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HORIST: Michael Cohen: Witness for the persecution

HORIST: Michael Cohen: Witness for the persecution

In terms of the he said/he said controversy between President Trump and his former attorney/fixer Michael Cohen, all we have so far is the unverified statements of two people who are credibility challenged.

In the court-of-public-opinion, Cohen currently has the upper hand because the magistrates of that court – the media – have stepped down from the high bench — where they should be presiding over the case with impartiality and fairness — to join the prosecution.  In doing so, they abrogate their important role as a free press and actually disserve the public interest they purport to uphold – but that is a whole ‘nother story.

After his rather light sentencing, Cohen has hit the media trail to sell his version to the #NeverTrump media, who treat his comments as if they were facts – flipping their opinion of Cohen from sleaze-bag lying lawyer to courageous patriot as he flipped from Trump defender to accuser.

According to Cohen, Trump ordered him to pay off the bimbos solely for the purpose of saving his campaign – and that Trump knew what he asked Cohen to do was illegal.  Unless Cohen has a tape of Trump saying, “I know it is illegal, but the ONLY reason you have to do it is to save the campaign,” Cohen’s testimony will not be enough.  Supposedly, there is corroborating testimony from the National Enquirer’s David Pecker. In that case, Pecker would have to testify or produce physical evidence that Trump – not Cohen – said, “The ONLY reason I need you to buy and bury the story  is to save the campaign.”

You will notice that in both hypothetical statements, the word “only” was emphasized.  That is a critical point.  If the payoffs to the women are to be violations of federal elections, Trump must know that the actions are illegal, and the money must serve ONLY that one purpose.  If Trump is unaware of the law – and/or the money can be seen as serving any non-campaign purposes, there is no violation.

Even if Trump told Pecker that the revelations would hurt the campaign, that is not proof that it was the only reason – just one of the reasons he shared with Pecker.  Trump could have told another person that the payoffs were to avoid a family problem and not mention the campaign.

Obviously, keeping the trysts from his wife and young son – or hoping to avoid public embarrassment as a celebrity – seem like reasonable “other” purposes.  Unless Trump has stated in writing or recording that saving the campaign was the ONLY reason, there is no way to refute his statement in a real court-of-law.

In a real court, credibility can play an important role when there is no hard physical evidence.  Trump’s credibility is not good, to say the least.  His propensity of saying things that are provably untrue is perhaps his most self-damaging personality flaw.  Why he does that is a question – a mystery – that has never been adequately resolved.

While the liberal media is eager to believe Cohen – and give him an imprimatur of credibility – a Trump defense lawyer will not be so kind – or so biased.  Cohen has huge credibility problems.  First and foremost, he is an established liar on a grand scale.  When it came to benefitting himself, Cohen committed crimes and lied, lied, lied.  Is it too much to believe that now that he is between a legal rock and hard time, he would lie, lie, lie?  One of the untoward aspects of these “plea deals” is that it provides strong incentive to lie.  This is especially true in he said/he said situations such as this.

What gets lost in the media’s biased spin is that Cohen has been charged and confessed to a number of personal felonies that have nothing to do with Trump.  They have to do with his own personal business practices – and may have involved his wife and father.  In fact, it is on those points that the prosecutors have accused Cohen of not being credible and forthright, as his plea agreement required.  In Cohen’s case – unlike that of Manafort – the prosecutors did not choose to break the agreement for lack of cooperation.  Why?  It would seem that getting Trump was more important than getting justice for those other crimes.

In his interview with George Stephanopoulos, Cohen said it was unfair that he should take the fall for Trump.  A more objective view could be that he is greasing the skids for Trump to take a fall in order to get out from under the prison sentence he deserves, which would get him a good 10 to 15 years behind bars.  As it is, with all the legal nuances, Cohen could serve less than six months of his three-year term.

The one thing we seem to know about Cohen is that when it comes to taking care of himself – whether enriching himself under Trump or saving himself as a neo-#NeverTrumper– he will do just about  anything — from breaking the law to lying.  If prosecutors are going to make the hyped-up campaign finance violations carry in court, they will need more than the verbal testimony of Michael Cohen.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Ronald Stephen Storey

    Great shut it down and close the whole border. Don’t care about the email. President should step in start investigating news reporters and all of the leakers, Fbi, cia, etc, Bill ,Hilary and the people trying CYA. I have addressed just a few. Let he Mexicans keep the illegals. The president is worth his weight in GOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Trumpsavedusa

      Very true these liberals are ruining USA Trump saved USA!


      Donald J. Trump the people of this great country will not be silent if the persecution of Publisher and Truth teller Julian Assange moves forward. Against the backdrop of #FakeNews Wikileaks has been instrumental in exposing the Clinton cabal and ensuring your victory against her. We are greatful for his help and we are demanding, not asking that you return that favor on behalf of the American people and issue a Pre-Emptive Presidential Pardon IMMEDIATLEY!!! #OperationFreeAssange

  2. spunk

    The guy already proved he is a lying jerk. But then again he is a lawyer

  3. Ed

    Wasn’t it just a few months ago that Cohen claimed that Te money that was paid the Bimbos came from his personal bank account and Trump was not aware of this. In fact if Trump knew why wouldn’t he sign the Non Discloser ? Funny what he does and says now save his skin from Prison. Fact that the transaction between Cohen and the female was not Illegal. It was a private transaction.

  4. Philippe Boeing

    Cohen has adopted Flip Wilson’s character, Geraldine, as his defense. “The Devil made me do it.” Or perhaps it is the defense used by the Nazi war criminals at the Nuremburg trial. “We only did what we were told.” I can’t decide which excuse is more pathetic.


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