Here is the factor: Nobody actually is aware of what Cohen is aware of (or does not) in regards to the President himself, the 2016 marketing campaign, the primary household or the various enterprise dealings of the Trump Group.
What we do know: Cohen has been, for years, the man who mounted issues for Donald Trump. The one that was prepared to do what was mandatory to verify Trump was in a position to glide previous potential pitfalls.
Cohen did Trump’s soiled work — within the marketing campaign and earlier than it. Was Trump conscious of all (or any) of it? Who is aware of? Probably not, permitting him believable deniability if/when issues ever went sideways.
I have a tendency to think about the Trump-Cohen relationship like a big-time school basketball coach and one in all his assistants charged with recruiting. The pinnacle coach is aware of — in a basic method — that the assistant is pushing the boundaries of acceptable conduct in an effort to get one of the best youngsters to return to the varsity. The pinnacle coach assumes, for his personal sake, that pushing the boundaries doesn’t imply breaking the principles. However both method, he does not have any working data of what the assistant is doing. Good youngsters come to the varsity, the top coach is glad. The assistant is effectively compensated. Win-win.
But when the assistant will get caught doing one thing unlawful, then issues change. The assistant, determined to chop a deal for himself, might search to implicate these above him within the chain of command — dropping as many dimes as he can to save lots of his butt. And that is when the top coach would possibly want to start out worrying.
Now. A few of that will merely be positioning and posturing — making an attempt to get Cohen the absolute best plea deal for himself. Nevertheless it’s arduous to think about that the Southern District prosecutors would give Cohen a deal if there was nothing that he needed to inform them a couple of greater fish.
Is that fish Trump? And the way a lot does Cohen know? And on what?
Heaps and many questions we do not know the solutions to. However the truth that Cohen is now publicly sending indicators that he’s not averse to creating a deal has to make the President nervous.
If it does not, it ought to.