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Wasserman writes: "In the Trumputin world of organized crime, Michael Cohen has committed the ultimate betrayal: he's helped Robert Mueller prove beyond doubt that don Putin in the Kremlin put his very own bagman into the White House."

Michael Cohen walks out of federal court on Nov. 29, 2018, in New York. (photo: Julie Jacobson/AP)
Michael Cohen walks out of federal court on Nov. 29, 2018, in New York. (photo: Julie Jacobson/AP)

Is Michael Cohen Trumputin's Dead Meat? Are We?

By Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

10 December 18


n the Trumputin world of organized crime, Michael Cohen has committed the ultimate betrayal: he’s helped Robert Mueller prove beyond doubt that don Putin in the Kremlin put his very own bagman into the White House.

Cohen is the ultimate mobster nightmare, the inside attorney who flips. Many a consigliere has died at Mafia hands for far less.

For what might come next, see Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post reporter literally butchered by the Saudi branch of the Trumputin oligarchy.

Nixon’s lawyer, John Dean, called Watergate a “cancer on the presidency.” Cohen has confirmed that the “conspiracy theories” about Trump colluding with Putin are an epic understatement.

Mueller’s “report” has thus far been seeping out in the indictments against Trump’s enablers, a list that may ultimately include Trump’s children, Vice President Mike Pence, former attorney general Jeff Sessions, and many more, including The Donald himself.

Still missing is the vital context: Trump’s decades of money laundering for the Putin oligarchy.

Watergate did not come in a vacuum. Nixon had already committed treason by sabotaging 1968 Vietnam peace talks. He also illegally bombed Cambodia, feeding the slaughter of at least 3 million people.

In 1972, at Sundance Magazine, I edited a massive exposé by Jeff Gerth detailing Nixon’s lifelong ties to the criminal underworld, much of it centered in Florida.

None of that played a major overt role in Dick’s fall.

But Trump’s decades of money laundering are no secret. As documented by David Cay Johnston, Craig Unger, and many more, Trump used some 1300 shady real estate deals with Russian oligarchs to flip a multibillion-dollar debt and at least four bankruptcies into a cash-rich buying spree. His flagship Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is a porous membrane for ruble-to-dollar osmosis.

All that set the stage for 2016. Because he didn’t plan on winning, Trump ran the campaign as just another self-promoting reality show. The Trump Tower he wanted to build in Moscow, with its $50-million Putin penthouse, was to be his flashiest combination showpiece and laundromat.

Putin is vastly more intelligent and capable than Trump, and had a far better grasp on the power of such double-dealings. His oligarchs would be immune from future prosecutions, as Mueller’s futile indictments of so many Kremlin trolls has shown. But their puny White House bagman, an American Boris Yeltsin, would deliver immense fiscal opportunities and stunning geopolitical gains (at least in the short term).

Trump had no clue. True to his authoritarian DNA, he’s fled immediately to fascism, assaulting every aspect of democracy with the blood rage of a cornered rat.

His goose-stepping GOP has followed suit. Fascist coups in Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Carolina are well underway. The governorship of Georgia has been stolen. The gerrymandered Ohio legislature is banning abortion. And that’s just for openers.

With the Supreme Court, a zombie Senate majority, a limp corporate Democrat non-opposition, and Fox as his mighty fortress, Trump is hunkered down for a fight to the death … OUR death.

He’s injected the economy with a methamphetamine tax cut for the rich that will crash it all. Just when we don’t know.

But we now face a four-way fiscal catastrophe: the stock market, housing market, student loan debt, and corporate debt. The sound of that house of cards crashing will echo for decades. Trump is also driving an ecological collapse that’s already dwarfing them all.

He’s already lost the US House and some statehouses. He’s been unable to stop the trickle of Mueller indictments.

Should that turn into a tsunami, he, his kids, and a slew of his partners in crime are certain to be indicted, many in New York, where presidential pardons are worthless.

And he’s lost Michael Cohen.

We don’t yet know how far Cohen’s inside information will reach, or what more he has to offer. We don’t know if Mueller will do anything with Trump’s criminal past. We don’t know what might turn the Trumputin catastrophe thermonuclear, as Nixon’s earlier treasons might have done to Watergate.

We also don’t know how long Trumputin will let Michael Cohen live. There’s no reason to believe the New York prosecutors who want him in prison can protect him there.

Nor is there reason to doubt that Donald Trump will blow up this entire Earth and all of us with it before he faces the true karmic payback of a sad, sad life defined entirely by organized crime.

Harvey "Sluggo" Wasserman's Life & Death Spiral of US History: From Deganawidah to the Trumpocalypse will soon be published via His "California Solartopia" show airs at KPFK-Pacifica in Los Angeles. "Green Power & Wellness" is at

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+53 # indian weaving 2018-12-10 13:34
A state indictment / trial / conviction must start asap to head off Trump's insanity. Seems like some prosecutor somewhere could indict Trump for "Incitement to Riot" by now. We sure have lots of violent results of his inflammatory rhetoric. Any black doode would've been behind bars long ago if they ranted violently like Trump. The maniac has to be restrained one way or another now.
+9 # jon 2018-12-10 20:17
"His flagship Trump Tower on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is a porous membrane for ruble-to-dollar osmosis."

That is so funny I couldn'r read any more without commenting on this line that sounds like a potential dialog line from a future Mel Brooks movie about all of this!
+11 # Jaax88 2018-12-10 20:26
A new moniker for him, bag man. Well we are seeing the self deluded crook lose his last remnants of his honor, his credibility and clothes. He looks now to be a low level thug.
+9 # economagic 2018-12-10 21:16
Jeez. OK, now tell me the good news. What? That WAS the good news?!?
-5 # Dale 2018-12-11 08:19
too many otherwise intelligent people are being taken in by RussiaGate. They dont take account of the utter hypocrisy of the Dems and all those reverting to the old style red-baiting, McCarthyism. The United States interferes in the elections and internal affairs of dozens of countries around the world. Such interference takes the form of regime change, as occurred in the Ukraine, and is happening now in Venezuela. Other times, outright military intervention as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Drone murders and Special Ops in dozens of countries, now including Africa. Aid to local militaries to overthrow governments or to violently repress those demanding change, Chile, Central America. So get off it Democrats and media. Go after Trump for real, not trumped up, reasons. So let´s lay off the utter hypocrisy, Russia has a concern for U.S. events, logical. But it is not bent on overthrowing the government or sending troops. This Russia baiting goes on daily, without a single word about U.S. interventions.
+5 # conniejo 2018-12-12 09:38
As a former Dem, now independent (both parties need serious overhaul) who still wears her "Get Out of Central America" button, I ask that you not paint us all with the same brush. There are many of us who have decried, for years, the illegal interference of our country in the affairs of others. Yes, there are folks who revile Trump and don't recognize our checkered past and present; but millions do. The fact that our country has behaved abominably does not make what is happening now in the U.S. acceptable or off-limits for criticism. We know from our history of intervention that there are many ways to overthrow a government without sending in troops. The Koch brothers have toppled democracy in Wisconsin. Money can't buy you love, but it sure can buy you politicians and governments. While some media outlets focus on sensational headlines (no doubt at the behest of wealthy owners competing for advertising dollars) at the cost of in-depth reporting, there are MANY serious and honorable reporters who seek to inform the public of the truth. Yes; they occasionally get it wrong, but for the most part they acknowledge that publicly. The media are what stand between people and fascism, and I am grateful for the work they do. Time magazine's Person of the Year is right to recognize the brave reporters who, literally, put their lives on the line to keep us well-informed. So please stop trashing the media and be thankful that we still have access to news that is not being censored.
+7 # humanmancalvin 2018-12-11 11:03
One of my great fears, perhaps the greatest is that Trumproid will take the cue from Bush Lite & start a totally unnecessary boots on the ground war somewhere in the world. Remembering the sordid past, if one spoke out against Bush during the illegal invasion of Iraq then one was branded a traitor to this country which is/was the largest bag of horseshit ever politicized mainly through the Radical Right Insurgencies outlets of Faux-Non-News, Limbaugh & the entire hemisphere of make believe so called news. It would/may swing in his crooked bent of fighting off his many detractors which are legion & growing daily.
-5 # dlet60 2018-12-11 12:55
This is the US gov't comedy hour. Let's impeach the Donald and the Pence. Hah! Then we'll have the Nancy as president. Way to go America! Oh, and Mueller is part of the Hillary band of gangsters. We don't have a two party system, we only have the left arm and right arm of the War Corruption Party. Go, go, go!!!

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