Aggregated From: Daily Kos
Trump pops up to attack Cohen, praise Manafort, and pretend that Obama did it too
The morning dawned quiet … too quiet. Or maybe just quiet enough, because for several hours at the start of Wednesday, Donald Trump’s Twitter account lay unused. But finally, hours after the normal start of “executive time,” Trump pulled the blankets from his head and picked up his phone.
Since then, Trump has made more tweets with two themes: Michael Cohen bad, Paul Manafort good. Trump dismissed the charges against Manafort as “a 12 year old tax case.” His tweets have lauded Manafort as a “brave man” who “unlike Michael Cohen … refused to break.” Trump has also expressed his sympathy for Paul Manafort and “his wonderful family.”
Trump could not be more clearly floating the idea of pardoning Manafort if that float was decorated in roses and driven through Pasadena.
Meanwhile, Trump continued to demean Cohen and also to downplay the charges — particularly the campaign finance charges — to which Cohen entered a guilty plea. Bizarrely, Trump stated Cohen “plead guilty to two counts of campaign finance violations that are not a crime.” Which is … kind of amazing. Because if Cohen was in front of a judge pleading guilty on those charges, it’s pretty clear that a federal court considered them a crime.
But the idea that the campaign finance violations, in which Cohen directly implicated Trump by saying under oath that the actions were taken at Trump’s direction, are no big deal is obviously the new official talking point for the right. Showing that he was still in sync with his evening phone chat buddy Sean Hannity, Trump went on to claim that “President Obama had a big campaign finance violation and it was easily settled!”
But the Obama campaign issue was a much smaller, more technical violation—the Obama campaign missed a 48-hour window for reporting some large donations, but did go on to report the donations. The result was a large fine. Barack Obama was in no way connected to the violation, and he certainty wasn’t the driving force behind a conspiracy to cover up a violation that went on for months. Like Donald Trump.