Thursday, February 28, 2019

Why You Don't Turn On Your Fixer

This is why you don't piss off your fixer.  Michael Cohen's testimony and evidence puts Donald Trump in a very precarious position now.

Sometimes commentary does not do the issue justice.  Here are a few of the most horrifying passages from his testimony.

"For the record: Individual #1 is President Donald J. Trump." - the individual implicated in Cohen's conviction.

On Mr. Trump's character:
"Mr. Trump is an enigma.  He is complicated, as am I.  He has both good and bad, as do we all. But the bad far outweighs the good, and since taking office, he has become the worst version of himself.  He is capable of behaving kindly, but he is not kind.  He is capable of committing acts of generosity, but he is not generous.  He is capable of being loyal, but he is fundamentally disloyal."

"Donald Trump is a man who ran for office to make his brand great, not to make our country great.  He had no desire or intention to lead this nation - only to market himself and to build his wealth and power.  Mr. Trump would often say, this campaign was going to be the 'greatest infomercial in political history.'"

On Trump falsifying a bone spur to keep him out of the Vietnam war:
"You think I'm stupid? I wasn't going to Vietnam."

On Trump's racism:
"While we were once driving through a struggling neighborhood in Chicago, he commented that only black people could live that way.  And he told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid."

On Russia:
"I recalled Don Jr. leaning over to his father and speaking in a low voice, which I could clearly hear, and saying: 'The meeting is all set.'  I remember Mr. Trump saying, 'Ok good...let me know."

"Mr. Trump knew of and directed the Trump Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign and lied about it.  He lied about it because he never expected to win the election. He also lied about it because he stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars on the Moscow real estate project."

"Mr. Trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress.  That's not how he operates.  In conversations we had during the campaign, at the same time I was actively negotiating in Russia for him, he would look me in the eye and tell me there's no business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing.

In a way, he was telling me to lie."

On other crimes committed for and perpetrated by Donald Trump:

  • Concealment of records - "letters I wrote at Mr. Trump's direction that threatened his high school, colleges, and the College Board not to release his grades or SAT scores."
  • Fraud via a charitable organization - "a copy of an article with Mr. Trump's handwriting on it that reported on the auction of a portrait of himself - he arranged for the bidder ahead of time and then reimbursed the bidder from the account of his non-profit charitable foundation, with the picture now hanging in one of his country;"
  • Campaign Finance Fraud - "a copy of a check Mr. Trump wrote from his personal bank account - after he became president - to reimburse me for the hush money payments I made to cover up his affair with an adult film star and prevent damage to his campaign;"
  • Tax Fraud - "It was my experience that Mr. Trump inflated his total assets when it served his purposes, such as trying to be listed among the wealthiest people in Forbes, and deflated his assets to reduce his real estate taxes."

In summary,
"I'm ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump's illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience. 

I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is. 

He is a racist. 

He is a conman. 

He is a cheat."

And the saddest thing is, we know that for a large part of the population, this will make absolutely no difference.  We can pray that the courts feel otherwise.

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