On Thursday, Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress regarding a supposed deal Trump had with the Russian government about building a Trump Tower in Moscow and when such a deal was put to an end. Allow me to specifically explain to you just why this means absolutely nothing.
First of all, Michael Cohen is not exactly a trustworthy character. He flipped on Trump months ago, alleged that Trump knew about the payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, and had his lawyer “brag” about Cohen knowing things that would help the Mueller investigation. He had already been charged for violating campaign finance law by the time he made this claim anyway.
So in response to this, Trump has said that Cohen was lying and that he is “weak”.
Second of all, let’s just say that Trump, indeed, was working some sort of deal with Russia by June of 2016, which Cohen is now alleging instead of the original January 2016 claim. It was about building a Trump Tower in Moscow. That’s not exactly illegal, even if Cohen was right. This is the equivalent of the media saying: “Breaking news: Trump has been found to have been a businessman before becoming President!”
So obviously, they can’t get Trump with that. So what is their best hope here? To further charge, which they’re doing, Cohen with perjury… for giving the wrong dates.
If Cohen was lying about when this supposed deal was taking place or was put to an end, then Cohen is the one being punished.
Like I said, Trump has responded to this and said Cohen was lying, that he is weak and that he is “trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me.”
Which brings me to my third point: none of this has to do with Trump colluding with Russia to steal the U.S. election. At best, this is a political stunt to indicate to people that Trump had communication with Russians during the campaign, even if it had nothing to do with politics.
So for those who were thinking that this could be a “smoking gun” into Russian collusion (which Rosenstein has gone as far as to admit that the election results were not altered), think again. The matter doesn’t even involve the allegation of Russian collusion regarding the election. It just talks about a supposed business deal about building a building in Moscow and when such a deal was put to an end, either in January or June of 2016.
This is just a publicity stunt that comes just before another meeting between Trump and foreign officials. The last time this happened was when Rosenstein was announcing some developments regarding the investigation into Russian meddling and collusion, where Rosenstein admitted that not a single vote was changed and there was no alteration of the results of the election.
Not only that, this comes immediately following news of Manafort’s lawyers reportedly talking with Trump’s lawyers after Manafort’s plea deal with the special counsel had been rescinded.
Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Guilliani, said that Mueller “wants Manafort to incriminate Trump”, in response to learning that Manafort had been interrogated by the counsel to find out whether or not Trump knew about the June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian woman who said she had dirt on Hillary (and I’ve already established how that’s not illegal, albeit not exactly morally right).
So if you look carefully into every single story regarding something the special counsel has found or is doing, you will find a whole lot of nothing-burgers. There is no criminal activity going on anywhere that the special counsel looks, and the only charges that have been filed have been for process crimes, things that have nothing to do with Trump, or charges to Russians who will never see a U.S. court room to challenge the charges.
Following in that same pattern, this story also offers a whole lot of nothing. So to those who think Mueller is “steamrolling” Trump (as I’ve seen people tweet recently), you might want to rethink some things. There is nothing criminal about any of this. And if you wish to allege Trump is lying here, that’s fine. Because he is not under oath and has not gone to the FBI, the special counsel or Congress to testify about this. He has answered some questions for Mueller in written form, and we shall see what that brings about, if anything at all, but he cannot be found guilty of perjury here.
Cohen can, Manafort can, but not Trump, not yet at least.
This is simply a publicity stunt served to light a fire underneath Leftists and NeverTrumpers to try and get rid of the guy. I don’t know if I should laugh or be sad by this for a number of reasons. Number one, the biggest reason Trump gets the hatred that he does is that he dares oppose the Left. The biggest reason “conservative” NeverTrumpers hate him is because he is brutish, loud and does not pull any punches. The same people that supposedly opposed Obama also oppose Trump because they love being miserable.
Number two, these people would need two-thirds of the Senate to impeach Trump. For as much as House Democrats pound their puny chests about how they’re going to impeach Trump, it’s not the House that votes on it, it’s the Senate, which the Democrats LOST GROUND in.
Now, I’m sure that RINOs like Mitt Romney and others would vote with Democrats to impeach Trump, but I doubt there are enough such Republicans in the new Senate. John McCain is dead, Flake and Corker are on the way out, and many pro-Trump conservatives won their races, not to mention some previous NeverTrumpers have now seemingly joined Trump such as Mitch McConnell and Lindsay Graham.
And let me remind you that a two-thirds vote in the Senate means getting 66 or 67 votes to just START the process. They would need to gather more votes to also overrule the almost certain veto that the Vice President would give in such an instance.
So believe me, Trump is not going to be impeached. Unless it is found that he has done something so egregious, criminal and unbelievably horrid that it would cause literally everyone who has ever supported him to turn their backs on him, it’s not happening. And considering what the special counsel has found out after ALMOST TWO WHOLE YEARS of “investigating”, I doubt they will find anything even remotely close to that.
This latest stunt really does nothing to criminalize Trump. Those who want him gone already believe the bullcrap of Russian collusion, and this hardly does anything to further that belief beyond saying “Trump was communicating with the Russians during the campaign, so he must’ve colluded!” There are a lot of things wrong with that, apart from the simple fact that that very well could be a lie fabricated by a long-time Democrat lawyer who secretly recorded his conversations with his clients (at least with Trump) who is in cahoots with an Establishment hack of a lawyer investigating a person rather than a crime, banana republic-style.
Every single time there is any sort of news regarding the special counsel, and now Cohen, the Left and NeverTrumpers get giddy over the possibility of seeing Trump finally crumbling. And yet, after some remote review of the facts, it’s clear that the supposed “smoking gun” is just a Nerf gun at best and there’s nothing criminal going on.
And that’s even assuming that what is being alleged is true at all, given that those who are alleging these things are not exactly reputable and trustworthy people.
On a separate note, since it’s very clear that lying to Congress is a crime, I’ll just wait for similar charges to drop on Comey, Brennan, Jack Dorsey, Peter Strzok, Mark Zuckerberg, Christine Blasey Ford and just about anyone who has gone before Congress and has willingly lied to them (the textbook definition of perjury).
I wish I could be serious about that previous paragraph, but since there exists a double-standard in our justice system where we only punish those whom the Left wishes to punish, such charges will almost certainly never be brought up. The Left is making sure that Lady Justice peeks under the blindfold.
“When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”
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