I’m baffled by all the wishful thinking around Michael Cohen’s testimony. Trump already made it clear that he believed/knew the Russians were going after people’s emails: he blurted it into the microphone, “Russia, if you’re listening…”
It sounds like the big reveal from Cohen will be that Trump, in fact, knew what was going on – just like he rather obviously appeared to from the beginning. What else are we supposed to discover, that Trump’s a liar? A racist? An asshole? Trump has already demonstrated that his base will cheer for him even if he runs over a little old lady in broad daylight. I won’t use the “shoot someone” metaphor because Trump doesn’t have the guts to shoot anyone; he’s more the “put polonium in your tea” sort of coward.
Cohen’s testimony is unlikely to add anything that we don’t already know about, and which Trump’s base have not already decided is OK. Never mind that he’s a pustule of corruption, a fraud, a tax cheat, and he takes election financing rules with a grain of salt. If he were a congressman who had done all this, the FBI would have already perp-walked him out of his office and into a plea deal.
I’m also disappointed in the people who seem to be hanging on to some great big hope that Mueller is going to reveal something. Mueller’s investigation has, basically, already published what it’s found: that Trump has surrounded himself with some very corrupt sleazebags. We can effortlessly conclude that Trump is a very corrupt sleazebag, too, but the New York Times‘ piece on how daddy Trump and the kids structured a massive tax-dodge – that did nothing. It practically sank without a trace. Al Capone went to prison for less sleazy tax-dodging than the Trumps; if the FBI hasn’t already hauled him out of the oval office in handcuffs, they never are going to. Richard Nixon wouldn’t want to be seen hanging out with this guy. If he hasn’t resigned now, he’s not ever going to.
The main battle will be to make him a one-term president. That won’t be done by pointing out how corrupt his friends are, or how useless his nepotistic frog-spawn are: it’s going to be by offering an alternative vision of leadership that is competent and effective. Trump will lie himself further into a hole. In the meantime, Michael Cohen’s testimony doesn’t sound like a “bombshell” to me, it sounds more like, “look what he got away with, suckers!”