I wrote this last week, but as often happens in Trump Land, the News of The Day kept getting away from me. But better late than never. If came as a result of Trump's meltdown when he was the fifth caller into Fox & Frends, and probably won tickets to a Kanye West concert. As The Hill described it in their headline: "Trump admits Cohen represented him in Stormy Daniels deal after claiming he had no knowledge of it"
This didn't get nearly the attention it deserved, mostly because the whole phone call was just an avalanche of numbing material. But it is a huge WOW. Because the more he talks the deeper he gets. Starting with claiming that Michael Cohen only has done a "tiny, tiny little fraction" of his legal work. (Never mind that it's that "tiny, tiny fraction" that is under investigation.) And then adding about the investigation -- “I’ve been told I’m not involved.”
Note to Trump -- a) No one on your staff wants to give you bad news. Remember, you also were told that you had the biggest Inauguration crowd ever, despite it being half-empty. And b) Here's how you're involved. If Cohen faces prison on his "other" business issues, he can flip on his dealings with YOU.
So, now Trump is using the Manafort-Papadopolous Gambit: "I barely knew him." Note to Michael Cohen: don't expect that pardon.
As I said, I wrote that last week. And sometimes it's actually good to wait. Because since then, we have gotten the front page slam of Cohen splashed across the National Enquirer, painting him with lies to try and damage his credibility on the assumption that he will flip. Given their close ties to Trump -- including buying the story before the election from Playboy model Karen McDougal about her affair with Trump and then burying the material -- it is profoundly unlikely that they would have printed that cover story on Cohen without Trump's approval. So, it is becoming even more clear that he is starting to throw his former lawyer and business associate under the bus.
So, just to repeat what I said previously.
Note to Michael Cohen: don't expect a pardon.
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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