The pay-for-play scandal around Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen continues to deepen.  Recall that one of Trump’s main stump-speech topics was the horrors of pay-to-play in D.C., and how he was going to drain the swamp of these awful insiders.  Yet he may be the biggest pay-to-play President in our nation’s history.

The vast amount of money that Michael Cohen received for “access” to President Trump could turn into a real problem.  If any of the money flowed to Trump in exchange for a political favor–a merger authorization for AT&T, for example–it could be seen as bribery in the eyes of the law.  And one of the few items singled out in the Constitution as grounds for Impeachment is bribery.  Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti has said repeatedly that he doesn’t see Trump finishing his first term, though he won’t give a specific reason for his prediction.  Could it be that he has seen where the payments to Avenatti from AT&T, Novartis, & a Russian oligarch ended up?  Perhaps he knows that they eventually found their way into Trump’s greedy little pockets, but would prefer to let Mueller’s probe break that final news.

One potentially devastating aspect of the Cohen debacle for Trump is that it increases pressure on Cohen to flip, well explained in a Slate article yesterday by Frank Bowman:

Meanwhile, the fallout from the Iran withdrawal continues.  An excellent article in the Financial Times, hardly a liberal rag, savages Trump and his Iran decision:

A number of conservative commentators have been against Trump all along, and few have been more devastatingly critical than George Will, who turned his ire to Vice President Pence yesterday in a WaPo op-ed titled “Trump Is No Longer The Worst Person In Government”.   Here is a taste:

“Trump is what he is, a floundering, inarticulate jumble of gnawing insecurities and not-at-all compensating vanities, which is pathetic. Pence is what he has chosen to be, which is horrifying.”

And here is the entire article.  It is a MUST READ:

Our feckless toady of a Rep, John Faso, continues to do last-minute appearances in the district, along with increasing his Twitter output by, among other things, boldly denouncing the opiod epidemic.  Let’s keep working to vote him out and replace him with someone who cares that Trump and his corrupt cabinet are trying to burn our democracy to the ground.

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