Trump's tricky troubles
Who's got two thumbs and is resigning? This guy.
Trump becomes more and more Nixonian
Of course, Nixon was a lawyer before he was a politician and might have thought twice before spouting off publicly about his legal issues. Trump's lawyers certainly do . Then again, the tweets Trump fired off this morning about his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty to campaign-finance violations seem to have been crafted by a lawyer, writes lawyer Noah Feldman . The three tweets carefully lay out what could be Trump's legal defense if he is prosecuted for directing Cohen's crimes once he leaves office, Noah writes. They aren't necessarily convincing, but they suggest a conviction won't be a slam dunk.
The Nixon comparison is inevitable because he was run out of office for ordering crimes on his behalf during a presidential campaign. But there's a Bill Clinton comparison here, too, because some of Cohen's crimes involved covering up sex, for which Clinton was impeached 20 years ago. Noah Feldman , in a second column, points out we take Clinton's case much less seriously because, come on, everybody lies about sex. That's a big part of the Trump defense here: He was just asking a buddy to help keep some affairs on the down-low. But if prosecutors keep connecting Trump to bigger crimes that don't involve covering up sex, then Trump becomes more and more Nixonian .
Mark Gongloff is an editor with Bloomberg Opinion. He previously was a managing editor of Fortune.com, ran the Huffington Post's business and technology coverage, and was a columnist, reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal. Petroleumworld does not necessarily share these views.
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