I think the person in American most upset by the FBI raid of Michael Cohen's office on Monday was not Trump, but rather Mark Zuckerberg. I have this image of his sitting in hotel room room watching the wall-to-wall All Day coverage of the story as he prepared for his Senate appearance the next day, and shouting at the TV screen, "You raided him TODAY??!! Today?!!!!! Why in the world couldn't you have held off just just 24-freaking hours and raided him tomorrow??!!!!"
The raid is, of course, fascinating for far too many reasons. But almost none of the most fascinating have anything to do with the payment he made to a porn actress. And the person who put that best was former Watergate prosecutor Nik Ackerman who said on MSNBC yesterday -- and I'm paraphrasing --
"I worked in that Southern District of New York office for eight years. And there is no way that the Department of Justice approved three separate search warrants for the FBI to raid the office, hotel room and home of the lawyer for the President of the United States over an election law violation. There had to be probable cause for much more serious crimes for them to have done that."
Michael Cohen has been the Trump Organization's lawyer for years. Today, his sole client is Trump. He has been involved with both Trump personal and Trump company dealings. He was negotiating with Russia for a Trump Moscow hotel during the election. The depth of his knowledge and, even more to the point, his personal involvement with Trump and the company's dealings is profound. It's not only that he knows where the bodies are buried, he probably helped bury them. He is a man who has reveled in being Trump's "fixer," the brutal kind who has threatened a reporter in a vociferous, cold rant how he will bury the journalist.
I saw an item yesterday on social media from an AP reporter who wrote, "Cohen tweeted 'I will always protect my POTUS' the day before the FBI raids - but he has recently told confidants that he worries about being made a fall guy."
My immediate response was, in fairness to Trump (yes, really), Michael Cohen set himself up to be the fall guy. And he has done so willingly for years. I won't say that he has "no one else to blame," because it's indeed fair to blame Trump. But when Cohen looks in the mirror, he can see the co-conspirator.
And it's no wonder Trump is freaking out. His tweet, "THIS IS A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!", are not the words of a very stable genius. The are also not semantically correct.
The proper words is "warlock." And it seems like they found one.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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