All week long news has been breaking about various crimes Trump has been caught participating in and what charges should come with them. For Trump, most of his issues are coming from those who he’s trusted for the last few years in route to the White House, but unfortunately for him, the list of those who are selling Trump out to save themselves continues to grow by the day.
Both Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney and fixer for many years, and David Pecker of the National Enquirer worked with Trump to commit felony campaign finance fraud to pay off Trump’s mistress for her silence.
According to NBC News and MSNBC, Donald Trump was in the room when they committed this felony. This completely destroys Trump’s defense that Cohen acted alone and he had no idea what was happening.
Cohen and Pecker have both worked out cooperation deals with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to save themselves. It wouldn’t do them any good to just say this is what happened. These men have to have solid proof of the things they are claiming to have witnessed.
Trump says he “never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” but if Cohen has a tape of the meeting in question, which he probably does considering how he taped several conversations with Trump, that changes everything.
The SDNY has already stated in court filings that a “Trump campaign official” was in the room with Cohen and Pecker when the felony happened. This happened at a time when the campaign staff was minimal, so that only leaves a few options of who that other official might have been.
This is, by far, the worst week of Trump’s presidency:
- The incoming House speaker showed him up on national TV.
- He can’t seem to find anyone who wants to replace John F. Kelly as White House chief of staff
- Trump was was implicated, by his own Justice Department, in directing a scheme to hide hush-money payments to two former mistresses.
- We now know, from the sentencing of Michael Cohen to a three-year sentence, that the campaign-finance-related crimes are serious.
- Trump was in the room during the hush money payoff scheme.
Buckle up, Trump. This isn’t going to end well, Sir.