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The Doom of Michael Cohen

In case you missed Michael Cohen’s closing statement, I’m slicing out what I think flew under the radar while he was chastising Trump for being a ruthless, unprincipled churl. It is this:

“My loyalty to Mr. Trump has cost me everything: my family’s happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor, my reputation and, soon, my freedom. And I will not sit back, say nothing, and allow him to do the same to the country,”

“Indeed, given my experience working for Mr. Trump, I fear that if he loses the election in 2020 that there will never be a peaceful transition of power, and this is why I agreed to appear before you today.”

There you have it. In spite of his previous reputation for being a lousy lawyer, Michael Cohen came off as circumspect, contrite, respectful (unlike Matt Whitaker) and eloquent. He might have graduated from a no nothing law school but here was a guy who passed the NY bar exam only to squander everything he had on quick and easy fame and wealth. Elijah Cummings commissioned him to go forth and become a better Michael Cohen and for some weird reason, I actually think that might be possible, in spite of his 500 acts of thuggish intimidation.

But it was his prediction of the 2020 election and what will happen if Trump doesn’t win that is both chilling and suggests that Cohen knows something about who Trump has been working with.

There will be no peaceful transition of power. Why does that sound so familiar? Ahhh, yes, it’s the promise that every debate moderator wanted to extract from Hillary Clinton in 2016 while they blithely accepted that Trump would challenge the results if he lost. And not just anywhere. He would specifically challenge the results in Pennsylvania. I keep coming back to this because it just sounded “off”.

So, Cohen is saying that even though Trump claims he didn’t expect to win in 2016, he will destroy the country from the inside if he doesn’t win in 2020.

Michael Cohen may be a convicted “liar for Trump”, but I think he sees clearly on this. Trump is in the grip of some new thing and he’s going to drag us all down with him if he loses in 2020.

Better impeach him now.

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