Right now, as reported here, former Trump fixer Michael Cohen spent seven hours with the Manhattan DA to prepare him for his grand jury testimony at 2pm Monday afternoon. This was his 20th chat with the Manhattan DA.
And once he’s done, so is the grand jury pretty much. Traitor Tot is never going to poke his head out of his hole to play a game of Whack-A-Mole with the grand jury. All that will be left is for Manhattan DA Bragg to make his pitch and ask for indictments.
Bragg did his job under New York state law. He notified Trump’s attorneys that he was likely to be indicted, and that it would be on charges related to Trump’s criminal activity regarding the hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. He gave Trump a chance to respond before the grand jury before any indictments were issued. That’s all he had to do. But that doesn’t mean that that’s all there is.
Because I gotta be honest, I smell frigging in the rigging. Here’s what Bragg appears ready to indict El Pendejo Presidente on. Falsifying his business records for the state. The state has a name for that. They call it a misdemeanor. A fine. No jail time. In order to turn it into a felony, an illegal has to walk a tightrope to show that Trump’s falsification of records was to cover another criminal act. And in this case it appears that that tortuous road is to show that Trump hid an illegal campaign contribution in kind by paying Daniels off to keep her mouth shut weeks before the election.
I smell bullshit here. First of all, if you’re going to go after a former sitting President, and basically put your reelection chances on it, you don’t go with a cheesedick charge for illegal campaign contributions. That’s like prosecuting Hitler for freakin’ jaywalking. If you fail, you look like shit, and if you win, you get a fine and a paltry jail sentence. That isn’t going to enhance Bragg’s reputation with voters.
Here’s another thing. There’s no way that it takes 20 interviews with Michael Cohen to prepare him to talk about the Stormy Daniels affair. Cohen could phone that part in. There has to be something more that they want from Cohen for the grand jury. And I think I know what it is.
Bragg did his due diligence. He advised Trump’s lawyers that he was likely to be indicted, and indicated that he would be indicted on charges dealing with the Stormy Daniels payoff. But he never said, nor was he required to say that those were the only charges.
After Bragg took over, former DA Cyrus Vance’s lead prosecutor, RICO savant Mark Pomerantz resigned in protest because Bragg was hesitant to prosecute when Pomerantz felt they had a whole Golden Corral buffet of criminal business charges to hit Trump with. Pomerantz made his resignation letter available to the media, and later wrote a book about the case. This put Bragg under an uncomfortable spotlight.
The weak link in the prosecutorial chain has always been Michael Cohen. After all, Cohen must testify, since he’s the insider that can connect all the dots. But the problem with Cohen is that he’s an admitted liar and a convicted federal criminal. The defense would do a Fargo on his ass, and feed him into a wood chipper on cross examination.
Which is what makes the witness list over the last 10 days or so so interesting. The list includes former Trump campaign Counsel Kelly Anne Conway, who has admitted that she was the conduit between Cohen and Trump for the Daniels negotiation and transaction. Also Hope Hicks, Trump’s closest advisor during the campaign, even closer than Bannon or Manafort. She was literally in the room for everything.
Their purpose was and is clear. They’re there to rehabilitate Michael Cohen. They can both verify his statements regarding the Stormy Daniels payoff, and if they can do that, then that will add gravitas on Cohen’s testimony on other issues as well. Which means that Cohen can run the table on all kinds of shit not connected at all to the Stormy Daniels payment.
And here’s a cookies for you. It has been reported that the Manhattan DA’s office has officially notified former Trump CFO Allan Weisselberg that he is at risk for additional criminal charges under a separate indictment.
There are two possible explanations for this. If Bragg can successfully rehabilitate Cohen, he can use the threat of Cohen’s testimony to roll over on Trump in this case. And if he refuses, then Bragg can lump Weisselberg into the current grand jury, and hang him out to dry for being such an asshole.
So now we all sit on pins and needles, and wait for Alvin Bragg’s announcement, And I’m sorry, but I don’t see Bragg’s press conference being an explanation of turning a misdemeanor into a 3rd rate criminal charge. Remember, Bragg has everything that Vance’s team turned over to him, enough to make a veteran prosecutor resign in protest. If Bragg can rehabilitate Cohen, then he has an open field. My prediction? Look for something more than just a campaign violation indictment. A lot more.
To anticipate trump’s possible indictments, look no further than Michael Cohen, his partner in crime. Cohen pled guilty to several counts of tax evasion, financial fraud and election finance violations, most in the service of his client. He eventually cooperated with prosecutors, but still received a three-year prison sentence, plus a fine of $50,000, forfeiture of $500,000 in assets, and restitution of $1,393 million to the IRS. Person 1 could be looking at this and more.
The question I have is, can DeSantis refuse extradition to NYC, NY and Georgia because he didn’t break any Florida laws and by not honoring the extradition, Trump is safe in his Florida make believe fiefdom, but then what happens to the Secret Service tax payer are paying for him and all those benefits he gets?
BUT this helps DeSantis gain Trump voters and the GOP because Trump will be stuck unable to leave Florida. Until DeSantis leaves office and Floridians vote a Dem Governor in.
Back when the story about Stormy Daniels and hush money first broke, Stormy claimed that some stranger approached her in a parking garage and threatened her infant if she didn’t go along with signing a non-disclosure agreement. If that did indeed occur, Micheal Cohen could have more information about who did the threatening and who sent that person.