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Kurtz: the New trump card-a headache: immunity for the Enquirer publishing
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the news that the National Enquirer’s publisher and friend of President Trump was granted immunity in Michael Cohen.
So, how much that has to affect all the sound and fury of the midterm elections?
Normally, the belief is that a President is accused of being a former Chairman of campaign, and confessions of his ex-national security adviser and former personal lawyer, said the President directed one of his crimes—would explode like a neutron bomb.
But as with all questions, the President Trump, not apply normal rules and what happens in November is not at all clear.
It is not hard to imagine a blue wave, which carry the development that Democrats control of the house. It is also not difficult to imagine that Trump’s control of the Teflon, which remained undented, the hanging of so many crises in the past, the GOP. The President’s grip on its base seems as strong as ever, although ambivalent Republicans could always opt to stay at home.
The Michael Cohen’s plea, and his statement that Trump directed to arrange for him-silence-money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, dramatically, the political conversation is changing.
The same is true for the Wall Street Journal revealed that Trump’s pal David Pecker, CEO of American Media, the National Enquirer, talks with prosecutors under a grant of immunity. Unravel, what happens when Trump and Cohen tried to acquire the rights to McDougal’s story, which had bought the tabloid and buried for $ 150,000 at the end of the 2016 campaign.
Before Tuesday, the White House and its allies good success, keep the focus on the lack of evidence for Russian collusion emerging in Robert Mueller’s probe. But this is changing.
Trump, for his part, said Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt that he only learned of the payments, “later,” that contradicts the only Cohen’s version, but one of his cassettes. The President also said this:
“Almost everyone running for office, campaign violations. But what I was asked to Michael Cohen, not even the campaign. They were not crimes …
“Don’t you know, the campaign violations is considered to be a great thing, to be honest. But if someone defrauded a bank and he is 10 years in prison or 20 years in prison, but if you say anything bad about Donald Trump, and you go down up to two years, or three years, this is the kind of deal he has made. In all fairness to him, most people will do that.”
While experts and scholars debate the ads, how much does all the swampiness to break through to the actual voters?
Both parties are struggling with ways to deal with the shadow, the trump-related investigations, especially for their most vulnerable members.
The New York Times reported: “a Senior Republican party leaders began pushing to speak their most vulnerable incumbent, on Wednesday, about the failure surrounding President Trump behavior, with representative Tom Cole, a former house Republican campaign Chairman, warning that’ Where there is smoke, and there is a lot of smoke, it can also be fire.'”
The Washington Post: “A day after President Trump’s former attorney implicated him in the crime, the Democratic leaders sharpened their election-year assault on the GOP as the party of corruption. But in an attempt the electoral system focus on the bread-and-butter issues in which they have largely avoided any discussion of the charges.
“The y invited candidates and elected members to speak, instead of to demand protection for the ongoing Department of justice investigations of Trump and its allies, offers a clear sign that you will feel confident that grass-roots energy against Trump shows up at the ballot box, without the need for an obstacle in the way of slogan, the from the stump.”
Politically, with this heading: “‘A New Cherry on Top’: Trump scandal Fallout Hangs Over Midterms.”
But the real story is disappointing:
“However, the conviction of Donald Trump’s former Chairman of the campaign, a confession with hush money to his personal lawyer and to the prosecution of a key congressional allies was not enough to dramatically change the trajectory of the midterm elections.”important,
The truth is that nobody really knows how to play.
The situation is somewhat reminiscent of 1998, as some Democrats have distanced themselves from Bill Clinton, as he is accused in the process, but the party won five seats in the house, because Newt’s Gingrich’s GOP, was seen as overreaching.
The situation is quite different, because Clinton had sex with a former Intern in the White house, while trump the alleged encounter took place more than a decade ago, although the hush money was paid, during the last campaign.
The situation is also very different, because Trump has an almost iron grip on the majority of his party, the investigations and the reporting in the media, the President as unfair.
The question this fall will be ultimately, whether a majority of the voters want to put a check on the trump-presidency, or, in spite of the controversies and the law enforcement, allow him full control of Washington.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.