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Matt Osborne @OsborneInk
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Mueller's special counsel team spent months building a case against Cohen, Trump's consigliere, before Rosenstein set Department of Justice machinery in motion. The resulting case shuts tight on him like a bear trap this afternoon.

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After months of reportedly worrying the alleged president would fire him, why would Rosenstein be at peace with the possibility now? Because he has shepherded the investigation(s) through the greatest danger, past a point of no return.…
Trump should have spent less time rage-tweeting and more time disposing of evidence that Cohen committed crimes on his behalf. His last-minute motions will not succeed on their merits. He can no longer fire his way out of the situation.…
Cohen skipped Friday's hearing to go smoke cigars with friends. While predictable and in-character, it did not go over well with the judge, who will put a foot down at today's hearing and enforce a measure of discipline.…
Stormy Daniels will also be in court today. Why? Because she understands that this hearing is the beginning of a new phase in which Michael Cohen -- and by extension, his primary (only?) client -- get held accountable before the law.

Adam Davidson calls this "the end stage of the Trump presidency." The process will not be over quickly, but it will grind up Trump's world into exceedingly fine little bits. Expect an endless parade of new revelations from Cohen's files.…
As I explained in a thread ten days ago, Mueller understands that impeachment is a political process. The criminal process unfolding in that courtroom today will alter the political landscape by creating "facts on the ground"

Like the French force lured into Điện Biên Phủ where it could be surrounded and destroyed, Team Trump is now trapped in a federal courtroom where no amount of political spin or deflection can prevail and the plain facts are not on their side.

Until now, Trump's base has been undisturbed that he had sex with porn stars and Playboy models. If anything, that stuff makes them like him even more.

But they will not like Trump threatening, manipulating, and silencing women through Cohen.…
For almost a year, we kept saying "Mueller knows more than we do." That was true, and now we begin to find out what he has known all this time that we did not. A whole new, unpleasant picture of Donald Trump will get drawn for us between now and November.

ADDING: Cohen is being squeezed for information on the record and Mueller is not even in the room.
ADDING: See what I mean about Cohen being forced to disclose stuff without Mueller even in the room? 10-1 Sean Hannity used Cohen to cover up a sex harassment scandal.

ALSO ADDING: Contrary to certain doubts expressed against my assertion yesterday that even some of Trump's base will not like stories about witness intimidation, etc, this kind of mafia thuggery is not popular, or populist.…
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