What’s a Trump propaganda outlet to do when Dear Leader’s fixer and long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen, is sent to jail for crimes that implicate Trump, too? Why, (falsely) suggest that the Clintons did the same thing.
In a discussion about today’s Cohen sentencing, Cohost Harris Faulkner belittled comments by cohost Marie Harf, the lone Democrat on the five-person panel, that the sentencing of Cohen and the upcoming sentencing of Trump's former campaign chair, Paul Manafort, and former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, should be making Trump nervous, especially with the Democrats about to take over the House. “There’s a pattern of lying from the president and his team on all of these issues and we have to get to the bottom of some of them,” Harf said.
“So your speculation (her emphasis) is that you think the president should be worried …. But that has nothing to do with the core case that Bob Mueller put forth,” Faulkner sneered.
At best, that’s misleading. Mueller’s special counsel team has stated that Cohen has been very helpful in the Russia investigation and, while the special counsel’s office has not said exactly what Cohen told them, there are good reasons for Trump to be worried about that. Furthermore, Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, has promised Cohen will spill more beans about Trump once the Mueller investigation is complete.
After falsely suggesting Harf’s analysis was baseless, Faulkner turned to conservative cohost Katie Pavlich. The Clintons have even less to do with the Mueller investigation than the Cohen sentencing. But Faulkner was all ears about that!
Pavlich downplayed the significance of the indictments of Manafort, Flynn and Cohen by saying “They’re all personal crimes.” But she did acknowledge, “It does feel like the sharks are circling.”
Pavlich continued, “From a political perspective, it doesn’t look good to have people who worked on your 2016 campaign – despite the serious double standard between the way Michael Flynn was treated and the way Hillary Clinton was treated, for example, by FBI agents. It still doesn’t look great."
The show’s One Lucky Guy, attorney Tom Dupree (who served in the George W. Bush DOJ), said “There’s no question the president has made some pretty bad hiring decisions in terms of surrounding himself with some of these people.”
In fact, Melissa Francis said she “wouldn’t give the president the out, though, that he hired a terrible lawyer.”
“I mean, he hired someone as a fixer who was a thug,” Francis continued. But she went on to suggest that that’s just a political necessity - because look at the Clintons!
FRANCIS: Tragically, I think all of these people that we talk about in politics are not great people. I mean, you look at the Clintons, you look at the president … and if you look back at – we just went through George H.W. Bush and we talked about what a great person he was, he was a less effective politician. Maybe because he was a good guy. I think this is all a statement about what it takes to win … The Clinton have fixers, the people that are powerful in politics have them because they’re not great people.
Funny, Francis seems to have forgotten that Barack Obama managed to get through eight years of a presidency being both likeable and effective without any taint. And even the Clinton scandals were nothing compared to the corruption and undermining of U.S. national international interests the way it appears Trump has done.
Watch the Fox News chorus try to mitigate Trump’s mounting troubles below, from the December 12, 2018 Outnumbered.
Michael Cohen’s recordings show that Trump was fully aware of what Cohen was doing for him, and that he was directing it in the same way he always does – by assuming he knew all the ins and outs of these things better than everyone else. Cohen happily did this work for Trump because he thought he was going to achieve incredible wealth and power for himself.
We shouldn’t forget how Cohen repeatedly threw what he thought his weight was around at every legal opponent he had – including open threats to ruin people’s lives and livelihoods. A bit of a remove from the defeated man who cried in court in the hope that his tears would get him out of the prison term he deserves for his conduct.
Where this gets interesting is how the prosecutors and the courts will deal with the Trumps, now that they are homing in on them. And how the Pence White House will react. I have long held that this will go to the mattresses the moment that Don Jr or any of the others are indicted. Some of the fallout will likely include the firing of the Special Prosecutor and some of the fallout will likely include charges being filed against the Clintons. I’m frankly surprised that these actions have not been taken yet.
I’m also continually amused at how the Pence White House keeps desperately claiming that the Mueller Probe is just “wrapping up now”. They’ve called that play at least three or four times already. I wonder how many more times we’ll hear it…
Unfortunately for the controllers, those words are rapidly becoming irrelevant to the current situation.
Every week, every month that goes by, the reflexive ‘But Hillary’ response rings a little more empty. And more of the duped millions drop off the planet.