Hoo boy, Cohen says he committed campaign finance violations in 2016 in coordination with and at the direction of an unnamed "candidate". First direct link of a crime to Trump at one of these trials.
Feels like we're halfway through the "Layla" arrest montage scene of Goodfellas right now.
That’s a big deal.
Yes and no. Yes, in that Trump is linked to an actual crime. That's a big deal. I think we all knew that Cohen paid off multiple women to cover up affairs, but the confirmation is still a very bad look for him. The liberal side of the media is already amplifying this into a huge deal.
No, in that campaign finance violations aren't usually treated as a very big deal. Obama failed to disclose around $2 million in violations. His campaign received a hefty fine. Bernie paid a much smaller fine for some violations. Almost all of this is done through the FEC, which only has limited power:https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/03/donald-trump-has-little-to-fear-from-the-fec-over-stormy-daniels-payment.html
Now, could prosecutors make an exception for Trump, and try to come down hard on him? Perhaps, but if they did I think it would well outside the norm.
At the same time, campaign finance issues tend to be pretty minor things.