🎧 The Daily: Implicating the President | New York Times

Listened to The Daily: Implicating the President by Michael Barbaro from New York Times

One former confidant entered a guilty plea. Another received a guilty verdict. Both events may have significant consequences for President Trump.

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🎧 CNN's Lanny Davis Problem | On the Media

Listened to CNN's Lanny Davis Problem from On The Media | WNYC Studios

Did they err? Or did they lie?

Six weeks ago, CNN broke a blockbuster story: According to several anonymous sources, President Trump had advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting. It was a potential smoking gun, until one of those sources — Lanny Davis, attorney for Michael Cohen — recanted.

Beyond that headache for CNN, there was another. The original article had claimed, "Contacted by CNN, one of Cohen's attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment." Depending on how you understand the word "comment," and depending your general disposition, that claim could be technically true or woefully, mendaciously disingenuous. Bob spoke with Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi about the implications — and dangers — of this latest media mishap.

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👓 National Enquirer Had Decades of Trump Dirt. He Wanted to Buy It All. | New York Times

Read National Enquirer Had Decades of Trump Dirt. He Wanted to Buy It All. by Jim Rutenberg, Maggie Haberman (nytimes.com)
Donald Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, devised a plan to buy all the stories on Mr. Trump that the National Enquirer and its parent company had collected, according to Mr. Trump’s associates.
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👓 Why Manafort and Cohen Thought They’d Get Away With It | ProPublica

Read Why Manafort and Cohen Thought They’d Get Away With It (ProPublica)
It takes a special counsel to actually catch white-collar criminals.
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👓 Trump’s company approved $420,000 in payments to Cohen, relying on ‘sham’ invoices, prosecutors say | Washington Post

Read Trump’s company approved $420,000 in payments to Cohen, relying on ‘sham’ invoices, prosecutors say by Carol D. Leonnig, Michelle Ye Hee Lee (Washington Post)
President Trump’s real estate company authorized paying $420,000 to lawyer Michael Cohen in his effort to silence women during the presidential campaign and then relied on “sham” invoices from Cohen that concealed the nature of the payments, according to legal filings released Tuesday. The payments began flowing in February 2017, soon after Trump took office, when Cohen approached Trump Organization executives seeking to be reimbursed for “election-related” expenses, prosecutors said.
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👓 What Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea Means for Trump | The Atlantic

Read What Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea Means for Trump by David A. Graham (The Atlantic)
The president’s former fixer on Tuesday said he broke campaign laws at Trump’s behest, paying off two women who alleged extramarital affairs.
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👓 Michael Cohen privately questions Trump's fitness to be president | Axios

Read Michael Cohen privately questions Trump's fitness to be president (Axios)
Things have been heating up since the tape was reported Friday.
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👓 Theory: Playboy Model Who Got $1.6 Million Had Affair With Trump, Not Broidy | Daily Intelligencer | New York Magazine

Read Theory: Playboy Model Who Got $1.6 Million Had Affair With Trump, Not Broidy by Paul Campos (Daily Intelligencer)
Michael Cohen arranged a $1.6 million payout to a model allegedly impregnated by GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy. But was Broidy covering for Trump?

Ho-ly Shiiitttt!! This is a major bomb of a theory!!

It’s well reasoned and incredibly well laid out. Having read it, I can’t help but think that the logic is solid and the probabilities are far more in favor of the theory than they are of the previously reported stories holding water.

I literally can’t wait to see how this plays out…

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👓 Trump’s Lawyer Went to the Worst Law School in America | Politico

Read Trump’s Lawyer Went to the Worst Law School in America (POLITICO Magazine)
Michael Cohen’s alma mater has long been a punchline in the legal world.
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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Trump’s Fixer | New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: Trump’s Fixer by Michael Barbaro from nytimes.com
For months, the federal inquiry into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia focused on Washington. Now, it has led back to New York, and to Michael D. Cohen.

#Hubris

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👓 Michael Cohen Has Said He Would Take a Bullet for Trump. Maybe Not Anymore. | New York Times

Read Michael Cohen Has Said He Would Take a Bullet for Trump. Maybe Not Anymore. by Maggie Haberman, Sharon LaFaniere, Danny Hakim (nytimes.com)
Roger Stone says Mr. Trump has long treated Mr. Cohen, his lawyer and fixer, “like garbage.” Now he could end up cooperating in a criminal investigation against Mr. Trump.
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👓 Sean Hannity Is Named as Client of Michael Cohen, Trump’s Lawyer | New York Times

Read Sean Hannity Is Named as Client of Michael Cohen, Trump’s Lawyer by Alan Feuer (nytimes.com)
Lawyers for Mr. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, had sought to keep Mr. Hannity’s identity a secret in a court challenge of an F.B.I. search of Mr. Cohen’s office.

 

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👓 Fox’s Hannity, named as a client of Michael Cohen, spent days attacking FBI raid | Politico

Read Fox’s Hannity, named as a client of Michael Cohen, spent days attacking FBI raid (POLITICO)
The host cited the seizure of Michael Cohen’s documents to blast Mueller’s Russia investigation.
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🎧 ‘The Daily’: Trump’s Personal Lawyer Under Scrutiny | The New York Times

Listened to ‘The Daily’: Trump’s Personal Lawyer Under Scrutiny by Michael Barbaro from nytimes.com

The F.B.I. has raided the home of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen — the same man who acknowledged paying $130,000 to a pornographic film actress who said she had a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.

What are investigators looking for?



On today’s episode:

• Matt Apuzzo, who covers law enforcement for The New York Times.

Background reading:

• The F.B.I. raid against President Trump’s longtime personal lawyeropens a new front for the Justice Department in its scrutiny of Mr. Trump and his associates.

• Mr. Trump angrily denounced the raids as “disgraceful” and “an attack on our country.” Read an annotated transcript of his remarks.

It kills me that we don’t have the morality and common sense people had in the 1990’s even. Thank goodness there are some solid institutions in the country left to handle these things.

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