Quick note on Michael Cohen: this circus will be going on for three days, and why in the world Congress should spend its time hearing testimony from someone who’s headed to prison for lying to Congress is beyond me (maybe he'll pinky-swear on the Bible that this time, he's really telling the truth -- although maybe he should swear on Clifford Irving's hoax biography of billionaire Howard Hughes instead.) I’ll wait to comment until after it happens. In the meantime, he’s already released his opening statement. I won’t go into detail yet, since I’m sure the questioners will pick it apart, but at first glance, much of it sounds like the same anti-Trump talking points (“He’s a racist! He’s a con man!”) that have been clogging the Internet for two years and that sound as if they came from CNN by way of the DNC’s unsecured email account.
For instance, claims of him saying all these racist things in private or never really expecting or wanting to win the Presidency: I spent many hours with him on the campaign trail. I never heard him say anything racist (I would have quit immediately if I had). And the very fact that he did campaign so hard, holding rallies day and night until much-younger aides were left exhausted in his wake, gives the lie to the claim that he wasn’t trying to win. I have a feeling that there is a great deal in Mr. Cohen’s testimony that will be at sharp odds with the facts. Personally, I think Congress could spend its time more productively by holding hearings on how to eliminate cow flatulence, but I suppose they will get to that in due time.
Meanwhile, with the media’s attention riveted to really important news, like a known liar going to Congress (talk about carrying coals to Newcastle), President Trump is busying himself with the far less important matter of trying to keep North Korea from blowing up the world with nuclear weapons.
While in Vietnam for his second meeting with Kim Jong-Un, Trump also signed several commercial airline trade deals with Vietnam’s President. The latest details on the ongoing summit are here:
And here’s an interesting article on the insights the CIA might be providing to Trump on Kim’s mysterious background and sometimes baffling behavior and the secret strategies behind it.
On a side note, someone tell Dutch customs officials not to be quite so conscientious. They seized 90,000 bottles of Russian vodka that was believed to be on its way to Kim Jong-Un and his top generals at the Vietnam summit. While I’m personally opposed to liquor myself, if Kim wants to get totally schnockered before going into the negotiating room with Trump, I say, “Drink up!”