It’s been a massive news week, even by the exalted standards of the Trump era. The United States had a historic, first ever bilateral summit with North Korea that achieved world peace – at least that’s what the president wants you to believe.
The Department of Justice Inspector General delivered his long awaited report, one Republicans were hoping showed the FBI exhibited political bias in its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, but which in fact showed the exact opposite.
And in Russia, The FIFA World Cup kicked off without the United States. We failed to qualify for the first time in nearly 30 years, although FIFA did announce that the U.S. won the rights to host the 2026 tournament in a joint bid with Canada and Mexico – something President Trump even tried to take credit for.
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The biggest story of the week, however, might be what didn’t happen to the president’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Cohen’s been under immense pressure from federal prosecutors after a raid in April uncovered a mountain of evidence implicating him in all kinds of potential indictable offense. His lawyers have tried to claim that most of the evidence they seized is inadmissible, and a judge gave them until today to make their case.
With this deadline coming at him like a freight train, Cohen’s ultimate fate has been building all week. And yet Friday evening arrived without the other shoe dropping. Or so we thought.
First, news broke on Tuesday that Cohen had been telling close associates he expected to be arrested by the end of this week. Later we learned he had parted ways with his legal team. And just this morning, the president told reporters that the ever loyal Cohen was no longer his personal lawyer.
As these developments have unfolded, speculation has started to shift. No longer is Cohen expected to take a bullet for the president like so many expected. By weeks end, more and more observers suspected that he may be ready to flip and begin cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Much to the President Trump’s dismay, those suspicions appear well founded. CNN reported late Friday that Cohen is close to making up his mind about his next move, and he’s leaning toward doing what was once considered unthinkable.
“President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen has indicated to family and friends he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators,” CNN’s Kara Scannell reported, citing “a source familiar with the matter.”
More from CNN:
Cohen has expressed anger with the treatment he has gotten from the President, who has minimized his relationship with Cohen, and comments from the President’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the source said. The treatment has left him feeling isolated and more open to cooperating, the source said.
If Michael Cohen flips, it would mark a major turning point in the investigations that are already closing in on the White House. Cohen has been so close to the president for so long, the list of topics on which he can assist special counsel Robert Mueller is almost endless – something resident Trump is all to aware of. Believe me.