Monday open thread—No such thing as a quiet weekend in the Age of Trump
The New York Times broke two huge stories this weekend.
First, on Saturday, it revealed that White House Counsel Don McGahn has been cooperating with Special Counsel Bob Mueller. Donald Trump was under the misapprehension that McGahn was his own personal lawyer, rather than a civil servant. Trump's defensive tweets indicate that he didn't know the difference.
Then, on Sunday, the Times had a story that Michael Cohen, one-time fixer for Trump, is facing a $20 million bank fraud case, and charges are imminent. Expect Cohen to give incriminating details to Mueller in an effort to save his own skin.
No one is loyal to Trump. (With the possible exception of Stephen Miller.) From Cohen to Omarosa, the rats are bailing off of the SS Trump, and doing so with alacrity. He's shown loyalty to no one in his circle, so it's not shocking that everyone is looking out for themselves. If Paul Manafort is convicted, he shouldn't necessarily expect a pardon.
The possibility of Trump being actually hauled off to prison increases with every story. His crimes will not be expiated by mere political measures such as impeachment. Only a turn in the dock will serve as a salutary lesson in what happens when the person occupying the highest office in the land betrays his country. It's a lesson which must be learned.
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