I don’t know precisely what’s going on in Britain right now because the whole place is melting down, but maybe one of our English writers will explain it later (Petr is on vacation, so that leaves it to you, Hannah!). I do know that Boris Johnson — who led the Brexit movement — has resigned, which seems to me to be a bit like Trump signing a contract to build the wall and then quitting and leaving it to the Democrats because he doesn’t know how to make it happen.
Here in the United States, however, we’re all awaiting Trump to announce on the next episode of his game show which nightmarish pick he will make for SCOTUS (he’s narrowed it down to four choices — though, really, just two — and they’re all almost equally terrible).
Because of other more pressing matters (Russia, North Korea, SCOTUS, immigration, trade, NATO, etc.), Bob Mueller’s investigation has not been getting that many headlines of late, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s a good thing. Let Mueller quietly work on building his case before Trump can fire him.
However, Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, continues to try and drum up some attention by saying things to CNN like, “I do not expect that Michael Cohen is going to lie. I think he’s going to tell the truth, as best he can, given his recollection. And, if he does that, we’re home-free.”
“Home-free” does not seem to be a sentiment shared by Michael Cohen. Sources close to Cohen also tell CNN that Cohen believes “the truth is not you or your client’s friend,” referring to Giuliani and Trump.
In particular, the same sources say Giuliani is wading into dangerous territory when he asks Cohen to “tell the truth” about the Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Russian meddling in the election.
One of Cohen’s new attorneys, Lanny Davis (who represented Bill Clinton) seemed to echo that sentiment:
Did @rudygiuliani really say on Sunday shows that @michaelcohen212 should cooperate with prosecutors and tell the truth? Seriously? Is that Trump and Giuliani definition of “truth”? Trump/Giuliani next to the word “truth” = oxymoron. Stay tuned. #thetruthmatters— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) July 9, 2018
All of which is to say, Michael Cohen seems to have broken free of the Trump spell, and as he still “respects the FBI” while Trump does not, Cohen might deliver some very damning information, particularly where it concerns the Trump Tower meeting, which Cohen intimates he knows a lot about.