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bY DANIEL DALE//WASHINGTON— He claimed that crimes aren’t crimes. He offered an inaccurate description of the law. He tried a misleading Obama-did-it-too defence. He tried a dash of gallows humour.
U.S. President Donald Trump scrambled Wednesday to find an argument that would minimize the political damage from the Tuesday decision by his former lawyer and “fix-it guy,” Michael Cohen, to implicate Trump in campaign finance crimes related to hush-money payments to women who claim they had sex with the president.
For now, the status quo prevails: Republicans control Congress, and they are in no mood to take any kind of action against a president popular with party voters. But Cohen’s assertion that the president personally directed two federal offences raises the risk to Trump of eventual impeachment by a future Democratic-led House of Representatives.
Cohen threatened Wednesday to do more harm to Trump. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017 is willing to provide information to special counsel Robert Mueller that would “suggest” Trump had knowledge of Russian efforts to hack into Democratic computer systems to interfere with the election. Continue reading Could Donald Trump be impeached? Michael Cohen hush-money claims raise that risk