At this point, it’s probably safe to say that Donald Trump has lost track of all the legal battles he’s embroiled in.
Literally everything to do with Trump – his businesses, his defunct charity, his inaugural committee, his campaign and his administration – is being investigated by somebody, somewhere.
The Mueller report looms larger than ever due to the proximity of its submission to the Justice Department, but there’s a solid argument to be made that the special counsel investigation is actually the least of the president’s legal worries.
The sheer scope of the myriad probes being conducted by state and federal prosecutors as well as multiple congressional committees is almost unfathomable. It is now virtually impossible to argue that Trump won’t be formally charged with a crime, if not while he’s president, then certainly once he’s no longer shielded by the office he holds.
During his testimony on Capitol Hill last week, Michael Cohen suggested there are additional ongoing investigations into Trump that nobody is fully apprised of and his testimony itself lit a fire under already motivated House Democrats.
On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee sent document requests to 81 individuals and entities, marking the beginnings of what certainly looks like a long-shot impeachment bid.
A visibly disgusted Trump addressed Jerry Nadler’s sweeping broadside on Tuesday while speaking at an event for suicidal veterans (and no, you really can’t make this stuff up anymore). Here he is:
Meanwhile, the White House has rebuked a request from House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings to obtain documents related to Trump’s alleged role in “ordering” John Kelly to grant Jared Kushner a security clearance. The request is “without legal support, clearly premature, and suggests a breach of the constitutionally required accommodation process”, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said.
Cummings shot back in a statement of his own as follows:
There is a key difference between a president who exercises his authority under the Constitution and a president who overrules career experts and his top advisers to benefit his family members and then conceals his actions from the American people. The White House’s argument defies the constitutional separation of powers, decades of precedent before this committee, and just plain common-sense. The White House security clearance system is broken, and it needs both congressional oversight and legislative reform.
So, subpoena here we come.
Speaking of subpoenas, New York State regulators have now subpoenaed Aon, the Trump Organization’s insurance broker. That’s clearly related to Michael Cohen’s assertion that the Trump Organization routinely inflated the value of assets.
“The subpoena is the latest sign that the Trump Organization is facing scrutiny from multiple fronts — federal prosecutors, congressional Democrats, and now, insurance regulators”, The New York Times writes, adding that while “the Department of Financial Services does not conduct criminal investigations, nor does it have authority over Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization, it can refer any possible illegal activity to prosecutors.”
The Times should have added “…and it will” – “it can refer any possible illegal activity to prosecutors” and in this case “it will”, because you know as well as anyone else that once state regulators start digging around, there will be evidence to support Cohen’s contentions and God only knows what else.
Amid the flurry of new scrutiny, Trump took to Twitter to shriek into the digital void as he’s wont to do. Amusingly, he accused Democrats of obstruction. “The Dems are obstructing justice and will not get anything done”, he said Tuesday, calling the spiraling probes “a big, fat, fishing expedition desperately in search of a crime, when in fact the real crime is what the Dems are doing, and have done!”
A few minutes earlier, he called Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff “stone cold CRAZY.”
Trump also accused anyone who isn’t a Republican of being a “hater” and just before 9:15, tweeted the following, seemingly out the clear blue sky.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2019
But remember, it’s definitely Democrats who are “stone cold CRAZY”.
Democrats and also federal prosecutors.
And state prosecutors.
And insurance regulators.