US, UK & France Bomb Syria: Mattis 1, Bolton Zero

The Justice Department special counsel has evidence that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, secretly made a late-summer trip to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy’s report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the U.S. election. [McClatchyDC]

NO ARGUMENT from me that Bashar al Assad deserves to have bombs rain down over him for his war crimes against his people. It doesn’t make a strategy, however, no complaints because Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis won the day.

National security adviser John Bolton and President Trump had grander ideas of annihilation but “Mad Dog” Mattis prevailed…this time.

Nothing will distract from what is swirling around Trump’s personal lawyer. Not even Robert Mueller scares Trumpland more than “a wide-ranging corruption investigation” into Michael Cohen‘s business web.

The raids on Mr. Cohen came as part of a monthslong federal investigation based in New York, court records show, and were sweeping in their breadth. In addition to searching his home, office and hotel room, F.B.I. agents seized material from Mr. Cohen’s cellphones, tablet, laptop and safe deposit box, according to people briefed on the warrants. Prosecutors revealed in court documents that they had already secretly obtained many of Mr. Cohen’s emails.

Mr. Trump called Mr. Cohen on Friday to “check in,” according to two people briefed on the call. Depending on what else was discussed, the call could be problematic, as lawyers typically advise their clients against discussing investigations.