David Pecker, through American Media, Inc. backs up Michael Cohen's tape recording with Trump discussing how AMI would "catch-and-kill" damaging stories about Donald Trump's affairs to protect his candidacy.
Building a wall and 'Mexico's gonna pay for it' is the biggest and most successful scam of the 2016 Trump campaign. If it's exposed, Trump's base bolts. That's why he'll shut down the government over it. He can't risk losing his core support.
In his plea to the court for leniency, Mike Flynn cited his exemplary service and provided a stack of letters from his right-wing neocon friends supporting him. But that doesn't erase the harm he did to himself and the country.
While the general consensus gave Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer high marks for how they handled Trump's "wall meeting," it played differently to his cultish base, who saw him as the Great and Mighty Trump.