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Why It Matters That Trump and Michael Cohen Had a Falling Out

Although Mr. Cohen was not a central part of the Trump family business, he was often at Mr. Trump’s side in the decade before he became president, including helping him sort out difficulties leading up to the 2016 election. Most famously, he helped arrange hush money payments to two women — including the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels — who claimed to have had affairs with Mr. Trump. After months of indecision, he turned on Mr. Trump last summer and has since spoken to the Southern District prosecutors about the Trump family business and more, as well as providing information to the office of the special counsel, Mr. Mueller. Mr. Cohen implicated the president in a crime Federal prosecutors in Manhattan effectively characterized Mr. Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator in the hush money payments, which violated campaign finance laws because they were made to influence the outcome of the election. But when a president is no longer in office, prosecutors are free to bring charges — a possibility cited in the Mueller report released on Thursday. He assisted criminal investigations into Mr. Trump’s business Mr. Cohen did not enter into a formal cooperation agreement with the Southern District prosecutors, but voluntarily met with them about his knowledge of Mr. Trump’s family, business and inner circle. Mr. Cohen used the spotlight to attack the president’s character Since turning on his former boss, Mr. Cohen has become one of Mr. Trump’s fiercest critics, offering fodder for the president’s detractors. He gave Congress a view into the president’s finances Mr. Cohen’s testimony has also provided something of a road map for congressional investigators looking into Mr. Trump’s finances. And as Mr. Cohen’s May 6 surrender date nears, his lawyers appear to be making a last-ditch effort to keep him out of prison. raid and about a Trump Tower project in Russia, as well as discussions with the president’s lawyer about a possible pardon.
Bongino: The more we find out about Avenatti, the creepier he becomes

Bongino: The more we find out about Avenatti, the creepier he becomes

Dan Bongino wraps up the most explosive news stories of the week on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.' FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, and the direct-to-consumer streaming…
Live: US officials announce 36-count indictment against Michael Avenatti

Live: US officials announce 36-count indictment against Michael Avenatti

LIVE at 9am PT/12pm ET: Lawyer Michael Avenatti is facing 36 Grand Jury indictments, announced by DOJ and IRS officials this morning in Los Angeles. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio,…

Federal Authorities Raided Trump Fundraiser’s Office in Money Laundering Probe

Let's not condone violence right now, that is one dangerous road to go down. Plus... What about the ones without oaths? Don Jr. Signed one of the checks to reimburse Michael Cohen for the Stormy Daniels payments - from the revocable trust that Trump was supposed to put his businesses in so politics couldn't get involved with it... Ivanka went on TV to state that her dad had nothing to do with security clearances in the last month, to cover for something that isn't illegal for a President to do... Remember when Trump's kids were trying to get CIA top level security clearance? After he was cleared by the White House, Kushner’s file was reportedly submitted to the C.I.A. to be evaluated for an S.C.I., or “sensitive compartmented information” clearance—an even higher designation. officers who make clearance decisions balked, two of the people familiar with the matter said. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that counterintelligence officials in early 2017 warned Jared Kushner that Wendi Deng Murdoch might be using her relationship with Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, to aid the Chinese government. A friend of Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was the mystery buyer of "Salvator Mundi," a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for a record $450 million.

5 things to know for March 8: Manafort, politics, China, fish fraud, conjoined twins

Meanwhile, it looks like Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against President Trump is over. A federal judge tossed out her suit, which sought to invalidate a $130,000 hush money agreement, because the suit "lacks subject matter jurisdiction." The latest sign: Chinese exports plunged 21% in February, compared with a year earlier. That's the weakest performance in three years, and it was a lot worse than economists had predicted. The export slump indicates "global demand is cooling," one economist says. Are we all the victims of a big fish fraud? Oceana tested more than 400 samples from markets, stores and restaurants in 24 states and Washington. Nima and Dawa Pelden are back home. After arriving back home yesterday in Bhutan, the twins' mother thanked the people of Australia: "You all gave me hope and put smile on my face while going through some terrible times. The February jobs report comes out later this morning.
What Will The House Oversight Committee Ask Michael Cohen? | MTP Daily | MSNBC

What Will The House Oversight Committee Ask Michael Cohen? | MTP Daily | MSNBC

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) joins MTP Daily to discuss Michael Cohen testifying publicly before Congress on February 7. » Subscribe to MSNBC: About: MSNBC is the premier destination for in-depth analysis of daily headlines, insightful political commentary and informed…
Giuliani 'can't imagine' why Congress wants to hear Cohen

Giuliani ‘can’t imagine’ why Congress wants to hear Cohen

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani responds to news that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen will testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports. #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news…

‘SNL’ Destroys President Trump, Causing Him to Call for Courts to Intervene

Co-host Michael Che also got in on the Trump mocking, expressing surprise at Trump’s tweet blaming his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen for paying off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal and running afoul of campaign finance law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. That is why they get paid. Despite that many campaign finance lawyers have strongly…… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2018 “Fair, but you know who else is supposed to know the law?” Che asked. “The frigging president of the United States! … Dude, we are paying you money for this!” The roasting by SNL, which also included a Trump-bashing It’s a Wonderful Life parody cold open, was so harsh, it triggered Trump to respond on Twitter and forget that the First Amendment guarantees a free press. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials. Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! SNL is colluding with NBC News and the Democrats to make Trump break the law and say stupid stuff on Twitter!

Political Standards in the Post-Clinton and Trump Era

In my latest column I try to tackle a peeve of mine going back at least as far as the Clinton scandals: The way issues of character, morality, and public trust get reduced down to narrow criminal questions, and once that happens, equivalencies are drawn between legal infractions. But it’s not just a free-speech issue. How we judge the individuals — and by extension the punishments — should be informed by the content and intent of what they said. As a legal matter you can argue that they should be treated the same, but as a moral or political matter they are very different. This is my problem with Andy’s point about the Obama campaign-finance violation in 2008 and the Michael Cohen-Stormy Daniels payoff story. Over at Andy writes: In marked contrast, though, when it was discovered that Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was guilty of violations involving nearly $2 million – an amount that dwarfs the $280,000 in Cohen’s case – the Obama Justice Department decided not to prosecute. He is simply bringing it up as an illustration of a larger analytical point. That’s not a legal standard. The question is how much of a political standard it should be. And in the post-Clinton and current Trump era, it doesn’t seem to be a very important standard at all.
The rise and fall of Michael Avenatti | With Chris Cillizza

The rise and fall of Michael Avenatti | With Chris Cillizza

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer turned 2020 presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti began 2018 on a high. His litigation on behalf of the porn star turned him into a cable news fixture while landing former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in hot water. But…