Monday April 16th. It was a nice, quiet Monday, right?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Fuck that.
MICHAEL COHEN IS FUCKED HARDER THAN STORMY DANIELS IN VENDETTA (2017 from Wicked Pictures link to IAFD potential NSFW)
First, the Wall Street Journal discovered that Michael Cohen used Essential Consultants LLC, the same company that he used to pay off Stormy Daniels, to receive payment from Elliot Broidy.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, used the same Delaware limited-liability company in two secret deals relating to alleged sexual encounters involving his clients, according to people familiar with the matter.
Venture capitalist Elliott Broidy paid an initial installment of $62,500 to the company, Essential Consultants LLC, as part of Mr. Cohen’s $250,000 total fee for negotiating a nondisclosure agreement related to Mr. Broidy’s affair with a former Playboy model who alleged he had impregnated her, a person familiar with the matter said.
Federal prosecutors are examining money flowing in and out of Essential Consultants as part of a broad investigation into Mr. Cohen’s activities to silence women with allegations against Mr. Trump or those in his orbit, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the $1.6 million agreement between Mr. Broidy—the Republican National Committee’s deputy finance chairman with ties to Mr. Trump—and the model on Friday. Mr. Broidy later resigned his RNC post.
Cohen assisted Broidy in his abortion hush money, and had him pay Essential Consultants 1/16th of a million dollars, or 1/4th of 1/4th of a million dollars.
That payment to his shell company destroys the argument that it was created and only used for Stormy Daniels.
Mr. Broidy paid the remaining fee installments totaling $187,500 directly to Mr. Cohen after the Journal revealed in January that the Clifford payment was made through Essential Consultants, the person said.
The last three installment payments were paid directly to Cohen.
The monthslong investigation stemmed partly from “suspicious activity reports” filed by banks, including one that included details of Mr. Cohen’s payment to Ms. Clifford, people familiar with the matter said.
A suspicious activity report?
The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office is examining whether Mr. Cohen committed bank fraud by, among other things, taking out a home-equity credit line to pay for the Clifford agreement, a person familiar with the matter said.
Why the hell is a man who’s supposedly worth $10 million refinancing his home and taking out a second mortgage to make a $130,000 payment?
Mr. Cohen transferred the payment to an attorney for Ms. Clifford from an Essential Consultants account at First Republic Bank, according to people familiar with the matter. He has said the funds came from his home-equity line at the same bank.
Investigators are examining whether Mr. Cohen fraudulently used a bank loan for something other than the purpose he described on his loan application, the person said.
The Journal previously reported that First Republic Bank, which Mr. Cohen used to wire the payment to Ms. Clifford’s lawyer in October 2016, conducted its own investigation into the transaction after receiving a subpoena from federal authorities, according to another person familiar with the matter.
First Republic sent its findings to the Treasury Department in a so-called SAR, or suspicious-activity report, the person said. Such reports are required to be sent to the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network when banks observe transactions that have no apparent lawful purpose or deviate inexplicably from a customer’s normal bank activity.
Oh, shit. FinCEN doesn’t fuck around.
Part of the investigation into Mr. Cohen involves payments made by American Media Inc., publisher of the National Enquirer, and its officials including Chairman and Chief Executive David Pecker, a person familiar with the matter said.
Mr. Cohen communicated with Mr. Pecker and AMI’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, during the course of negotiations for AMI to pay another Playboy model, Karen McDougal, to sell her story of an alleged 2006 affair with Mr. Trump to the National Enquirer, a person familiar with the matter said.
The Journal first revealed in November 2016 that AMI paid $150,000 to Ms. McDougal for her exclusive story of the alleged affair, which it then didn’t publish, a tactic known in the tabloid world as “catch and kill.”
Ms. McDougal filed suit last month seeking to extricate herself from that contract.
They’re tying AMI/National Enquirer directly to the Cohen investigation? They are fucked.
Separately, Mr. Cohen succeeded around 2013 in killing a story Us Weekly was preparing about an alleged affair between Donald Trump Jr., who had been a judge a year earlier on the television show, “Celebrity Apprentice,” and one of the contestants, Aubrey O’Day, a member of the singing duo Dumblonde, according to people familiar with the matter.
The magazine, then owned by Wenner Media, had what staffers believed to be a solid source on the alleged affair by the younger Mr. Trump and called the Trump Organization for comment, according to the people involved in the matter. They received a call back from Mr. Cohen, who threatened legal action and became so irate that they muted the call while he spoke, one of these people said.
“We were all on speakerphone and huddled around the phone,” this person said. “He was just one of these New York characters where he was just like swearing at us and totally over-the-top threatening.”
The magazine’s staff didn’t believe it was a big story that would be worth a legal fight and had a good working relationship with the elder Mr. Trump on stories related to the TV show “The Apprentice,” so they dropped the story.
The story of the alleged affair was reported in entertainment media last month when Donald Trump Jr.’s wife filed for divorce; Mr. Cohen’s involvement in the Us Weekly story hasn’t previously been reported.
Holy Shit, this was kicked off from an SAR sent to FinCEN?! Cohen is fucked. Like, seriously, ultimately, dead man walking fucked.
FinCEN is the investigative and crime fighting arm of the Treasury Department. They are more than capable of taking down white-collar crime by themselves, but if they referred this to the FBI, it means that not only did they find enough shit to bury him alive for financial crimes, but they dug up shit on him that is outside of their purview, and they felt that it was so serious that they had no other choice than to refer this to the FBI.
Not only did they find proof of money laundering and bank fraud, but they found proof of other, non-financial crimes. Considering that Michael Cohen has been tied to everything from extortion to espionage, it makes sense why they were called in.
Oh, but things get worse.
Cohen threatened journalists back in 2013 to spike a story about Donnie Jr. fucking one of the apprentices on Celebrity Apprentice.
- Cohen Used Trump Email For Taxi Business Now Under Scrutiny
- FBI raid of Trump lawyer’s office sought info on ties to Chicago cab operators – Chicago Sun-Times
So, not only did Cohen take part in TWO taxi medallion scams in TWO different cities with TWO groups of Russian Mafia and La Cosa Nostra, but he sent emails about his taxi business FROM HIS TRUMP ORG EMAIL.
What are taxi medallions? Taxicabs of the United States – Wikipedia gives an explanation, but the short version is that it’s a system of regulating the number of certified cab drivers in a city, but the lack of medallions usually means that there is a tiny supply available. Organized crime has long used these medallions as a method of Money Laundering
Oh, but it still gets worse…
- Spicy Mic: Cohen’s Search Warrant
- Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency
- Can You Identify This Person? – Talking Points Memo
Last week, instead of showing up at his court hearing last week, Cohen went out on the town to hang out with some friends. One of them appears to be Rotem Rosen, and another is James von Moltke, CFO of Deutschebank.
Hanging out with a known link to Russian Oligarchs and the Kremlin, and a link to a bank under investigation for laundering Russian money while one is supposed to be Federal court explaining that they didn’t do anything violating the law requires a special kind of stupid.
Oh, but it gets even worse…
- President Trump Files in Court to Intervene in Michael Cohen FBI Raid Case
- Twitter thread from Renato Mariotti about Trump’s attempt to intervene in Cohen’s case
- Trump lawyers argue against FBI search of Cohen’s records in new filing
- Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators
- Donald Trump wants to review documents seized from Michael Cohen’s office before investigators see them
- The Latest: Trump’s attorney says raids ‘took everything’
- Cohen’s Lawyer Changes Stance on Review of Records Seized by FBI
- PDF of Cohen’s hearing from Friday
Third, [huge redaction], further belying the notion that Cohen is currently engaged in any significant practice of law.
Fourth, the USAO-SDNY has specific reason to doubt that the seized materials will include the volume and nature of attorney-client communications that Cohen claims. This is because the USAO-SDNY has already obtained search warrants – covert until this point – on multiple different email accounts maintained by Cohen, and has conducted a privilege review of the materials obtained pursuant to those warrants. The results of that review, as resported by the USAO’s Filter Team, indicate that Cohen is in fact performing little to no legal work, and that zero emails were exchanged with President Trump.
So, at best, Cohen has three legal clients, and according to the prosecution, hasn’t practiced law in a long time. Instead, he’s a fixer, someone who does the dirty work that a respectable lawyer wouldn’t do. He’s a consigliere, Saul Goodman without the legal talent.
Cohen’s team already identified the first two clients in Donald Trump and Elliot Broidy.
Cohen was reluctant to name his third client…
- Michael Cohen names Trump, GOP fundraiser Broidy as legal clients after FBI raid – POLITICO
- Michael Cohen Worked in 2017 for Trump, the RNC Affair Guy, and One Other Person Who’s Probably Real Nervous Right Now
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE: SEAN HANNITY IS COHEN’S THIRD CLIENT
- The Washington Post: Cohen seeks to withhold identity of mystery client
- Sean Hannity Revealed To Be Michael Cohen’s Mystery Client
- Michael Cohen Has a Mystery Client Who Won’t Let Him Reveal Their Identity
- Sean Hannity: All the Times Host Defended Michael Cohen Without Revealing He Was Trump Lawyer’s Client
- Michael Cohen’s Third Client is Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity aired an entire episode last week, two days after the FBI raided Michael Cohen, explaining how Mueller was secretly corrupt. Trump, the President of the United States, endorsed this episode from Twitter. This was TWO DAYS after the FBI raided their shared attorney’s home, office, and hotel room.
Sean Hannity now enters a world of hurt. He and Trump conspired to mislead Hannity’s viewers into going after the FBI and the Rule of Law. Aside from all of the other crap that Hannity’s been rumored to be a part of, this is evidence of Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice.
- Stormy lawyer: Men seen with Cohen have ‘Russian ties’
- Article about Stormy’s payment from March 2018
- Porn star Stormy Daniels and Trump’s lawyer who ‘paid her off’ to meet in court
- The FBI has reportedly seized recordings of Trump’s and Stormy Daniels’ lawyers’ conversations
- Donald Trump is losing it on Twitter over James Comey
- Trump Threatens Comey With Jail Time in Unhinged Tirade
- Comey subtweets Trump: A “counterpoint” to “ethical leadership”
- Ex-congressman: I wasn’t planning to buy Comey book until Trump’s Twitter meltdown
- In interview, fired FBI director Comey says Trump is ‘morally unfit’ and may be vulnerable to Russian blackmail
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
- Gowdy: Mueller was right in referring Trump lawyer’s case to New York prosecutors
- Ryan on Mueller: ‘I don’t think he should be fired’
- Mike Pompeo Confirms: I’ve Been Interviewed by Mueller
- Russian MP Seleznev incensed after son jailed in US – BBC News
- Another white collar lawyer turns down Trump
- Collins says law to prevent Mueller firing wouldn’t hurt
- GOP senator: Republicans who oppose my bill to protect Mueller would want it if Clinton was president
- ‘Spare me’: Tillis draws GOP fire with pro-Mueller push
“The same people who would criticize me for filing this bill would be absolutely angry if I wasn’t pounding the table for this bill if we were dealing with Hillary Clinton,” he argued. “So spare me your righteous indignation.”
- Dick’s Sporting Goods will destroy assault-style rifles pulled from shelves | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Vermont uses first major gun control laws to stop suspected school shooting plotter from getting a gun
- The Washington Post: How Parkland student journalists covered the shooting
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS
- 15 AGs sue Trump EPA for not enforcing pollution controls
- GAO says EPA violated spending law on Pruitt’s privacy booth
- $43,000 soundproof booth for EPA chief Pruitt violated law: U.S. GAO
- EPA broke spending law on Pruitt phone booth: government watchdog
- Kaine to oppose Pompeo for secretary of state – POLITICO
- Cost of EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s secure phone booth violated law limiting such expenses to $5,000 without prior approval, GAO says
- Clarification: White House-Visitor Logs story
- Pence finds, hires, and loses his national security adviser
- Sarah Sanders tweet raises questions
Crosseyed Huckster posted a pic from the Situation Room during the Syrian attack showing VP Mike Pence taking part in the attack.
One problem, Pence was in Peru during the attack.
COLD WAR 2.0
- Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides over Russia policy — and lost
- Haley announces sanctions against Russia, reaffirms Trump’s commitment to Syria
- Trump sought advice on Syria from legal team defending him in Russia probe: report | TheHill
- White House walks back Haley announcement on Russian sanctions for chemical attack
- The United States needs a Department of Cybersecurity
- Pentagon announces 2,000% increase in Russia trolls since Friday
- US and UK blame Russia for ‘malicious’ cyber-offensive | Technology | The Guardian
- Ukraine Announces Plans To Quit CIS, Terminate Parts Of Russia Friendship Treaty
- Russian MP Seleznev incensed after son jailed in US – BBC News
- Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK
- ‘Suspicious’ Groups Paid for Most of Facebook’s Politically Divisive Ads, Researchers Find
- I was Zuckerberg’s speechwriter. “Companies over countries” was his early motto.
- Jessica Rosenworcel: The Facebook hearings demonstrate the need for technology policy experts in Congress
- Facebook shuts down pages affiliated with Richard Spencer | TheHill
- Facebook could easily make privacy the default. It still hasn’t.
- Here Are Some Ways Washington Could Rein In Facebook
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
- More Than One-Fifth Of The Trump Campaign’s Spending This Year Has Been On Legal Fees
- Trump Moves to Gut the Post Office
- Spicy Mic: Run Ryan RUN…GTFO DC…UPDATE 2.0 – Mad Dog PAC
- The New York Times used a full page to print an editorial calling on Republicans to stand up to Trump
RED STATE TEACHER STRIKES
- School cancelled as hundreds of Colorado teachers walk out Monday
- 25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools
- More Than 2K Attend Gay Pride Event in VP Pence’s Hometown
- The Democrats Are the Party of Fiscal Responsibility
- Billionaire GOP Donor: I’m Using My Tax-Cut Money To Help Elect Democrats
- Could Al Franken Make a Comeback? Amy Klobuchar Said Former Senator Has A Third Act
- Massachusetts top court rules against Exxon in climate change probe
IN OTHER NEWS
- Announcement of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners – The Pulitzer Prizes
- The Washington Post wins 2 Pulitzer Prizes for reporting on Russian interference and Alabama Senate race
- Trillion-dollar budget deficits will make next recession more painful
- Senate expected to approve resolution that would allow Duckworth to bring newborn onto floor
- California rejects border duties for troops
- Legendary radio host Art Bell dies at 72. Art Bell was the original host of Coast to Coast Radio, the home of crazy conspiracy theories.
- R. Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket drill instructor, dies aged 74. Gunny from Full Metal Jacket.
- Harry Anderson Dies: ‘Night Court’ Star & ‘Cheers’ Actor Was 65. Judge Harry T. Stone from Night Court.
- Sara Dukic on Facebook
- Backpage CEO Pleads Guilty To Laundering Millions In Crypto
- John Schindler: Team Trump Just Blew Its Cover Trump cares more about placating Vladimir Putin than following U.S. law or the will of Congress. observer.com
That’s it for today. This is the new normal. The more that comes out about Cohen, the worse things will get for Trump and his team. The worse they think things get, the worse they’ll act. The worse they act, the worse the reactions against them, creating a feedback loop.
Mueller. Comey. Cohen. Stormy. Hannity. Pruitt. Pompeo. Putin. All of them are coming to a head, at once.
And I’m here, keeping an eye on it all, enjoying the shitshow.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur