Friday, November 30, 2018
What If Trump's Right?
When former Trump lawyer/fixer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty yesterday for lying to Congress, Donald Trump pounced on Cohen saying he was lying. The deal for a mega-tower in Moscow, says Trump, was on the up and up. There was nothing to hide.
Only, if Trump is right, what are we to make of Cohen's appearance before Congress where he testified that the Russia deal was dead and buried long and yet it was still in negotiations?
Was Trump unaware of what Cohen said about Trump under oath before Congress? What are the chances of that? And, if Trump knew that Cohen's statements were perjured, why did he remain mum about it until his former sidekick's surprise guilty plea yesterday? Was he content to leave perjured statements about his dealings on the record, perhaps hoping Cohen's lies would be forgotten with the passage of time? If he knew that his paid help was committing a crime in his name, a crime against the Congress of the United States, why did he let it stand?
Given that it was a lie told to protect Trump and his bid for the presidency, is that enough for jeopardy to attach to Trump after the fact? I realize that's iffy, but...