Lasha Darkmoon — Darkmoon August 24, 2018
Based on News Reports,
especially a Q & A article in the Guardian.
(Short video added).
Michael Cohen, turncoat Jewish lawyer (left), once boasted that he would ‘take a bullet’ for Trump. Instead, he has now pulled the rug away from under the President’s feet and thrown him to the wolves. If Trump is the New Messiah, Michael Cohen is definitely the new Judas Iscariot.
Needless to say, I have no access to the corridors of power and have no idea where all this is going to lead. The mainstream media, firmly under the control of a cosmopolitan elite whose name must not be mentioned in polite circles, have united in sadistic solidarity—gloating over the President’s calamitous situation and baying for his blood like the Hounds of Hell.
The presidency is now in jeopardy and it would be a miracle if it manages to survive. The fur has begun to fly and the traditional s**t has hit the fan, as the world waits with bated breath to see what happens next.
Trump has had the audacity, the chutzpah, to defy this elite of which he once seemed to be a part. He has given grave offence to the Puppet Masters, though himself frequently accused (by myself among others) of being a “puppet” of the same Puppeteers. It now becomes increasingly hard, however, to accept the conspiracy theory that Trump is a conventional “puppet” when the Puppet Masters themselves have turned against him and are flaying him alive for not being sufficiently cooperative. For not being a nice puppet and doing what he is told.
If you’re a puppet, after all, you do what you are told to do. That’s what it means to be a puppet. You let your strings be jerked. There can be no such thing as a rebellious puppet.
The headlines I have in front of me say it all. I have added the exclamation marks, for which my sincere apologies. They add a note of breathlessness which is needed.
— Trump’s in deep trouble. But, like a wounded animal, that only makes him more dangerous!
— Beleaguered President could be impeached!
— Lawyer admits he paid Stormy ‘hush money’ — now he vows to spill secrets of White House!
— The Porn Star! The Bunny Girl! The Supergrass Lawyer! — and the ex-FBI chief hellbent on bringing the President down! No wonder all of America is asking ….. IS DONALD’S HOUSE OF CARDS ABOUT TO FOLD?
Let’s offer a brief summary of the situation in a Question and Answer format. The bare facts need to be revealed before we can draw our own conclusions on whether to join in the witch hunt and rejoice in the President’s ongoing destruction, or, alternatively, whether it might be be preferable to express our sympathies for the man’s obvious sufferings.
Q & A from the Guardian
Tuesday was a bad day for Donald Trump. His former lawyer Michael Cohen accused the president of joining in what prosecutors might see as a conspiracy to violate elections laws, and his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of eight federal felonies and appears headed for prison.
What happens next?
Q: What has Trump been accused of?
One significant new accusation against Trump emerged on Tuesday. In open court, Cohen said that “in coordination with, and at the direction of, a candidate for federal office” he had made hush agreements with two women “for the principal purpose of influencing the election”.
The hush money agreements amounted to an illegal corporate donation made directly to a candidate and an illegally large individual donation. The extent of Trump’s involvement was made plain by charging documents which described how Cohen submitted false invoices so that Trump could reimburse him for the payments.
As Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said in a statement afterwards: “If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn’t they be a crime for Donald Trump?”
Q: Will Trump face some kind of criminal charge?
A: Probably not. Past justice department guidance has held that a sitting president may not be indicted for a crime, and Trump’s legal team has said (caveat lector) that special counsel Robert Mueller had assured them he would follow that guidance.
Trump could theoretically be indicted upon leaving office, but historically in the US there has not been much appetite for prosecuting former presidents.
Q: What happens now?
A: The worst scenario for Trump would be for Democrats to gain control of congress in the November midterm elections, and start up corruption investigations possibly including impeachment hearings. Basically, Trump’s fate is in the hands of voters.
Will the public grow disgusted with the president as he sides with convicted felons such as Manafort who declined to pay taxes on millions in overseas income while buying ostrich jackets and extravagant antique carpets? Or will they get sick of being blatantly lied to by the president to their faces?
Or, on the other hand, will that crucial sliver of potentially wavering Trump supporters agree with the president that it’s all a “witch-hunt”?
“Let’s remember that this is ultimately about Congress and not the courts,” tweeted Eric Columbus, a senior lawyer in the justice department during the Barack Obama years. “Anyone who thinks Trump will face a criminal trial while president is kidding themselves.”
Q: So if Trump maintains his consistent approval rating, he’s all good?
A: No. Trump is at the center of multiple overlapping state and federal investigations led by Mueller’s investigation of Trump campaign ties with Russia and related matters.
Each arm of the investigation appears capable of revealing potentially criminal conduct by the president or by members of his family, or conduct by Trump that might violate his oath of office – or something else.
The breathtaking multiplicity of fronts on which Trump appears to be legally vulnerable – from his campaign to his business to his conduct in office – is terrible for him, noted Benjamin Wittes, editor in chief of Lawfare, writing in the Atlantic: “The situation gets worse for the president – because nobody, including him, has much idea when the next blow is coming or along which of these fronts.”
Q: Is there a bright side for Trump?
A: How about this statistic: “Only 28% of young adults say they are absolutely certain they will vote in the 2018 election compared to 74% of seniors,” according to a study by the non-profit PRRI. If the Democrats can’t take Congress, the notion of accountability for Trump may recede farther into the distance.
Trump also has his durable approval rating. In the eyes of the public, he may have been inoculated against certain accusations, such as Cohen’s statement that he was in on the hush agreements, by the fact that his spokesman Rudy Giuliani blurted out the same thing months ago on television, and that Cohen had already released audio tapes appearing to document Trump’s involvement.
Neither Manafort nor Cohen has yet agreed with prosecutors to offer testimony in cases running parallel. But this point of encouragement for Trump is a fragile one. If Manafort, facing the prospect of ending his life in prison, decided to testify against the president, his description of Trump campaign contacts with Russians could expose criminality or additional Trump lies.
Q: If you were Trump, would you be worried?
A: Yes, over things like the surprise news last week that White House counsel Don McGahn has spent 30 hours with the special counsel and the president’s legal team has little idea what he said; or the fact that the longtime Trump Organization chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, has been subpoenaed by Mueller.
With the Manafort guilty verdict, the Mueller team would seem to display, from Trump’s perspective, a somewhat disturbing efficiency. The charging documents against Cohen showed how the special counsel has gained detailed knowledge of the inner workings of the Trump Organization – in the case of the hush payments, at least. If the Trump Organization hosted illegal activity, Mueller might discover it and charge it.
Mueller also appears to be weighing an obstruction of justice charge against Trump. Again, Trump appears to know as little as the public about what is coming next out of the justice department. As national security specialist and historian Tim Weiner told the Guardian last week: “The president of the United States is terrified.”
“The president of the United States is terrified.”
See VIDEO below
“Terrified Trump Wants A Second Special Counsel
To Investigate The Investigators”
Q: What about Russia?
A: Exactly. Trump has argued that Mueller is currently on a fishing expedition, having lost sight of his original focus on Russia. Unfortunately for Trump, that does not appear to be the case.
In indictments previously returned against Russian individuals and companies, Mueller has documented how Russian agents stole US identities, spied inside the country and carried out a campaign of online hacking and subterfuge to upset US democracy. Many of the Russians’ tactics came to public light for the first time owing to Mueller.
Only Mueller and his team know what’s coming next. In one of the lesser news lines Tuesday, Mueller and the legal team for Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, agreed to put off Flynn’s sentencing owing to his ongoing participation in open investigations.
VIDEO : 3.52 mins