Cohen, who probably knows more than anyone about the OM’s business dealings — except perhaps the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — admitted having falsely claimed that efforts to build a Trump Tower Moscow ended in January 2016. It turns out that Cohen was negotiating with Putin’s office in the Kremlin through mid-June of that year, up until the time that HWMNBN secured the Republican nomination for president. All the while, the OM was giving rallies all across the country constantly insisting, while lying through his teeth, that he had no business dealings with Russia, no contacts, no collusion, no nothing. Clearly he defrauded the American people to get himself the Republican nomination and later the presidency. Not only was the OM negotiating with Putin and the Russian government at the time that he was campaigning for president, he had apparently offered Putin, President of our nation’s worst adversary, a $50 million penthouse apartment in the Moscow Trump Tower project once it was built. There is a word for such secret deal making: It is called bribery.
As for the OM’s perpetual lying to the American people, his base and almost all of the elected Republicans don’t seem to care in the least. Impervious as his loyalists are to his despicable and dishonest behavior, nothing the OM ever does or says, no matter how repugnant, seems to cause even a stir among the Republican members of the House and Senate who survived the blue tsunami of our midterm election held in 2018. Surely the midterm election was a judgment on the OM and his circle of liars, but still Republicans could care less.
Since HWMNBN was inaugurated, almost everyone within his inner circle has been caught lying. Michael Flynn, the admitted felon, lied (and he, of “Lock her up!” fame, no less). This indictment was followed by that of George Papadopolous, who is now sitting in prison for his crimes and lies. Then came Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman, who recently ended his plea relationship with Mueller. Then came the deputy campaign manager, and on and on. In truth, the list of proven liars has grown on a nearly daily basis, since the presidential inauguration of January 2017. The OM’s own lies, which have averaged nearly 10 a day since he took office, according to The Post’s Fact Checker, haven’t yet hurt him with his (dare I say it?) “basket of deplorables”.
There are so many liars in the OM’s circle, he being chief among them. Now the number of OM associates who’ve already sang for Mueller now seems to outnumber those left for him to get rid of. Surely, a preponderance of evidence can’t be far off. With Cohen’s plea, HWMNBN is now officially a person of interest and even has the legal name of Individual 1.
For nearly two years, HWMNBN has attacked the FBI and the special counsel, and literally anyone else who has dared call into question his behavior or lack of decorum. If someone is innocent, they do not need to go on the attack constantly the way the OM has. If he had nothing to hide, he would clearly have stood aside and encouraged a full and complete investigation to exonerate his reputation, rather than attempt to obstruct justice at nearly every turn and with nearly every act he takes.
From early in his campaign, while the OM was privy to his secret business negotiations with Russia, he was touting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia generally. It’s clear now that the OM lied again and again about his business dealings with Putin and with Russia, and most importantly, Putin and the Kremlin KNEW he was lying. This itself gave the Russian government kompramat on the man they would soon choose to help elect as America’s next president.
HWMNBN was compromised by the Russian government even before he descended his golden escalator and declared his candidacy for president. In my view, he was Russia’s choice from the beginning, because they owned him from the beginning. And all the lies, lies and more lies told since then have been about covering up this one crucial fact. From where I sit, the OM has knowingly and wittingly sold out his country to benefit himself and his dreadful mob-like family.