During a Sunday appearance on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) showed just how willing she is to stand with her party and cover for Trump to protect them.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) December 16, 2018
It’s not just [Michael Cohen] making the assertion. In the filing, they said that he made these payments at the direction of the president,” and asked “Does it bother you?
‘Clearly, this was not a good week for President Trump, nor for his campaign organization, and these allegations are concerning…But we need to wait until we have the entire picture,” she continued. “And that’s why it’s so critical that the special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation unimpeded, so that we can have the full picture.’
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) December 16, 2018
Tapper immediately challenged that statement, shutting down any spin on the very clear evidence already released to the public that spells out Trump’s crime and intentions in his direction to Cohen to commit multiple felony campaign violations.
‘I get that when it comes to the Russia investigation. When it comes to Michael Cohen, we kind of do have the whole picture. The Southern District of New York said these payments were illegal campaign contributions, and the prosecutors say they were done at the direction of and in coordination with president Trump, and now Michael Cohen is going to jail as a result of that and other crimes,” Tapper said, and asked “Don’t we have the whole picture there?’
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— #TheResistance (@SocialPowerOne1) December 16, 2018
Tapper is absolutely correct. Michael Cohen was charged, confessed, and will spend the next three years in prison because of the crimes he committed at the direction of the current president. Not only are there recordings of Trump directing Cohen to commit three separate felony campaign violations, the president of AMI, David Pecker, says that those felonies were committed at Trump’s direction there, as well, and that they were intended to help Trump win the presidency.
Still, Collins continued to toe the party line and try to insist that not everything is known.
‘I don’t feel that I have the entire picture yet…[but it’s] concerning.’
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— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 16, 2018
For a short time, Collins presented herself as a moderate. In the political era of Trump, the GOP can longer contain moderates without the looming threat of losing their seats thanks to rabid Trump supporters and the president, who all bristles at any criticism.
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