“Underpromise. Overdeliver.” That has been my advice to every young lawyer and journalist I’ve mentored over a 35-year legal career and a 28-year broadcasting career.
That’s the same approach I would advise to commentators about the Paul Manafort conviction and the Michael Cohen guilty plea: They tell us a lot. They do not, however, tell us whether the president is going to be impeached.
He might be impeached. In fact, a Democrat-controlled Congress in 2019 would almost certainly pass articles of impeachment.
But we aren’t close to President Trump’s removal from office or his resignation.
What we do have, right now, are two admitted/convicted felons in Cohen and Manafort who are both in a position to grievously wound the president politically.
But anyone who says, “This means impeachment!” is either lying or looking for ratings.