Shortly after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen went off for his three-year sabbatical, he provided information to federal prosecutors that seemed to show impropriety on the part of some members of the Trump Organization. This is how the New York Times gleefully reported the issue at the time:
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, met last month with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, offering information about possible irregularities within the president’s family business and about a donor to the inaugural committee, according to people familiar with the matter.
Mr. Cohen, who worked at the Trump Organization for a decade, spoke with the prosecutors about insurance claims the company had filed over the years, said the people, who did not elaborate on the nature of the possible irregularities.
While it was not clear whether the prosecutors found Mr. Cohen’s information credible and whether they intended to pursue it, the meeting suggests that they are interested in broader aspects of the Trump Organization, beyond their investigation into the company’s role in the hush money payments made before the 2016 election to women claiming to have had affairs with Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty last summer to arranging those payments.
Now the investigation is reported to have fizzled out:
A federal investigation into whether Trump Organization executives violated campaign-finance laws appears to be wrapping up without charges being filed, according to people familiar with the matter.
For months, federal prosecutors in New York have examined whether company officials broke the law, including in their effort to reimburse Michael Cohen for hush-money payments he made to women alleging affairs with his former boss, President Donald Trump.
In recent weeks, however, their investigation has quieted, the people familiar with the inquiry said, and prosecutors now don’t appear poised to charge any Trump Organization executives in the probe that stemmed from the case against Cohen.
If so, this will rate with the many soul-sapping disappointments of the Democrats/NeverTrump (and now we know they are exactly the same thing) as they have tried to use a sympathetic Justice Department to do what they were unable to do at the ballot box in 2016…and may be unable to do in 2020.
It seems like every couple of months we have some new person who will “flip” on Trump and bring him down. Michael Cohen was supposed to be one of those. Tonight Donald Trump is still president of the United States. The Trump Organization is still in business. And Michael Cohen is still fetching sammiches from the prison canteen for his celly.