by Logan Schroeder
Opinion, originally published Dec. 6, 2018
On Thursday Nov. 29, 2018 Michael Cohen, the ex-lawyer of President Donald Trump, plead guilty to submitting false statements to congress in regard to a planned Trump deal in Moscow. Cohen will now be giving additional testimony in regards to the Russia investigation.
President Trump referred to Cohen as “very weak and not a very smart person,” when questioned by reports about this event. The President is now calling his ex-personal lawyer and fixer from 2006 to May of 2018 these negative names, like this is a school yard misunderstanding.
I was under the impression that the President only hired the best and smartestpeople. I’m actually a little disappointed he didn’t call Cohen ‘lyin Mike’ or something equally as childish. In the court filing that lead to this taking place, President Trump is now being referred to as ‘Individual 1.’
To complicate matters further, on Nov. 26, prior to this revelation, the special counsel lead by Robert Muller submitted a court filing that former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort was in breach of peal deal that he had reached with the special counsel.
Manafort was supposed to be supplying the special counsel with information regarding illegal activity related to the Russia investigation that has been ongoing. Inthe court filing, the special counsel states that Manafort has been giving false information in regards to his plea deal.
He is now set to be sentenced on March 5. The President, in contrast to Cohen, referred to Manafort as, “a very good person.”
So the man that admitted to lying is “weak,” and the one who’s been caught in a lie is a “very good person,” according to our President. Something about that doesn’t sit right with me. Both people are criminals but the one that admitted to his crimes is the bad guy here.
In the aftermath of these recent revelations, the President posted an internet meme with both Bill and Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and Rod Rosenstein among others behind bars.
I’m extremely confused about why any of these people would end up going to jail because as far as I’m aware none of them are being investigated for committing conspiracy (the crime that Manafort had plead guilty to).
There is a counter-narrative that this has been a fruitless “witch hunt” and wasting tax payer money where no one has plead guilty and no dominoes have fallen over. I’m of the belief that if you’ve committed crimes that can hurt America, you should be punished. Even more so if those crimes you were committing involved a hostile foreign power.
This investigation is still ongoing and still turning up disquieting details, but I want the special counsel to get to the truth and I want justice to be doled out accordingly.