Document Dump: Cohen Warrants

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The unredacted Michael Cohen search warrants describe a series of calls on October 8, 2016 between Trump, Cohen, and Hope Hicks – the purpose of which the FBI says was to keep Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels) from going public with her story. From last April. Just a bold faced lie: https://t.co/LeFyJeZ584 — andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) July 18, 2019 What … Read More

No Charges Brought Against Trump Org For Stormy Daniels Payment

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Federal prosecutors in New York have ended their investigation into the Trump Organization’s role in hush money payments made to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump and have been ordered by a judge to release additional information connected to their related probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, according to court documents filed today. On Friday the Manhattan US Attorney’s office … Read More

WSJ: SDNY Has Much More Evidence In Hush Money Probe Than We Thought

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Federal investigators have uncovered more evidence of President Donald Trump‘s involvement in illegal 2016 hush money payments than previously known, according to a new report. Wall Street Journal reports prosecutors have spoken to former Trump communications director Hope Hicks and former Trump security chief Keith Schiller about their contacts with David Pecker. These interviews gravitated around the fact that Pecker has admitted to using his position as chairman … Read More

Trump Crimes Update

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(1) This is interesting. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is extending his stay at the Department of Justice for at least “a little longer,” according to Tuesday NBC reporting. Slated to leave in mid-March, Rosenstein has reportedly spoken to Attorney General William Barr about staying for an indefinite amount of time. The hearings for his replacement are currently scheduled for … Read More

Trump Suddenly Against Public Release of Mueller Report

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He was for it before it was against it: Up until now, Trump has pretty consistently insisted that he has nothing to fear from the Mueller report, saying that there’s “NO COLLUSION.” Just a few weeks ago, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “We feel good about the fact that what we’ve said all along for last two years … Read More

Trump Scandals: No Historical Parallel

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Even without seeing Robert Mueller’s report, or knowing what prosecutors with the Southern District of New York have unearthed, or what congressional investigators will find, we already have witnessed the biggest political scandal in American history.  Historians tell Axios that the only two scandals that come close to Trump-Russia are Watergate, which led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, and … Read More

Quinnipiac Poll Shows Most People Don’t Believe Trump And That He Committed Crimes Before Becoming President

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President Donald Trump committed crimes before he became president, American voters say 64 – 24 percent in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today. Republicans say 48 – 33 percent that President Trump did not commit crimes before he was president, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University National Poll finds. Every other listed party, gender, education, age and racial group says … Read More

House Judiciary Committee Gets Serious About Subpoenas To Trump Associates

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Here is the list of document requests the committee sent. Alan Garten (letter, document requests)  Alexander Nix (letter, document requests)  Allen Weisselberg (letter, document requests)  American Media Inc (letter, document requests) Anatoli Samochornov (letter, document requests) Andrew Intrater (letter, document requests) Annie Donaldson (letter, document requests) Brad Parscale (letter, document requests) Brittany Kaiser (letter, document requests) Cambridge Analytica (letter, document requests)  Carter Page (letter, document requests) Columbus Nova (letter, document requests) Concord Management and Consulting (letter, document requests) Corey Lewandowski (letter, document requests) David Pecker (letter, document requests) Department of … Read More

Investigations, Investigations, Investigations!

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I can kind of see why Republicans want Mueller shut down. His outreach, like that of an octopus, is pretty far.  As I wrote back in February, there are some lingering question about where the money went for Trump’s very expensive but poorly attended inauguration. Now The Hill is breaking a story that Mueller is looking into donations to that event: … Read More

Cohen Hearing Summed Up

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Cohen’s testimony includes accusations — relating to Trump’s racism, his lack of concern for the public weal and his attempts to conceal his academic record — that, if true, are simply embarrassing. But, as noted by Max Bergmann of the Moscow Project at the Center for American Progress, the president’s former lawyer also implicated him in at least four felonies: 1. Conspiracy to defraud … Read More

Cohen Open Testimony: Live Updates

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As Brian Williams said last night, and I am paraphrasing: “It is very possible that fifty year from now, we will still be looking at video clips from Cohen’s testimony.” Meaning, today is an historical day. Maybe. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer”, who was disbarred yesterday, and is scheduled to be imprisoned for lying to investigators, is testifying … Read More

Cohen Testimony Week: Day One

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Michael Cohen is testifying today to Congress, but behind closed doors. He will give pubic testimony tomorrow. The White House is playing like they are not scared. In a statement on this morning, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, denounced Mr. Cohen. “Disgraced felon Michael Cohen is going to prison for lying to Congress and making other false … Read More

Trump Meddled Again With DOJ Investigation

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Just out from the NY Times: As federal prosecutors in Manhattan gathered evidence late last year about President Trump’s role in silencing women with hush payments during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump called Matthew G. Whitaker, his newly installed attorney general, with a question. He asked whether Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New … Read More