Michael Cohen’s testimony in front of the House oversight committee infuriated the Republicans on the committee. Those high-breed lawmakers call Cohen every despicable name in Trump’s shade-throwing handbook.
But Cohen sat there quietly looking at the Trumpians who reminded him of himself. Now and then Cohen would bite his tongue especially when Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan pulled a few intimidating wrestling coach remarks out of his take-no-prisoner’s mouth.
Mr. Cohen had Trump by the shorthairs while the president talked to Kim Jon Un about a deal that would never happen. When the president got the news Cohen got more attention than he did while he “ratted” on his former crime boss he left Kim with the bill for lunch. And a Trump-style hangover. Trump knew Cohen looked like one of the mobsters who turned rat on the New York mob in 1963. In mob talk, a rat isn’t a liar. A rat tells the truth the mob doesn’t want people to know.
Mr. Cohen wasn’t there to give the oversight committee more ammunition to use to prove collusion during the 2016 election. He was there to let the world know the federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York are legally bloodthirsty.
According to the author of the book of “The Threat Matrix: Inside Robert Mueller’s F.B.I. and the War on Global Terror,” Garrett M. Graff, prosecutors in New York are in the process of building a RICO case against the Trump and his organization.
RICO is short for the 1970s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. That act gave prosecutors the legal ability to nail criminal organizations that had an extensive history of criminal activity. Prosecutors can piece together evidence from various sources and then indict everyone involved in the organizations. They become part of an extended organized conspiracy.
More than eighty people associated with Mr. Trump in some way will have to appear before Congress and tell the truth about various parts of the Trump Organization.
When prosecutors used RICO on the crime families in New York, Rudy Giuliani was the man who developed the investigative process that brought down some of New York’s famous mob bosses.
The case against Mr. Trump may take a while. Giuliani will have to come up with a legal strategy that trumps the RICO strategy he put in place when he went after the bad guys instead of defending them. Mr. Graff thinks Mr. Giuliani knows Mueller isn’t Trump’s problem. He knows the Southern District of New York is, thanks to him.