The bank…is trying to kill me, but I will kill it!
I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.
There has been a lot of pixels, Ink and TV time dedicated to the Conviction of Paul Manafort and the sudden decision of Michael Cohen to cop a plea in order to keep the dogs from the door, however there are two points that are getting very little play here.
The first is the both Cohen and Manifort have been around for a long while, in fact the authorities had looked a Manafort during the Obama years and decided he wasn’t worth going after even though the crimes he committed all appear to be from said era. Likewise the authorities seemingly had little or no interest in Mr. Cohen’s activity prior to election 2016.
The one difference, their association with Donald Trump and thanks to the foolish refusal of Jeff Sessions right at the start of his tenure the deep state has had the opportunity to go all in:
it is also perhaps irrelevant to the larger point: Rosenstein’s wife is connected in various ways to the Clintons, to Mueller, and to other figures involved in the “RussiaGate” investigation. Some observers have said it was never necessary for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from this investigation, and that appointing Mueller as Special Counsel, under the DOJ supervision of Rosenstein, was a trick to ensure that these pro-Clinton/anti-Trump operatives could have carte blanche to run their “Deep State” conspiracy to sabotage the Trump administration.
I suspect the dirty little secret is folks in DC in general and the FBI and in justice in particular know about dozens if not hundreds of Manaforts and Cohens who have been operating in DC and NY for years doing the very same things that these two men have been convicted of or pleaded out to, however as they were in the service of folks like the Clintons or the Obamas or any of the establishment bigwigs in either party they have and will continue to be allowed to function secure in the knowledge that as long as they serve the right masters rather than the wrong one they will be allowed to thrive.
If they succeed in “getting Trump” then the deep state will be able to function without fear. After all VP Mike Pence’s association with President Trump was almost incidental. Prior to being picked as VP he not only functioned within the deep state but showed a willingness to back down when confronted by the left (remember the religious protection law in Indiana cave?)
However they have forgotten one important thing, that Trump is not a regular pol so the normal standards that might drive others out of office don’t apply:
These voters knew who Trump was going in, they knew he was a thrice-married, Playmate dating, Howard Stern regular who had the morals of an alley cat. They were willing to look past all of that because of how institutions had failed their communities for three consecutive presidencies.
Right now the value of Trump to the Trump voter is he is all that stands between them and handing the keys to Washington back over to the people inside Washington. That’s it. He’s their only option. You’ve got to pick the insiders or him.
So this is interesting…@facebook took down my post of my reporting for the @nypost — I’ve received nine separate messages from readers telling me the same thing has happened to them. ‘sup @facebook ?https://t.co/dCwG9HQiJI
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) August 23, 2018
Even worse for the deep state the people that Facebook is desperately trying to keep from spreading what Salena Zito is talking about understand that DC is full of unprosecuted Manaforts and Cohens and see this act for what is it, a warning to them, abandon Trump or you are next.
Its’ why the fall election is so critical, because if the left can win and impeach Trump, though they try to deny that’s the plan, then they’ll be in a position to use half of a full branch of government as a weapon, not just against Trump but against those crowds who support him.
But if they fail and the GOP keeps the house (and Trump is doing all he can to bring about that result) what then?
And that’s the 2nd thing that is being missed where the real danger to the DC establishment lies in these prosecutions it’s the probability of a Jacksonian Trump responding if they fail
What happens when a Billionaire with decades of knowledge what’s been going on (remember Trump has dealt with big city Democrats all his life) in DC and elsewhere decides to pay back the Democrats and the Deep State in the same coin going after protected operatives with the full force of the law untill they sing?
Does anyone seriously believe he wouldn’t? Does anyone think that Trump the ultimate Jacksonian who was willing to go toe to toe with China, Europe, Nato, Germany, the only GOP leader who has been willing to fearlessly take on the media (without censoring them btw) would be afraid of striking back when the time is right and do so very loudly and very publicly?
If I was a Manafort or a Cohen of the left in DC I’d be really scared right now.