several different charges.
Cohen was found guilty of violating campaign finance laws by paying off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, seemingly at the request of Donald Trump, while Manafort was found guilty of 8 charges of lying to the FBI and hiding his income, among other things.
These two cases have given the MSM a lot to talk about and hyped up the idea of finally moving to impeach President Trump. But there’s one problem with that. Actually, there’s multiple problems.
First, let’s focus on Manafort. If the Left thinks they can impeach Trump over anything Manafort related, they will be disappointed. What Manafort did happened well before Trump even decided to run for office. Nothing within the Manafort case implies Trump had anything to do with it. The point of the Manafort case was to get Manafort to flip on Trump, by applying pressure on him. Clearly, that didn’t work. Most likely because Manafort doesn’t have anything on Trump to flip on.
However, that does bring us to Cohen and the problem with thinking he could do much more than Manafort.
Cohen did flip on Trump. If you go by the train of thought that Manafort didn’t flip because he had nothing to flip on, then one can easily say that Cohen did flip because he DOES have something on Trump.
Here’s the problem with that train of thought, which really translates to the bigger problem for the Left in believing this will mark the end of Trump: even Mueller didn’t think there would be anything substantial here.
Granted, he could have misjudged, but the reason he sent the Cohen case to the SDNY is because there likely was nothing there for Mueller to use and wanted a lower court to look into it.
Now, this does bring us to Cohen’s and his lawyer Lanny Davis’ claims. Davis, particularly, told the New York Post: “Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows.”
“Not just about the obvious possibility of a conspiracy to collude and corrupt the American democracy system in the 2016 election, which the Trump Tower meeting was all about, but also knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about the crime and even cheered it on.”
This is music to my ears. Why? Because if this were poker, Davis just showed his tell for a massive bluff.
Here’s the thing: if Cohen did really have information that interests the special counsel, he already would have given it. Cohen knew that his affiliation with Trump and the supposed campaign finance laws he was breaking were going to get him a guilty verdict. He could save himself some jail time by giving Mueller what he wanted.
My guess is he doesn’t have anything on Trump. He clearly is a snake, given he has clearly flipped. If he had anything on Trump, he would have already given it to Mueller and saved his own skin. He has now been convicted of a crime, something he easily could have avoided (or made the punishment far less severe) if any of the tapes or any information he had could actually hurt Donald Trump.
Now, there are other claims, such as Cohen saying that he was acting under the orders of Trump to pay off the women. Trump claims he did not know about the payments. It’s a “he said, she said” and Cohen has a record for being a shady and untrustworthy character. Given he has nothing on Trump, it’s likely he has nothing to prove that Trump ordered the payments of Daniels and McDougal. If he did, given just about everyone with a double-digit IQ could tell he would be found guilty, he would have given the information to Mueller ages ago.
Again, it comes back to what he had on Trump. He can claim Trump is Osama bin Laden for all it matters. If he doesn’t have the evidence to prove it, Mueller and the Left have nothing to destroy Trump with.
Lanny Davis screwed up majorly here. He inadvertently revealed his hand is crap.
Sun Tzu once famously said: “Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”
Davis here is showing a lot of strength and bravado, promising that Cohen has info for the special counsel relating to collusion and even hacking of the elections, which is a narrative the Left dropped a long time ago.
It’s simply too good for the Left to be true. And in all likelihood, it isn’t.
So where does this realistically leave us? Well, with Manafort, Trump might pardon him. It will tick off the Left but not bring up any realistic theories of obstruction, given the Manafort case had nothing to do with the election. With Cohen, given what he has sought in his guilty plea and the claims his lawyer has been making, he will have to prove his claims. And when he can’t, there will be Hell to pay. So chances are good that everything he says from this moment onward will be a lie, because that is the only way they can even hope to hurt Trump (at least in poll numbers) and even that is not likely to work given that's what the Left has been trying to do for ages and failing miserably.
So, at the end of the day, the Cohen and Manafort trials (more specifically Cohen) leave us with a Democrat Party more actively seeking impeachment, bringing it to the forefront of the midterms, and an energized Trump base ready to bring in a red wave. Granted, this can also energize the Democrat base, so it will likely be a battle, but historically, Democrats have been winning when Republicans haven’t been voting. That doesn’t bode well for a Democrat Party that is doing everything they can to win the House and Senate. If Republicans turn out to vote, there is little hope for any blue wave and impeachment.
I know for a fact that I will go out to vote for the Republicans that I can in my state and will help Trump remain in the White House. Because as it stands, no matter what the special counsel wants to subpoena from Trump, he can’t prove any collusion and can’t get him impeached without Republicans voting for impeachment.
Why? Because no one who is sane (or at least unbiased) would consider paying off women as part of “campaign contributions.” In fact, Bradley Smith, former FEC chairman, has said in a WSJ editorial: "Not everything that might benefit a candidate is a campaign expense." In the editorial, he cites examples such as: paying a personal debt or buying a Rolex watch or a new suit... and even paying hush money... these payments are not campaign contributions, according to Mr. Smith.
Meanwhile, with these cases wrapped up, I’m sure the DOJ can now focus on the Uranium One deal and the illegality of the Steele dossier. I’m sure. (Sarcasm, in case that wasn’t clear).
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
The biggest piece of news this week so far is the indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. While his indictment shouldn’t come as a surprise given that Mueller leaked that they would be filing charges on someone the previous Friday (which is illegal, by the way), and given that Manafort’s home was raided months prior by the FBI, something like this shouldn’t really be a big shocker.
But do you want to know what’s funny about this entire ordeal? IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ELECTION! Do you want to know what the charges are? Conspiracy against the United States, even though there’s not even a single mention of Russian collusion. It talks about Manafort and Gates lying to the FBI about having worked with the Ukranian government, which leads to the following charges: Conspiracy to launder money and Failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts for calendar years 2011-2014.
That’s it. There’s nothing about Russian collusion. Manafort and Gates aren’t even being CHARGED for it, but the Left still wants to pretend that’s what it’s about because Mueller was the one who pulled the trigger on this.
As a reminder, Mueller is investigating Trump, Russia and the 2016 Presidential election. The only reason Manafort and Gates are being indicted with this is because of their ties to Trump. Manafort was his former campaign chairman before Kelly Ann Conway and Gates was a “deputy campaign manager”, according to Fox News.
Despite of what they may or may not have done, there’s no doubt that the biggest reason they were indicted is because of their ties to Trump. And, to the MSM, this will seem as an effort to prove Russian collusion and would ultimately lead to the impeachment of Trump… but they are very wrong about that.
The official charges written by Mueller’s special counsel don’t even mention Russia. The charges aren’t for Russian collusion. And the only time the number “2016” is used is as a timeline for the money laundering charges they have on Manafort and Gates. There’s nothing on the election because there’s no evidence of collusion.
But Mueller saw some people calling for his resignation coming from the Left and he decided to pull the trigger on something. Anything to make himself look good, at least for now, in the eyes of the Left. Even though this has nothing to do with Trump, the Left and the MSM will see it as a step towards impeaching him, even though this won’t lead to anything of the sort.
But the MSM will take anything they can get. They’ve successfully convinced their viewers and readers that this indictment is about Russian collusion. But upon doing even a little bit of research, I found that this has nothing to do about the election. Unfortunately, many people won’t do research. They will be convinced this is about collusion, even though it’s clearly not.
I’ve seen trolls on pro-Trump pages saying things like: “Are you Trump supporters starting to s**t in your pants?” Even though this has nothing to do with Trump, Russia or the election, these people are convinced this will lead to the impeachment of Trump. This won’t even come close to that.
Do you want to know why Manafort’s indictment will backfire on the Left? Because this will be an example of them hyping something up, creating fake news, and disappointing their base. This won’t lead to impeachment as they hope. This will hardly even be a big deal by the end of next week. This doesn’t bring them one step closer to impeaching Trump because it has nothing to do with him, Russia or the election.
But they’ve reached this point of desperation. With Harvey Weinstein being exposed as a serial rapist, the Uranium One deal being a big talking point last week since it has ties to the Clintons and Obama, they needed ANYTHING to be happy about. Like a fan of a terrible sports team, they were hoping to have SOMETHING to cheer about while they get blown out.
They will take this very miniscule victory and make it a far bigger deal than it really is. They will hype this up as the beginning of the end for Trump and then they will fail to deliver on that promise. Just like they failed to stop Trump from becoming the Republican nominee, just like they failed to stop Trump from becoming President, they will also fail at impeaching Trump.
They’ve found no evidence of collusion for months now and they never will find any evidence of collusion. This doesn’t get them any closer to finding evidence of collusion. This doesn’t get them any closer to their dream of impeaching Trump. This will ultimately lead to a massive letdown for the Leftist base. It’s just another example of fake news.
They will celebrate for a very short time until they realize this won’t lead to anything of substance for them. Sure, Manafort and Gates are being targeted and prosecuted, but this won’t lead to anything more than that because of the charges set before them.
No matter what happens with Manafort or Gates, Trump won’t be affected in the least. His presidency isn’t at stake. The Left isn’t any closer to finding collusion. They’re not even closer to impeaching Trump. This certainly won’t even be the vaunted “First Step” the Left hopes it will be.
However, this could backfire even more for the Left than they realize. The indictment of Manafort and Gates could be the trigger for Trump to order Sessions to go after the Clintons and Obama for their involvement in the Uranium One deal. Or Hillary’s e-mail scandal. Or Obama’s fast and furious scandal. Or Benghazi. And/or every illegal thing the Democrats have done over this century.
Of course, I don’t know if Trump will do that. I don’t know if he will order Sessions to do it. But if there ever was a time or even one more reason to do it (other than delivering justice) this would be it. If anything, this might lead to the eventual indictment of the Clintons and/or Barack Obama.
So the Left can pretend this is a huge victory for them. Reality will hit them harder than a ton of bricks.
It’s coming too. According to Fox News: “Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta, has resigned from his lobbying firm amid reports he is under scrutiny from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.” This means that the Special Counsel is investigating him too.
I may have been too generous when I said that this would hardly be a big deal by the end of next week. We’ll see if this is even somewhat relevant by the end of THIS week.
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