As details of the Southern District of New York(SDNY) case against former Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen continue to go public, there is growing intrigue about what he has shared with federal prosecutors about Trump’s finances, especially as they relate to Russia. As Trump’s right hand man for many years, Cohen is in a position to know details of Trump’s financial entanglements worldwide. and the mainstream media’s focus on what Cohen knows about Trump’s business ties is totally justified.
What the mainstream media and quite frankly congressional Democrats must not miss however is that Cohen was also the Republican National Committee’s(RNC) Deputy Finance Chair. This means Cohen is also in a position to know details of possible ties between key congressional Republicans and the Russians, chief among them House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Over the last two years, there have been a lot of questions raised about the strange reluctance by Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell to confront Trump about his 2016 campaign ties to Russia. The strange silence of Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell has naturally spurred a lot of conspiracy theories suggesting that the two congressional leaders are silent because they are compromised by Russia. Well Cohen could lay to rest all these conspiracy theories regarding these two congressional leaders or any other Republican member of Congress for that matter.
Cohen is scheduled to begin his 3 year jail sentence in March 2019 and there is word that congressional Democrats plan on having him testify in Congress before then. If and when that happens, Congressional Democrats must inquire from Cohen about GOP’s financial ties to Russia with special emphasis on Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell.
Bottom line reasonable people will agree that Russia’s infiltration into U.S. affairs goes way beyond Trump and his family. Where, as here, opportunities arise for the public to learn more about the said Russian infiltration, both the mainstream media and congressional Democrats must adopt the big picture approach as opposed to focusing only on Trump and his family. The public is also eager to learn details about GOP’s financial ties to Russia and Cohen appears to be the perfect vehicle for that.
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