After Trump's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day on Tuesday which saw his campaign manager Paul Manafort found guilty of 8 felonies (with the rest available for retrial I believe) and his personal lawyer mobbed up fixer Michael Cohen plea guilty to several different felonies, things are looking great for the FBI's investigation into Trump's campaign.
In a guilty plea entered in a Manhattan federal courthouse, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump directly in some of his acts, saying he arranged to pay off two women to keep their stories of alleged affairs with Trump from becoming public before Election Day — in coordination with the then-candidate.
The charges in the Manafort trial involved the former campaign manager’s personal finances and were not related to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. But Manafort’s conviction on eight counts, in the first trial to emerge from Mueller’s inquiry, was a major victory for the special counsel.
We already know Trump knew about the payoff to at least one mistress because we literally heard him discussing it on tape. There's no reason to suspect there wasn't another nor doubt that Cohen can prove it. Adding this to the Everest of evidence conclusively proving Trump has been working with/for Russia for years, the Washington Post concludes that Republicans in Congress must act:
Tuesday’s events must bring that partisan abdication of public duty to an end. Congress must open investigations into Mr. Trump’s role in the crime Mr. Cohen has admitted to. It is far too soon to say where such inquiries would lead. But legislators cannot in good conscience ignore an alleged co-conspirator in the White House.
But that's not going to happen. Ever. Fox News is already furiously either ignoring what happened on Tuesday, insisting that it doesn't show a criminal conspiracy (No collusion!), or, worst of all, insisting that, sure, Trump broke the law but so what?
And that's all Republicans will need, the tiniest fig leaf of an excuse to do nothing. Which is what they're going to do. At least until the Democrats take over the House later this year. Then the GOP will go from passively sitting on their asses ignoring Trump's numerous crimes and scandals to actively interfering in the dozens of investigations Democrats will launch.
Wait, that's not fair to Republicans. They've already been actively interfering with investigations. Now they'll step their game up from simple obstruction of justice to full blown criminal conspiracy. Devin Nunes is already a lawless stooge so he'll be more than happy to show them ropes of how to commit treason against the United States.
They'll tell themselves all kinds of stories about how they're fighting a "deep state" coup or how it will all be worth it to seat more right wing extremist judges for life or even how making liberals cry justifies every scummy move they're going to make. But in the end, the only thing Republicans care about is power; stealing it, keeping it, and profiting from it personally.
We should take a moment to point out that unlike the multiple Benghazi investigations and the numerous hearings about the nonexistent IRS scandal (and Fast and Furious and whatever other nonsense the right made up), when the Democrats investigate Trump and his regime, it will not be an abuse of power. Republicans turned the House into a weapon to attack Democrats for purely partisan purposes. There was no intent to uphold the law or get to the truth of a matter. Republican hearings were for the sole purpose of generating soundbites to play on Fox News, nothing else. The fact that Democrats will be investigating actual crimes and actual corruption will, if anything, offend Republicans more than if they manufactured scandals.
The title of this article is a question: How far will Republicans go to obstruct justice? Based on their utter lack of a moral compass or a shred of decency, the answer is painfully obvious. They will go all the way and the Democrats had best be prepared for the most appalling level of illegal behavior when they take control of the House after the midterms.