Why Individual 1 was such a friend to Putin


Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, who pleaded guilty in August to breaking campaign finance laws, made a surprise appearance in a Manhattan courtroom on Thursday morning and pleaded guilty to a new criminal charge, the latest turn in the special counsel’s investigation of Mr. Trump and his inner circle.

At the court hearing, Mr. Cohen admitted to making false statements to Congress about his efforts to build a Trump Tower deal in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. That real estate deal has been a focus of the special counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russian operatives.

Oooops. That sounds big. Lawfare has posted the docs for us, and from what I’ve read so far it looks big. Cohen admits to telling a bunch of lies to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and not trivial lies but big lies, about that Trump Tower deal in Moscow. He said it was all over and finished in January 2016, before the Iowa caucus and months before the first primary.

It wasn’t.

The new guilty plea in Federal District Court marks the first time the office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has charged Mr. Cohen. In exchange for pleading guilty and continuing to cooperate with Mr. Mueller, he may hope to receive a lighter sentence than he otherwise would.

But even more than that, from what he has said before, he wants not to take the hit all by himself. He committed all these crimes at the behest of the corrupt pile of shit who squats in the Oval Office, and he wants that corrupt pile of shit to fall with him.

The Criminal Information doesn’t name Trump but calls him Individual 1 – the Individual 1 who was Cohen’s employer and a candidate for president.

He should be removed from office right now. Today.

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