Michael Cohen: Trump Is Afraid of a “Massive Tax Bill” If He Releases His Returns

Michael Cohen believes Donald Trump doesn’t want to release his tax returns because he could end up owing large amounts in back taxes and penalties once forensic accountants take a look at them.

The President’s former lawyer and fixer spoke to CNN about Trump’s taxes on Wednesday. He suggested they would show Trump isn’t as rich as he claims but that wasn’t his primary concern.

He doesn’t report the income he claims,” Cohen said.

His wealth is not as significant, and I imagine they were probably lenient in how they took deductions.”

Watch part of Cohen’s comments:

“I was a sycophant,” @MichaelCohen212, Trump’s former attorney, says about his time working with the President.https://t.co/N2lClDLufp pic.twitter.com/gHFWTzVf1W

— New Day (@NewDay)

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John Bolton Calls Trump’s Comments “Despicable” as Michael Cohen Claims Report Is Accurate

Two people who once worked closely with Donald Trump have weighed in on reports that he mocked dead troops and those missing in action. John Bolton and Michael Cohen both made remarks on Friday.

Bolton, the former National Security Advisor, gave an interview Friday morning. He claimed he hadn’t heard the President saying the exact comments reported, but suggested he probably had.

These comments are despicable. If he made them, they are despicable,” Bolton told Bloomberg Radio. read more

Michael Cohen Records Anti-Trump Ads to Air During Republican Convention

Michael Cohen has recorded a series of ads criticizing Donald Trump that will air during this week’s Republican National Convention. They will paint the President as a liar.

Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, announced on Twitter that the ads would air during the Republican Party’s key 2020 election event, where the President is expected to speak every day.

Later this week, he’s going to stand up and blatantly lie to you. I’m here to tell you he can’t be trusted — and you shouldn’t believe a word he utters,” Cohen says in the ad released on Sunday.

The people who know Donald Trump best are sounding the alarm: our country cannot survive four more years of a Trump presidency.

In our latest ad, a former member of his inner circle & "fixer" — @MichaelCohen212 — has a dire warning for us all. #RNC2020 pic.twitter.com/suPUODOdwz read more

Opinion: Choose The America That Respects Its Electorate

It was a week of contrasts between the democracy we have and the tyranny Donald Trump is trying to build on the ash heap of what use to be America.

Enter Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, representing the America we are, where people seek a more perfect Union. All people regardless of skin color, citizenship, how they pray or who they love are recognized as human beings worthy of respect and dignity.  It’s a place where character and honesty matter.  The law applies to everyone the same way whether they exercise power every day or once every two years. read more

New Cohen Memo Is ‘Smoking Gun’ — Says Trump Encouraged Him to Lie

Attorneys for Michael Cohen have given documents to Congress which accuse Donald Trump and his team of lawyers of directing Cohen to lie to Congress about when negotiations ended for a major real estate deal in Moscow.

The new information, reported today in Buzzfeed News, adds another layer to the Cohen controversy and makes it more likely that Trump may be charged with committing a crime.

According to Buzzfeed, there was a memo sent to top House Democrats setting forth the allegations, and offering proof. They now want the House committees to further investigate Trump and use the information in possibly bringing charges against him.

The document submitted to Congress states that Trump “encouraged Cohen to lie and say all Moscow Tower project contacts ended as of January 31, 2016 using ‘code’ language — telling Cohen during various conversations that there was ‘no collusion, no Russian contacts, nothing about Russia’ after the start of the campaign.’”

The memo also deals with significant issues that have been at the heart of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. As Mueller looked into coordination between the Russian government and individuals in Trump’s campaign, Cohen believes he now has something important to add. Even though Mueller’s probe is over, House Democrats will be continuing their own investigation.

Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter saying that the Mueller report did not find that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated with Russia.” Of course, nobody has seen the Mueller report except Barr, and he could be lying, or telling only part of the truth.

Cohen’s memo included over 100 pages of supporting documents. It says that the former Trump personal attorney will “lay bare a conspiracy to collude” with the Russian government during the campaign. Cohen also says he can provide proof of other crimes committed by the president.

Cohen’s memo seems to confirm earlier reporting from BuzzFeed News which said that Cohen had told investigators Trump had directed him to lie about the timing of real estate negotiations in Moscow.

In January, BuzzFeed News reported that Cohen had described being instructed by the president to say the project was terminated long before Trump became the frontrunner in the Republican primary.

In response to the story at that time some Democrats in Congress demanded Trump’s impeachment.

A few hours after BuzzFeed’s report, a spokesperson for Mueller’s office stated, “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”

Although BuzzFeed was accused of faulty reporting, they never backed down or withdrew their original article, saying the information had been confirmed by reliable sources.

The new memo from Cohen’s attorneys says that Trump “encouraged” him to lie to Congress, alleging the president suborned perjury while in office.
This Could Finally Be the “Smoking Gun” Which Provides Irrefutable Evidence of

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New York Prosecutors Release Documents From Cohen FBI Raid

Michael Cohen Documents MSNBC

New York Prosecutors on Tuesday unsealed copies of search warrants and other documents obtained in last April’s FBI raid on former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s home, office and hotel room.

JUST IN: Partially redacted search warrant materials pertaining to the April 2018 raid on Michael Cohen’s home, office and hotel room have been released”

JUST IN: Partially redacted search warrant materials pertaining to the April 2018 raid on Michael Cohen's home, office and hotel room have been released https://t.co/uDVTkD16LA pic.twitter.com/VaNZfFxq5A read more

Legal Experts Identify New ‘High Crimes’ For Which Trump Can Be Impeached

Two of the country’s top experts on constitutional law have just published a new analysis describing new “high crimes and misdemeanors” for which Donald Trump can legitimately be impeached. They also explained why these potential offenses committed by Trump should be immediately investigated by the Justice Department (DOJ).

The experts are renowned Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe and a highly-respected constitutional law attorney, Joshua Matz.

Tribe and Matz authored a Daily Beast column saying that since they wrote their book “To End A Presidency: The Power of Impeachment” in May 2018, they have identified two more probable Trump crimes that need to be fully investigated.

They wrote:

“First: Trump’s corrupt failure to defend the United States—and its electoral system—against domestic operations launched by a hostile foreign power.” read more

Trump Job Approval Rating Crashes in New Gallup Poll

A new Gallup poll released Thursday shows Donald Trump with just a 39 percent approval rating, marking the first time in months that it has dropped below 40 percent. It also shows that his approval has dropped 4 points in a month. His approval rating was 43 percent in the second half of February. The president’s approval rating in the Gallup Poll has consistently been at around 40 percent for most of his presidency.

There Has Been Nothing But Bad News for Donald Trump read more

Two More Trump Lawyers May Be Forced to Testify

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings wants to talk to two new attorneys in the Michael Cohen/Stormy Daniels hush money probe.

The lawyers — Sheri Dillon and Stefan Passantino — were formerly employed in the White House and responsible for the president’s ethics and financial disclosures.

Their testimony could be critical to figuring out whether or not the president was guilty of committing crimes when he made hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

According to NBC News:

“These two relatively unknown figures could soon emerge as key players in the congressional investigations into President Donald Trump.” read more

Trump’s Russian Mobster Business Associate Will Testify Before Congress

If you thought Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony was damaging to Donald Trump, wait until you hear what former felon and Russian mobster Felix Sater has to say.

Sater has been a close friend and business associate of Donald Trump’s in New York City for many years. They worked together on the infamous Trump Soho project which was reputed to be a front for Russian money laundering.

They also worked together on the proposed deal to build a Trump Tower Moscow. It was Sater who Michael Cohen dealt with, and together they offered a $50 million penthouse condo to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a bribe to get the deal approved.

Sater is also a government informant, and has been providing information to federal prosecutors for several years. His testimony could be really bad news for the president.

Sater 

had originally been scheduled to testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee on March 14. But it was just announced that his testimony has been pushed back two weeks, to March 27. read more

‘They Abandoned the Cover Story’ – New Evidence Proves Trump Crimes

Gene Robinson Last Word

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson was on MSNBC to discuss the bombshell New York Times expose on the different checks Donald Trump used to reimburse Michael Cohen for hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

The Times reported that there were 11 checks in total paid to Cohen, and these prove that Trump committed the crimes that are sending Cohen to prison for three years.

The Times wrote:

The checks, mostly with Mr. Trump’s distinctive up-and-down signature, bolster the prosecutors’ conclusion about his involvement in the payoff scheme. Mr. Cohen has pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws as well as lying to Congress and faces three years in prison starting in the spring.”

“The checks show the quality of the evidence against him, and also show the extent of Trump’s leading role in the scheme. It now leaves little doubt that he faces criminal prosecution after he leaves office for the same offenses for which Cohen will serve time,” said Robert F. Bauer, a law professor at New York University.”

Robinson joined Lawrence O’Donnell on “The Last Word” and was asked by the host:

“Gene, The New York Times is out tonight with more on these checks that were written by Donald Trump to reimburse Michael Cohen and it’s a fascinating collection now of these checks because they change accounts.”

“And, for some reason, they changed accounts where that money was coming from — switched it out of a Trump business account and moved it into a Donald Trump personal account and that may be because Allen Weisselberg started to get very nervous about what this was.”

“It could be,” Robinson answered.

“Maybe that’s the reason, because just stepping back from it, you would — it looks as if they just abandoned the cover story, right?”

“If it was coming out of the trust account, that was consistent at least with the false cover story that this was some sort of retainer agreement.”

“If it’s going to be just Donald Trump writing a personal check to Michael Cohen, it can’t be business, attorney relationship retainer.”

“It is just Trump reimbursing him for the money that he shelled out for Stormy Daniels.”

“So the only thing that makes sense is that Weisselberg said hold on a minute, this isn’t right. We’ll just have to see.”

By Writing Personal Checks to Reimburse Michael Cohen Trump Has Admitted He Committed Crimes

Michael Cohen goes back to the House Intelligence Committee today for another round of questioning. This means the Democrats on the committee will be able to ask him why the checks he received from Donald Trump for paying off Stormy Daniels came from two separate accounts.

By leaving a paper trail Donald Trump blew his own cover story that the payments to Cohen were business expenses for legal services. He has in effect admitted that the payments were to cover up his crimes. And many times the cover up is worse than the crime.

The best thing that could happen now would be for Donald Trump to be called to testify and explain why he wrote all these checks to Cohen from two separate accounts. But that is not likely to happen.

However, there are other people who can provide the testimony that will help prove the crimes that were committed by Trump that

may very well lead to his impeachment. read more

MSNBC’s Mika Warns Republicans About Serving as Trump’s ‘Fixer’

Mika and Joe on CPAC speech

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski told Donald Trump’s GOP enablers this morning that they should heed Michael Cohen’s warning about serving as “fixers” for the leader of their party.

In his congressional testimony on Wednesday, the former Trump Organization attorney warned Trump’s supporters they would end up in the same position as he was in if they continue to blindly follow the president. And Brzezinski said Republicans should believe what Cohen had to say. Otherwise, she emphasized, “this ends badly:”

“If there’s one part of Michael Cohen’s testimony that you might want to consider believing from last week, it would be if you follow Donald Trump blindly as he has, you’ll end end up where he’s going and he meant that from the bottom of his heart. There’s a long list of people already are in this situation, including him. This ends badly.”

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele was also on the show and he pointed to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who said Cohen’s evidence that Trump and his son had violated campaign finance laws with a hush money payment to a porn actress was not a big deal.

“Kevin McCarthy knows and everybody else knows that these campaign violations are serious,” Steele said. “Even the ones that are accidental are serious.”

“When you have a deliberate effort to undermine the integrity of the electoral system by skirting the law, deliberately, the consequences are huge,” he added.

Steele also said that last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) heralded a new political party based on the idolatry of President Donald Trump:

“What’s happened, manifested at CPAC, is a new form of idolatry. Donald Trump is the Golden Calf, he is the thing that they come and bow before.”

“Conservatives offer up their future political support when they stand there for two hours and applaud the nastiness by Trump towards a hero like John McCain.”

Steele also said that while Republicans were currently riding high, they would eventually come to regret their support for Trump. For now, however, Steele appeared very dejected over the current state of his party.

“So this is the new space, this is the new party,” he said glumly, before adding:

“In terms of where we go from here, we have to look at each other, look at our neighbor, look at ourselves in the mirror and go ‘is this us?’ Are we now this America where these things are less important to us and are less regarded because we love that guy in the White House so much?”

Mika Is Right: This Ends Badly for Republican Enablers of Donald Trump

When Mika Brzezinski compared Republicans in Congress to former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen she was absolutely right. Never in history have we seen a party so blindly follow a president that has told so many lies, undermined the constitution, filled an administration with crooks, and committed his own crimes before and during his tenure in the White House.

Not only is there the Bob

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MSNBC Guest: Feds ‘Will Be Waiting With Cuffs’ As Trump Leaves Office

AM Joy Reid and Elie Mystal

Appearing on the MSNBC show AM Joy, legal analyst and Above the Law editor Elie Mystal said that Donald Trump is desperate to win re-election in 2020 because if he doesn’t, he will likely be arrested immediately by prosecutors representing the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Mystal gave a highly passionate and colorful description of what the future probably holds for our criminal and illegitimate president, who currently finds himself under siege from every direction.

“I hope it is not lost on people is that the Trump Organization, which appears to be a massive criminal front, is so small potatoes that if Trump hadn’t run for president, SDNY wouldn’t care,” Mystal opined, then he added:

“SDNY cares about stopping terrorism.”

“Putting SDNY on the Trump investigation is like bringing in Sherlock Holmes to figure out who framed Roger Rabbit.” read more

Tlaib: ‘We All Gasped’ When Meadows Pointed Out Black Trump Employee

Rashida Talib and Mark Meadows

Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Thursday said that she and other people in the House Oversight Committee hearing room “gasped” when Rep. Mark Meadows (R, NC)  pointed to a black Trump administration official as evidence that Donald Trump is not racist.

“I think if we want to talk about race in this country, that’s not the way to do it,” says Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who accused Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of a “racist act” by using a black woman as a “prop” at the Cohen hearing”

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"I think if we want to talk about race in this country, that's not the way to do it," says Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who accused Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of a "racist act" by using a black woman as a "prop" at the Cohen hearing https://t.co/wFM4X1f1iu pic.twitter.com/7XMnTw4Y9u read more