Michael Cohen knows Trump and he described the former president's current behavior as panic and fear.
Michael Cohen Calls For Trump To Be Prosecuted For Tax Evasion
Michael Cohen called on the DOJ not to worry about looking political and to prosecute Trump for tax evasion.
Michael Cohen: Trump is Taking Control of His NYC Legal Defense and He Has No Idea What He’s Doing [VIDEO]
No matter what room he’s in, Donald Trump always assumes he the smart person in it. When he was in the White House he frequently ignored the ideas of more experienced and educated advisers.
And whether he realizes it or not, Trump is now in the biggest legal fight of his life. Michael Cohen, a long-time lawyer for the ex-president, says he will take control of his defense and he has no idea what he’s doing.
WATCH: Neal Katyal Says That if Weisselberg Doesn’t Cooperate, He Has to Worry About Trump Flipping on Him
While a fair amount of his business career has taken place in court rooms, Donald Trump has spent the last 4 years immune from prosecution. That protection, though is now over and Trump has to face the music in New York and Georgia.
Michael Cohen Details Trump’s Troubles: Don’t Forget, NY Has Giuliani’s Documents Too
Michael Cohen was willing to do anything for his former comment, Donald Trump. The former lawyer went to jail, essentially for protecting his former client.
And now that Trump is set to face consequences for his actions, Cohen has been taking a bit of a victory lap. And during a Wednesday appearance on Ari Melber‘s show, Cohen talked about the serious legal issues Trump is facing.
WATCH: Former Top Mueller Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann Explains Why Michael Cohen Has Been Interviewed 8 Times
Right now, it feels like Georgia and New York are in a race to indict Donald Trump first. New York’s prosecution team has been talking to plenty of people within Trump’s orbit about his behavior.
Allen Weisselberg’s Former Daughter-in-Law Says She’s Cooperating With Prosecutors
Thanks to a ban from Twitter, Americans are hearing so much less from Donald Trump these days. The former president seems to occupy most of his days playing golf and preparing for his upcoming court cases.
Michael Cohen Implies That Donald Trump Is Going To Prison
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen said that things don't look good for the former president who should look into getting measured for a custom jumpsuit.
Michael Cohen Says Trump Has Deluded Himself Into Believing He Won the Election
The congresspeople and senators who are helping Donald Trump fight the election results know the president lost. They also know that there is no pathway forward. For the majority of them, this is being done with an eye towards their political futures.
WATCH: Michael Cohen Says He Would Have Received Pardon if He Never Spoke Out Against Trump
There are clearly many things that Donald Trump doesn’t like about being the president. He doesn’t like being briefed, or working weekends, or being criticized in any way. One thing Trump clearly loves, though, is the power to pardon people.
Opinion: Until Trump Is Safely in Prison, Here’s How To Protect America
Hopefully our now soon-to-be former President, also known as Individual-1 in a court filing against Trump’s former fixer/lawyer Michael Cohen by the Southern District of New York in 2018, will soon enough find himself housed in a prison and clothed in an orange jumpsuit.
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)
September 16, 2020
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.
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
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.
Michael Cohen Connects Trump And “Golden Showers” In New Book
Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen connects the President Of The United States to "golden showers" at a Las Vegas club.
Adam Schiff Releases Michael Cohen Evidence And Nails Trump For Obstruction Of Justice
House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has released Michael Cohen's testimony and evidence that nail Trump for obstruction of justice.
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
New York Prosecutors Release Documents From Cohen FBI Raid
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
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.
“First: Trump’s corrupt failure to defend the United States—and its electoral system—against domestic operations launched by a hostile foreign power.”
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
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.
“These two relatively unknown figures could soon emerge as key players in the congressional investigations into President Donald Trump.”
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.
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.
‘They Abandoned the Cover Story’ – New Evidence Proves Trump Crimes
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.
WSJ: Cohen’s Lawyer Asked for Trump Pardon After FBI Raid
In his testimony before the House Oversight Committee last Wednesday Michael Cohen said he has “never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump.”
MSNBC’s Mika Warns Republicans About Serving as Trump’s ‘Fixer’
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
Bill Hader and Ben Stiller Return to SNL For Hilarious Cold Open
Ben Stiller returned to play Michael Cohen in last night’s “Saturday Night Live” cold open and he was joined by another SNL alum Bill Hader, who played right-wing congressman
Congress Probing If Trump Used Pardon Offers to Obstruct Justice
Michael Cohen’s testimony before congressional investigators last week resulted in a new line of inquiry,
MSNBC Guest: Feds ‘Will Be Waiting With Cuffs’ As Trump Leaves Office
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.”
Tlaib: ‘We All Gasped’ When Meadows Pointed Out Black Trump Employee
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”
"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
Scarborough Slams ‘Shameless’ GOP for Covering Up Trump’s Crimes
Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough slammed House Republicans for “shamelessly” covering for President Donald Trump as his former attorney Michael Cohen set forth a nicely detailed road map of his alleged crimes.
Scarborough other panelists today agreed that GOP lawmakers exhibited absolutely no curiosity about Trump’s misbehavior and malfeasance during Cohen’s testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee yesterday.
Cohen about his past work for the president, whom he implicated in multiple criminal conspiracies.
A visibly upset Scarborough said:
“It was another sorry, self-defeating step to political oblivion, crassly covering up for a commander in chief who is unworthy of their loyalty, and they did it shamelessly in plain sight for all the world to see.”
US-North Korea Summit Cut Short in Vietnam With No Agreement
President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un concluded their second summit in Vietnam ended with no joint agreement after Kim insisted sanctions be lifted on his country. The highly touted and much publicized meeting thus ended in a stalemate.
Trump said that negotiators from the United States walked away from the meetings after North Korea demanded that most of the sanctions against their country be reduced before he would dismantle his country’s nuclear program.
LATEST: No agreement reached as U.S.-North Korea summit wraps up in Vietnam.
“Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted immediately and we couldn’t do that,” says Pres. Trump. “We had to walk away from that.”
LATEST: No agreement reached as U.S.-North Korea summit wraps up in Vietnam.
"Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted immediately and we couldn't do that,” says Pres. Trump. “We had to walk away from that." https://t.co/UZIFuzwokF pic.twitter.com/y5nxDhFLij
Cohen Explains How Trump Got Him to Lie to Congress
Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Donald
Trump’s business dealings in Russia
Cohen to accuse Trump over WikiLeaks, Moscow project, hush payments
By Nathan Layne
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michael Cohen, the former “fixer” and personal lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, will testify on Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time about a leak of emails that would hurt his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen will also tell Congress that Trump directed negotiations for a real estate project in Moscow, even as he publicly said he had no business interests in Russia while he campaigned for the presidency, according to a draft of Cohen’s planned testimony.
In the text of his planned opening statement before a House of Representatives committee, Cohen calls Trump a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat,” and said he would be handing over documents to support his assertions. The draft statement was first reported by the New York Times.
Cohen says Trump ordered him to pay $130,000 to an adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels to cover up an affair in violation of campaign finance laws, and also told Cohen to lie about it to First Lady Melania Trump.
The sweeping claims against Trump, from a man who was once a loyal ally, come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be close to completing his investigation into possible collusion between Trump‘s 2016 campaign team and Russian efforts to interfere in the election.
Trump, who has denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow, dismisses the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt” and has said Cohen is a liar and a “rat.”
“He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time,” Trump said in a tweet on Wednesday from Vietnam, where he was meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to break a stalemate over the North’s nuclear weapons.
Later, sitting alongside Kim, Trump did not answer reporters’ questions about Cohen, who has already been sentenced and begins a three-year prison term in May after pleading guilty to multiple crimes.
Trump has previously denied knowing ahead of time about the WikiLeaks dump of
Democratic National Committee
Deutsch: Trump Told ‘Stunning Lies’ in Today’s Tweets About Cohen
MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch today told the Morning Joe panel today that there were “two stunning lies” in Donald Trump’s early morning Twitter attack against his former attorney Michael Cohen.
Deutsch, who is from New York, has been friends with Cohen for many years. He has also known Donald Trump for many years, and knows very well about his propensity for lying.
According to Deutsch, the president’s social media attack from Vietnam, where he is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was extremely dishonest.
Here is what the president tweeted this morning about the man who was his personal lawyer and “fixer” for over a decade:
“Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!”
Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!
Trump’s ex-fixer Cohen to offer new Russia details to U.S. Congress: source
By Nathan Layne and Ginger Gibson
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump‘s former personal attorney Michael Cohen plans to tell U.S. lawmakers this week that Trump asked him several times about a proposed skyscraper project in Moscow long after he secured the Republican presidential nomination, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Cohen’s assertion that Trump was inquiring about the project as late as June 2016, if true, would show Trump remained personally interested in a business venture in Russia well into his candidacy. Cohen, scheduled to report to prison in May, has already said he briefed Trump on the project in June 2016.
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller nears the end of a 21-month probe into whether the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential election in collusion with Trump‘s campaign, Cohen was set to offer lawmakers new information about the president’s private affairs over three consecutive days starting on Tuesday.
Russia denies interfering in the 2016 election and Trump has denied any collusion took place between his campaign and Moscow.
On Wednesday, in a public session before the House Oversight Committee, Cohen also intends to give lawmakers “granular details” about Trump‘s hush-money payments to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, and information about a “money trail” after Trump became president, said the source, who asked not to be identified.
In addition, Cohen will offer new information on Trump‘s financial statements that “have never been produced before” relating to how Trump represented the values of his assets in financial transactions and other matters, said the source.
Cohen pleaded guilty last year to criminal charges including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. In December, he was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including orchestrating hush-money payments to women in violation of campaign laws before the 2016 election. He is scheduled to begin serving his prison sentence on May 6.
His in-depth discussions on Tuesday and Thursday with the intelligence committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives will be behind closed doors. The Tuesday session in the Senate will focus mainly on what Cohen knows about Trump and associates’ dealings with Russia, as well as about Cohen’s previous lying to
Cohen’s Public Testimony Will Destroy Trump and Has Him Terrified
Donald Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, is now scheduled to testify before Congress next week. And it is causing panic in the White House as new details emerge about Cohen’s planned testimony.
It appears that Cohen will be on live television destroying Donald Trump as he reveals previously secret information about Trump’s sexual infidelities and crooked business practices.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi posted a tweet revealing for the first time that Cohen will be testifying publicly before BOTH the House Oversight Committee next Wednesday, AND privately before the House Intelligence Committee next Thursday:
“Michael Cohen will come before the @OversightDems & @HouseIntel Committees next week. Congress has an independent duty under the Constitution to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch, and any efforts to intimidate family members or pressure witnesses will not be tolerated.”
Michael Cohen will come before the @OversightDems & @HouseIntel Committees next week. Congress has an independent duty under the Constitution to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch, and any efforts to intimidate family members or pressure witnesses will not be tolerated. https://t.co/VDc6zE6lwH
Michael Cohen Soon Will Reveal ‘Chilling’ Details About Trump: Attorney
Lanny Davis, the attorney representing former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen, has told ABC News that his client is ready to reveal what he describes as “chilling” details about his personal experiences with President Donald Trump.
During an interview with ABC’s “The Investigation” podcast, Davis said that Cohen was willing to do Trump’s “dirty deeds” when it was just limited to private-sector work, but he’s frightened for the country now that Trump is president. The interview was done by Kyra Phillips and Chris Vlasto from ABC News.
Davis is historically important in that he represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment crisis. One difference between Clinton and Trump, Davis said, is that Trump handles things himself instead of relying on counsel.
In talking about Trump, Davis said:
“They say a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. You could say that about a president. And a lot of his mistakes using his Twitter account and lots of other things he does– reflects what I think is basically a poor judgment history that Michael Cohen has told me after 10 years of working for him it would be kind to say that he has poor judgment. He has no judgment. In the years that Michael worked for him, it’s quite amazing some of his personal experiences that he’s described to me.”
When asked why he agreed to represent someone so closely associated with a president he despises, Davis explained:
“It took a while for him to persuade me that he had made a genuine turn in his life after 10 years of shoveling you know what behind Donald Trump in an amoral if not immoral environment with a man without a moral compass.”
“I did not want to represent someone who had defended him all these years on all of those dirty deeds. But that expression, dirty deeds, is the expression that Michael used with me when he said, “I am now frightened for my family and my country. It’s one thing to do this over a 10 year time period that I’m ashamed of because he was in the private sector. But now he’s president and he scares me. Would you help me get the truth out?” And it took me a while to be convinced that he was sincere. And once I was convinced, I realized I was not just doing it to help a client, Michael Cohen.”
Phillips then asked, “When you say “he fears the president,” I mean is he afraid the president’s gonna have him, you know, taken out or something?” And Davis responded, saying:
“I’ll tell you about my word, “fear.” Because I fear Donald Trump because he has a finger this close to the button. And he has sold us out. As far as I’m concerned, Helsinki is just positive proof that he sold us out to Putin and the Russians. He’s compromised us with our allies. His judgment is so poor that I don’t know what he’s going to do when he goes to North Korea.”
“He is literally a man without judgment, and he’s President of the United States. He scares the you-know-what out of me. And so does he scare Michael Cohen. But beyond that, here’s the president of the United States, the top official in law enforcement and everything else in the United States, using Twitter to call a person who is cooperating with prosecutors a rat. The word “rat” has a meaning in prison. And it means a snitch.”
“It means that the President of the United States on Twitter calls somebody going to prison for cooperating with the government a rat. That is so reckless and so dangerous. That in and of itself is an abuse of power that could lead to his ouster. Much less having Giuliani, his lawyer, call out his father-in-law and his wife and says that his father-in-law might be connected on national television to organized crime.”
Vlasto then asked him if Trump committed impeachable offenses, saying to Davis:
“Lanny, do you think a Mueller report’s gonna come out maybe in a couple weeks or few weeks. And campaign finance– this campaign finance violation is not gonna be part of the Mueller report. But do you think it’s an impeachable offense?”
And Davis responded by saying:
“No doubt. It’s a felony. I don’t know what felony isn’t impeachable.”
Davis was then asked what we could look forward to when Cohen testifies publicly before Congress, and Davis responded by saying:
“He needs to tell his personal story to the American people. And when he does, what we all think we know about Donald Trump and all of the negative reactions that many of us have to Donald Trump— you’re going to hear impersonal, frontline experiences of memories, and incidents, and conduct, and comments that Donald Trump said over that 10-year time period behind closed doors that, to me when I first heard Michael tell me all this, even as much as I knew about Trump that was negative, was chilling.”
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BuzzFeed Doubles Down: ‘No Indication’ Cohen Story is Inaccurate
BuzzFeed News doubled down yesterday on its defense of its bombshell report from Thursday night which said that President Trump ordered his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
BuzzFeed’s report elicited a rare response from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office which on Friday issued a statement saying that “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.”
But after the special counsel statement was made public, the news outlet stood by its reporting and released a statement Friday night, saying it stood by its reporting and urging Mueller to “make clear what he’s disputing.” Yesterday BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal defended the report again, issuing a second statement saying:
“As we’ve re-confirmed our reporting, we’ve seen no indication that any specific aspect of our story is inaccurate. We remain confident in what we’ve reported, and will share more as we are able.”
Lawyer: Trump Sees Cohen As ‘Greatest Threat to His Presidency’
Michael Cohen‘s former lawyer, Lanny Davis, said Sunday that the “incessant attacks” President Trump has leveled against his former client are because Trump views Cohen as the “greatest threat to his presidency.”
“This pattern of incessant attacks on my client and his family show what the American people have already witnessed, that Donald Trump sees Michael Cohen, and I would say justifiably, as the greatest threat to his presidency and what could be criminal and impeachable actions,” Davis said on MSNBC’s “Kasie DC.”
The comments from the prominent Washington attorney come a few days after the announcement that Trump‘s former personal attorney and fixer would testify in public before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, chaired by Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Cohen since his former lawyer agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors after his guilty pleas last August. Trump was interviewed by Fox News over the weekend and said that his former attorney was going public with his testimony in order to “to get his sentence reduced.”
Trump also said, mysteriously, that Cohen “should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that’s the one that people want to look at.”
This is the first time that Cohen’s father-in-law has been mentioned in the case, and the reference by the president has no clear or apparent meaning.
Trump’s hostile comments toward Cohen raised alarms from three powerful House Democrats, all of whom chair important committees. On Sunday they released a statement
warning Trump against “any action to obstruct”
Ex-GOP Congressman Says Trump Presidency Won’t Survive 2019
A former GOP member of Congress has predicted that Donald Trump will leave the White House “soon” in a “spectacular political crash-and-burn” set to take place during 2019.
John LeBoutillier, who was a Republican representative in New York City back in the 1980’s, made his prediction in a column for The Hill.
LeBoutillier wrote in his op-ed piece:
“Donald J. Trump’s presidency will not survive 2019. The downward trajectory of every aspect of his tenure indicates we are headed for a spectacular political crash-and-burn — and fairly soon.”
In Face of New Evidence, Cohen Still Denies Traveling to Prague in 2016
Donald Trump’s former personal attorney/fixer Michael Cohen has denied a report that he took a trip to Prague in the summer 2016 to meet with Russian officials. The alleged trip by Cohen was outlined in the infamous Steele Dossier and has been offered as proof that Cohen was helping to facilitate an illegal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Cohen of course
has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation
Trump May Be Charged With Crimes As Part of the Inaugural Investigation
Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating President Trump’s inaugural committee for misspending donated funds from the record $107 million it received.
Investigators are examining financial wrongdoing, and are scrutinizing donors who may have written sizable checks in exchange for access to the Trump administration, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
Many Different Crimes Were Likely Committed
The probe’s findings could affect other matters involving Trump, such as special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. In fact there are many different types of crimes being examined by federal prosecutors.
Legal experts say there could be violations of bribery statutes as well as tax and wire fraud laws.
“Anytime someone donates to an inaugural committee, there is some sort of expectation of access,” Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor, said. “But if you can show that it goes beyond a generalized unspoken expectation, then you may have a bribery case.”
Honig said there may also be violations of tax statutes if members of the committee improperly used the tax-exempt status of the inauguration committee. If someone takes the nonprofit’s funds for their personal benefit, that would be a scheme to defraud people who donated to the inaugural committee.
“If they were spending nonprofit money on expenditures that are not allowed for a nonprofit, it is a way to get around taxes, then it is a tax law violation,” Honig said.
Seth Waxman, a former federal prosecutor, said bribery could be a 15-year offense, while defrauding donors could lead to 20 years in prison. Campaign finance violations result in five-year sentences or less, he said.
Ivanka Trump is implicated in these crimes because, as we reported last week, “She appears to have been overcharging for space at the Trump Hotel in violation of tax laws, with the Trump family taking the profits.”
Mueller is also investigating whether foreign individuals and groups illegally gave money to the president’s inaugural fund in an attempt to influence U.S. policy.
Under federal law, foreigners are not permitted to contribute to federal campaigns, political action committees (PACs) or inaugural funds.
Trump Legal Exposure
One thing the facts of the case point out is that President Trump himself may have significant legal exposure.
Waxman said Trump would be criminally responsible if he was involved in the schemes.
“If he knew this was going on and he took some active steps to help it come about…then it could subject him to criminal exposure,” Waxman said.
Of course the White House has denied any wrongdoing. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Thursday:
“That doesn’t have anything to do with the president or the first lady. The biggest thing the president did, his engagement in the inauguration, was to come here and raise his hand and take the oath of office. The president was focused on the transition during that time and not on any of the planning for the inauguration.”
However, as we pointed out in an article on Friday, there is evidence that
Trump was actually very involved in planning all aspects of the inauguration.
Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Rips Trump in Washington Post Op-ed
George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, is continuing his attacks on President Donald Trump, which apparently has caused some marital friction.
In addition to trashing dubious legal claims by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Twitter Friday, Conway also lambasted the president in a Washington Post editorial that he co-wrote with former U.S Solicitor General Neal Katyal and former Republican FEC Chairman Trevor Potter.
The three distinguished legal experts heavily criticized the president for claiming that he did not commit a felony when he authorized his former attorney Michael Cohen to pay hush money to two former mistresses during the 2016 presidential election.
First and foremost they pointed out that Trump shamelessly lied about his own actions during his campaign for the presidency.
“For quite some time, he flatly denied knowledge about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels,” they wrote in the opinion piece. “But now he seems to be acknowledging that he knew (since his personal company reimbursed Cohen for the payment, he ought to).”
They then completely destroy the latest “dangerous” argument from Trump and his allies that committing a campaign finance felony really isn’t that big of a deal. In particular, they rebuked retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for saying he “doesn’t care” if Trump committed a felony.
“Of course, every criminal defendant seeks to minimize his crimes,” they wrote. “But such defendants don’t have a cheering squad composed of United States senators.”
Also on Friday, Conway posted a tweet where he altered the presidential oath incorporating Rudy Giuliani’s claim in his tweet.
“‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, except where nobody gets killed or robbed’” Conway tweeted.
New Cohen Bombshells: Trump Knew Meeting & Payments Were Wrong
Former Trump attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen dropped some new bombshells on Friday when he told ABC News that Donald Trump knew that it was “wrong” when he paid hush money to two former mistresses during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Cohen’s Lawyer Says Trump Knew In Advance of Planned False Testimony
The lawyer for Michael Cohen, who for 20 years was President Trump‘s personal lawyer, said that the president knew ahead of time that Cohen was planning to perjure himself while testifying to Congress.
Lanny Davis, an attorney who has represented Cohen in his ongoing legal battles with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, told Bloomberg Radio’s “Sound On” that Trump knew Cohen’s plans in advance. Trump didn’t tell Cohen to lie, but he also did not direct him to tell the truth either.
After telling Trump of his planned false testimony, Cohen said Trump remained silent, which he took as assent and approval for what he planned to do on behalf of his boss. Davis said that the false testimony was shared with the White House before Cohen submitted it to Congress, so Trump was aware at the time that Cohen would make false statements.
“Mr. Trump and the White House knew that Michael Cohen would be testifying falsely to Congress and did not tell him not to,” Davis told Bloomberg News. Then he added:
“There will come a time after Mr. Mueller is done with his work that Michael Cohen will be sitting in front of a microphone before a congressional committee and what he has to say about the truth will be judged by the members of Congress listening and then will be up to people to decide whether he has got the facts or not.”
Michael Cohen Is Mystified That He’s Lost Everything While Trump Is Unscathed
Trump's former personal lawyer and Mr Fix It has taken a most inglorious fall from grace, pleading guilty to crimes he committed for Trump without getting a plea deal in advance, while Trump remains unscathed.
Putin Throws Trump Under the Bus After Cohen Rats Him Out
Donald Trump’s buddy Vladimir Putin is not helping him out very much these days. Over the weekend the Russian president pointed out that Trump canceled their G-20 meeting due to his worsening “domestic” scandals. Trump had claimed that he cancelled the meeting because of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which is clearly not true.
Putin could have given Trump cover by supporting his fictional story, but he did not. This may indicate that Putin believes Trump is damaged goods and he will get no more benefit in supporting him.
Further evidence of this came out over the past two days in Argentina when Putin’s spokesman denied that the Kremlin ever had any interest in a Trump Tower Moscow real estate project.
Everyone knows that Robert Mueller reached a plea deal with Michael Cohen this week, and that Cohen has now exposed Trump’s role in the Trump-Russia election influence scandal.
One piece of evidence submitted by Cohen was the emails that Cohen sent to the Kremlin during the 2016 election campaign. He did this as part of his efforts on behalf of candidate Trump to secure approval for the Trump Tower Moscow project.
Trump of course has denied being involved in the project.
Now Russia is saying that they basically ignored these emails and they took no part in any discussions about the project. They claim that it was only Donald Trump’s side who wanted to do the Trump Tower Moscow project, and that the Kremlin wasn’t interested.
In other words Putin is claiming that the Trump-Russia conspiracy was all Trump’s idea, and he wanted nothing to do with it.
Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov clarified this in an interview with NBC News from Argentina.
According to NBC News:
“A spokesman for Russia’s government said Saturday that only two emails and a phone call took place between President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian officials about a planned Trump Tower project.”
“But, said spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Russian officials gave the exchanges no more attention than any other business proposition.”
Peskov also told NBC News that Trump was just one more foreign applicant.
“Every week dozens and dozens of foreign businessmen are approaching us, mentioning possible investments, searching for contacts,” Peskov said. “For you, it’s a future president Trump. For us, it’s one of the other applicants.”
Peskov also said he never talked to Cohen personally.
Is it possible that Vladimir Putin now sees Donald Trump as a liability, and that he’s actually trying to harm him politically and legally? It certainly appears that way.
Putin may also be trying to protect himself by distancing himself from the American president who he views as damaged goods.
We don’t know what will happen next in the Mueller probe, and we don’t know what steps Putin will take next either.
But it is clear from events over the past two days that the Trump-Putin relationship is not as chummy as it used to be. Trump looks increasingly worried and distracted, and he was walking around the G-20 summit in a daze.
Putin is much smarter than Donald Trump, who has been begging for
Russian money for decades
AP: Trump Aides ‘Caught in Web of Deception’ About Russia
Special Counsel Bob Mueller has slowly been disclosing a very broad and extensive pattern of deception by Donald Trump’s aides and associates, according to the Associated Press. Seemingly everyone involved tried to cover up Russian contacts during the 2016 campaign and transition period, the AP reported.
Most observers have said that they have never seen so many people lying so extensively while attempting to hide the truth in such a situation.
The large number of lies to the FBI and to Congress, instead of covering up the truth, have raised new questions, leading to new insights about Trump‘s connections to Russia.
What has emerged is “a portrait of aides eager to protect the president and the administration by concealing communications they presumably recognized as problematic,”according to the AP.
The false statements by so many witnesses highlight Mueller’s mission, which is to cut through the lies as he seeks the truth of what happened between the Trump campaign and Russia. This is the only way he will be able to establish the existence of a conspiracy to sway the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller’s investigation has been seeking truthful answers to the following key questions:
- Why did the incoming Trump administration discouraged Russia from retaliating over sanctions imposed for election hacking;
- Who knew about illegally obtained Democratic emails, and when did they know it; and
- How were plans made for a Trump Tower in Moscow and who was involved in these plans?
Daniel Petalas, a defense lawyer and former Justice Department prosecutor pointed out that when so many lies are told by so many people, it indicates that they are covering up some extremely important information.
According to Petalas:
“You can draw a conclusion that these false statements generally relate to an effort to protect the president of the United States in connection with his dealings with Russia. That’s what makes them material to the investigation that Mueller is pursuing, which is a necessary element of a false statement claim — that it has to be material.”
Examples of Trump associates lying include:
- Trump‘s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about negotiations he had on Trump‘s behalf for a real estate deal in Moscow.
- George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser, pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about April 2016 conversations with a Maltese professor who told him Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands of emails.”
- Trump‘s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, admitting lying to the FBI by saying he didn’t discuss sanctions against Russia during the transition with Sergey Kislyak.
- Prosecutors this week accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying even after his guilty plea, though they have not said about what.
- A draft plea agreement against another Trump supporter, conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, accused him of misrepresenting a conversation with Trump confidant Roger Stone about WikiLeaks, which released thousands of stolen emails in the run-up to the election to harm the Clinton campaign.
Perjury charges can be powerful tools for prosecutors, especially in investigations where witnesses are openly adversarial. In the Mueller investigation, Trump’s associates have been emboldened by the president’s antagonist stance. Many may have expected to be supported by Trump, and even
receive presidential pardons.
New Cohen Bombshells Might End the Trump Presidency
Michael Cohen tossed another bomb at Donald Trump late Friday night by publicly disclosing that he told his former boss, who was then a presidential candidate, about a phone call he made to Moscow in 2016. Cohen said he called the Kremlin to request help from the Russian government in building a Trump Tower in Russia’s capital city.
Not only that, but Cohen also maintains that he got guidance from Trump’s lawyers and his White House staff in 2017 while he drafted his false statement to Congress seeking to cover up the truth about the Moscow project and the fact that Donald Trump was heavily involved in the project.
Both of these new, explosive accusations were made by Cohen’s attorneys late Friday night as part of the case being prosecuted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. They were part of a “sentencing memo” in which Cohen asked for a no-jail sentence in exchange for his cooperation with Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Cohen’s new filings with the court completely contradict the statements of President Trump who said he had little knowledge and no involvement in the Moscow project.
Last year Cohen told both the House and Senate intelligence committees that he briefed Donald Trump just three times about the plan to build a 100-story skyscraper in Russia’s capital. He also said told the committees that his requests to the Kremlin went unanswered.
But the Special Counsel’s office has asserted that Cohen briefed Trump many times about the huge Moscow real estate project. They also said that Cohen had a 20-minute phone call with a Kremlin official in which Cohen asked the Russian government for help securing financing and land for Trump’s tower in January 2016.
Cohen’s lawyers wrote in the statement Friday that Trump was fully briefed by Cohen about the request for help from the Kremlin while Trump was running for president.
In addition to being Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Cohen was also an executive of the Trump Organization at the time.
News about the Trump Tower Moscow proposal came out in 2017 and subsequently Cohen was called to testify to Congress about his role in it. He was also questioned about other Russia-related matters that involved the Trump campaign and presidency.
Cohen admitted to a federal judge that he lied to Congress
Wash Post: Trump Is Now a ‘Central Subject’ of the Mueller Probe
According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump is now “a major subject of interest” in the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller.
As a “subject of the investigation,” Trump now has his own legal code name: “Individual 1.”
The term “subject of an investigation” has a well-defined meaning. According to the DOJ Handbook, a “subject” is: “a person whose conduct is within the scope of a Grand Jury’s investigation.” A “subject” has engaged in “conduct that may look suspicious or unethical,” but the prosecutor “isn’t certain that a provable crime has been committed” and wants to do more investigating.
By way of contrast, the term “target of an investigation” is used where the prosecutor or Grand Jury has substantial evidence linking him or her to the commission of a crime.
The president’s new status as a “subject” came about because of new evidence obtained by Mueller. This evidence relates to two different but equally important lines of investigation, which are:
- Coordination and contacts between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign, and
- Contacts between WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign.
Mueller now clearly believes that Trump is a key figure in his investigation into whether his presidential campaign conspired with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign.
The new evidence “casts fresh doubts on Trump’s version of key events involving Russia, signaling potential political and legal peril for the president,” according to the Post.
Investigators now have evidence that Trump was in close contact with his campaign team as they contacted both Russia and WikiLeaks. They also have substantial evidence that they tried to conceal the extent of their contacts with Russia and WikiLeaks, and they continually lied about it.
Michael Cohen admitted he lied to Congress
Trump Panicking As Cohen Reaches New Plea Deal With Mueller
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, has reached a new plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.
According to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Cohen is expected to plead guilty to lying to congressional committees.
“Michael Cohen, Pres Trump’s former personal attorney, reaches new plea deal with Mueller this morning. Expected to enter guilty plea for false statements to Congress coupled with dozens of hours of testimony potentially damaging to Pres Trump–Special Counsel values testimony.”
Michael Cohen, Pres Trump’s former personal attorney, reaches new plea deal with Mueller this morning. Expected to enter guilty plea for false statements to Congress coupled with dozens of hours of testimony potentially damaging to Pres Trump–Special Counsel values testimony.
Report Provides More Proof That Trump Committed Felonies
Donald Trump played a key role in the hush money schemes that led to Michael Cohen pleading guilty to federal campaign finance crimes in August, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Trump has always maintained that he did not have extramarital affairs with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. He also said that he knew nothing about payments made to them to keep them quiet before the 2016 presidential campaign in which Trump won the presidency.
Cohen, who was Trump’s personal attorney, has contradicted Trump’s denials and he has pleaded guilty to buying the silence of McDougal and Daniels, both of whom say they had affairs with Trump before he became president.
All contributions to a candidate’s campaign for president must be properly reported on disclosure forms. By concealing these payments Cohen violated these federal laws.
Cohen said when he was sentenced that he was directed by the candidate — Trump himself — to carry out these acts. And according to the Journal, federal prosecutors have extensive evidence that Trump was indeed a central figure in coordinating the hush money schemes, despite his previous denials.
The report explains:
“Taken together, the accounts refute a two-year pattern of denials by Mr. Trump, his legal team and his advisers that he was involved in payoffs to Ms. McDougal and a former adult-film star. They also raise the possibility that the president of the United States violated federal campaign-finance laws.”
“The Wall Street Journal found that Mr. Trump was involved in or briefed on nearly every step of the agreements. He directed deals in phone calls and meetings with his self-described fixer, Michael Cohen, and others. The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan has gathered evidence of Mr. Trump’s participation in the transactions.”
Here are three key details provided in the article:
Trump discussed the scheme with David Pecker
Pecker, who ran the National Enquirer offered to use the tabloid to pay off women for their silence. This shows Trump and Pecker had an understanding about hush money payments well before they actually happened. (
Pecker has been given immunity to testify against Trump
Feds Disclose That Their Michael Cohen Investigation Is Still Active
Buzzfeed reported yesterday that the federal investigation into President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is still active, and the grand jury involved in the Cohen investigation is still at work.
This information was confirmed by federal prosecutors in New York on Thursday in a court filing opposing the
New York Times’
Stormy Daniels Reveals Trump Secrets In Her New Book ‘Full Disclosure’
One thing Donald Trump has done is to normalize craziness in the White House. We have come to expect some type of off-the-wall statement or behavior on the part of the president nearly every day. We are no longer surprised or shocked at scandals, because they have become the norm during Trump’s presidency.
For example, the Stormy Daniels story of illicit sex and hush money payoffs used to be a big deal and capture major headlines. Now it is “ho-hum” because we have become so desensitized to scandal. But it actually is a big deal, as her attorney Michael Avenatti keeps trying to remind us. It actually isn’t normal for a president to have paid off so many women with whom he had extramarital affairs. And we really should be shocked.
@stormydaniels on your amazing new book “Full Disclosure” – http://www.stormybook.com . I am excited for the world to learn who you really are and the truth about your incredible story. #Hero #TeamStormy“
Congratulations @stormydaniels on your amazing new book “Full Disclosure” – https://t.co/KbDHHY7KaT. I am excited for the world to learn who you really are and the truth about your incredible story. #Hero #TeamStormy pic.twitter.com/nKstg500hC
To Keep Trump From Testifying, Cohen Tries to Tear Up Daniels Contract
The shell company established by Michael Cohen has agreed to tear up the 2016 “hush money” agreement with Trump mistress Stormy Daniels — and demanded that she repay the $130,000 payment she received, according to CNN. They also reported that Cohen’s lawyer claims that this latest action will “effectively put an end to the lawsuits” filed by Daniels.
A reporter from CNN tweeted:
“Michael Cohen’s shell company, Essential Consultants, agrees to tear up the original 2016 agreement with Stormy Daniels, in which Cohen arranged to pay her $130,000 to stay silent about her alleged affair with Donald Trump. It’s also requesting Stormy pay back the $130,000.”
“Cohen lawyer Brent Blakely: “Today, Essential Consultants LLC and Michael Cohen have effectively put an end to the lawsuits filed against them by Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels.“ Adds Stormy is required to pay back the $130,000 per California law.”
Cohen lawyer Brent Blakely: “Today, Essential Consultants LLC and Michael Cohen have effectively put an end to the lawsuits filed against them by Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels.“ Adds Stormy is required to pay back the $130,000 per California law.
Trump Is Doomed As His ‘Wall of Secrecy’ Is Crumbling Around Him
Throughout his career — as he has built a global real estate and branding empire — Donald Trump has had one guiding principle: keep it private.
He has succeeded in doing this for four decades, through multiple bankruptcies and while borrowing literally billions of dollars. He has never had to disclose his personal or business financial information to the public because he has never offered publicly traded stock or debt for investors to purchase.
Not only that, he has kept his cards very close to the vest when it came to operating his privately held businesses. He never build an organization structure with layers of executives under him.
When news came out last week about Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg we found out just how thin the Trump Organization is in its management structure. After Trump himself the next layer down was Weisselberg, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
This means that other than Weisselberg — who handled all financial transactions — no outsiders were let inside the inner sanctum of Trump World. And even then Donald Sr. himself approved all checks that were cut by the CFO.
But now, according to the Washington Post, “Trump’s wall of secrecy — the work of a lifetime — is starting to crack.” Within a period of just a few days all of the following took place:
- His longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty last week to breaking campaign-finance laws and said he had arranged hush-money payments to two women at Trump’s direction.
- National Enquirer executive David Pecker — who knows almost all of Trump’s scandalous secrets and had helped Trump by burying damaging information before it went public — received immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony in the case.
- Weisselberg also received immunity and is cooperating with prosecutors and is giving testimony in the case about illicit payments that were made by the Trump Organization.
All three of these men know many of Trump’s secrets, and have the credibility to help prosecutors prove in court the details of what actually took place. These three have been part of Trump’s very small inner circle of close advisers and confidants for a long time.
The only thing that could be more devastating for Donald Trump than these three turning against him would be if his own children “flipped” and began helping prosecutors.
As the Post article said, these three men “have long played crucial roles in Trump’s strategy to shield the details of his personal life and business dealings from prying outsiders.”
Trump is being attacked legally on several fronts: Bob Mueller, the Southern District of New York (the group that is prosecuting Cohen) and the New York State Attorney General (who is suing Trump and his children for tax fraud and misuse of Trump Foundation charitable funds).
And let’s not forget Michael Avenatti and Stormy Daniels who are also suing the president in a civil matter. And the emoluments lawsuit against him in Maryland.
These investigations and lawsuits, when combined with the fact that his closest advisers are cooperating and giving evidence against him, mean that the Trump wall of secrecy not only has cracks but is indeed crumbling down around him.
Eventually, if these lawsuits continue, the president will be forced to sit for depositions and testify under oath. This is the day he has been putting off and trying to avoid for a very long time.
Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Granted Immunity to Testify
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Trump Organization executive Alan Weisselberg “was granted immunity by federal prosecutors for providing information about Michael Cohen in the criminal investigation into hush-money payments for two women during the 2016 presidential campaign.”
As Chief Financial Officer for all of Trump’s business and nonprofit entities, Weisselberg literally knows everything about Trump’s finances going back decades. Weisselberg first started working for Fred Trump, the president’s father, in the 1970’s.
He has reportedly been granted legal immunity in exchange for his testimony in front of a grand jury as part of the probe of former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen being carried on by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York.
“The scope of Allen Weisselberg’s responsibilities:
* Handled Trump Org. finances for decades
* Been involved with the Trump Foundation
* Managed Trump’s private trust
* Has reviewed the Trump presidential campaign’s books”
The scope of Allen Weisselberg’s responsibilities:
Handled Trump Org. finances for decades
Been involved with the Trump Foundation
Managed Trump's private trust
Has at times reviewed the Trump presidential campaign's books https://t.co/CCQYnRuXEf
National Enquirer Boss Given Immunity In Cohen Case As The Net Closes Around Trump
Federal prosecutors have given immunity to National Enquirer chief executive David Pecker in the Michael Cohen case, as the net is closing tighter around Donald Trump.
Cohen Says He Was There When Trump Planned Trump Tower Meeting
Last night Lanny Davis made an announcement that sent shockwaves throughout Trump World: Michael Cohen was with Donald Trump when they met with Don Jr. to plan the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives, and he’s willing to talk to Mueller about it.
Davis confirmed during an appearance on CNN that Michael Cohen participated in the planning meeting which included the president, Donald Trump Jr, AND other members of the Trump campaign.
Davis was asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” what evidence Cohen has, as he has claimed, that Trump knew in advance about the meeting. “At this juncture, I can only say that he was present during a discussion with Jr. and dad,” Davis said.
What evidence does Michael Cohen have that the President knew in advance of the controversial 2016 Trump Tower meeting?
“At this juncture, I can only say that [Cohen] was present during a discussion with [Donald Trump Jr.] and [Trump],” Lanny Davis says pic.twitter.com/l6v501rujQ
John Dean: ‘Cohen Has Identified the President As a Criminal”
Michael Cohen is lucky, because as he faces the biggest legal challenge of his life and takes on the President of the United States there is someone available to help him who has been through very similar experiences: John Dean.
Dean of course was the White House counsel during the administration of Richard Nixon and during the Watergate affair. And it was Dean who eventually turned on Nixon and helped put him in such legal jeopardy that he was forced to resign from the presidency.
On Sunday President Trump tweeted, after the news came out that White House Counsel Don McGahn had cooperated with Mueller’s team, that McGahn wasn’t a “John Dean type ‘RAT’” because he wasn’t testifying behind the back of the White House.
“The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type “RAT.” But I allowed him and all others to testify – I didn’t have to. I have nothing to hide……”
The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type “RAT.” But I allowed him and all others to testify – I didn’t have to. I have nothing to hide……
GOP Called a ‘Criminal Enterprise’ While Leaders Go AWOL
What’s bad for Donald Trump is bad for the Republican Party, and yesterday was a horrible day for Donald Trump.
Republicans are suffering because they have allowed Trump to do a hostile takeover of their party. And now, like it or not, when people think of the Grand Old Party they think of Trump.
This is when we need to remember the old saying: “you are known by the company you keep.” Most of Trump’s associates are headed to jail, or will soon be indicted. And Trump himself may be charged with multiple crimes in the near future. Therefore the GOP has been tainted, and many Americans now consider it the party of corruption.
Yesterday we found out that two of the president’s top associates will be spending time in prison, and his former attorney said he would testify that the president himself was involved in a criminal conspiracy.
On top of that, Trump’s first two GOP congressional supporters have been
charged with corruption.
Bombshell: Davis Says Cohen Will Testify About ‘Criminal Conspiracy’
Yesterday was a day that will be remembered in the history books as one of the worst days ever for any President of the United States. The Paul Manafort guilty verdicts followed by the Michael Cohen plea deal were definitely bad news for Donald Trump.
Even as Trump and his supporters deny he did anything wrong, and say there was “no collusion” others are saying that yesterday’s events are the beginning of the end for his presidency.
In the rush of facts that everyone was trying to absorb and understand one issue was unresolved and misinterpreted, although it may be the most important issue to be discussed during the entire day: Was Michael Cohen “flipping” on Trump or not?
The confusion came about because the Cohen plea deal wasn’t labeled a “cooperation agreement” which many in the news media took to mean Cohen wasn’t cooperating with prosecutors. However just because it wasn’t called a “cooperation agreement” does NOT mean that Cohen isn’t cooperating with law enforcement.
One piece of evidence that should have been a clue that Cohen WAS cooperating concerned his proposed jail term. Reports said he was pleading guilty and would be sentenced to 4 – 5 years in jail. It was also reported that if were to be found guilty in a trial and THEN sentenced he could have been sent away for up to 65 years.
Prosecutors don’t just go from 65 years of jail time to 4 – 5 years of jail time without getting something in return.
Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis was on Rachel Maddow last night attempting to explain what was REALLY going on. He had to be careful in his use of language so as to not violate the attorney-client privilege.
“Mr. Cohen has knowledge on certain subjects that should be of interest to the special counsel and is more than happy to tell the special counsel all that he knows,” Davis told Rachel.
And those few words contain the bombshell information that will probably blow up the entire Trump presidency.
Because what Davis said is that his client is willing to testify about everything he knows about Trump’s crimes which he called a “criminal conspiracy.”
Davis said Cohen would prove Trump was involved in:
Rachel Maddow Adds To Trump’s Nightmares With Potential Indictment Of The Trump Organization
Rachel Maddow added another wrinkle to Trump's terrible day by pointing out that the Trump Organization was implicated in Michael Cohen's crimes, which means that Trump's company may be facing indictment.
Omarosa Says Trump Asked Cohen To Protect Him From Melania
Trump's bad day gets even worse as Omarosa dropped a new tape and told Chris Matthews that Trump asked Michael Cohen to protect him from his wife.
Adam Schiff Destroys Trump’s Witch Hunt Mantra After Manafort Conviction And Cohen Guilty Plea
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, used the Paul Manafort conviction and Michael Cohen guilty plea as proof that the Mueller investigation is not a witch hunt.
Former Congresswoman: The Noose Is Tightening And Trump Is In Real Trouble
Former congresswoman and attorney Liz Holtzman said that the double whammy of the Manafort verdict and the Cohen cooperation means that the noose is tightening and Donald Trump is heavy duty trouble.
It Is 100% Certain That Michael Cohen Is Going To Provide Damaging Info On Trump Crimes
Michael Avenatti told MSNBC that it is a one hundred percent certainty that Michael Cohen is going to provide prosecutors with damaging information on Trump crimes.
Michael Cohen Could Plead Guilty To Tax And Bank Fraud Today As Disaster Looms For Trump
It is being reported that Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen could plead guilty to tax fraud and bank fraud within hours, as his potential plea deal is bad news for Trump.
Michael Cohen’s Lawyer Is Being Advised By The Man Who Brought Down Nixon
The parallels between Watergate and the Russia scandal are growing as Michael Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, is getting advice from the man who brought down Nixon, John Dean.
More Bad News For Trump As Michael Cohen Could Be Criminally Charged By The End Of August
Trump is going to get more bad news as his former lawyer, Michael Cohen could be criminally charged by the end of August.
Why the Manafort Trial Makes Clear That Michael Cohen Is Doomed
Rudy Giuliani Just Confirmed that Michael Cohen is Flipping on Trump
Yesterday’s headline on ABC News read: “Joint defense with Cohen over; experts hired to analyze Trump-Cohen tape: Giuliani.”
This may not have seemed like a very important news item but it actually is confirmation that Michael Cohen is cutting a plea deal with prosecutors and is ready to now “flip” on his former boss Donald Trump.
When Giuliani announced on ABC News on Sunday that the joint legal defense between Trump and Cohen has truly been severed it ended weeks of speculation. This is the final official legal move that Cohen had to make before he could enter into a formal plea agreement and start cooperating with prosecutors.
The announcement of Cohen’s intentions was actually made earlier in the month when he told George Stephanopoulos that he was planning to terminate his “joint defense agreement” but it hadn’t been made official yet. In order to make it official he had to hire new lawyers. And now Giuliani’s announcement is confirmation that Cohen has done that.
During Cohen’s July 2nd appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America he made very clear that he was planning to sever his joint legal defense with Donald Trump once he got his new criminal defense attorney in place. The process took a few weeks, and it now has happened.
Here’s the report yesterday from ABCNews.com:
“Giuliani has confirmed that the joint defense agreement between Trump and Cohen has ended. It was expected that they would stop sharing information and documents when Cohen retained new attorney Guy Petrillo in July, but Giuliani confirms that there has been no contact between the two teams.
“Usually you don’t discuss joint defense agreements, but I think it’s obvious there’s been so much public discussion that there isn’t one right now,” Giuliani said. “We wouldn’t consider it in our best interest to share confidential information with them and they would feel the same way.”
This is a huge new development because severing the joint defense agreement is what has to happen before anyone is able to make a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Michael Flynn and Rick Gates each did the same thing just days before they cut their plea deals with Robert Mueller.
Here is what a former federal prosecutor said to explain the significance of this move by Cohen that was announced by Giuliani:
“According to @abcnews, Michael Cohen will break his joint defense agreement with Trump when his new attorney starts. That’s a signal that he will actually flip, because deciding to flip is a typical reason to leave a joint defense agreement.”
“A joint defense agreement is a way for different defense teams in a government investigation to share information without losing attorney-client privilege. But they only work when the interests of the defense teams are aligned.”
“That’s because they rely on an exception that allows people who have a common interest to share info without waiving privilege. Typically joint defense agreements require each party to notify the others if they flip.”
“So leaving the joint defense agreement actually means something. The fact that Cohen’s lawyer hasn’t started yet may help explain the interview with @GStephanopoulos, which I doubt a lawyer would advise him to do.”
1/ According to @abcnews, Michael Cohen will break his joint defense agreement with Trump when his new attorney starts. That’s a signal that he will actually flip, because deciding to flip is a typical reason to leave a joint defense agreement. https://t.co/Gl4QDEDCLn
Trump is Back in Twitter Form With an Unhinged Twitter Storm
After taking a day off for some unexplained reason, President Donald Trump was back on Twitter Sunday morning addressing many of his favorite topics, including:
- Attacking his former personal attorney Michael Cohen,
- Defending his son, Donald Trump, Jr.,
- Threatening to shut down down the government,
- Demanding Congress give in to his demands on immigration, and
- Repeating the ridiculous claim that his favorable poll numbers are higher than any other Republican president, including Abraham Lincoln.
He wrote first, “Do you think the Fake News Media will ever report on this tweet from Michael?” referring to a report that Cohen had complimented Trump Junior. “So proud of @DonaldJTrumpJr for being open, honest and transparent to the American people,” Cohen wrote on Twitter on July 11, 2017, attaching a photo of Trump Jr. for good measure. “This nonsense needs to stop!”
Do you think the Fake News Media will ever report on this tweet from Michael? https://t.co/kXLCKZO5Fr
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018
The president also renewed the fear that he would shut down the United States government just before the midterm elections. Trump said he would have no problem considering doing that if congressional Democrats do not support additional funding for a border wall with Mexico.
“I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!”
I would be willing to “shut down” government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!
Avenatti Slams Dershowitz: You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About
CNN host Anderson Cooper was asking for trouble when he asked two feisty lawyers onto his show at the same time last night. In a “stormy” interview with Stormy Daniel’s attorney Michael Avenatti and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz Cooper struggled to keep the discussion under control. Both lawyers made it appear that their main goal was to insult the other one as much as possible.
“You just make it up as you go along… you need to go back and concentrate on what invites you get at Martha’s Vineyard, since that appears to be what you are really good at.” @MichaelAvenatti jabs at @AlanDersh in a contentious on-air exchange”
“You just make it up as you go along… you need to go back and concentrate on what invites you get at Martha’s Vineyard, since that appears to be what you are really good at.” @MichaelAvenatti jabs at @AlanDersh in a contentious on-air exchange https://t.co/wVRDSGtqTc pic.twitter.com/msC663SBHL
Goldberg Trashes Giuliani For Being Incompetent and Hurting Trump
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer on Friday strongly criticized his current attorney, saying Rudy Giuliani comments on television have harmed the president’s case.
The attorney, Jay Goldberg, who represented Trump in his two divorces, said on CNN that Giuliani is “immeasurably” damaging Trump’s case with conflicting statements concerning the truthfulness of Trump’s former personal lawyer and “fixer.”
“President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, substantially weakened his case against Michael Cohen by going back and forth as to whether Cohen could tell federal prosecutors the truth, said Jay Goldberg, President Donald Trump’s friend and former lawyer.”
President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, substantially weakened his case against Michael Cohen by going back and forth as to whether Cohen could tell federal prosecutors the truth, said Jay Goldberg, President Donald Trump's friend and former lawyer https://t.co/T382VnyITz pic.twitter.com/G7t8wDQMpW
Democratic Congressman Tells Michael Cohen Now Is The Time To Cooperate With Mueller
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) delivered the message to Michael Cohen that now is the time to cooperate with Robert Mueller.
Rep. Swalwell said on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House:
We were as thorough as you could be on the democratic side without having subpoena power and without having Republicans across the table from us on these interviews who showed the same interest. And so, you know, we asked all of the questions that the public would expect us to ask, but the problem was that you know, Donald Trump, Jr., when asked about the Trump Tower meeting and conversations with his father, he refused to answer any of them. And when we asked chairman Conaway way who was presiding on the Republican side to subpoena Donald Trump, Jr., and force him to answer, they never forced him to do that. They were able to essentially answer the questions they wanted to answer and just walk away from the ones that got too close. But, you know, frankly, Nicolle, when I hear Michael Cohen through these sources say that Donald Trump knew about the meeting, that’s like telling us that the sun sets in the west.
We always knew that Donald Trump knew about the meeting because all of the evidence suggested that. He was very close with the family that had asked Donald Trump, Jr., to set up the meeting. He was one floor above where the meeting took place. Donald Trump, Jr., and his father talked about Donald Trump, jr.’s work on behalf of the campaign throughout the pendency of the campaign. And of course, there were the actions Donald Trump took after the meeting was exposed in his efforts to try and cover up the meeting by trying to dictate the statement that Donald Trump, Jr., gave to the press. It’s not really a surprise, but now is the time for Michael Cohen to cooperate with Bob Mueller. And if this was a real investigation on the house side, we would be bringing Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, Jr., back in. But unfortunately, the Republicans prematurely and irresponsibly ended our investigation. So this is all on Mueller now.
Tick-tock, Michael Cohen. Rep. Swalwell was correct. The longer that Trump’s former lawyer waits, the worse the consequences are going to be. There is a debate ongoing but Cohen’s motivations, but the easiest and most logical explanation is that Cohen is trying to save his own skin. Like any criminal who flips, Cohen is likely trying to send the signal that he can deliver the big fish (Trump), but time is running out, and if he wants to get the best deal possible, he needs to start talking now.
For more discussion about this story join our Rachel Maddow and MSNBC group.
Feud Escalates As Trump Calls Cohen a Liar Who Makes Up Stories
President Donald Trump on Friday angrily attacked his former lawyer Michael Cohen, who yesterday said he is ready to testify to special counsel Robert Mueller that the president had direct knowledge of the critical 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian agents.
“And so the Fake News doesn’t waste my time with dumb questions, NO,….I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!”
…..I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr. Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unrelated jam (Taxi cabs maybe?). He even retained Bill and Crooked Hillary’s lawyer. Gee, I wonder if they helped him make the choice!
Rachel Maddow Delivers A Jaw Dropper By Confirming That Cohen Will Verify To Mueller Trump’s Treason
Rachel Maddow confirmed CNN's reporting that Michael Cohen said that Trump signed off on infamous Trump Tower meeting with the Russians and that Cohen is willing to tell Special Counsel Robert Mueller what he knows.
Michael Cohen Is Burning Trump To The Ground As Trump Org CFO Subpoenaed To Testify
Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg has been subpoenaed to testify in the federal investigation into Michael Cohen, as Trump's former lawyer is burning it all to the ground.
Avenatti: Trump Paid Off Multiple Women in 2016 and One Was Pregnant
Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti posted on Twitter early Thursday morning a statement saying that he has new evidence proving Donald Trump and his attorney/fixer Michael Cohen paid off multiple women in 2016 during the presidential campaign, and they were concerned about one of them being pregnant.
According to Avenatti, “Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016.” He added, “they were also concerned about a pregnancy.” He went on to write that “Cohen has evidence and info in his possession and it must be released to the public.”
“Breaking: Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016. They were also concerned about a pregnancy. Cohen has evidence and info in his possession and it must be released to the public. Now!”
Breaking: Donald Trump conspired with Michael Cohen to pay off multiple other women prior to Election Day in 2016. They were also concerned about a pregnancy. Cohen has evidence and info in his possession and it must be released to the public. Now! #Basta
Michael Cohen Says He Is Ready To Unload On Donald Trump
People close to Michael Cohen say that he felt mistreated by Trump in the past, and now he is ready to unload what he knows to prosecutors.
Former US Attorney: Trump/Cohen Tape Could Be Evidence Of Bank Fraud, Wire Fraud, and Conspiracy
Former US Attorney Harry Litman said that the Trump/Cohen tape discussing a payout to Karen McDougal could provide evidence of campaign finance violations, bank fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy crimes committed by Trump.
Michael Cohen Tweets Support For Intelligence Agencies, Not Trump
Former personal attorney for President Donald J. Trump Michael Cohen made a rare appearance on Twitter on Monday. In an intriguing post he offered what was certainly an indirect criticism of his former boss’s performance at the Helsinki press conference Trump held with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Michael Cohen trolls Trump over Russia summit https://t.co/H2QMrOXhSm
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 17, 2018
Cohen seemed to contradict Trump by saying that he agrees with the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
Cohen tweeted on Monday afternoon:
“As I said to @ABC @GStephanopoulos, “I respect our nation’s intelligence agencies who determined that Russia, had in fact, interfered or meddled in our democratic process. I repudiate Russia’s effort…and call on all Americans to do the same.”
As I said to @ABC @GStephanopoulos, “I respect our nation’s intelligence agencies who determined that Russia, had in fact, interfered or meddled in our democratic process. I repudiate Russia’s effort…and call on all Americans to do the same.”
Experts Say New Trial Delay Means Manafort Ready to Flip
Friday’s very detailed indictment of twelve Russian government military officers sent notice to the world that Robert Mueller and his team know everything about what went on between Donald Trump and the Russians who supported him.
But the big news wasn’t just the fact that Russians were indicted, it was that Mueller has hard evidence of the communications and transactions that took place between Russians and Americans also. This could include Americans such as Donald Trump, his family, his campaign and transition staff, and even federal employees working in the White House.
One other person watching these proceedings with great interest is former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, whose trial was scheduled to begin on July 25. But yesterday it was announced that Manafort’s trial has been pushed back a week. As the legal website Law and Crime reported:
“The judge overseeing Paul Manafort‘s federal court case on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud in Virginia delayed proceedings in a surprise move on Monday afternoon. According to legal experts familiar with the federal court system, this could be an indication that Manafort is about to cut a plea deal.”
BREAKING NEWS (this evening): Manafort May Be About to Flip, Legal Experts Say https://t.co/FXnOdHwYFS
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) July 17, 2018
In other words, Manafort may have come to his senses after reading the latest indictments and realizing two important things:
- That he doesn’t have a prayer of winning in court, and therefore he will spend the rest of his life in jail, and
- That Donald Trump will not be able to save him with a pardon because he may not even be president very much longer.
Rachel Maddow addressed the issue on her show and said that the delay in Manafort’s case was a very important development.
“#Maddow has an idea why Paul Manafort’s Virginia trial delay could be the most important development today”
#Maddow has an idea why Paul Manafort's Virginia trial delay could be the most important development today https://t.co/7arySx8kDa
Donald Trump and Michael Cohen Just Got Some Really Bad News
Michael Cohen and Donald Trump got some really bad legal news yesterday that has been underplayed because of the massive amounts of publicity surrounding the new Mueller indictments and Trump’s trip to Europe.
Yesterday the judge overseeing the Cohen case in New York released 884,000 more documents to federal prosecutors according to the New York Daily News. The prosecutors now have more than 2 million pieces of evidence seized from Cohen during the FBI raids on his home, office and hotel in April. (The judge had previously released over 1,300,000 items to federal prosecutors.)
The new documents released are thought by many to be more important and possibly contain more evidence that might be used by prosecutors to make a criminal case against Cohen.
Special Master Barbara Jones, who was appointed by a federal judge in April to examine the documents, noted that the new items released to prosecutors “were not designated privileged, partially privileged or highly personal.” She said her efforts at reviewing seized documents is not yet over but are “ongoing.”
After her appointment Jones’s job was to do a legal analysis of all of the documents seized by the FBI to determine if the items are protected under attorney-client privilege or are protected because they are of a highly personal nature. It turns out almost none of the evidence seized is protected and therefore can be used by prosecutors.
The April 9 FBI raid came after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced they had launched an investigation into Cohen for violating campaign finance law due to his payoff of former porn star Stormy Daniels and other women who had sexual affairs with Donald Trump. Cohen is also being investigated for bank and wire fraud and possibly other crimes that relate to his business dealings.
So far Cohen has not been charged with any crimes and he continues to deny all allegations against him. However, this latest release of documents may push Cohen to cutting a plea deal with prosecutors.
Cohen no doubt now realizes that he will lose at trial and be convicted of multiple crimes. He knows what crimes he committed, and he knows what evidence the government has against him. His lawyers were
trying to get the judge to rule that the evidence against him was not admissible in court
Cohen Hires Lawyer Who Wants to ‘Avenge Hillary’ In Move He is Ready to Flip
Yesterday it was announced that President Donald Trump’s former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen has hired Lanny Davis, a friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to help deal with the federal investigation into Cohen’s businesses and finances.
“Like most of America, I have been following the matter regarding Michael Cohen with great interest,” Davis said in a statement Thursday, confirming that Cohen had hired him. “As an attorney, I have talked to Michael many times in the last two weeks. Then I read his words published on July 2, and I recognized his sincerity. Michael Cohen deserves to tell his side of the story — subject, of course, to the advice of counsel.”
Davis joins Guy Petrillo, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, as a lawyer representing Cohen.
When Cohen went public this week in an interview with ABC News, claiming that his “top priority” is to protect his family and his country, most people interpreted this move as a sign that he had decided he was ready to “flip” on the president and cooperate with Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York.
Still, due to Cohen’s longstanding relationship with the president, many people remained skeptical and said that Cohen could be making a public plea for a pardon from the president instead of indicating a readiness to turn state’s witness.
By hiring a lawyer and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, however, it has now become very clear that Cohen no longer sees himself as part of Trump’s team, confirming his interview comments that he has no more loyalty to the president.
On MSNBC, Mother Jones writer David Corn suggested that Davis has a hidden agenda.
“Michael Cohen’s new lawyer Lanny Davis “has an agenda here, which is to avenge Hillary Clinton” so “if you care about Donald Trump, you ought to be really worried” – @DavidCornDC”
Michael Cohen's new lawyer Lanny Davis "has an agenda here, which is to avenge Hillary Clinton" so "if you care about Donald Trump, you ought to be really worried" – @DavidCornDC pic.twitter.com/z54qGqONFq
Five Reasons That Donald Trump Is Terrified of Michael Cohen Flipping
Former Donald Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen shook up the White House and most of America with his revelations in an ABC News interview over the weekend that he was no longer loyal to the president and that he was likely to cooperate with federal investigators in order to protect his family.
In response, and proving that he was terrified, Donald Trump went silent for 17 hours on Twitter. In fact, since then he has posted many crazy, unhinged things on Twitter but none of them have been about his former attorney and “fixer” who once said he would “take a bullet” for the president.
Yesterday New York Magazine had an excellent article detailing the five reasons that Donald Trump should be — and probably is — panicking at the prospect of Michael Cohen turning state’s witness and cooperating with Robert Mueller, the FBI and New York state prosecutors.
Here are the five reasons, with brief explanations of why each one is really bad news for the president:
Not only did Cohen pay off Stormy Daniels (and possibly other women that Donald Trump had sex with) but he also is being investigated for bank fraud and wire fraud. As Trump’s “fixer” Cohen was at the center of and a participant in many of Trump’s crimes and indiscretions.
This is really, really, really bad news. Cohen apparently recorded all of his conversations, and the FBI has all of them. He also kept every piece of paper, and the FBI has over a million documents they obtained by raiding Cohen. On top of that, Trump and Cohen thought they could talk freely because the conversations would be protected by the attorney-client privilege. But that is not the case because they were not discussing legal matters. Oh Oh.
People seem to forget that the state of New York has many nice prisons, such as Attica. They have many criminal statutes, which have been violated by Cohen and Trump. They have an aggressive Attorney General and criminal justice department. The State of New York does not need any federal charges to put Cohen (and perhaps Trump) in jail for the rest of his life. And as we all know, a president has no authority to pardon a criminal convicted of state crimes. Bye, Bye Michael.
The evidence that the FBI obtained from raiding Cohen may be enough by itself to prove collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Cohen’s testimony on top of that will be icing on the cake. This means no more tweets from Trump about a “witch hunt.” Once Cohen’s evidence is made public there will be absolute proof of not only collusion (which is not a crime) but also many crimes, such as conspiracy against the United States, and possibly treason.
Cohen Ready to Flip: ‘Family, Not Trump, Is My First Priority’
Former personal attorney for Donald J. Trump Michael Cohen gave an exclusive interview to ABC News
and when asked if he would protect the president Cohen said that his family, not the president, comes first.
Cohen Files For Restraining Order Against Avenatti
The personal lawyer and fixer for the president, Michael Cohen, is now attempting to silence Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti. On Thursday Cohen filed for a restraining order against Avenatti to attempt to stop him from going on television and from speaking to the media about Daniels’ legal case.
Cohen thinks that Avenatti’s constant presence in the media is hurting him personally as well as damaging his case.
The filing for the restraining order said that Avenatti’s “publicity tour is likely to result in Mr. Cohen being deprived of his right to a fair trial, and threatens to turn what should be a solemn federal court proceeding into a media circus.”
The filing also claims that “Avenatti’s actions are mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity” and it alleges that Avenatti “routinely denigrates” Cohen.
After getting the news, Avenatti posted about it on Twitter:
“We just learned that Mr. Cohen and his atty, Brent Blakely, are going to file a motion seeking to have the court issue a gag order preventing me & others from providing info & docs to the media and the public. They want it all hidden. Is this ok? Will the media permit it?
We just learned that Mr. Cohen and his atty, Brent Blakely, are going to file a motion seeking to have the court issue a gag order preventing me & others from providing info & docs to the media and the public. They want it all hidden. Is this ok? Will the media permit it? #Basta
Giuliani Says Michael Cohen Won’t Flip: “He’s Not Cooperating”
Donald Trump’s television lawyer Rudy Giuliani was back in front of the cameras on Wednesday night giving his opinions about Trump’s fixer-lawyer Michael Cohen. According to Giuliani the president has nothing to worry about.
Yesterday there were several media reports that Cohen will soon be arrested, has lost his legal counsel, and will soon begin to cooperate with federal prosecutors. The former New York City mayor told Laura Ingraham on Fox News that Cohen will not “flip” on Trump and more importantly that Cohen does not even have any information that would incriminate the president.
“He’s not cooperating nor do we care because the president did nothing wrong,” Giuliani told Ingraham. “I am absolutely certain of that.”
“Michael Cohen, I think, would tell you he’s got nothing incriminating with the president,” the president’s lawyer added.
Asked what would happen if Cohen did in fact begin cooperating with prosecutors, Giuliani said that he would be “very comfortable” if that happened.
“I empathize with Michael. I do not believe he is going to tell a falsehood. I think he’s going to tell the truth and we are very comfortable with that,” Giuliani maintained to the Fox News host.
Giuliani also brought up the possibility that special counsel Robert Mueller filed new witness tampering charges against Paul Manafort because Mueller’s original charges of tax fraud and money laundering against Manafort were “going under.”
Giuliani told Ingraham that in his opinion Cohen’s case was like Manafort’s and then made the preposterous suggestion that both men were completely innocent and none of Mueller’s charges would stick.
“Look at Manafort. Manafort was probably totally innocent in talking to these people, he wanted to find out what was going on with his case. And they’ve turned it into another charge against him,” Giuliani said.
Last week Mueller charged Manafort and a Russian colleague with witness tampering and suborning perjury.
Manafort will be in court on Friday for his arraignment
The White House Is Freaking Out Because Cohen Might Spill The Beans About Trump To Mueller
The White House is anxious that Michael Cohen is going to cave and tell Robert Mueller all of the dirty details about Trump's business dealings.
Michael Cohen Feels Abandoned And Is Begging Trump For A Pardon
New reporting suggests that Michael Cohen hasn't flipped yet, but that he is sending signals to Trump begging for a pardon before he flips.
Cohen Flips and Will Cooperate With Mueller After Lawyers Quit
ABC News has just reported that Trump attorney/fixer Michael Cohen’s lawyers have quit and he will now start cooperating with federal prosecutors in New York, and possibly with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
At 10:26 a.m. today ABC posted the following news item:
“As attorneys for Michael Cohen rush to meet Judge Kimba Wood’s Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen’s New York properties and law office, a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that the law firm handling the case for Cohen is not expected to represent him going forward.”
“To date, Cohen has been represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and New York firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP. No replacement counsel has been identified as of this time.”
“Cohen, now with no legal representation, is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, sources said. This development, which is believed to be imminent, will likely hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard.”
On a day when he is still basking in what he believes was a triumphant summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump will no doubt be very upset if it is indeed true that Cohen has flipped and is cooperating with the special counsel’s probe.
Ultimately the news is not a surprise in that we have previously reported that not only is Cohen likely to flip but he also probably has tapes of his private conversations with President Trump. When the FBI raided Cohen‘s offices and hotel room it was expected that they had obtained mountains of evidence, and much of it might incriminate both Cohen and Trump since they had worked closely together on Trump’s shady deals for decades.
If the FBI and Department of Justice have in their files documentary evidence proving that Cohen has committed numerous federal and state crimes, then there is very little doubt that they have already held discussions with Cohen’s lawyers about cutting a deal with the prosecutors.
This is a developing story, and it is not clear what will happen next. But the fact the Cohen’s lawyers have quit and he is currently without counsel is an indication that there will soon be some very big announcements in this case. And if events play out as anticipated, these announcements will be very bad news for the President of the United States
Crisis in New York As Trump Pardons Require Urgent Law Change
One way that Robert Mueller and the FBI have been preparing to fight against the prospect of Donald Trump pardons is by sharing their information with New York prosecutors. The plan is to have New York bring state criminal charges if Trump issues federal pardons. Pardons have been anticipated for such criminals as Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Rick Gates and others yet to be charged, such as Michael Cohen.
However there is a little-known law in New York state that could throw a wrench in the works. It is called “the double jeopardy loophole.” This loophole may mean that New York cannot bring state criminal charges against people pardoned by the president.
After Trump’s announced pardon of Dinesh D’Souza yesterday the acting New York Attorney General, Barbara Underwood, raised the alarms. In a formal statement Underwood said:
“President Trump’s latest pardon makes crystal clear his willingness to use his pardon power to thwart the cause of justice, rather than advance it. By pardoning Dinesh D’Souza, President Trump is undermining the rule of law by pardoning a political supporter who is an unapologetic convicted felon. First, it was Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Then it was Scooter Libby. Now it’s Dinesh D’Souza.”
“Lawmakers must act now to close New York’s double jeopardy loophole and ensure that anyone who evades federal justice by virtue of a politically expedient pardon can be held accountable if they violate New York law.”
Trump’s pardons and Underwoods statement elicited intense reactions on social media. One person said Trump “is acting like a dictator gone wild.”
“Barbara Underwood, New York’s attorney general makes urgent call to pass a law to circumvent ‘politically driven pardons’ by criminal con-man Trump — who in a grotesque abuse of authority unimagined by our founders, is acting like a dictator gone wild”
Barbara Underwood, New York’s attorney general makes urgent call to pass a law to circumvent 'politically driven pardons' by criminal con-man Trump — who in a grotesque abuse of authority unimagined by our founders, is acting like a 'dictator gone wild' https://t.co/29fsuP3ZZO
Cohen Got $400,000 From Ukraine To Fix Talks With Trump
The British Broadcasting System (BBC) just reported that Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen received a $400,000 payment from Ukraine last June to set up a meeting between Trump and the Ukrainian president. The payment was kept secret until now according to BBC confidential sources in Kiev.
Ukraine’s president is Petro Poroshenko, and he used intermediaries also to deal with Cohen to make the payment and to fix the meeting with the American president. Cohen has never been registered as a representative of Ukraine as is required under federal law.
Cohen Leaker Says Evidence Went Missing From FBI Files
Before yesterday Ronan Farrow was already famous and had already done some earth-shaking investigative journalism. But his story that was published in the New Yorker explaining how Michael Avenatti obtained the leaked Cohen financial records will take him to the next level of fame and journalistic renown.
When your mother is actress Mia Farrow and your father is Woody Allen (or possibly Frank Sinatra) it’s hard not to be famous. But to his credit Ronan has not rested on his laurels. It was his hard work that uncovered the Harvey Weinstein story, and for this accomplishment he has earned great respect.
In his newest story Farrow has reported that the person who took credit for leaking Michael Cohen’s information to Avenatti is a “law enforcement official” who leaked the information because he had discovered that other similar documents disclosing Cohen’s financial transactions had “gone missing.”
This unnamed source (who may lose his job) told Farrow that they could not find suspicious activity reports (SARs) pertaining to Cohen’s financial actions in a government database, but the SARs had previously been in the database and now could not be found. Only one of the three SARs could be found so he decided he had to release the one SAR because he was worried that the documents had been illegally removed from the database in order to keep them out of the hands of law enforcement officials involved in the Cohen and Trump investigations.
Farrow was the first person the source had spoken to since giving the information to Avenatti. He said the files were missing from the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.
“I have never seen something pulled off the system,” the law enforcement official said. “That system is a safeguard for the bank. It’s a stockpile of information. When something’s not there that should be, I immediately became concerned.”
“That’s why I came forward,” the official added.
Farrow was interviewed at length by Rachel Maddow last night, and they both agreed that the missing files was a cause of great concern and was in fact “terrifying.”
“It is theoretically possible that the missing Cohen reports have been sectioned off somehow by law enforcement, but according to everyone we’ve asked, it’s totally unheard of. Here’s tonight’s full interview with Ronan Farrow: https://on.msnbc.com/2InvDTd “
It is theoretically possible that the missing Cohen reports have been sectioned off somehow by law enforcement, but according to everyone we've asked, it's totally unheard of.
Here's tonight's full interview with Ronan Farrow: https://t.co/JJXL85G2Km pic.twitter.com/mX15dAfwdj
Trump’s Got A Big New Stormy Daniels Legal Problem As He Finally Admits Cohen Payment
Trump finally admitted that he paid Michael Cohen back for the Stormy Daniels payment. The problem is that according to experts, he should have disclosed the payment last year.
Stormy Daniels Lawyer Just Busted Michael Cohen For At Least Two Felonies
Stormy Daniels' Michael Avenatti said on MSNBC that Michael Cohen sold access to Trump and did not register as a foreign agent or aa a lobbyist as the law requires.
Does Avenatti Know the Answer to This Cohen Mystery?
There have been a lot of articles and interviews in the media over the past few days on the topic of Michael Cohen’s secret slush fund. Ever since Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti disclosed that over $4 million went into this account it has been the source of unceasing media speculation and commentary.
But despite all of these discussions and interviews with experts there is still one big unanswered question, and it may be the only question that really matters: where did all of Cohen’s money go?
Avenatti may know the answer to that question. If he does, he is once again playing to close to the vest. The intriguing thing is that Avenatti has always turned out knowing more than he initially said. In other words, when Avenatti asks a question like this, he usually knows the answer.
Concerning the details of Cohen’s secret account, Avenatti has consistently called upon the U.S. Treasury Department to release Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) that would answer a lot of questions.
Why is no media outlet doing a story on the refusal of the Treasury Department to release to the public the 3 Suspicious Activity Reports that were filed concerning Essential Consultants, LLC's bank account? This deserves immediate attention. The SARs should be released now.