The investigation into Michael Cohen is a ‘second front’ in Trump's war with the law

The revelation that Michael Cohen’s mysterious third client was Fox News commentator Sean Hannity was amusing to everyone—except Hannity, Cohen, and Donald Trump. With Trump and Hannity forming an Elliot Broidy sandwich, it’s become clear that the sort of “fixing” that occupied Cohen much of the time was following around these men to pay off the multiple women who they cheated with, cheated on, and left when inconveniently pregnant.  And when Cohen wasn’t playing clean up crew to this upstanding trio of conservative Republican family men, he was … involved in some very shady real estate deals and helping to write a Russia-friendly plan for Ukraine.  

Evangelical voters may have abruptly decided that there is no sin that a (white) politician can commit that rises to the level of being anything more than another reason to practice forgiveness, but Cohen’s position at the nexus of Trump’s angry politics and his ugly personal life, means that every item that drops from Cohen’s files is likely to be at least embarrassing, if not incriminating, for Trump.

It is not clear exactly where prosecutors from the hard-charging Southern District of New York are headed, but the payment could amount to a campaign finance violation. …

“The President trusted Mr. Cohen as his fixer for years, he trusted him with his innermost secrets, and I think that the chickens are about to come home to roost,” [Daniel’s attorney] Avenatti said outside court.

And rather than just being “part of” the existing investigation launched when Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as Special Counsel, the business with Cohen is something else …

The raid on Cohen increasingly looks like a new legal front, separate from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, that could be immune from any attempt by Trump to neuter the special counsel.

That means that Trump could fire Rosenstein, and get someone to sack Mueller, and whatever emerges from Cohen’s files would still not go away.

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