Posted by: maboulette | May 12, 2018

The Rest of The Donald Trump Bribes


Internal documents from AT&T revealed today that the company was in fact specifically seeking to influence Donald Trump’s decisions over issues like mergers and net neutrality when it paid a few hundred thousand dollars to Trump’s fixer Michael Cohen. Considering that these issues all ended up going AT&T’s way, it got the steal of the century, considering how little it paid. Except, no, that’s not how any of this works.


AT&T paid Cohen somewhere between $200,000 and $600,000. That’s pocket change for AT&T, which has a current market capitalization of roughly two hundred billion dollars, and was attempting to influence decisions that had billions of dollars of dollars in revenue riding on them. If AT&T made the decision to begin bribing Team Trump, there’s just no way it stopped at a few hundred thousand dollars. It would be like deciding to bribe a security guard to look the other way while you rob a convenience store, but only offering him five bucks.


There has to be more money involved, not just from AT&T, but from all of these companies. The Feds have every inch of Michael Cohen’s banking records and financial history. Considering how sloppy he’s been with the incoming and outgoing payments we know about, if he received additional payments from companies like AT&T and Novartis, the Feds already know about it. But what if the rest of it didn’t go to him?


Donald Trump famously has a whole lot of business and political “advisers” who hang around him and loudly defend him, but don’t seem to have actual jobs with him. They wouldn’t do it without getting paid, yet Trump is a cash-poor cheapskate who tries to avoid having to pay anyone what he owes them. Have U.S. corporations and Kremlin oligarchs been spreading money around to multiple Trump advisers? That would be one way for the total dollar amounts to get large enough for Trump to repay these entities with policy decisions. Whatever it is, it’ll all come out now.

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