Yet another investigation into President Trump’s affairs has turned up nothing. The federal investigation into the financial dealings of the Trump organization lasted months and sought evidence that the company had committed campaign finance violations. Now, the investigation is set to close and no charges have been filed.
Federal prosecutors in New York are closing the investigation empty handed after looking into allegations that Trump’s team, as the report reads, “broke the law in their effort to reimburse Michael Cohen for hush-money payments he made to women alleging affairs with his former boss, President Donald Trump.”
CNN writes,“…the investigation has quieted, those familiar with the inquiry said, and prosecutors now don’t appear ready to charge Trump Organization executives in the probe stemming from the case against Cohen.
In January, after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, prosecutors sought interviews with executives at the company. But prosecutors never followed up on the request, people familiar with the matter said, and no interviews ever took place.
Meanwhile, there have been no communications between the Manhattan US Attorney’s office and the Trump Organization in over five months, one person familiar with the matter said.”
The case is not yet officially closed, but the investigation has effectively stopped as all of the leads have gone cold. Launched as a follow up to the 8-count conviction of Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, prosecutors said that Cohen had been reimbursed by the Trump Organization to the tune of $420,000.
CNN writes, “Cohen testified in February before Congress, implicating a number of Trump Organization executives whom he claimed had knowledge of financial misstatements and were involved in reimbursing Cohen for the Stormy Daniels hush-money scheme. He provided members of Congress with copies of signed checks from Donald Trump Jr., who is now the executive vice president of the company, and Allen Weisselberg, the organization’s chief financial officer.”
Despite all of this, Cohen’s testimony has led the investigation nowhere, making this yet another failed attempt to spoil the legitimacy of the Trump administration. Of course, CNN published this story quietly and has not addressed the issue on camera.
Perhaps the oddest aspect of this failed investigation is that it was spurred on by the testimony of a man who had lied to the judiciary committee seven times. Many of these, of course, are simply process crimes- often described as a perjury trap- when prosecutors mine a person’s testimony for inaccuracies and then accuse the person of committing perjury.
Investigators working under the Mueller probe were notorious for setting up perjury traps, entangling dozens of people in court battles which drained their bank accounts and ruined their lives.
Even after Trump was exonerated, all of the people caught up in the Democrat dragnet are still in jail, still impoverished, unemployed, divorced, or otherwise destroyed. For this, there has been no apology, no forgiveness, no retractions, and no attempts to repair the damage done by these aggressive, expensive, and destructive investigations.
So, Democrats have, once again, failed to impugn the President. Now, the question remains, what will be their next big accusation? With less than one year until the 2020 presidential race begins, will Democrats continue to push these losing confrontations?
With each new accusation, new failures and new embarrassments for Democrats emerge. If there is to be some new set of misdeeds meant to shock low information voters into believing that Trump is the evilest man alive, their timing will be essential.
The most recent accusation against Trump involved the alleged rape of a woman over 23 years ago. The “victim,” E. Jean Carrol, (who has now backed down) gave a series of bizarre interviews in which she appeared mentally ill.
The 75-year-old advice columnist for Elle magazine has faded back into obscurity after Carrol’s many inconsistencies and odd statements dashed her credibility. We were reminded of the stilted and hollow testimony of Christine Blasey Ford.
If the Democrats keep this up, they are likely to spoil their already withering chances of taking back the White House next year. If timed correctly, a new accusation may have traction with unwavering anti-Trump Democrat voters. But it’s very unlikely that they will gain any more than a little additional interest from their base.
If, however, they time their upcoming accusations badly, there’s a fair chance that the next exoneration will boost Trump’s already high popularity enough to ensure Democrats are relegated to another four years of petty obstructionism.