Wednesday was a bad day for Donald Trump. Not only was he proved to be the corrupt individual that he is by his former “fixer,” but he also saw the Nobel Peace Prize fizzle before his eyes. And, it is only going to get worse for Donald Trump from this point on.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney and “fixer” delivered a scathing public indictment of Donald Trump. Not only did Cohen label Trump as a liar, racist and tax cheat, he also delivered evidence in the form of a check that implicates Donald Trump in a crime while in office.
The $35,000 check, signed by Donald Trump, makes the Mueller Report mute as to whether the Democrats can move forward on impeachment proceedings against Trump. Whether the report implicates Trump, or whether it sees the light of day is immaterial to the impeachment of Donald Trump.
Neither is whether the Senate would expel Trump from office because it is now about power, who wields it, an embattled president trying to keep power, or an activist House trying to set the stage for the 2020 elections.
The one thing that could have given the country pause and distracted the headlines would have being a North Korean Summit signing ceremony, even if it was just empty promises of nothing. Any signing ceremony could have been spun by the Trump Administration as a “win” for the country.
But Donald Trump left Hanoi empty-handed with nothing more than “sometimes you have to leave the table.” That leaves the news cycles focused on Cohen’s testimony throughout the weekend when more Americans are paying attention to politics.
Things are only going to get worse for Donald Trump from this point on because the Democrats have now begun to flex their power. The Republicans were desperate to diminish Cohen’s explosive testimony but they only accomplished painting Michael Cohen as liar, which everyone already knew to be true.
However, the problem for Trump’s supporters is that both Cohen and Trump are known liars. That leaves the general public having to decide who is more believable now, the individual – Cohen – who has lost everything and has nothing more to lose, or the individual – Trump – who has a lot to lose now.
Most reasonable people will understand that Donald Trump is likely the greatest liar of the two.
The Democrats understand that Donald Trump is diminished before the Republicans and even if the Republicans aren’t yet willing to capitulate on Trump, sustained pressure on them by the Democrats would see more of them abandon the Trump train to protect themselves.
For now, Donald Trump’s only play is to survive until the end of his first-term to find a graceful way to give up the presidency under the guise of not running again in 2020.
But, from most indications it looks like the headlines about Trump will be dominated by impeachment proceedings against him, until he leaves office, one way, or another.