BRET STEPHENS: Donald Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors

“I’ll tell you what, if I ever got impeached I think the market would crash”.


“But the prosecutors leave anonymous the individuals from the campaign, and the individuals from the organization who would have been aware of Mr. Trump’s knowledge if not direction and making it illegal, his distinction between personal and campaign funds”. He told a federal court in NY that Trump had directed him to arrange payments before the 2016 presidential election to silence two women who said they had sex with Trump.

Duncan, a self-described Trump supporter who was photographed for the Fox report in a red “Make America Great Again” hat, said she and 10 other jurors were prepared to find Manafort guilty of each count in the indictment.

Trump can hardly complain about Giuliani bolting to a Scottish course – the president did so himself during his visit to the United Kingdom last month.

Mr. Trump said Thursday that he was miffed by all the impeachment buzz.

Michael Cohen, Trump’s one-time “fixer” and attorney was convicted on eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud in a plea deal with prosecutors reached earlier this week. Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet” for Trump, commented in court Tuesday that Trump had directed him to arrange payments of $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels and $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to buy their silence about alleged affairs before the election.

These campaign finance laws apply only to payments made “for the goal of influencing an election”, a phrase that’s critical to the statutory definitions of “contribution” and “expenditure”. Trump has denied there was collusion and has called the Mueller probe a “witch hunt”.

Pecker’s company publishes the National Enquirer.

Under the U.S. Constitution, presidents may be removed for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors”.

Trump’s campaign manager spent years in the employ of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, helping pro-Russian candidates win elections in Ukraine and elsewhere.

“I put in an Attorney-General who never took control of the Justice Department”, Mr Trump said.

That prompted Sessions to fire back that he would not be swayed, in a remarkable public broadside.

Sessions responded that he and his department “will not be improperly influenced by political considerations”, adding to tension over his decision to recuse himself.

– Hush payments “not a crime”?

Pecker reportedly had a safe full of documents relating to Trump hush money pay off and the disclosure that he like Cohen had flipped clearly unnerved Trump.

A key defection came this week when Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, implicated the president in a stunning plea deal, followed by a longtime friend and media boss cooperating with prosecutors.

Davis had earlier said that Cohen would be willing to cooperate with the Russian Federation probe, and that he’d refuse any pardon from the president.

TMZhas reported Mr Cohen will lose his right to practice law and will be disbarred in NY, after pleading guilty on eight federal counts, including tax evasion and campaign law violations.

In the sit-down with Fox, Trump slammed his once close associate for “flipping”, saying it “almost ought to be outlawed”. The state investigation is seen as a potential backstop to the federal probe by special counsel Robert Mueller, since state charges typically can not be cleared by a presidential pardon.

■Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she had a brief affair with Trump. Trump knew about the payment, he knew Cohen made the payment as part of an effort to kill damaging stories, and he knew Cohen was reimbursed.


Trump’s defenders have argued over and over that the lack of Russia-related charges against Manafort suggests there was no collusion with Russian Federation.

Trump was aware of hacked emails before their release, and Michael Cohen knew it: lawyer