Will Cohen Sing Like A Canary?

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Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump whose home and office were raided earlier this month reportedly said, “I’d rather jump out of a building than turn on Donald Trump,” in a conversation with a radio host. But many in Trump’s circle are not so sure. Two sources close to the president said people in Trump’s inner circle have in recent … Read More

Kimba Wood SDNY Court: Live Tweets Revealing Sean Hannity

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McKay noted that Cohen refused to disclose the third client’s name under seal. “If he can’t disclose the client name, even to the court under seal…” McKay asks how the government can contest an overbroad claim of privilege. — Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) April 16, 2018 Cohen’s other attorney Steve Ryan says the third client is a “publicly prominent individual,” and … Read More

Interesting Hearing Expected Today In SDNY Court

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The defendant: Michael Cohen (Trump’s attorney-ish) The issue: Whether documents, tapes, and other things seized by the FBI can be reviewed by a “filter team” to weed out privileged documents, and whether Cohen’s lawyers (on behalf of Cohen) and/or Trump’s lawyers (on behalf of Trump) can review them first for responsiveness The time: 2:00 pm Eastern What makes this even … Read More

More And More, It Looks Like Cohen Is At The Center Of All Trump Misdeeds

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The Wall Street Journal just published a stunning scoop. In 2017 Michael Cohen negotiated a $1.6 million hush deal for a major GOP fundraiser named Elliott Broidy, deputy finance chairman of the RNC. If that name rings a bell, it should. Broidy is at the center of the part of the Russia probe involving the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and international fixer and convicted pedophile … Read More

Does The First Amendment Protect The Right Of The Press Or People To “Kill” A Story?

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Associated Press: Eight months before the company that owns the National Enquirer paid $150,000 to a former Playboy Playmate who claimed she’d had an affair with Donald Trump, the tabloid’s parent made a $30,000 payment to a less famous individual: a former doorman at one of the real estate mogul’s New York City buildings. As it did with the ex-Playmate, … Read More

Breaking: FBI Raids Trump Lawyer’s Office

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New York Times: The F.B.I. on Monday raided the office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records related to several topics including payments to a pornographic-film actress. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the search … Read More

Trump Can’t Avoid Groping Lawsuit

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Bloomberg: As busy as Donald Trump is being president, he can’t avoid a former “Apprentice” contestant’s defamation lawsuit where he may be forced to respond under oath to allegations of sexual assault and his treatment of women. It’s an issue that flared up during the election campaign and while he’s been president. Trump is separately embroiled in a scandal involving a $130,000 payment to an … Read More

Stormy Isn’t The Only One

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The Hill: Stormy Daniels’s lawyer said on Thursday that he has been approached by six other women with stories about President Trump similar to that of the adult-film actress. Michael Avenatti cautioned in an appearance on CNN that he had not yet vetted the cases “to any great degree,” but said that at least two of the women have nondisclosure agreements. Daniels, … Read More

Trump Organization Lawyer Was Involved In Effort To Silence Stormy Daniels

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An attorney tied to the Trump Organization has been listed on recent documents in arbitration proceedings preventing porn star Stormy Daniels from speaking publicly about her alleged 2006 affair with Donald Trump. The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo report that Jill Martin, a Trump Organization lawyer, is listed on confidential arbitration documents as representing Essential Consultants, LLC, which is the Delaware-based limited liability … Read More

Stormy Daniels Offers to Return Payment to End Deal for Her Silence

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This is cute and clever. Stormy Daniels, the porn star who says she had an affair with President Trump, offered to return $130,000 she received from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer in 2016 for agreeing not to discuss the alleged relationship. In exchange, the actress (aka Stephanie Clifford) seeks an end to her deal to keep quiet about what she says was … Read More

Trump Talks To Witnesses Who Talked To Mueller

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For a man unconcerned about Russia collusion, Trump seems very concerned.  This reminds me of Nixon, who just COULD NOT keep Watergate off his mind and meddled in it to the point that he became part of it. New York Times tells us: The special counsel in the Russia investigation has learned of two conversations in recent months in which … Read More

The Porn Star Sues The President

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Wow. The first thing that jumps out at me is this: if you’re going to contest a nondisclosure agreement in court, you should be filing with the court under seal so the NDA isn’t breached unless/until the plaintiff—the person subject to the NDA—prevails in court. Avenatti (Stormy Daniel’s lawyer) didn’t do this and I am sure it was intentional. Because … Read More

WSJ Reporting Indicates Trump Campaign Violation

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Remember how Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid $130,000 of his own money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in the final weeks of the campaign so her past affair with Trump wouldn’t come out? And how there was question about exactly how often Cohen had paid people off for Trump using his own money, whether this was a campaign contribution, and … Read More