The Good With The Bad
Yesterday was a quintessential day in Trump world. Very good news and very bad news.
The morning started off great for President Trump as the Wall Street Jornal reported that China was preparing to start opening their market to foreign investment, “China’s top planning agency and senior policy advisers are drafting the replacement for Made in China 2025, President Xi Jinping’s blueprint to make the country a leader in high-tech industries including robotics, information and clean-energy cars. The revised plan—Beijing’s latest effort to resolve trade tensions with the U.S.—would play down China’s bid to dominate manufacturing and be more open to participation by foreign companies, these people said.” https://on.wsj.com/2SIficp
This was not only great news for the Trump administration but also great news for the economy. Good times, however, were not destined too last. The afternoon was not a good time for President Trump.
Things started with the sentencing of Trump bag man, Micheal Cohen, to three years in prison, Cohen made an emotional apology to U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III, taking responsibility for what the judge called a “veritable smorgasbord of criminal conduct” — crimes that included tax violations, lying to a bank and, during the 2016 campaign, buying the silence of women who claimed that they once had affairs with the future president.” https://wapo.st/2GglSpg
Things got even worse when the parent company of the National Enquirer, AMI, admitted to paying hush-money to protect Trump, “The admission came as federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they would not prosecute the company, American Media Inc. (AMI), for its role in a scheme to tilt the presidential race in favor of Trump. In the agreement, AMI said it would cooperate with prosecutors and admitted it paid $150,000 to Karen McDougal before the 2016 election to silence her allegations of an affair with Trump.” https://wapo.st/2EulPEq
It is quite clear that in both proceedings the deals made a concentrated effort to stress that the payments were not only made to help Trump’s election prospects but they were made at the behest of Trump. This plays into the argument that Trump knowingly broke campaign finance laws.
Is this an impeachable offense? Doubtful, but Democrats will definitely make the argument.