The Jury Talks Back

1/17/2019

Trump: Maybe Someone Should Investigate Michael Cohen’s Father-in-Law

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 8:10 am

Dat’s a nice fahder in law ya got dere. Be a shame if someone was to investigate him:

In an interview with FOX News on Saturday, Trump called Cohen “weak,” accused him of lying to prosecutors in order to get a reduced sentence, and hinted — unprompted and without evidence — that he possessed damaging information about Cohen’s family.

“[Cohen] should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that’s the one that people want to look at,” Trump told FOX News host Jeanine Pirro. “That’s the money in the family.”

There has been no public indication during the investigation of Cohen that his father-in-law is or was the subject of any criminal inquiry.

“It’s an absolutely shocking violation of norms for the chief executive to suggest a retaliatory investigation against the relative of a witness against him,” said Kenneth White, a former federal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney with Brown, White & Osborn LLP. “This is Nixonian ‘enemy list’ stuff, but instead of the public finding out about it through secret tapes and insiders, the president is saying it openly on TV.”

. . . .

One day after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, Trump tweeted that Cohen agreed to plead guilty only “to embarrass the president and get a much reduced prison sentence, which he did – including the fact that his family was temporarily let off the hook.”

I know that many readers here will not find Trump’s threats a “shocking violation of norms” but as business as usual from the Lunatic in Chief. However, the fact that Trump engages in regular surprising violations of norms should not dull our senses to the point where we allow this sort of behavior not to shock us.

If Democrats get around to mounting a genuine effort to impeach Trump, this should be among the articles of impeachment.

Meanwhile, Rudy “Bug Eyes” Giuliani seems to be leaving open the possibility that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, saying his past denials of collusion have related only to Trump personally:

President Trump’s legal spokesman Rudolph W. Giuliani on Wednesday night appeared to grant the possibility that members of Trump’s campaign did, in fact, collude with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

And in the process, he contradicted dozens of previous denials that both the Trump team (and Trump himself) have offered.

“I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign,” Giuliani told CNN’s Chris Cuomo, before getting cut off.

“Yes, you have,” Cuomo said.

Giuliani shot back: “I have not. I said ‘the president of the United States.’”

Here’s the clip:

Kinda hard to deny collusion by the campaign when Trump’s campaign manager gave internal polling data to Konstantin Kilimnik, whom Mueller has described as someone who has “ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016.”

I suspect the next shoe to drop will relate to additional evidence of Trump’s knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya. If I’m right, that evidence will be waved off impatiently by Trump superfans as well.

And the drama continues…

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