The investigation of President Trump took an ominous turn last week as federal prosecutors effectively accused Trump of directing his former fixer, Michael Cohen, to violate campaign finance laws in an attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 election, while secretly seeking to do business in Russia well into his presidential campaign.
House Republicans abdicated their Constitutional responsibility to act as a check and balance to the president the past two years. They all but admitted their willful failure before last month’s election by reportedly compiling a spreadsheet of the more than 100 possible investigations Democrats could launch when after taking control of the House.
The documents filed by federal prosecutors last week as part of the sentencing recommendations for Cohen, and Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, are damning.
Prosecutors added that Cohen “acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1.”
Individual-1, of course, is Trump.
The filings also undermine Trump’s claim that he has had “no dealings with Russia.” Cohen admitted the Trump Organization secretly pursued a project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow at least as late as June 2016 - the same month Trump campaign officials met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who promised to provide them dirt on Hillary Clinton.
A bipartisan group of 44 former senators said the United States is “entering a dangerous period,” and urged current and future Senate members to put aside their political ideologies and defend America’s democracy.