“Mr. Cohen is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man.”
Lanny Davis, attorney for Michael Cohen, rejecting the idea of a presidential pardon from Trumph – The Insult Comic President™.
In case you hadn’t noticed, things are getting ugly.
“After all, the devil fights under great disadvantages, and has to carry weights in all his races which are almost unfair. He lies as a matter of course, believing thoroughly in lies, thinking that it is by lies chiefly that he must make his running good: and yet every lie he tells, after it has been told and used, remains as an additional weight to be carried. When you have used your lie gracefully and successfully, it is hard to bury it and get it well out of sight. It crops up here and there against you, requiring more lies; and at last, too often, has to be admitted as a lie, most usually so admitted in silence, but still admitted, -to be forgiven or not, according to the circumstances of the case. The most perfect forgiveness is that which is extended to him who is known to lie in everything. That man has to be taken, lies and all, as a man is taken with a squint, or a harelip, or a bad temper. He has an uphill game to fight, but when once well known, he does not fall into the difficulty of being believed.”
Anthony Trollope, Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite
Trump and his lawyers, Cohen and Giuliani, for all their many faults, at least no longer have to worry about falling into the difficulty of being believed.
The failing New York Times (pay no attention to their subscription rates) and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haterman (get it- I messed with her name?), known as a Crooked H flunkie (funny huh – it’s now Crooked H- get it?) who I don’t speak to and have nothing to do with (I stick to porn stars if you know what I mean), are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me (groveling bootlick) in the hope that he will “flip.” They use non-existent “sources” (like these clowns working for me in the WH and all of my so-called friends) and a drunk/drugged up loser who hates Michael (which is just about anyone who has ever met the guy), a fine person (who has taken many bullets for me) with a wonderful family (can’t wait to date his daughter in a few years). Michael is a businessman (a New York Jewish businessman with a Ukranian wife for god’s sake) for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected (even while I made fun of him while making him eat shit). Most people will flip (and somehow all of the sudden tell the truth damn it) if the Government lets them out of trouble (and we’ve got trouble – right here on Pennsylvania Ave – trouble, trouble), even if it means lying or making up stories (which he won’t have to). Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that (again because he won’t have to make up anything) despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media (except those morons on Fox & Friends of course)!
“When your lawyer needs a lawyer, you need a lawyer.”
Stephen Colbert – giving advice to Donald Trump
“That’s the whole point that we’re supposed to have the rule of law. It ain’t the rule of law when they kick in your door at three in the morning and you’re faced with armed men and you have no reason to be told you’re going to have that kind of treatment. That’s Stalin. That’s the gestapo in Germany. That shouldn’t be the American FBI.”
Newt “Gasbag” Gingrich on Fox & Friends
Red wonders if that scumbag Nazi Mueller will soon be hauling people off to concentration camps or the American Gulag and summarily executing them. Maybe Newt is afraid that he will start with him and Steve “the Stupidest Man Ever Allowed on TV” Doocy. Gingrich knows Trump is soiling his big-leg pants over the entirely legal Cohen seizure and he will stop at nothing to defame those who would hold Trump and his band of crooks accountable in a desperate attempt to deflect blame.
Somehow Red just doesn’t recall Stalin or the Gestapo going through the rather strict process of getting a search warrant based on probable cause under the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The reason you get a search warrant is because you have enough of a quantum of evidence to establish that a crime has been committed. And the reason for surprise in executing a warrant is because you have reason to believe that the target will otherwise destroy evidence. Both Manafort and Cohen have associated themselves with utter scum and have a track record of unethical behavior. It doesn’t strain credulity to see either of them destroying evidence.
For draft-dodger, serial philanderer, for sale to the highest bidder, bloviator Newt to attack a man who served his country honorably in Vietnam and has dedicated his life to the rule of law and fighting crime shows exactly how desperate the Trumpians are at this point. When you have absolutely nothing left you play the Nazi card. To quote Jim Hightower, “You have to watch out for Newt. He’s a slimy little lizard.”