Friday, April 13, 2018

Will Michael Cohen End Up Being Trump's Monica Lewinski?

Back in the 1990s, then President Bill Clinton found himself in the middle of the toughest legal challenge of his life. Special prosecutor Kenneth Starr had been appointed in '94 to investigate the Whitewater scandal. Starr thought he had enough evidence to recommend to Congress that Clinton be impeached for perjury.

However, the House didn't have the votes to impeach. It looked as though Clinton was home free; that is until the Monica Lewinski scandal broke in January of '98. Clinton swore up and down that he didn't have an affair with Lewinski. Unfortunately, one of the people he swore up and down to was Starr under oath.

And that's how old Bill got impeached by the House of Representatives. Not from Whitewater, but from a blowjob in the oval office. Only some last-minute deals with Senate Republicans saved him from being the first president to be convicted and forced out of office.

Fast forward twenty years and we find another president, Donald Trump, embroiled in his own scandal. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller has been tasked with investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and to find out who may have conspired with them. So far, several members of Trump's campaign and administration have been charged.

Legal experts have opined as to whether Trump himself may be guilty of obstruction of justice because of his firing of FBI Director James Comey and his constant undermining of Mueller and the entire Russia investigation. At this point no one knows what Mueller will recommend when he makes his report. It may well be that he concludes that while Trump's judgment was poor, there's insufficient evidence to impeach him for obstruction or collusion, the latter I've maintained was a difficult case to make from the start.

But like Clinton before him, it turns out Trump's life is about to get a lot more complicated. That's because of the FBI raid on Michael Cohen's office and apartment. Yes, technically Cohen is Trump's personal attorney, but then Tom Hagen was Vito Corleone's attorney. The law is well established: when a lawyer crosses the line from that of traditional lawyer to that of mediator or, as Cohen likes to call himself, fixer, attorney-client privilege does not apply.

Which means all those documents and taped conversations involving Trump that were in the possession of Cohen, and are now in the possession of the FBI, could well become the noose that ends up hanging Trump. Imagine that, it was a blowjob from Lewinski that did Clinton in and here we are two decades later and Trump's own attorney might end up screwing him. Poetic justice doesn't begin to describe it.

And the irony of ironies is that Robert Mueller wasn't the one who authorized the raid. That authorization came from a Trump-appointed attorney in New York's Southern District. That means even if Trump fires Mueller, the evidence obtained from Cohen's files can still be used against Trump.

From a blowjob to a royal screwing. Like I've always said, you can't make this shit up.

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