Thursday, April 26th
COHEN: FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS GO ON FOX & FRIENDS
- Trump says for first time that Cohen represented him in Stormy Daniels case
- Trump made 2 costly legal errors during unhinged Fox & Friends interview
- Old Man Yells at Country
- Trump Makes His Lawyers Sad in TV Call In
- Trump’s disastrous Fox & Friends interview already being used against him in federal court
- Aaron Trupar live tweeted the Fox & Friends. That might qualify for hazard pay.
WTAF? What in the actual fuck?
Trump had a phone-in interview with Fox & Friends this morning. Normally, I would just chalk this up to a planned distraction, but this went off the rails faster than a broken roller coaster. Trump claimed that Cohen only did a “tiny, tiny little fraction” of his legal work.
Cohen’s legal defense, which Trump’s lawyers were also arguing, was that the two had so much privileged communications that it would be nearly impossible to sort through it all.
Trump just shot that argument like 2Pac. He fucked Cohen harder than Stormy Daniels was fucked in Lust Connection.
He fucked him so bad that the prosecutors dropped their objections to the idea of having a third party go through his paperwork because there is so little to go through that would be covered by attorney-client privilege.
- Michael Cohen once reportedly bragged that he was part of the Russian mob
- Trump showed up late to Michael Cohen’s son’s bar mitzvah — then humiliated him in front of all the guests
- Feds seized more than a dozen of Michael Cohen’s phones
- Cohen Search Warrant Paperwork
- Cohen Search Warrant Paperwork Part 2
- SDNY Filing using Trump’s own words against him
- Cohen told associates he expected to be Trump’s first chief of staff: report | TheHill
- Response to Cohen Declaration.pdf
Cohen’s defense was shot out of the sky. His hopes and dreams crushed like a can of Pepsi. He’s looking at serious jail time, and the person he’s been loyal to more than anyone else throws him under the bus.
His only out is to flip. Not only can he deliver the President, but half of the scumbags and wanna be gangsters in New York.
- Wait, Did Stormy Daniels Lawyer Just Hint that a $1.6 Million Abortion Payout May Have Been for Trump and Not GOP Donor?
- Attorney Michael Avenatti hints $1.6 million abortion payout was for Trump — not GOP donor
“So, Mika, you are familiar with the fact that a week ago, Judge (Kimba) Wood ordered Michael Cohen’s attorneys to disclose all of his clients for the last three years,” Avenatti said, “and there were three clients listed — three clients listed. Do you recall which three?”
Brzezinski listed Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity and Republican donor Elliott Broidy — but Avenatti said she was making the same mistake everyone else had.
“No, no, no,” he said. “Mr. Trump, the Trump organization and Sean Hannity. Mr. Broidy was not disclosed in open court as one of Michael Cohen’s clients.”
Co-host Joe Scarborough asked the attorney what that meant.
“I think at some point we are going to find out, if in fact, the client in connection with the ($1.6 million) settlement was, in fact, Mr. Broidy. I’m going to leave it at that.”
Avenatti wouldn’t say it, but the implication seems clear.
Cohen negotiated a $1.6 million hush money payment to a Playboy model who became pregnant during an affair and then had an abortion.
News reports had identified Broidy as the client who agreed to pay the woman in installments over two years if she agreed to remain silent about the relationship — but Avenatti said Cohen’s lawyers ruled him out in open court.
That would leave Trump, or possibly Hannity, as the likely clients who arranged the payment.
Three clients. Trump, Hannity, and Trump Organization. Since it’s kind of difficult for a company to get a model pregnant, that narrows the list down a bit.
I’m not saying that Trump knocked up a model and used Elliot Broidy as a cut-out to pay her, but Michael Avenatti has been Johnny-on-the-Spot with all of his guesses.
- Stormy Daniels Lawer Michael Avenatti Says It’s ‘Bigly Bad’ That FBI ‘Imaged’ 16 Of Trump Attorney’s Cell Phones
- Stormy Daniels attorney: Trump comments on Cohen ‘hugely damaging’ | TheHill
- Michael Cohen Says He Will Take The Fifth In Stormy Daniels Suit : The Two-Way : NPR
- Trump made a “hugely damaging admission” that Cohen represented him in Stormy Daniels case, her lawyer says
“Michael would represent me, and represent me on some things. He represents me, like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me,” Trump said. “And you know from what I see, he did absolutely nothing wrong.”
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
- On Fox and Friends, Trump Says He Did Stay Overnight In Moscow – “I went to Russia for a day or so…of course I stayed there.”
- In long rant on ‘Fox & Friends’, Trump admits he stayed overnight in Moscow — alluding to the most salacious allegation in the Steele dossier
- In Bonkers Interview, Trump Threatens to Seize Control of Justice Department
- Comey: Trump’s attacks on citizens not normal
- Trump’s allies are drowning in legal fees from the Russia probes
- Fox News poll: Majority think Mueller will find Trump committed criminal or impeachable offenses
- Senate Judiciary Committee backs bill to protect special counsel Robert S. Mueller III from being fired by President Trump
- Senate panel approves bill to protect special counsel
The panel voted 14-7. All 10 Democrats on the committee, plus Thom Tillis, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, and Chuck Grassley.
- Jill Stein Defies Senate Intelligence Document Request, Calling It “Overbroad”
- Green Party’s Jill Stein refuses to turn over campaign documents to Senate intel committee
This Jill Stein.
- Former Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide
- Trump’s past comments about pleading the Fifth look pretty ominous now
- Trump Wants Presidential Elections to Be Decided by Popular Vote, Which He Lost
- As Trump tells Fox News that the Mueller probe is ‘horrible,’ a Fox poll shows that most Americans disagree – The Washington Post
- ‘This thing needs to conclude’: Jeff Sessions says Mueller probe is distracting Trump from ‘France and North Korea’
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS: CABINET CORRUPTION
- Ronny Jackson withdraws as nominee to lead Veterans Affairs after wave of misconduct allegations
- Trump VA pick withdraws nomination
Let’s see if Ronny still has a job when this all said and done.
- Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state, in a move Republicans hope will rebuild morale at the State Department
- Democrats Who Vote For Pompeo Will Disgrace Themselves and Their Party
- New Documents Show Pompeo Failed To Disclose Additional Business Ties To China
Somehow, he has a new job.
- The White House is abandoning Scott Pruitt
- Pruitt expected to field tough questions at pair of hearings on the Hill
How the fuck does he still have a job?
- Sen. Sherrod Brown says Mick Mulvaney should resign from consumer bureau over “pay to play” remarks
- Ethics experts say the FBI should investigate Mick Mulvaney for bribery
This mutha fucka acts like his job was to accept jobs.
- Warren: Trump administration is the ‘most corrupt ever’
- Report: Trump’s visits to Mar-a-Lago have run up a $7.7 million federal tab. So far.
- Trump’s biggest problem might be the competency question
Something that most Presidents had: a person whose job it was to find people who could actually do their jobs.
COLD WAR 2.0
- Top Trump Fundraiser Caught Working for Assad Ally
- Trump-Aligned Lobbying Firm Drops Assad-Linked Client
- Mattis, breaks with Trump, says Iran nuclear deal includes ‘robust’ verification – Iran Nuclear Deal
- The Washington Post: Amid Trump’s diplomatic thaw, Otto Warmbier’s parents sue North Korea for having ‘brutally tortured and murdered’ their son
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE
- Diamond and Silk say under oath they weren’t paid by Trump campaign; FEC filings say otherwise
- Diamond and Silk lie under oath during testimony before Congress
- Who are Diamond and Silk? How two small-town ex-Democrats found fame as ‘warriors’ for Trump.
- Twitter thread about Diamond and Silk
- FOX & Friends Shuts Down trump Interview As He Begins Ranting About Mueller
I have no clue who Diamand and Silk are. When I first heard their names, I thought about Prince’s twin singers/dancers Diamond and Pearl.
Imagine my confusion when, after rationalizing a possible reason why Prince’s old singers were testifying before Congress, when I clicked on an article and found that not only was I completely wrong, but horribly disappointed. I had “Sexy MF” ready to roll.
- Steve Bannon ordered messaging tested about Putin in 2014: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower
- Bannon directed Cambridge Analytica to research discouraging voter turnout, whistleblower says
- Facebook admits it did not read the terms of the app that harvested data of 87 million
- Steve Bannon ordered messaging tested about Putin in 2014: Cambridge Analytica whistleblower
- Democratic states move to restore net neutrality, defy FCC
- Snoop Dogg: Racist Trump Ignoring Waffle House Shooting
- Trump is the only American not praising Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. — who just happens to be black
- Trump’s silence on Waffle House shooting speaks volumes
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
- Comey: I’m embarrassed by Republican Party
- ‘The Stuff of Slumlords’: Ben Carson Unveils Plan to Triple Rent on Poor Americans Using Housing Assistance
- Now all four service chiefs have said they are okay with trans people in the military
- Hobby Lobby’s antigay lawyer is about to be rewarded with a lifetime appointment as a federal judge
- Nearly 60 Percent of Republicans Don’t Want a Woman President in Their lifetime, Poll Finds
- A new study confirms that support for Trump was driven by white fears, not economic anxiety – ThinkProgress
- New evidence shows critics of the Republican tax plan were right
- U.S. Sees First Net Private Employment Loss in Seven Years
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
- Bill Cosby convicted on three counts of sexual assault
- The Washington Post: Bill Cosby found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting woman at his estate in 2004
Licking the pudding pop takes on a whole different meaning in Cell Block D.
- Inside the world of ‘incels,’ the dark corner of the Internet linked to the suspect in the Toronto killings
- Disappearance of two Okla. girls stumped police for 18 years. Then they learned about the Polaroids.
- She stalked the Golden State Killer until she died. Some think her work led to the suspect’s arrest.
- Prosecutor of Patz’s Killer Takes Over Weinstein Inquiry – The New York Times
- The Washington Post: NBC News faces skepticism in remedying in-house sexual harassment
RED STATE TEACHER STRIKES
- Teacher Protests Spread to Colorado As Arizona Strike Begins
- ‘Backed Up Against a Wall,’ Arizona and Colorado Teachers Join Wave of Strikes to Demand Education Funding
- We Are Republican Teachers Striking in Arizona. It’s Time to Raise Taxes.
- ‘They are so underpaid’: School support staff scrape by on meager earnings
IN OTHER NEWS…
- Kremlingate Is Really Just Watergate for Morons—With Russians – Observer
- Eric Garland tweet about Kanye, Oprah showing up in the Paradise Papers
That’s it for today. It’s been a long day, and I’m relaxing by watching the NFL Draft. At this point, I watch out of tradition and withdraw from football, but I find it ridiculous how much hype and drama is associated with grown genetic freaks playing a children’s game. But the whole concept of the draft is nuts and completely anti-capitalistic.
Think about it. Companies from across the country select, in inverse order of their performance from the previous year, from a collection of employees that fill various positions. Salaries are predetermined, based on what order they were hired. The new hire has no choice but to relocate to the the city of the company that hired them, and they have no choice in where they work. If they refuse to sign a 4 year contract with their new company, then they aren’t allowed to work for the next year, and reenter the pool of eligible employees, to go through the process again. The company gets to choose whether they can exercise an option year on the contract, and if they’re really good, the company can force them into a contract extension for another year or two. By this point, the person has passed the average career length for their field, and likely will get little to no chance at freedom in choosing where they work. Meanwhile, the worst people in the hiring pool, the ones that don’t get selected, have some freedom as to where they go.
On top of all that, these new hires are expected to be the saviors of their companies. In no other field is the new college grad expected to know anything, let alone have the hopes and dreams of the entire company on their shoulders.
It’s funny and nuts at the same time.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur