If Mike Pence has any sense, he’ll stock up on the antacid pills and the motion sickness bags, because the stories coming out foreshadowing what Michael Cohen will say when he “sings” on February 7, in his testimony to the House Oversight Committee, indicate that it will be quite an opera indeed. At least one major aria will be all about Pence’s evangelical wingnut crony, Jerry Falwell, Jr., a man, whose sheer hypocrisy is matched only by Pence’s own.

Simply, what Michael Cohen has to do with Jerry Falwell, Jr. is this: a man named John Gauger is the Chief Information Officer for Liberty University.  Gauger also owns RedFinch Solutions, LLC. Part of the eight felonies which Cohen pleaded guilty to last year, involved alleged financial dealings with Gauger. Cohen asked Gauger to rig polls in Donald Trump’s favor, among other things. Wall Street Journal:

In January 2014, Mr. Cohen asked Mr. Gauger to help Mr. Trump score well in a CNBC online poll to identify the country’s top business leaders by writing a computer script to repeatedly vote for him. Mr. Gauger was unable to get Mr. Trump into the top 100 candidates. In February 2015, as Mr. Trump prepared to enter the presidential race, Mr. Cohen asked him to do the same for a Drudge Report poll of potential Republican candidates, Mr. Gauger said. Mr. Trump ranked fifth, with about 24,000 votes, or 5% of the total. […]

Prosecutors wrote in a charging document that when Mr. Cohen asked Trump Organization executives for a $130,000 reimbursement for a hush payment he made to Stephanie Clifford, the porn actress known as Stormy Daniels, he also scrawled a handwritten note asking for $50,000 he said he spent on “tech services” to aid Mr. Trump’s campaign. Prosecutors didn’t name the company providing those services, but people familiar with the matter say it was RedFinch.

Faking poll results was actually the least fantastic thing that Cohen paid Gauger to do. Cohen had quite an imagination back in the day, apparently.

During the presidential race, Mr. Cohen also asked Mr. Gauger to create a Twitter account called @WomenForCohen. The account, created in May 2016 and run by a female friend of Mr. Gauger, described Mr. Cohen as a “sex symbol,” praised his looks and character, and promoted his appearances and statements boosting Mr. Trump’s candidacy. […]

Mr. Cohen asked Mr. Gauger to create the @WomenForCohen account, still active in 2019, to elevate his profile. The account’s profile says it is run by “Women who love and support Michael Cohen. Strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented and ready to make a difference!”

Sex symbols are in the eye of the beholder, are they not? As to the “ready to make a difference” it would appear that that part is true. Michael Cohen will make quite a difference February 7, when he tells the world, “what it’s like to work for a madman.” The shoddy bookkeeping, including payments in cash in satchel bags, will be discussed. Money and relationships look to be the order of the day, not just Trump’s relationships with former lovers that needed to be bought off, but relationships between Liberty University, Jerry Falwell, Jr., and all his evangelical cronies will possibly be on the table, and in a perfect world, Donald Trump’s goose will be that much closer to being cooked. The House Oversight Committee could hold this hearing in Shea Stadium, and it would be a sell out crowd.

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Cohen is not only stabbing Trump, he’s twisting the blade.

Good. Trump better get the shutdown issue disposed of, because the House Oversight hearing is going to be a bloodbath, by all appearances, and he’s going to need to focus all his attention on it.

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