The man is a pathological liar.
The Wall Street Journal released a report on Friday that ties President Trump to the same campaign finance violations that are sending his former personal attorney and “fixer,” Michael Cohen to prison.
To be more specific, Donald Trump paid off his mistresses to keep them from potentially ruining his chances at becoming president.
Apparently, even with voters willing to overlook his ignorance regarding policy and the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, where he brags about forcing himself on women, feeling himself “entitled” because of his wealth and fame, he wasn’t convinced that they would forgive him anything.
The topic of human sacrifice hasn’t been broached, yet, but we may be getting close.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 9, 2018
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Federal prosecutors have gathered evidence that Trump worked with his friend and media executive David Pecker to use the National Enquirer tabloid to buy the silence of adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, according to interviews the Journal had with three dozen people with knowledge of the transactions.
Trump was allegedly involved in nearly every step of the process to prevent Daniels and McDougal from publicizing their stories and worked with his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen to coordinate the deals.
Three dozen people?! There are over 30 people spilling the beans on Trump’s crimes?
And I’m sure somebody will say these three dozen people are members of the “deep state,” but the realities are, they’re all people who worked for Trump or for his pal, Pecker.
Most certainly, one of those three dozen has to be Michael Cohen, who worked for Donald Trump for a decade, and was said to be the one who “knew where the bodies were buried,” so to speak.
He was loyal to Trump, but Trump was just Trump. That is to say, his loyalty extends only to as far as you can be used by him. When you cease to be of use, or you cease to allow yourself to be treated like garbage, this spoiled, arrogant trust fund baby kicks you to the curb.
It was exactly that treatment that finally broke Cohen, who pleaded guilty in a New York court back in August to charges of bank fraud, wire fraud, tax evasion, and campaign finance law violations, related to the payoff of Daniels and McDougal.
At the time, Cohen testified in court that the payments were at the direction of “a candidate for federal office.”
He didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, but in the days leading up to his testimony, and most certainly in the days, weeks, and months after, he has made it clear to everyone that he is no longer Donald Trump’s stooge. He has cut the cord.For his part, Trump has been happy to continue to downplay the relationship with Cohen.
Trump has dismissed the payments, telling the Journal in an October interview, “Nobody cares about that.” He described Cohen as a “public-relations person” who “represented me on very small things.”
So, low-level coffee boy?
At this point, Cohen has already spoken with special counsel Robert Mueller, and anybody else that wants to know what sort of dirty shenanigans Trump was involved in, whether it involves Russia or the campaign finance law issue.
Trump reportedly used his friendship with Pecker, which goes back to the 1990s, to quash unflattering stories about him in the press as he began rising in polls during the 2016 Republican primary.
Pecker, the chairman and CEO of American Media, and Dylan Howard, one of his top executives, then met with McDougal and coordinated the payment to her, which was subsequently reimbursed by Cohen who was reimbursed by Trump.
Cohen personally arranged the deal with Daniels after Pecker refused to get involved in a payment to a porn star. He was again reimbursed by Trump.
Even Pecker has a line he won’t stoop below.
Trump – not so much.
Both of the former mistresses, Daniels and McDougal, were involved with Trump while third wife Melania was home with their newborn son.
Both women have also filed lawsuits, in order to be released from the nondisclosure contracts they signed, as part of the payoff agreement.
And in all this time, Trump and his team have continued to play dumb.
“We have no knowledge of any of this,” former White House communications director Hope Hicks said of the McDougal deal.
“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen,” Trump told reporters in April when asked if he knew of the payment to Daniels. “Michael is my attorney.”
But just the attorney who represented you on very small things, right?
And no. This is not a good place to make a joke about recent comments from Stormy Daniels and “very small things,” so just hold your fire.
This new report is likely to set Democrats on fire, since they now are prepared to take over the House, and are already champing at the bit to see Trump’s tax returns.
It may also explain President Trump’s particularly nasty mood over the last couple of days.