Cohen's admission that Trump continued to pursue a business deal with Russia during the campaign is the tip of the iceberg.
Trump has been obsessed with Russia for decades. He's been dependent on Russian money since he went broke in the 90s. Mueller has solid evidence of this deep dependency and this is the lens that will frame the abrupt change of Russia policy in the GOP platform when Trump was nominated, the selection of Russian mobbed-up Manafort to lead his campaign, Trump's refusal to accept the conclusions of multiple US intel services that Russia interfered in the election, Trump publicly begging Russia to find Hillary's emails, the Jared & Junior Trump Tower meeting seeking dirt from the Russians, the mysterious computer communications from a Russian bank to Trump Tower, Trump's hundred's of millions in loans from Deutche Bank which was raided yesterday in an ongoing investigation of worldwide money laundering, the Russia-Wikileaks-Corsi-Stone-Trump link and Stone announcing dumps of hacked emails before they happened, Trump's constant defense of Putin while trashing our closest European allies whom Putin wanted to weaken, Trump's shockingly timid public behavior with Putin and much more.
All of this is either public information we can see and hear with our own eyes and ears or information that will be corroborated by evidence (independent of witness testimony) including tax returns, bank records, business records, emails, texts and maybe even a few tapes.
Mueller and his team of seasoned investigators haven't been sitting on their hands all this time reading Brietbart and listening to Sean Hannity's wild claims of a hoax investigation. Since he was appointed, Mueller has been sucking up a mountain of evidence that will show Trump to be a man whose public and private actions reflect a desperate dependency on Russian oligarchs & Vladmir Putin -- a man whose sole priority with respect to Russia during the campaign and since he assumed office has been to please his benefactors from Russia instead of pursuing and protecting the vital interests of the United States.
So far in this alleged witch hunt, Mueller has secured dozens of indictments and multiple guilty pleas. And we know there are nearly 3 dozen sealed indictments on the DC Federal Court Docket, a number that far exceeds the typical number of sealed indictments in that court.
Wow! Presumably, documents are classified because the government has decided they contain sensitive information related to national security. So do we now selectively declassify information to punish political opponents? This threat alone reveals so much about Trump's moral compass, his priorities, a propensity for abuse of power and, more fundamentally, his fitness to serve as president.
HBO is running an 8-episode miniseries adaptation of Elena Ferrante's acclaimed novel, My Brilliant Friend. The novel was the first of four books known collectively as the Neapolitan series. The TV production is a joint American-Italian effort with Italian and Neapolitan dialect spoken and English subtitles. Three episodes have aired.
My Brilliant Friend begins in the 1950s in a small Neapolitan community where life is hard for most of the residents. The series follows the evolution of a complex relationship between a bright young girl, Elena (Lenù) Greco and her unconventional, seemingly fearless, genius-level brilliant friend, Rafaella (Lila) Cerullo.
The cinematography is gorgeous and both the characters and narrative are complex on top of the cultural feast for anyone interested in the rough, close-to-bone existence of southern Italy in those days. And those days were a time in which even brilliant girls weren't considered suitable for education beyond elementary school, community and family violence were commonplace and sexual mores were Old World in the sense that girls could be both preyed upon and deemed sluts after an assault. All of this takes place against the backdrop of the locals living in fear of the Camorra, the regional crime syndicate.
The first episode moves a bit slowly but stick with it and you'll be well-rewarded for your patience.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) just said on @CNN that he spoke to Trump last night about the GM plants closing in Ohio, and that Trump didn't even know that the GOP tax bill he signed (& touts frequently) offers an incentive for US manufacturers to move their plants overseas.
"Your car industry is being sucked away from Michigan. It's happening. If I'm elected, you won't lose one plant, you'll have plants coming into this country, you're going to have jobs again, you won't lose one plant. I promise you. I promise you." -- Donald Trump