March 25, 2019

Trump Never Admits Defeat

“It didn’t take long Thursday for President Trump’s tweeted complaint about the Robert Mueller probe — “will it just go on forever?” — to look like wishful thinking. Michael Cohen’s blockbuster court appearance made it clear that Trump is really going to hate the way the investigation ends.

Unless, of course, the president tries to end it himself with some sort of pre-emptive strike — which is why this is a dangerous moment. The walls are closing in, and by now we should know that Trump will put self-interest above such hindrances as the law and the Constitution.

With no advance notice, Cohen — who once was Trump’s personal attorney and “fixer” — appeared in federal court in Manhattan and admitted lying to Congress about Trump’s business dealings in Russia.

Trump insisted during his presidential campaign that “I have nothing to do with Russia.” Cohen originally claimed in written testimony to the Senate and House intelligence committees that his attempts to forge a deal for a Trump-branded skyscraper in Moscow ended in January 2016 — before the first contest of the primary season, the Iowa caucuses, took place.”

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