The Real Danger To Trump From The Raid On Michael Cohen

On April 9, 2018, the offices, hotel, and home of Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen were raided by the FBI which has sent Donald Trump into a frenzy. While one obvious concern is that the raid might uncover more facts about that $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and possibly prove Trump’s affair. Another might be that Cohen’s e-mails reveal further negotiations with Russia about projects like Trump Tower Moscow or other real estate projects during a time Trump was claiming he had no business interests in Russia. There might be some completely unknown criminal behavior that comes to light as a result of the raid. Trump has much to be fearful of but none of that is the worst-case scenario for the President.

The real fear is that Special Counsel Bob Mueller along with the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, amass enough information against Michael Cohen to make him flip, bringing into play every dirty deal Donald Trump has done over the last decade. Money laundering, foreign bribes, conspiracy to affect an election, how he ended up surrounded by grifters and cons (his Cabinet)? And then there’s the women, the Nondisclosure Agreements (NDA’s) and the payoffs.

Cohen can theoretically tie Trump to all sorts of illegal and/or immoral behavior and the only standard a man like Trump can use is, what would he do in similar circumstances? Mueller has been shown to being willing to throw the entire book at someone to get their cooperation (ask Paul Manafort). As the charges pile up against Cohen, beyond the currently asserted FEC violations and bank fraud. At what point will Cohen decide to trade Trump’s misdeeds for a get out of jail free card?

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Trump’s options were already few. Do nothing and wait for Mueller to gather damning information by following the money which he’s already been doing. Watch as his son, son-in-law, and possibly daughter face criminal charges? Fire Mueller and risk immediate impeachment for obstruction of justice? Can he pardon his personal lawyer without confirming additional obstruction? Can he pardon himself? Should he quit?

Despite the fact the raid was conducted not by the Special Counsel’s office but by a regional US Attorney. Mueller has indeed thrown down the gauntlet while simultaneously slapping Trump upside the head with it. My only hope is that if Cohen does flip, we get to watch the testimony on television.

 

Author: enigmainblackcom

William Spivey is a regular contributor to the Inner-City News where he writes about politics and popular culture. He also blogs as “Enigma in Black” where he explores poetry, religion, politics and all manner of things socially relevant. He is also a contributing Blogger at Together We Stand He is the founder of the Facebook pages Average Citizen Forum, Enigma in Black, and “Strong Beginnings,” the title of his soon to be released Political Fiction/Romance novel. William was the winner of a University-wide Essay Contest while at Fisk University titled, “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Fisk and resides in Orlando, FL. His goal is to make his voice heard and make a difference.

35 thoughts on “The Real Danger To Trump From The Raid On Michael Cohen”

  1. He should absolutely quit. However, like Roy Moore in the face of numerous sexual assault / misconduct charges, I believe Trump will do as the South did in the civil war: “Stand to our arms.”

    Disgusting.

    As with so many of your posts, I certainly hope that the handcuffs are tightening and that this shared shame in our country leaves us expeditiously.

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      1. Bahaha! Tightened sphincter is definitely a solid indicator and a good call on your part, enigma. I don’t disagree that, with each passing day, he looks more like a thing hunted. I just get frustrated and impatient that IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET!

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  2. I think what we saw yesterday was the death of due process in America. What records were withheld that demanded a raid? Simultaneously, our own Justice Dept. FBI, CIA, NSA have actually withheld subpoenaed documents from Congress. Do we have a two tier justice system? Is that what we are to learn? How does Ms. Daniels affair relate to Mueller’s investigation of Russian collusion in our 2016 election?
    IMO, Mueller has weaponized his investigation against our Constitution in front of the whole world. To my knowledge, no sitting President has had his records seized in our history, let alone while fully cooperating with an investigation. May justice be done!

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    1. I think what we saw in both instances was due process at work. The “Daniels affair” (good word pairing) was not related to his investigation so he did what he was supposed to and refer it to the US Attorney whose purview did include bank fraud among the other allegations against Cohen.

      As for the Justice Dept. not meeting the deadline imposed by Congress. It’s because they had to review each of the millions of electronic documents requested to ensure they weren’t giving out classified data or personal information that they weren’t supposed to. They didn’t refuse to provide the information, they couldn’t meet an unreasonable timeline based on the measures our safeguards would have them impose.
      Nixon might disagree about having records seized. Actually, he was forced to turn over tapes after requiring the SCOTUS to direct him to do so. The records seized were actually Cohen’s and you have nothing but Trump’s word of full cooperation. The US Attorney was convinced otherwise and was able to persuade a Federal Judge as well, despite knowing just how scrutinized that decision would be.

      I have faith that justice will be done, which will necessarily result in an outcome you may not like. Removing a criminal from office.

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      1. Thanks for the reply. I agree to disagree with you on the benefits of breaking a sitting President’s 4th Amendment rights. I just hope that it doesn’t do permanent damage to our already broken legal system.
        The entire Mueller investigation is based on the fraudulent Russian Dossier. So, Mueller follows the letter of the law based on a phony premise. Sessions recused himself from something presented to him as real evidence, which it clearly is not. He has accommodated Trump’s accusers to the uttermost, but that is not enough.
        Stormy may prove Trump to be unfaithful, but not unlawful. What laws did he break while serving as POTUS? That’s my first concern.

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      2. The investigation began well before the Dossier was given to the FBI, it started after George Papadopoulos was bragging in a bar to a foreign diplomat about dirt on Hillary. Much of the Dossier has been confirmed in fact, including several secret meetings with Russian officials and Trump’s attempts to do business in Russia. Obstruction of Justice is a crime and I don’t doubt he’s done that while in office.

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      1. The Bill of Rights had various definitions of citizens, some had no rights but whose population was counted as 3/5ths for the allocation of Congressional seats. Indians who didn’t pay taxes weren’t counted at all and many rights were not extended to women. It really depends on what you mean by “covered?”

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      2. All those compromises were forced by Democrats. The slave states were entirely managed by Democrats. How is that like the current Congress?
        I think imiigration can and will be reformed, but illegal entry to our country is a serious issue. I hate the poverty pimps on both sides of the aisle who have misused kind people from elsewhere. The Rockefeller Repubs want cheap labor. Some Dems want underlings whom they can manipulate w/ free stuff for votes. Theres a middle ground. I used to work labor. Some of the crews were nearly all Mexican. Their English speaking Mexican bosses treated them like crap and never worked himself. Just ran his guys into the ground.

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      3. Blaming the Democrats of the late 1700’s as if they are the same as the Democrats of today is passing the buck. Most of those who would have supported those ideas, fled the Democrat Party with the passage of Civil and Voting Rights. But that isn’t really a right/left issue, it’s what America was and in some ways is. Today’s Congress, especially the Republicans have become completely partisan. In this case, Republicans are willing to overlook Russian infiltration of our election process in order to support a President most of them can’t stand.

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      4. Fair enough. I still believe it’s inhumane to knowingly send people to their deaths who are seeking legitimate asylum from known gangsters. But fair enough.

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      5. I agree. A good friend gtew up in Columbia. The control of the cartels is heinous. I can see why people want to escape.
        I would love to see the UN adddress that issue in Mex& SA, and our laemakers update immigration from Canada and Mexico from the dinosaur process it is now. Take care. Thanks for processing!

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    2. And you think Mueller is after the constitution? Weak defense. He’s after our (clearly) dipshit president. If you still stand behind 45… well… what’s that river in Egypt?

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      1. Uranium One. If we had a justice dept., HRC would be in jail for selling 20% of weapins grade uranium to Russia for a $145 million “donation” to the Clinton foundation. The media has no curosity abt leftists apparently. They prove, on average, to be motivated only by politics, not lawfulness.
        Thanks for your replies!

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    3. From a USA Today article: “In order to get the OK to raid Cohen’s office, prosecutors would have had to get approval from high up — in this case from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — and demonstrate to a federal magistrate both probable cause and the need for a warrant instead of a subpoena (such as a concern that Cohen might destroy evidence), Litman explained.

      In addition, the probable cause would have to relate to a crime centered on Cohen, not Trump or someone else. “You can’t use it as end run around to get to the client,” Litman said.

      There will also be a “taint team” to examine everything before it is handed over to prosecutors to make sure that those conducting the case never see any material that might be “tainted” by attorney-client privilege.

      The only way the prosecution would be permitted to examine any material that might otherwise fall under the attorney-client umbrella is if it is determined to be part of a crime jointly undertaken by the attorney and the client. But for the privilege to be nullified, Litman said the taint team would have to get the approval of the court to present the material to the prosecution.

      In order to fall under attorney-client protection, the documents just have to be related to Cohen dispensing legal advice or gathering information in order to give that advice, Litman said. But merely having an attorney involved does not guarantee the protection. ”

      So they had to get permission. The president is not necessariliy protected under attorney-client privilege. The prosecution may not ever seen anything they’re supposed to see, and, if they do, they can be taken off of the prosecution and the whole case can go down in flames. So, don’t sweat it; the constitution still exists.

      Furthermore, the crimes being investigated here are (potential) wire fraud, campaign finance fraud, and a third thing I’m forgetting. That isn’t NOTHING. On top of that, we’re still trying to figure out if this president was right when he said that the election was rigged. We’re just trying to figure out if it was rigged IN HIS FAVOR (via Cambridge Analytica, ties to Russia, Russian troll farms and social media interference…). If you still feel this guy is legit, I’ll answer my above question: denial. You’re in denial.

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      1. The Rusdian Dossier, the premise of everything Mueller IS fiction. Paid fir by DNC. How can we trust Mueller based on this? It is a political, not legal, attack.
        HRC, while SoS, destroyed givt computers, and deleted 33k classified emails while in office. Never raided. See the dbl standard?

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      2. What-about-ism. No one is here to discuss Hillary. I do see the double-standard; I don’t see it’s relevance to this conversation.

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      3. Ok. Here’s why I think it might be relevant.
        AG of USA recused his involvement based on dossier.
        Yet, Rosen stein, Comey, Wray, and the FISA judge friends yet they dont recuse themselves from investigation.
        I just hope Rosenstein realizes his approval of raid has struck at the heart of attny-client privilege for ALL Americans. He needs to own his attack on due process. Maybe he believes its worth it?

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      4. It’s legal. That’s my point. They followed the proper channels. If you want to question whether or not it should be legal, then I suppose that’s fine. However, protocol was followed. I wonder if you wouldn’t be elated if the person being raided WAS HRC, instead of someone having to do with Trump. Could you answer that one honestly?

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      5. I don’t think I understand. Legal channels were followed in obtaining a warrant to raid Cohen. Do you feel the letter or the spirit of the law were violated? Didn’t Sessions recuse himself for “misleading” congress and being a part of the Trump campaign? I can’t see anything more than frustration. I don’t see anything illegal or running counter to the constitution. That said, I’m very new to politics and government. Like so many, I didn’t care much before last year.

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      6. I mean this by “spirit of the law”: the speed limit is 60 mph, but a cop chooses not to enforce that law at rush hour. If the cop chooses to write a ticket because of safety, its his discretion. I guess what Im saying is that justice is a balance of legalism and the intention of the law. That help?

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      7. I know what the phrase spirit of the law means. I am asking how the spirit has been violated in this context.

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      8. They requested millions of documents that have to be individually read to protect citizen’s rights. They also insisted on an unreasonable timeline. Making an impossible request doesn’t make the response any easier to comply with.

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      9. Which documents are those? Not trying to be combative. Just curious. I was not aware of that.

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      10. Take a peek?The ACLJ File Dump can be found here:

        media.aclj.org/pdf/Clinton-Lynch-ABC.pdf

        media.aclj.org/pdf/Clinton-Lynch-Media-collusion.pdf

        media.aclj.org/pdf/Clinton-Lynch-FBI-Just-Called.pdf

        media.aclj.org/pdf/FBI-Security-Lynch-Clinton.pdf

        There is absolutely zero doubt after these groundbreaking reports that the media worked side by side with the Clinton campaign and James Comey used the FBI to cover up collusion between the DOJ and the Clintons.

        It appears as if there was advice asked has to handle the inquiries into the infamous tarmac meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton.

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  3. Sessions recusal had nothing to do with the Dossier. He had already had undisclosed entanglements with Russians (see I used different words) and was a potential witness to campaign activities.

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