Today we crossed the high Crimes and Misdemeanors threshold. While the news focuses on Manafort and Cohen, Trump is now clearly a target of justice. Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to paying hush money at Trump’s direction, who repaid him, thereby directly implicating Trump in a criminal conspiracy intended to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
This is a day in history to remember and a turning point in American politics with immense implications going forward. Trump should resign immediately, but don’t hold your breath.
Manafort was convicted today and Cohen pleaded guilty during the same hour. Trump’s former personal lawyer, his former campaign chair, and his former NSA and campaign advisor Flynn have all been convicted or pleaded guilty to federal crimes. The “lock her up” committee is getting locked up!
And Michael Cohen says he violated campaign finance laws more than once for the purpose of influencing the election “in coordination with and at the direction of the candidate,” that he acted “at the request of the candidate.”
Trump’s oath was a lie. While he holds office he is always under oath, hence lying at any time constitutes perjury.
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Trump’s administration has been a conspiracy of deception since the election.
As Michael Cohen pleads guilty, a reminder that the entire Trump White House — Sarah Sanders, Kellyanne Conway, and Donald Trump himself — knowingly lied to the American people about the Stormy Daniels payment.
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) August 21, 2018
That’s Trump committing perjury with White House staff lying at his direction.
There it is.
Trump was behind it all along, according to Cohen.
Trump broke the same laws that Cohen just pleaded guilty to. https://t.co/i9r46vx07e
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 21, 2018
Manafort’s verdict is small potatoes compared to Trump’s legal problems. It is also just a hint of what is to come as the Special Counsel continues the task of investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, an election we now know was illegally altered by Trump and Cohen acting in a criminal conspiracy.
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) August 21, 2018
Trump has already placed poison fruit on the Supreme Court and the Senate is about to consider another Trump nominee in the context of a now revealed criminal conspiracy by Trump to alter the election result. This is not the time to allow another Trump appointee on the court, this is a time to consider impeaching his first pick as the poison fruit of crimes.
I can't believe I'm going to say that I agree with this. But then, I can't believe I just heard the president's personal lawyer admit that he was in a criminal conspiracy with his client.
If we were too close to an election for Garland, we sure are too close for this one now. https://t.co/eP9Xbck3Fv
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) August 21, 2018
If Trump does not resign Will you vote to impeach president Donald J. Trump? is a question every candidate in the House and Senate now must face head on. Today Trump was fingered by his own attorney as the director of a criminal conspiracy to alter the election.
Let's be clear: Trump's personal attorney says Trump was part of a criminal conspiracy to cover up Trump's personal scandal.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) August 21, 2018
So when do the impeachment proceedings begin @SpeakerRyan??
— Real Patriot Ã¢ÂÂ (@2020pleasehurry) August 21, 2018
And to think, this is only the beginning of #TrumpRussia. If you like the appetizers, you are going to love the main course. Now, where’s the popcorn?
And Trump has a rally in a few minutes to support a Republican candidate …. LOL.