Daniel Halliday
Mar 9 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
Following Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony, how does Trump avoid indictment?
Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen has accused Trump of being a self-interested racist, a criminal fraudster and a dangerous person to occupy the position of President of the United States, while testifying in front of the United State House Committee on Oversight and Reform in late February 2019. Cohen has previously pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and tax evasion, making excessive campaign contributions to Trump’s presidential campaign, and lying to congress to hide trumps business ties in Russia. Considering the overwhelming accusations involving criminal acts of fraud aimed at Trump how does he continue to avoid indictment or impeachment? Is Cohen’s testimony a genuine change of heart in Trump’s former lawyer, or a ploy to drag the president down with him?
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In an environment of endemic corruption

A recent study found that the United States is an oligarchy, with the interests of the majority failing to affect policy change, due to large political donors sponsoring those in power to pass policy to the benefit of private interests. It is in this ill state of affairs that people like Trump are allowed to avoid prosecution despite those around him obviously being guilty of covering for his crimes, and Trump himself being directly responsible for obstruction of justice. Mueller was limited to charging Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Alex van der Zwaan for lying to investigators, and Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort for lying as well as financial crimes. Now that the Mueller report is over it is clear from all those prosecuted around Trump that he is at least operating in a corrupt environment, and most like involved in corruption directly.

In this atmosphere of systemic corruption Cohen has even pointed out that the Trump administration may be planning to bypass democracy altogether in the 2020 elections, in order to hold on to power. This, coming from someone so close to Trump, really displays his clear disingenuous intentions regarding law and democracy, and points to how bad the state of endemic corruption has become in the United States. These damning findings may take a new government to properly go through, especially considering the amount of additional redacted evidence, in order to fairly prosecute obstruction of justice, and to hopefully set up a future more effective oversight procedure for the presidential office.

telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10769041/The-US-is-an-oligarchy-study-concludes.html washingtonpost.com/politics/mueller-laid-out-thorough-and-compelling-case-of-obstruction-but-barr-decided-trump-wasnt-guilty-of-a-crime/2019/04/18/40c96e70-61de-11e9-9ff2-abc984dc9eec_story.html?utm_term=.c0f041ac84c2 youtube.com/watch?v=eY7fEDpgO9o time.com/5556331/mueller-investigation-indictments-guilty-pleas youtube.com/watch?v=4AcMaQvvlaY

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Daniel Halliday
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https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10769041/The-US-is-an-oligarchy-study-concludes.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mueller-laid-out-thorough-and-compelling-case-of-obstruction-but-barr-decided-trump-wasnt-guilty-of-a-crime/2019/04/18/40c96e70-61de-11e9-9ff2-abc984dc9eec_story.html?utm_term=.c0f041ac84c2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY7fEDpgO9o http://time.com/5556331/mueller-investigation-indictments-guilty-pleas/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AcMaQvvlaY
Difficult situation to be prosecuted

From Michael Cohen’s testimony and more importantly as a result of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel Investigation, partly responsible also for the evidence against Cohen, it looks like Trump could be indicted or impeached. However, previous Supreme Court cases have decided that prosecutors are obliged to act cautiously as to not affect the President in carrying out his duties, meaning prosecutors and the Mueller investigation may have to wait until Trump’s term as president comes to an end before indicting him. Likewise impeachment remains difficult as it would mean republicans would have to join the democrats in standing against Trump, damaging their party and reputation in the process.

This situation has only been made more complicated since the end of the Mueller’s investigation and the release of a heavily redacted Mueller report, with many in Congress trying different means in order to obtain evidence implicating Trump in some form of misconduct. However so far Trump has ignored multiple subpoenas, congress has reached many dead ends and the situation is approaching somewhat of a stalemate. But even though the Mueller investigation has concluded and didn’t seem to lead to an indictment for Trump doesn't mean he will not be prosecuted at a later date. Trump may be already subject to a sealed indictment, he and many of the people around him have been implicated in the Robert Mueller’s report may be indicted under a seal until Trump leaves office. If this is the case however it still remains worrying because of Cohen’s direct mention of Trump won’t leave office peacefully, and if an indictment under seal is waiting for him this presents a very worrying outcome.

attorneyio.com/trump-may-be-indicted psmag.com/news/yes-mueller-can-indict-trump youtube.com/watch?v=Csj9vMCd4GA

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From Michael Cohen’s testimony and more importantly as a result of Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel Investigation, partly responsible also for the evidence against Cohen, it looks like Trump could be indicted or impeached. However, previous Supreme Court cases have decided that prosecutors are obliged to act cautiously as to not affect the President in carrying out his duties, meaning prosecutors and the Mueller investigation may have to wait until Trump’s term as president comes to an end before indicting him. Likewise impeachment remains difficult as it would mean republicans would have to join the democrats in standing against Trump, damaging their party and reputation in the process.
The account of a liar cannot lead to indictment

Cohen has been accused of being a liar and has lied to investigators numerous times, what makes this congressional testimony any different? He originally lied to the FBI and changed his account only following their investigation when the evidence of his guilt was overwhelming; he has been accused of trying to smear the president to make his crimes seem less severe. As the Mueller investigation has come to a conclusion and found no evidence to pursue any further indictments, it looks like there was not enough evidence to indict Trump in collusion with Russia or other charges, and it seems that Michael Cohen was just attempting to drag the president down with him.

cbsnews.com/news/michael-cohen-faces-accusations-of-lying-during-his-congressional-testimony

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