Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty 🤦

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Trump Tower Moscow

Last week, Michael Cohen, Trump’s embattled ex-attorney, pleaded guilty to lying to the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding a Trump Tower Moscow project, which he spearheaded in 2015 & 2016.

Cohen Chronology

Cohen began working for the Trump Organization in 2006 and eventually helped spearhead Trump's exploratory website for his presidential run. Fast-forwarding to the presidency, Cohen engaged in a secret trip to Prague to meet with Russian officials. He also received a secret payment from Ukraine to arrange a meeting between Ukrainian President Poroshenko and Trump. He was convicted earlier this fall and agreed to "tell everything about Donald Trump that he knows.”


LEANING LEFT:

Washington Post: Cohen’s guilty plea suggests Russia has ‘leverage’ over Trump, top Democrat says

Huffington Post: Trump Aides Caught In Web Of Lies Over Russia Contacts

The left focuses on Cohen’s guilty plea and inserts Trump’s name in their headlines in order to directly link Trump to the negative news while also using sensationalist language, such as “web of lies” to energize the headlines. The left asserts that Cohen’s lying is an indication of Russia’s influence over Trump.

LEANING RIGHT:

The Hill: Giuliani trashes Mueller probe over 'unethical' tactics after Cohen guilty plea

Fox News: After Cohen plea deal, Giuliani questions ethics, tactics of Mueller’s Russia investigation

The right doesn’t mention Trump by name in their headlines in order to distance him from the story. The right also focuses on Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s comments questioning the ethics of Mueller’s investigation, while also asserting Cohen is a liar and hence can’t be trusted.


First Manafort, now Cohen. Is Trump next?

Last week, we reported that Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement. This week, we learned that Cohen lied to Congress. It would appear that Mueller is closing in on something. It’s telling that Trump changed his comments based on the news about Cohen, from saying there was no Trump Tower Moscow deal to “there would be nothing wrong if I did do it,” a significant shift that might signal rough times ahead for Trump.

Trump right now

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