Yes, Republicans, Michael Cohen [left] is a thug, a mob figure, a greedy slime-bag who lies. . . . And he used all those traits as Donald Trump's right-hand man for ten years. You cannot have it both ways: The president employed this guy, used him as his fixer and his deal maker, for precisely the reasons you now find reprehensible. No other president in modern history would even know someone like Michael Cohen, let alone make him his personal lawyer and his Executive Vice President for ten years. Everyone associated with Trump is dirty; they are all liars and crooks, because Donald Trump is a liar and a crook. Mob bosses don't employ honest people and honest people don't work for mob bosses.
We have a criminal president who presided over a criminal campaign and continues to head a criminal enterprise. I stand by my now year-old prediction that this crime boss will resign in disgrace to avoid, not impeachment, but multiple criminal indictments of himself and his entire brood of common crooks. Trump's a mobster who managed to con his way into high office, just like Spiro Agnew or some East Coast mayor or state senator. And that is a very good thing: Federal and state prosecutors – unlike the U.S. House if it were to impeach him – can force him to admit his guilt, shut his mouth, and go away quietly or face watching his children grow old in prison while he slowly dies in a penitentiary hospital bed. Stay tuned. Things are going to start moving faster.
– Ken Darling
February 28, 2019
February 28, 2019
Related Off-site Links:
Michael Cohen's Shocking Picture of Trump's Mob-like World – Stephen Collinson (CNN, February 28, 2019).
Michael Cohen’s Damning Portrayal of Trump as a Lying, Racist Crook – John Cassidy (The New Yorker, February 27, 2019).
The Republican Party Completely and Utterly Disgraced Itself at Michael Cohen's Hearing – Charles P. Pierce (Esquire, February 27, 2019).
The Michael Cohen Hearing Was the Perfect Metaphor for the Maggot-eaten Rotting Corpse of the Republican Party Under Trump – Molly Jong-Fast (The Independent, February 27, 2019).
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Expertly Laid a Trap to Get Donald Trump’s Tax Returns – Inae Oh (Mother Jones, February 28, 2019).
How Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Won the Cohen Hearing – Caroline Fredrickson (The New York Times, February 28, 2019).
Michael Cohen Speaks Directly to Trump in Scathing Closing Statement – NBC News, February 27, 2019).
Republicans Who Held 33 Hearings on Benghazi Complain That Cohen’s Testimony Was a Waste of Time – Josh Israel (Think Progress, February 28, 2019).
UPDATES: The Most Important – and Neglected – Moment of the Michael Cohen Hearing – Quinta Jurecic (The Atlantic, March 1, 2019).
House Judiciary Launches Probe of Allegations of Obstruction by President Trump – Tim Mak (NPR News, March 4, 2019).
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
• Quote of the Day – December 7, 2018
• Quote of the Day – January 8, 2019
• Quote of the Day – October 17, 2018
• Quote of the Day – May 23, 2018
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