The NY Times on the FBI raid on Michael Cohen's office.
Ken White on What It Means:
The Very Big News of the day: FBI Agents raided the law office of Michael Cohen, President Trump's lawyer who was involved in payment of $130,000 to adult performer "Stormy Daniels" for a nondisclosure agreement.
Recently I've been listening to the Podcast "Slow Burn," about Watergate. There's a fascinating theme throughout it: when you're living a historical event, how do you know? How can you tell when a development is a Big Deal?
This is a big deal. It's very early on, but here's some things we can already tell.
Read it all! But his gist is that this sort of warrant and search is extraordinary, requires extensive DoJ review, and could never be the result of a whim and a rogue. That leads one to infer there is a convincing and important 'there' there.
That said, as Constitutional coups go, this better be convincing and important. The folks who see this as Trump versus the Washington Establishment (and they (we?) are mutinous and multitudinous) won't be impressed by a criminal referral related to campaign finance violations around a 12 year old dalliance with a stripper (Hold the front page - Trump cheats on his wives and is a general sleaze!).
And the energy with which Trump has been pursued contrasts starkly with the "See No Evil" approach taken to Hillary. With Trump's attorney under fire, let's hand the mic to Andrew McCarthy on the deference Obama's DoJ gave to Hillary's "attorney" Cheryl Mills, who was involved in the email debacle as Hillary's chief of staff, not her counsel. Whatever, right?
Ahh, the stock market is up this morning on easing of trade tensions, the Thunder finally clinched a playoff spot, and the scuffling Yankees take on the Red Sox tonight. Lots of good news imminent!