Odd behavior is normal for Donald Trump however, there were widespread reports last night that, during the White House tree lighting ceremony, he visibly panicked as he looked at his phone and quickly left. There were many speculations on the cause.
The most intriguing guess I heard was that Trump received an alert that McDonalds is bringing back the McRib sandwich.
But it might be more than that. His tweet last night was a clue.
This mornings news offered the answer:
Michael Cohen, Trumps long time attorney, has officially flipped after reaching a plea deal with Robert Mueller.
Cohen pled guilty to making false statements to Congress during past testimony and he will provide dozens of hours of testimony, that will be potentially damaging to the president.
CNN reports Cohen’s plea documents state the following:
- The Trump Tower Moscow Project deal lasted until into Summer 2016.
- Cohen discussed the Moscow deal more than three times with candidate Trump.
- Cohen briefed Trump family members about said deal.
- Cohen took steps in contemplation of Trump’s travel to Russia working towards the hotel deal.
- Michael Cohen pled guilty to lying to Congress about working on a Trump Hotel Moscow deal in Russia… during the presidential campaign.
Trump’s response to reporters outside the White House:
“Michael Cohen is a weak person. And by being weak, unlike other people that you watch, he’s a weak person, and what he’s trying to do is get a reduced sentence. So he is lying about a project everybody knew about.”
Q: If Cohen is such a bum, why did you hire him and have him on your payroll for 12 years and have him do so much of your dirty work?
TRUMP: “Because a long time ago, he did me a favor. A long time ago he did me a favor.”
“When I run for president, that doesn’t mean I’m now allowed to do business… after I won, obviously, I don’t do business… there would be nothing wrong if I did do it [build a Trump-branded building in Moscow].”
Q: “Are you still planning to meet with Putin?”
Trump: “I probably will be meeting with President Putin. We haven’t terminated that meeting. I was thinking about it, but we haven’t. They’d like to have it. I think it’s a very good time to have the meeting.”
Q: Are you considering a Manafort pardon?:
Trump: “The question was asked yesterday about pardons with respect to Paul Manafort. It’s very sad what’s happened to Paul, the way he’s being treated. I’ve never seen anyone treated so poorly…I’m not taking anything off the table.”
Speaking of pardons…
“Could be.” 🙄
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager and a convicted felon who is serving time, lied under oath, engaged in witness tampering while incarcerated, and it has now come to light that his attorney has been sharing information, regarding the line of questioning etc. of the Mueller investigation, with Trump’s attorney.
Why would Manafort risk everything to help Trump?
Perhaps he has been offered a pardon.
🤔 Was Trump’s current attorney offering Manafort a pardon, via his attorney…
“I have nothing to do with Russia — no deals, no loans, no nothing.” ~Trump
Donald Trump appears to have had deals with Russia.
New York Attorney General, Barbara Underwood has been working to close loopholes in the state of New York that would prevent the filing of State charges for offenses pardoned on the federal level.
“It’s crystal clear that President Trump is willing to use his pardon power to thwart the cause of justice, rather than advance it — and that should trouble each and every American concerned with the rule of law.” ~NY AG Underwood
👆🏼👆🏼👆🏼Hakeem Jeffries Democratic Representative, New York makes some excellent points.
Regardless,this is bad day for Trump, one of many to come. There are so many people involved in this conspiracy, a conspiracy in the making for decades, estimates are that this investigation will continue for up to 3 years. That doesn’t mean Trump will last 3 more years.
If you’d like a better understanding of how this all happened it is worth your time to watch Active Measures.