I haven’t commented yet on the media hoohah over the Michael Cohen tapes because, frankly, the only thing about it that I find to be worthy of outrage is that any reputable attorney would secretly record private conversations with a client, any prosecutor with integrity would seize those tapes, and any legitimate news organization would actually air them. But then I realized we’re talking about Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller and CNN.
The latest news is that it appears Cohen did this all the time. Another tape was of a call with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that he swore to Cuomo was off the record. He even assured Cuomo that he wasn’t running a tape and his cell phone was in his desk drawer, while he was actually recording the entire two-hour conversation. If Mueller hopes to pressure Cohen into turning state’s witness, he’s certainly going to have a believable person on the stand.
As for the contents of these calls, they apparently revolve about Cohen’s efforts to make what appear to be extortion attempts about alleged past sexual relationships go away. Those attempts obviously didn’t work. Americans have heard these salacious accusations in the media until they’re sick of hearing them, and they still support Trump anyway. In fact, this latest exposure of secretly-recorded, private attorney-client conversations is so beyond the pale, I think it may be backfiring and increasing his support. And the tapes thus far have revealed no criminal actions or even awareness of such actions on Trump’s part.
Trump’s critics are trying to turn this into a federal crime by suggesting, “But if he used campaign funds…” Question: Why in the world would he do that? Response thus far: “Uhhhh…..” He’s a billionaire and constant target of false nuisance accusations (there are even a couple of 24-hour news networks that specialize in that). Paying cranks to go away was probably part of his attorney’s petty cash budget.
So far, unless something more than this arises, the most outrageous thing I’ve seen from this is the shocking acceptance, even cheering, of the violation of attorney-client privilege. The worst real violation of law I’ve seen thus far is the violation of the laws of basic human decency, which seem to have been repealed the second Trump was declared winner of the election. Otherwise, I’ve been hearing people screech that “Trump is about to go down!!!” over one unfounded allegation or another for two years now, and my ears are starting to bleed.
I do admit to feeling a twinge of ‘90s nostalgia at seeing Lanny Davis on my TV talking about a President’s sex life. Of course, back then, he was telling us that was the President’s private business, even though it involved violating the law while in office. Now, he’s implying that things that allegedly happened years before running constitute an impeachable offense. Still, seeing Democrats being hypocrites also gives me a twinge of nostalgia since I’ve seen it my whole life.
For me, this is a more interesting story: liberals keep asking why Evangelicals stick by Trump, even though his private life, moral history and personal demeanor are so at odds with their religious beliefs. They seem honestly bewildered by why Christians wouldn’t prefer to back people who look at them with utter contempt, have no regard for First Amendment religious freedom or the sanctity of life, and weaponize the government to force nuns to pay for abortion drugs. Well, here’s a novel idea: someone finally went into a church and asked the people there why they backed Trump instead of Hillary. The hysterical anti-Trumpers are not going to like the blunt answer they got.