Wow. What a mess! What was going on in the last couple of weeks of the elections – if people knew, Trump would have lost for sure.
It started with the Russian influence in the US elections was a “made up story” by the “fake news media” or the Democrats, to explain why they lost. Then 13 Russians were indicted by the Grand Jury and big names in the Trump campaign are either headed for trial (Paul Manafort) or have pleaded guilty (Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos). A lot more is coming in the Russian probe.
No country should ever be allowed to influence the US elections. The best chance for criminal justice and truth is with the Mueller investigation.
The Stormy Daniels story changes depending on how much hard evidence the prosecutors have, and how much Trump feels that Cohen might flip. Another words, this saga has evolved from some rogue attorney, who felt so honor bond to Donald Trump, to pay $130,000 out of his own funds, to shut up Stormy Daniels, to part of a legal agreement (note attorney-client privilege) to fix problems for Donald Trump as part of retainer fees.
Calm and precise Jeff Toobin, legal commentator for CNN, summed it up nicely, “How stupid does he think we are?” meaning of course Trump.
It isn’t the FBI or the Department of Justice that has caused a problem for Trump, but the president.
As his associates get caught, they’re flipping. The indictments and convictions will depend on a massive amount of information, not available to the public, including financial records, bank statements, emails, and other documents.
O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!
I’m leaving off the usual links, except for the Wikipedia, which is the best factual summary I could find.