We saw strong evidence that Donald Trump was probably guilty of campaign finance law violations in court filings from New York prosecutors handling Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen’s case, but some questions were left unanswered and left to speculation.
Trump was referred to in the filings as “Individual 1” and the filings stated that Cohen made illegal payments at the “direction” of “Individual 1,” which was not complete evidence that Trump knew the payments were illegal, but it was strong evidence that he did.
Everything changed this morning after Cohen gave an interview to ABC’s “Good Morning America,” in which he defended himself from Trump’s attacks and revealed all the evidence needed to confirm that prosecutors have evidence that “Individual 1” committed a crime. Trump told Fox News yesterday about the payments and Cohen that, “I never directed him to do anything wrong. Whatever he did he did on his own. I never directed him to do anything incorrect or wrong.”
But Cohen stated this morning that special counsel Robert Mueller’s office has informed him that it has corroborating evidence for his claims. “First of all, nothing at the Trump organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump,” Cohen said. “He directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters.”
“The special counsel stated emphatically that the information that I gave to them was credible,” Cohen continued. “There’s a substantial amount of information that they possess that corroborates the fact that I am telling the truth.”
EXCLUSIVE: "The special counsel stated emphatically that the information that I gave to them was credible," Michael Cohen tells @ABC.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 14, 2018
This all makes sense as “Individual 1” would probably not have been included in the Cohen court filings unless a crime had been committed by that individual, “Individual 1” of course being Trump. How is this not a knockout blow to the president? We now know for sure that Trump committed a crime and that he is not fit to be president. House Democrats need to begin impeachment immediately after their session begins in January.
“He knows the truth. I know the truth. Others know the truth,” Cohen said. “And here is the truth: People of the United States of America, people of the world, don’t believe what he is saying. The man doesn’t tell the truth. And it is sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds.” Cohen also sent a warning that Trump is in over his head and that he cannot handle being president.
"The gentleman that is sitting now in the Oval Office, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., is not the Donald Trump that I remember from Trump Tower," Michael Cohen tells @ABC.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 14, 2018