August 21, 2018 was an unbelievably bad day for the President of the United States, Donald J Trump.
Let’s start with the big news items first.
Trump’s Personal Lawyer and Fixer (Yes, the President has a “Fixer”, like a mob boss), Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges.
Michael Cohen, the former longtime fixer and personal attorney for Donald Trump, appeared in federal court in New York Tuesday afternoon, pleaded guilty to eight counts and said that he made illegal campaign contributions “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office.”
The “candidate” Cohen referred to was not named in court or in the criminal information charging document but one of Cohen’s lawyers, Lanny Davis, later said that Cohen had “testified under oath that Donald Trump directed him to commit a crime.”
What this means is that Donald Trump’s lawyer just told a court that he, along with Donald Trump, committed crimes during the campaign. Full stop.
Now, if that wasn’t bad enough, the next bit of news to hit almost simultaneously is that Trump’s Campaign Manager, Paul Manafort, a man who Trump first hired in the early 1980’s and who lived in Trump Tower, was found guilty of eight other charges.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted Tuesday of eight charges related to tax and bank fraud, in the first trial to stem from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The Trump campaign appears to have been breaking laws left and right. And we haven’t even gotten to Paul Manafort’s pending second trial yet, a trial that includes charges of conspiracy against the United States. Also, Manafort’s lawyer let slip quite the little nugget, that his client is “considering options” at this time. Does that portend some type of cooperation agreement that Manafort is trying to make to reduce his pending sentences? Quite possibly.
These two stories alone are shockingly bad for the President. But wait, there’s more.
Trump’s security team during the campaign is facing possible charges. From Bloomberg News:
Donald Trump and his security force at Trump Tower must face claims by a group of human rights activists who contend they were attacked by then-candidate Trump’s guards in 2015 while peacefully protesting against his remarks about Mexican immigrants and the Black Lives Matter movement.
A New York state judge denied Trump’s bid to dismiss the lawsuit against his private security team, accused of roughing up the protesters three months after he declared his candidacy for president.
Who in Trump’s campaign wasn’t committing crimes?
But that wasn’t all that happened today.
The famous Trump/Russia dossier, which detailed collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia, and which Trump has liked to pretend over and over again was a complete fabrication, was just shown not to be a fabrication at all, in a court of law.
The former MI6 officer Christopher Steele has won a legal battle in the United States against three Russian oligarchs who sued him over allegations made in his dossier about the Trump campaign and its links with Moscow.
The oligarchs – Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan – claimed that Steele and his intelligence firm, Orbis, defamed them in the dossier, which was leaked and published in early 2017. The Russians own stakes in Moscow-based Alfa Bank. All are billionaires.
But the judge concluded that it was covered by the US first amendment, which protects free speech. He ruled that the oligarchs had failed to prove a key part of their case: that Steele knew that some information in the dossier was inaccurate, and had acted “with reckless disregard as to its falsity”
In other words, the dossier was not in any way fabricated and the author did not add anything that he knew to be inaccurate. In fact, as has been shown over and over again, alot of the dossier has already been proven to be true, and nothing has yet been proven to be false.
Trump must be feeling the walls closing in at this point. But wait, there’s more.
Donald Trump’s biggest ally in Congress, Devin Nunes, who has been doing his utmost to cover for Trump since Trump was elected, is now facing a very serious push to be taken off the House Russia Investigation, as he really should be.
Rep. Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, is the head of the House Intelligence Committee and is supposed to be investigating whether President Donald Trump was involved in an effort by Russian spies to steal private information from Democratic campaign officials to manipulate the 2016 elections. Instead, Nunes appears to be running interference for the president, and was even caught on tape telling Republican donors that House Republicans are “the only ones” who can protect the president from accountability.
Nunes’s Democratic opponent, Andrew Janz, is in law enforcement — he’s a violent crimes prosecutor in Fresno, California — and he had some choice words for Nunes’s role in the Russia cover-up.
“You know, traditionally, in the House Intelligence Committee, Republicans and Democrats have been able to come together in a bipartisan fashion to make sure that our country is protected,” he continued. “I see my opponent, every single day in Washington, working to really undermine this investigation.”
And Devin Nunes is not the only Trump ally facing problems today.
Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, who was a founding member of the “Trump Caucus”, is facing charges of his own:
Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife, Margaret, were indicted Tuesday on charges related to the misuse of $250,000 worth of campaign funds for personal expenses and the filing of false campaign finance records.
The charges of wire fraud, falsifying records, campaign finance violations and conspiracy were the culmination of a Department of Justice investigation that has stretched for more than a year, during which the Republican congressman from California has maintained his innocence.The 47-page indictment portrays the Hunters as living well beyond their means. The court documents state that the Hunters “knowingly conspired with each other” to convert campaign funds to personal use.Prosecutors charged that the Hunters “illegally converted and stole more than $250,000” in campaign funds for their personal use and enjoyment.
Hunter was a founding member of the “Trump Caucus” in the House during the 2016 campaign, and alongside Rep. Chris Collins, was the first of two sitting congressmen to endorse Trump for President back in February 2016. Collins was indicted earlier this month on insider trader charges.
I guess that’s what makes one a founding member of the “Trump Caucus”: being an outright criminal.
The New York Magazine sums it all up perfectly:
Donald Trump ran for president as the professed candidate of “law and order,” a phrase he borrowed from Richard Nixon. He successfully portrayed his opponents — not only the Democratic presidential candidate, but the entire Establishment arrayed against him — as a corrupt oligarchy enriching itself at the public expense. By now, at this probably still-early point in the Mueller investigation, we know that Trump’s campaign manager, national security adviser, and personal attorney, along with two other campaign aides, are convicted and confessed felons.
August 21, 2018 will go down as the day it was proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Donald Trump is a Criminal President. He has surrounded himself with criminals and these criminals have been acting on his behalf.