Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cohen Tape: Another Glorious Moment For Donald Trump

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Mod: Apparently dear leader Donald Trump doesn't know about things until it is proven that he does. At which time a whole new series of denials and claims are issued by the White House, which are then eventually disproven. On and on it goes. Here is yet another in a seemingly endless series of glorious Trump moments. We as a nation have much to be proud of.

Transcript of Cohen tape suggests Trump knew about model’s deal to sell story of alleged affair (Washington Post link): Donald Trump appeared familiar with a deal that a Playboy model made to sell the rights to her story of an alleged affair with him when Trump discussed the matter in September 2016 with his attorney Michael Cohen, according to a transcript of their conversation.

The transcript, which was provided by President Trump’s legal team, shows that the then-GOP presidential nominee does not register confusion or surprise when Cohen refers to a plan to purchase the rights to model Karen McDougal’s story from American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer.

AMI, whose chief executive is David Pecker, had signed a $150,000 deal with McDougal in August 2016 for her story, but never published it.

“Um, I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David,” Cohen says, according to the transcript.

“So what do you got to pay for this . . . one-fifty . . .” Trump says.

“Yes,” Cohen replies. “Um, and it’s all the stuff.”

On Tuesday night, Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani disputed the idea that the recording shows that Trump knew about the McDougal deal.

“It doesn’t,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. “That’s open to interpretation, and we can have a fight about that.”

“To me it sounds like Cohen is explaining something to [Trump] that he doesn’t understand,” Giuliani said, adding: “He doesn’t seem that familiar with anything. There is nothing to indicate he knew anything in advance.”

The president’s legal team released the transcript after one of Cohen’s attorneys, Lanny Davis, provided CNN with the audio of the tape — marking dramatic escalation of rhetoric and turn against Trump by the Cohen camp.

Davis told The Post that Cohen, who is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud and election law violations, decided to release the tape “following extensive discussions” with his lawyers about the timing and consequence of doing so.”

The Cohen team was pushed to act by statements Giuliani had made about Cohen’s role in the conversation, Davis said.

“It became necessary to rebut false statements,” he said. “We were not going to let Michael become a punching bag.”

When asked whether the Cohen team would release more recordings of Trump in the coming weeks, David said he would not comment, but acknowledged, “There are a lot of other tapes.”

Trump’s legal team does not believe that he was captured saying anything of substance on any other recording made by Cohen, according to people familiar with the material.

The Wall Street Journal first reported four days before the November 2016 election that McDougal had been paid by the National Enquirer. At the time, Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks called McDougal’s claims “totally untrue.”

“We have no knowledge of any of this,” she said.

The revelation of the existence of the recording last week showed for the first time that Trump knew of her claims and efforts to keep her quiet at least two months earlier.

Mod: The rest of the article is available at the link.

68 comments:

  1. I absolutely dont understand how anyone who is not a neo nazi or who considers himself/herself a good Christian can support this guy. Fact after fact, and his base is still there. Just think, if he actually did shoot someone, what excuses they would come up with.

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    1. They're not normal people--they're deplorables who worship celebrities and have been trained by movies to root for the mobster. They're racists who love the slavery provisions of their Bible--racism is OK with god in their little minds--and see the Russian Asset as a kindred spirit. They are not what might be considered by any stretch thinking or well adjusted people.

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    2. We are witnessing a genuine perversion of the truth.

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    3. There's a handy Chinese saying for what that fellow does: pointing at a deer and calling it a horse.

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    4. 8:15, disagree. They are normal. They are the products, along with everyone else, of the American educational system.

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    5. And they were given very poor choices to choose from in the last election.

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    6. You are blaming schools for Trump's use of prostitutes? What school did you go to?

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    7. That met be suggesting that Americans are bred by the Wright Wong fundamentalists and extremists like Betsy’s deVos to be dumb. Not to question. To be submissive and to feel worthless. To be exposed only to the little they want you to know.

      So they can emotionally control The public into voting against their own better interest

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  2. Pin head d.j.t. is still lying as much as his fat-rear will allow.

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  3. What is shocking about this story is how business as usual this conversation between Trump and Cohen sounds. It is like this is just another day at work.

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  4. We were proud of this Nation, even when Obama was President.
    We would continue to be proud of this Nation even if that nasty woman had been elected.

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    1. No one is buying what you’re giving away. Not even in your country

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  5. Continuous laughter directed towards the Tattler peanut gallery of blogers.
    Oh, the distain and rhetoric of hypocrisy, the whataboutism of President Clinton this country's first Presidential RAPIST.

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    1. Dumb Comrade doesn’t think we can see the whataboutism he tried to project.

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    2. Well, after trump when you’re president that’ll make three.

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  6. Russia Russia Russia, where is the collusion?

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    1. Take off the rose colored MAGA glasses and look at what everyone else sees.

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    2. Nice attempt to dodge paid troll

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  7. McDougal is gorgeous. You’re just jealous.

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    1. I have dated many beautiful women. Unlike Trump I never had to pay them. This is disgraceful behavior. His and your making excuses for him.

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    2. 8:46 - you mean to say Trump is as bad as Clinton? Oh my!

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    3. Did you contribute to cohens go fund me page?

      Moral coward

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  8. Joke of the day, 7:10am considers themself as Christian!

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  9. McDougal is for sale, name your price.

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    1. well trump bought and sold you
      but McDougal got more

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  10. 9:46am The School of Lolita.

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  11. Maybe Trump should have offered McDougal a cigar 9:45am.

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  12. Swine 9:12am. Of course you would name physical attributes as #1 in your ogling of women.

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  13. Trump is a stone cold creep.

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  14. If Trump isn't sent to Club Fed for treason it will only be because it was easier to ring him up for pimping.

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  15. Just goes to show you, you cant trust any attorney named Cohen, or Lanny Davis, for that matter of fact.
    Ethics vs Client privilege; does not exist, not with these guys, taped conversation? let's see Cohen's notes on that conversation.
    Perfectly unethical, no fraud or crime committed.
    Civil fraud ? Disbarrment ? Russian Collusion ?
    Washington's Swamp inside the Beltway.

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    1. Nobody wants to go to jail for Donald. They're all squealing.

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    2. “Melanie” as the president calls her can’t trust her husband

      Lock him up!!
      Impeach!!!

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  16. 9:32am are you speaking of Hillary and Bernie?

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    1. Get an English speaker to explain.

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    2. The ability to choose Bernie was taken off the table by Hillary.

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  17. 10:25am you mean like the great economy? and possibly NO TARIFFS...
    Free open trade world wide.

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  18. 10:29 am Let's Dialog. Treason? Would you care to expand?
    Pimping? Would you be a Clinton supporter?

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    1. Watch something besides Fox News and you'll know what the rest of the world knows.

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    2. Russian whataboutism.

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    3. Hehe paid troll

      No native English speaker says ‘let’s dialogue’

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  19. It's only about sex!
    ~ Practically every Dem I talked to about Bill & Monica

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    1. It's only about money!
      - Practically every woman Trump groped.

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    2. Russian whataboutism.

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  20. 9:45am. Todays dating scene, or just hooking up has changed.
    Innocents may be a lost social norm, hope not.
    Blame it on society making sex a weapon.
    If your date paid for her own dinner when you both were out together, than yes, you did not pay for sex.
    Project this offered apology in your direction if you both just shared a good night kiss or hand shake at the end of the "meeting".

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    1. For $150,000 you'd get a hell of a steak.

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  21. Yea, McDougal is like a female stocker, she had a hell of a steak and now she's groveling for more side dishes!

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    1. She found someone who pays a lot of money for sex.

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    2. You mean someone who posed for Playboy magazine is lacking in moral character? Say it ain't so.

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    3. “Stocker” indeed.
      Troll

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  22. The rest of the World knows there are no other Network's that report REAL NEWS,but FOX!

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    1. In other countries Fox is known as Sputnik or RussiaToday.

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    2. Yes, I remember the FOX ad campaign, when it claimed to be the "only one."
      If that doesn't alarm you, you have no grasp of history or pathology.

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    3. The rest of the world if Fox free. Fox even got shut down in the UK BECAUSE their fake news was proven

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  23. Off Topic but Important to those wishing to oppose the water rate increase this is important information.
    In the body of the letter, but not on the form that you fill in is the requirement that #6 you MUST write a statement of the specific rate change for water and/or sewer for which you protect. Without this statement, your protest will be TOSSED OUT. This Prop 218 process is a total FARCE. Would have been better if you had to say YES.

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    1. Thanks for the major catch. I re-read the instructions and that is correct.

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  24. Fooo, that was Vandenberg base this AM firing off a conmunications satellite, other countries are not able to view such a small satellite for better television viewing.
    Besides, other countries only watch FOX.

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    1. Fox was even voted Joseph Goebbel’s favorite news source!

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  25. Hey mod- the trolls seem to be out in full force today

    How many Russian page hits?

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  26. It's self, 1:46pm.

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  27. This 218 process form was created by the law firm, Coluntino.
    Of course it is designed so that the majoriety of protests will be tossed out.
    Don't you recall the first go around with Elaine and the Coluntino firm, they all were in the back room and tossing out forms faster than they were coming in.

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  28. Correction 2:04pm, as a Socialist, you would say, no one would want what you subsidized and paid for even if you gave it away.

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    1. Aww. Somebody's feelings were hurt.

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  29. Trolls get trumped again!

    Court: Emoluments Clause Applies To Trump And His Hotel Profits

    A landmark case arguing that Trump has violated the Constitution by accepting foreign government money is going forward.

    Drain yo’selves. Swamp trolls

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  30. Trump and his supporters are all traitors to the United States. They should all be separated from their families and locked up in cages.

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