I have talked to Mo Brooks at length and also with his supporters. The anecdote I heard most often from Republican organizers in 2010, the year he got elected on the Tea Party wave, was from his days on the Madison county commission.
"I suspect Trump and his kids had a false sense of comfort that their communications with Cohen would be privileged," @joshtpm's friend says. "I am convinced this is why Trump and his family are freaking out about the Cohen raid and the possibility he could flip."
There has been lots of discussion about "leverage" in this sordid saga.
For example, if Mueller had New York-based indictments of Don Jr, Eric, and Ivanka, it would be tremendous leverage, no?
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.
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.
Michael Cohen is in serious trouble. Stormy Daniels is the least of the reasons why. Nevertheless, Robert Mueller is probably looking for leverage to flip Cohen and have him confirm a key detail of the Steel dossier. Thread.
Cohen developed those ties by way of Ukraine, so it was not really surprising that he became the go-between for that attempted "peace plan" in January 2017, or that he was named as a person of interest in the FBI's counterintelligence investigation
Vietnam became a country by drawing a French army into Điện Biên Phủ where the Viet Minh could surround and destroy it.
Mueller studies his enemies. Like Võ Nguyên Giáp, the military genius who won that decisive battle, he has created facts on the ground to surround Trump.
Before he died, Giáp explained how his resistance tactics worked. It was important to unite the country against France by first attacking everywhere, then concentrating his forces to surround and annihilate them
During WW1, battleships started spontaneously exploding. The humans inside them overcame expensive, highly-developed safety systems and procedures to accomplish this feat ww1blog.osborneink.com/?p=3089
The problem wasn't confined to one navy. It arose from commanders valuing rapid gunnery more than safety: ammo propellant bags were being stored in hallways to impress the admirals ww1blog.osborneink.com/?p=10437
March 2017, the New York Times magazine reported that Steve Bannon had first wanted Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to run for president in 2016 on their shared "populist" vision, i.e. white nationalism. 2/ 10
But then Bannon saw Trump's appearance at CPAC in 2013. Bannon was so impressed that he lobbied Sessions and his Senate staffer, a guy named Stephen Miller, to support Trump's candidacy. From the NYT magazine article: