On Wednesday, President Trump’s former attorney/handler as well as the former deputy finance chair of the RNC, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in jail for charges related to financial crimes.
The sentencing is by far the most significant to the Special Counsel’s probe into Trump’s campaign and its relationship to Russian collusion yet. Prosecutors for the Southern District of New York said in the sentencing that Trump directed Cohen to commit crimes, implicating the President in felonious behavior. The sentencing was a sign that Trump’s troubles are worsening by the day.
Here are the 4 bombshell that have come out of Cohen’s sentencing
1. U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami said in a press release that AMI, which owns the National Enquirer, helped in corroborating facts in the charges against Cohen. It’s interesting that the company received a non-prosecution agreement, because that would suggest that Cohen isn’t the only target. It is believed that Trump, the Trump Organization, and/or others are targets.
2. In order to prove the hush money payments were criminal violations of campaign finance law, prosecutors must prove that the payments were made in an effort to directly influence the election. Khuzami reveals that he has corroboration for Michael Cohen’s damning account of events:
“As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate’s presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election. AMI further admitted that its principal purpose in making the payment was to suppress the woman’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.”
3. Khuzami wrote: “Cohen was reimbursed for the latter payment in monthly installments disguised as payments for legal services performed pursuant to a retainer, when in fact no such retainer existed.”
4. “Cohen made or caused both of these payments in order to influence the 2016 election and did so in coordination with one or more members of the campaign.” Khuzami said.
It seems like Michael Cohen may just be the “smocking gun” that sends this presidency to the dustbin of history after all.