No matter what happens with Donald Trump in the future or whether or not he will ever be held accountable for his corrupt ways, some of the people in his camp are going down hard. For instance, his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, his campaign manager’s right-hand man Rick Gates did the same, as well as campaign aide George Papadopoulos.
Now, it’s Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who’s facing serious legal prosecution. Sources who witnessed one of Cohen’s corrupt deals revealed to The Washington Post that Cohen requested a $1 million from the Qatari government in exchange for “advice and access to” the president and his administration.
‘The offer, which Qatar declined, came on the margins of a Dec. 12 meeting that year at Trump Tower between the Persian Gulf state’s foreign minister and Michael Flynn, who became Trump’s first national security adviser. Stephen K. Bannon, who became chief White House strategist, also attended, the people said.
‘Cohen did not participate in the official meetings but spoke separately to a member of the Qatari delegation, Ahmed al-Rumaihi, who at the time was head of the investments division of the country’s sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority.’
Depending on Cohen’s role in these offers, it’s possibly illegal but definitely a violation of ethics, which could get him disbarred and almost certainly will. Considering that he’s a “fixer” instead of a man who does real legal representation work, that probably won’t bother him much. Jail time for this and the many other questionable acts that involve the lawyer definitely would, though.
The news of the request of the Qatari government follows requests that were not turned down by the Chinese government, big pharma company, a consulting firm and AT&T. The payments were funneled through a shell company set up by Cohen.
‘Details emerged last week on how Cohen leveraged his relationship with Trump to receive millions of dollars from companies eager for insight and entree into the new president’s inner circle. They included AT&T, the global pharmaceutical giant Novartis, a Korean defense contractor and Columbus Nova, a New York-based investment firm with ties to a Russian oligarch. All have confirmed payments to Cohen.
It’s difficult to imagine how a president with so many criminals in his campaign and administrative team could possibly not know or even involved in this many crimes, but his relationship with Cohen goes back many years and lawyers work on behalf of their clients and do not do so without the client’s permission.
Cohen’s acts are a stain on Trump’s presidency. Worse, they could get Trump impeached.
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