Tuesday was the worst day of Donald Trump’s presidency and that’s saying something.
Paul Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud counts, one count of failing to file a financial document with the government and two counts of bank fraud. Just minutes later, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts, including campaign finance violations he says were committed at the direction of Donald Trump. Cohen also said he acted “for the purposes of influencing the election”.
Bottom line: two of the people closest to the President’s campaign are going to prison. And there is no way you can spin that. Unless he pardons them, they are going to jail.
“He testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime by making payments to two women for the principal purpose of influencing an election”, Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis said on Tuesday evening, before asking America the following question:
If those payments were a crime for Cohen, then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?
Spoiler alert: they are a crime for Donald Trump. Donald Trump was accused of committing crimes in open court by his former attorney. Period.
Later on Tuesday, Davis told MSNBC that Cohen has information that would be of interest to Mueller and he’d be “more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows.” Davis also said this:
Cohen has knowledge not just about the obvious possibility of a conspiracy to collude and corrupt [America’s democracy] in the 2016 election, but also knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on.
Here’s the clip:
As for whether Cohen would accept a pardon, the answer is apparently “no.” Here’s what Davis told NPR on Wednesday:
I know that Mr. Cohen would never accept a pardon from a man that he considers to be both corrupt and a dangerous person in the oval office. And he has flatly authorized me to say under no circumstances would he accept a pardon from Mr. Trump, who uses the pardon power in a way that no president in American history has ever used a pardon — to relieve people of guilt who committed crimes, who are political cronies of his.
He told ABC News the same thing.
Donald Trump is beside himself.
“If anyone is looking for a good lawyer, I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen!”, the President said on Wednesday morning.
Remember, it was just four months ago when Trump said this:
I would appear the President miscalculated – and “big league.”
As for what kind of “moron” would hire Michael Cohen in the first place, well, look in the mirror, sir. Look in the mirror.
too late, homie. you already did.
— Walter White (@heisenbergrpt) August 22, 2018