On Tuesday, several verdicts and plea deals came down against former Trump campaign member Paul Manafort and former lawyer Michael Cohen. These charges come after months of investigations to find any corruption with these two. I’m gonna give you the two cases and explain whether or not President Trump should be worried about them.
Let’s start with Paul Manafort. In case you don’t know, Paul Manafort was the chairman for the Trump campaign team after several members of the RNC recommended him to then candidate Trump. However, it turns out that Manafort was pretty corrupt and Trump fired him when he found out. Flash forward to now, after weeks or months of an investigation against Manafort, verdicts have come down against him and here is what they are. Manafort was found guilty on 18 charges which includes, tax evasion, bank fraud, and failure to file a foreign bank account. The judge declared a mistrial on the other 10 charges. Now does this affect President Trump in any way? No, it doesn’t. There was a lot of false information spread by the left yesterday claiming that this proves that collusion did happen, and this is of course false. Nothing in the verdict has anything to do with Trump or collusion and I doubt the other 10 charges will as well. In other words, Trump is perfectly safe from the Manafort, however the Michael Cohen situation is a different story.
For those who don’t know the whole Michael Cohen story, here’s a brief summary. Basically, back in 2006, Trump had an affair with a adult film star named Stormy Daniels. When the election came around, Stormy Daniels was planning on revealing this story to the public, which could have affected Trump’s chances in the election, maybe. To shut her up, Michael Cohen, supposedly under the direction of Trump, payed her $130,000 to shut her up. So on Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty to 8 charges that involved campaign contributions. Now, as of right now, it is unclear whether or not President Trump is in danger here. What could become a problem for him is that if it is clear that he ordered Cohen to pay stormy off, he could subpoenaed which will be a legal nightmare for the administration because he can be caught up in a perjury trap, which would then be grounds for impeachment. His best defense is to play ignorance and say that he doesn’t recall. Now, if trump is found guilty for campaign finance violations, he at most will be fined and will likely not be grounds for impeachment, as long as Republicans stay in power in Congress.
In the end, I think Trump will be just fine here, but he does need to be careful about the people he keeps around him. One of the phrases he used in the election was that he hires the best people, which is obviously not true. One thing Trump should be worried though is November. The polls are still not looking good for Republicans and if Democrats were to win back the house, they will no doubt file for impeachment. On top of that, they also pass really crappy policy that ultimately hurt this country. Which is why it important for conservatives to get out and vote this November, not just to save Trump, but also save the nation.