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Saturday, August 25, 2018

War of Attrition

David Goldman asks a fundamental question:
Precisely how does Bill Clinton's main legal fixer turn up as Michael Cohen's attorney in a plea bargain with a special prosecutor?
Exactly. Cohen is a scum bag, and I have no doubt he cheated on his taxes and likely is guilty of bank fraud. As an afterthought, it appears that 'Dudley' Mueller and his team tacked on a bogus plea of campaign finance violations to provide an opening for the ever expanding witch hunt that is intended to bring down Donald Trump. It's so blatant, it's laughable, but the stakes are deadly serious, and the four constituencies think that with Cohen's pleas, blood is in the water.

Goldman goes on to write:
The outrage is not that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians -- the whole story is silly. The outrage is that a Clinton family operative, namely Mr. Davis, is playing tag team with special counsel Robert Mueller, to sustain a phony story about Russian collusion which, in turn, provides the pretext for more fishing expeditions in the Trump camp. If you want to find collusion, look for it between the special counsel, the Clinton mafia, and the swamp in the Intelligence Community.

There's no collusion, no smoking gun, no high crime or misdemeanor in all of this: There's no secret at the bottom of the garbage pile that will bring down the Trump presidency. It's not a criminal investigation. It's a war of attrition, intended to distract and ultimately exhaust the president.
And a war of attrition it is. Yesterday, it was Cohen, today it's other Trump aides, friends and confidants who are copping plea deals and grants of immunity from Mueller all with the specific intent of implicating Trump. Since no evidence of "collusion" or "obstruction" has been forthcoming, now it's on to "hush money," campaign finance violations, and charitable foundation irregularities. And if that doesn't work, I'm sure going back through 40 years of commercial real estate deals will uncover potential bribes or political payoffs. And if Mueller can't get an indictment, he'll team with the NY District Attorney's office (another bastion of Democrat supporters) who will punch through to the finish line. All in, we're witnessing an attempt at a soft coup being conducted by the four constituencies. It's unclear whether it will succeed, but it's ongoing.

The trained hamsters in the media are breathless over the "secrets" that Mueller has uncovered as he investigates every aspect of Donald Trump's life, going back decades. They're joyful that Mueller has investigated and intimidated (and sometimes jailed) almost every associate who Trump has come into contact with over the past 20-plus years. Remember when the political establishment in Washington told us this was supposed to be about Russian influence in our electoral process. Not sure how a payoff to a porn star qualifies, but ... Trump!

So the war of attrition continues. The Dems and the other three constituencies are gleefully applying scorched earth strategy, and they just might succeed.

But if they don't, bad things just might happen—to them. There is a mountain of actual evidence that implicates Obama-era Justice Department and FBI officials, along with Clinton campaign operatives, in a conspiracy to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. If Trump escapes the ongoing soft coup attempt, he just might appoint an attorney general who will pursue that evidence and indict a long list of Democrats and deep state operatives. If that happens, payback will be a bitch.