Michael Cohen is on his way to jail for a very long time. But as his ship sinks, he and his attorney are grasping for straws to reduce that sentence. Cohen has agreed to sing if it means a reduced sentence. But Mueller already passed on a Cohen plea bargain.
But what if everything Cohen is saying is true? Is Trump in trouble? According to precedent, the answer is no. Let’s start with John Edwards. Friends and megadonors paid nearly $1 million to Edwards’ mistress to cover up his affair right before an election. The DOJ brought the charge that those were reportable campaign contributions because they were made to benefit Edwards’ campaign and influence the election. Edwards was acquitted. The DOJ could not successfully make the argument that those amounts to pay off his mistress should have been reported.
President Obama found himself in hot water after failing to report $1.8 million in campaign donations made through normal channels and for keeping donations that were in excess of allowed limits. His campaign paid a $350,000 fine, the largest in history, and moved on with life as though nothing happened.
Bill Clinton lied about an affair during a sexual harassment trial that suddenly fell into the scope of the White Water special counsel. But he was under oath. He actually committed perjury. But nothing happened to him.
In Trump’s case, he paid Michael Cohen a retainer as an attorney to represent him and to deal with issues like paying off people he had an affair with. Does that make Trump a Clinton grade slimeball? Of course. Who didn’t know that already? But even the leftovers from Obama’s DOJ are going to have a hard time turning a $130,000 payment into something they couldn’t get with the million dollars spent on Edwards’ mistress. Additionally, the liar and singer Michael Cohen, who stated in the past that Trump didn’t know about the payoffs, never had affairs, etc is going to have to provide hard evidence. So far the Cohen tapes have disappointed in that area.
From our analysis, the only charge Cohen has made that could put Trump in serious trouble is that Trump knew about the DNC hack before it happened. Even then, knowing about it is a far cry from causing it. But that could get Trump into enough trouble that a Democrat run House could at least introduce impeachment charges. They would never get 75 votes in the Senate. But more importantly, we’d have to see more than the word of a man on his way to jail being advised by Bill Clinton’s personal attorney, Lanny Davis. Cohen would need to produce a tape of Trump talking about the DNC hack along with timestamp proof that it was before the hack took place.
I’m pretty sure if that existed, we would have heard it by now. But who knows, maybe it’ll be an October surprise.