I doubt there could have been a worse week for President Trump:
-Paul Manafort: guilty of personal financial improprieties having nothing to do with President Trump;
-Michael Cohen: guilty of personal financial improprieties, including payments of hush-money to two women so they wouldn’t go public with their allegations that they had consensual sex with President Trump;
-National Enquirer CEO David Pecker: granted immunity, presumably so he can dish dirt on President Trump and walk away unscathed, versus having mueller & Co. scour through his life and indict him on anything at all they can find;
-Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg: granted immunity, presumably so he can dish dirt on President Trump and walk away unscathed, versus having mueller & Co. scour through his life and indict him on anything at all they can find;
You might look at that list and wonder what any of this has to do with Russian collusion and obstruction of justice. If so, you are right to wonder, since none of it has a thing to do with either.
You might then wonder why mueller and his staff – all Democrats, including several who donated specifically to Hillary Clinton – were investigating Manafort and Cohen for these offenses. If so, you are right, again, to wonder.
Your next areas of wonderment might be how it is possible for virtually all mainstream media to ignore the fact that mueller’s “investigation” has moved completely away from what it was supposed to be investigating – quite possibly because his staff, instead of being either neutral or bipartisan, could have been put together by the Hillary 2016 campaign committee. Sadly, you would not only be right to wonder about this, you would also be right to conclude that our media are so completely compromised that they have become a pathetic joke.
But all this notwithstanding, things are as they are. Politically, President Trump has just endured the worst week of his presidency (so far).
Will he get through it intact? Are there things that will come from Pecker and Weisselberg that bring him down? Or will they, like Manafort and Cohen, provide informational flotsam and jetsam that might make Trump look bad, but have nothing to do with what could remove him from office?
No way to know yet. But we’ll soon find out, won’t we?