Michael Cohen’s guilty plea is a dangerous development for Donald Trump, believes Richard Wolffe of The Guardian. It indicates that the president broke campaign finance laws when coordinating several payments to two women so that they would remain silent. Trump is thought to have had affairs with them. This was a clear breach of the law, which normally carries a five-year prison sentence. Whether the president would meet this fate is another question, as the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to vote to impeach him. Still, if it is determined that Trump oversaw these payments, he will face strong legal and political scrutiny.
The threat to President Trump that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea poses is being exaggerated, holds George Neumayr of The American Spectator. Robert Mueller’s investigation was supposed to focus on alleged collusion with Russia. However, upon finding no solid evidence, it launched unrelated charges against Trump’s now-former lawyer. They have little to do with Russia and focus on events prior to the election. Even if they were true, this would not be an impeachable offense. Cohen is an unreliable witness and shouldn't be trusted outright. The case against Trump is borne from partisan politics influencing the FBI’s probe.