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What We Can Learn From Michael Cohen’s Pay-to-Play Scandal

By Klaus Marre and Donkeyhotey | 13 May 2018

WHO.WHAT.WHY. — To anyone even vaguely familiar with Donald Trump, the notion that he and his gang of grifters would drain the swamp instead of wallowing in it always seemed ridiculous.

So it came as no surprise that several major corporations shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars to Michael Cohen in the hope that Trump’s fixer could grease the wheels a bit as they were trying to curry favor with his boss.

The only truly shocking thing would be if the president didn’t somehow receive a kickback from this money. Maybe we’ll find out through Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has interviewed all the major players in this saga — apart from the president.

If Cohen, and anybody else involved in this apparent pay-to-play scheme, doesn’t get into legal trouble over this, then it’s just further evidence that the US currently allows corruption and bribery at the highest levels of government. […]

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