Michael Cohen claims that the intent of the 2016 presidential run by Trump was an attempt to brand him internationally as an American billionaire and business mogul. (He may have met a billionaire or two but that's as close as he has been to one.) He needed international connections, and $$$$. No one, including Trump, ever thought that he would get the nomination, let alone the presidency. I actually believe that is true. Trump was in financial straits. He had exhausted his domestic financial resources (via bankruptcies and defaults). Remember when that idiot Don Jr. announced that their company was now solvent and in great shape because they were now getting money from the Russians. And, it is still to be determined why Deutsche Bank would loan him $100's of millions....if they saw those tax returns. Don't banks require tax returns when you file for a loan? It makes no sense, unless you consider the possibility of a money laundering scheme and Deutsche Bank's biggest customer(s)....Vladimir and the Russian oligarchs. Don't forget, to date, no one has really "followed the money." STILL! Not the Steele Report, not the FBI, not the Senate or House, not the Mueller Commission. All financial counter-intelligence investigations were dropped by the Office of the Attorney General (actually, by Ron Rosenburg, not Barr). I know, I sound like one of those right wing conspiracists. The difference, there is some "real meat on these bones." Trump and his company and his family are in trouble. Rotten felons, thieves, cheaters and liars. Maybe Ivanka can produce a "Chic Prison Line." The head scratcher (well, not so much) is no one better than Trump knew how much potential legal exposure he had. He's been a con man his entire adult life. So what kind of idiot runs for president of the United States and brings that degree of scrutiny upon himself? During the campaign, and seeing his surprised success, he could and should have pulled back or dropped out or done something to lose the nomination. But that enormous ego said no and that will be his and his family's downfall. No one would be demanding today to see his tax returns had he made the smart move and dropped out. Idiot. Will that huge ego fit into an 8 X 8?