Mueller Made the Liars Writhe
And so many of the lies center on Donald Trump. We need to end the bad breakup and embrace our past relationship with Presidential truthfulness.
Early on, Mueller busted Michael Flynn for lying to investigators and converted him into a witness for the prosecution. Then came liars George Papadopoulos, Rick Gates, Alex van der Zwaan, all of whom felt his blade and were persuaded to cooperate. After flipping Flynn, Mueller gave former Trump official K.T. McFarland the opportunity to revise her claims to what she knew about discussions inside the Trump camp about Russian sanctions. Even Paul Manafort, convicted by Mueller and persuaded to plead guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges, got popped by the special counsel for telling “discernible lies.”
But Mueller’s biggest liar of 2018—or at least the most valuable liar for prosecutorial purposes—was former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about Trump’s Moscow tower project. Mueller, who conducted 70 hours of interviews with Cohen, urged the court in a sentencing memo to go easy on his witness because he’d been so helpful in assisting the special counsel’s investigation.