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).
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