Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Manafort/Cohen Go Down: The Day America Struck Back

Mod: When they write the history of our troubled times, yesterday will go down as a major turning point. The Trumplers can howl about "witch hunts" all that they want, but the first verdicts are now in, and Robt. Mueller has won a crushing victory for us all. 

Paul Manafort Found Guilty In First Trial Test Of Mueller Probe (Huffington Post link): Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty on Tuesday on eight counts including five tax fraud charges he faced at trial here. However, the judge declared a mistrial on 10 other charges that Manafort, 69, faced in connection with allegations of tax and bank fraud after jurors could not reach a consensus on them.

Jurors heard extensive testimony about Manafort’s tax-free spending on luxury goods and efforts to defraud banks. The verdict came after the jury had indicated earlier in the day that they were deadlocked on at least one count.

In addition to the guilty verdict on five tax fraud charges, the jury found Manafort responsible for two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to report foreign bank and financial accounts.

Manafort faces a maximum of 80 years in prison from the eight charges he was found guilty of Tuesday. The verdict marked yet another victory for the special counsel team being led by Robert Mueller, which faced its first trial after securing a string of guilty pleas from Trump campaign associates.

Michael Cohen pleads guilty, implicates Trump (CNN link): Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court Tuesday to eight criminal counts, admitting that "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office" he acted to keep information that would have been harmful to the candidate and the campaign from becoming public during the 2016 election cycle.

The charges against Cohen, an attorney for Trump until earlier this year and a member of his inner circle throughout his presidential campaign, bring an end to a months-long investigation by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. And they expose, through the criminal information filed against Cohen in court, that he acted with Trump and his allies, including David Pecker, the CEO of the National Enquirer's publisher, American Media Inc., to suppress potentially damaging claims against the now-President.

Though Trump himself isn't named, the court filing refers to an Individual-1, who by January 2017 had become president of the United States.

The counts against Cohen included tax fraud, false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations tied to his work for Trump, including payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate that were designed to silence women who claimed affairs with the then-candidate.

Though not named in the plea deal filed in court, the women whom Cohen helped silence were two who have since gone public with their claims of sexual encounters or affairs with Trump: a porn star named Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name Stormy Daniels, and a former Playboy model named Karen McDougal. Trump has denied the claims.

Trump is powerless as his legal fate spins out of his control (CNN Politics link): President Donald Trump may no longer control his fate, a plight that helps explain his increasingly volcanic Twitter eruptions. Trump's persona -- in politics, business and life -- relies on his self-image as the guy who calls the shots, closes deals and forces others to react to the shock moves of a master narrative weaver.

But as a legal web closes around the President, he's in a far weaker position than he would like, a situation especially underlined by the bombshell revelations that White House counsel Donald McGahn has spent 30 hours in interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump reacted to a media frenzy over the McGahn revelations in characteristic fashion: by launching a new Twitter assault on Mueller, taking new shots at his new nemesis John Brennan and diverting attention with newsy comments on the Federal Reserve.

But sources told CNN on Monday that the President was unsettled that he didn't know the full extent of McGahn's testimony and had remained agitated through the weekend, believing the latest developments made him look weak.

Trump's company approved $420,000 in payments to Cohen, relying on 'sham' invoices, prosecutors say (MSN link): 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.

That included a $130,000 payment Cohen had made to adult-film star Stormy Daniels so she would remain silent about an alleged affair with Trump, according to the court documents. Trump executives decided Cohen should be paid more than he sought — an additional $360,000 for expenses and other fees and taxes, plus a $60,000 bonus, prosecutors said.

The involvement of Trump’s company in the hush-money payments has been previously reported, but Tuesday’s documents, released as part of Cohen’s plea deal with federal prosecutors, offered the most detailed accounting yet of the payments and the machinations inside the president’s company over how they were made.

Omarosa Says Trump Asked Cohen To Protect Him From Melania (Politicus USA link): Trump’s bad day gets even worse as Omarosa dropped a new tape and told Chris Matthews that Trump asked Michael Cohen to protect him from his wife.

 After playing the tape of Cohen aboard Trump’s campaign plane in September 2016, Chris Matthews asked Omarosa, “Do you know the president told him to lie for the purpose of paying off those women that it was really a campaign contribution?” Omarosa answered, “I can’t say if he asked him to lie, but he certainly asked him to protect Donald Trump, to protect him from his wife and the country and help him get elected.”

Omarosa brought up an interesting point. Trump wasn’t just using Cohen to win an election. He was also trying to protect himself from his wife finding out about his affairs. Trump likes to pretend like he is a strong man, but a real strong man would never cheat on his wife. Only a truly weak and insecure man would cheat like Trump has and then go to the lengths that he did to cover it up.

Michael Cohen is going to jail in part because Donald Trump is afraid of his wife and too immature to face the consequences of his own actions. Trump tried to hide his affairs from his wife and the entire country, and resulting criminal conspiracy could run him out of office and send him to prison.

Donald Trump Impeachment Odds Surge Following Michael Cohen Plea Deal, Paul Manafort Verdict (Newsweek link): Betting enthusiasts jumped into action Tuesday following an extraordinary afternoon in which President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney pleaded guilty to eight charges, including campaign finance violations, and his former campaign chairman was found guilty on eight fraud charges. In the immediate aftermath of the simultaneous legal blockbusters, the odds on Trump being impeached before his first terms is over saw a significant surge.

On political prediction market PredictIt, the price on Trump being impeached rose five points, to 45 cents. The site allows users to buy “shares” and if the outcome comes true, all those who brought yes shares will get $1 back per share. The shares on Trump’s impeachment have not closed at a price that high in at least three months.

It was not only that Cohen, who described himself as operating as a “fixer” for Trump over more than a decade, pleaded guilty. Cohen directly implicated the president when stating in court that Trump directed him to make a payment to Stormy Daniels to ensure her silence about an alleged affair shortly before the 2016 election.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was paid $130,000 for the purpose, Cohen said, of influencing the election. While Trump originally denied that he knew about the payment, it later emerged that he reimbursed Cohen. The charges against Cohen also included arranging a payment to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who similarly claims she had an affair with Trump a decade earlier.

All the President’s Crooks (The New York Times link): From the start of the Russia investigation, President Trump has been working to discredit the work and the integrity of the special counsel, Robert Mueller; praising men who are blatant grifters, cons and crooks; insisting that he’s personally done nothing wrong; and reminding us that he hires only the best people.

On Tuesday afternoon, the American public was treated to an astonishing split-screen moment involving two of those people, as Mr. Trump’s former campaign chief was convicted by a federal jury in Virginia of multiple crimes carrying years in prison at the same time that his longtime personal lawyer pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to his own lengthy trail of criminality, and confessed that he had committed at least some of the crimes “at the direction of” Mr. Trump himself.

Let that sink in: Mr. Trump’s own lawyer has now accused him, under oath, of committing a felony.

Only a complete fantasist — that is, only President Trump and his cult — could continue to claim that this investigation of foreign subversion of an American election, which has already yielded dozens of other indictments and several guilty pleas, is a “hoax” or “scam” or “rigged witch hunt.”

Mod: One more. So who was it that chose Mike Pence to be Trump's Vice President?


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47 comments:

  1. Poll: Trump trails Biden, Sanders, Warren in potential 2020 matchups

    President Trump trails top Democrats in potential matchups of likely 2020 White House candidates, according to a new poll.

    The Politico/Morning Consult poll released early Wednesday found that Trump lags behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) by 12 points each.

    The president also trails 4 points behind Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) in the poll.

    Notably, however, Trump fails to secure more than 30 percent in any of those matchups, suggesting a large section of the population would be undecided in a matchup between Trump and a candidate with less name recognition in 2020.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign-polls/402960-poll-trump-trails-biden-sanders-warren-in-potential-2020-matchups

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  2. Michael Cohen's lawyer says he will not accept pardon from 'criminal' Donald Trump

    Michael Cohen's lawyer has said his client will refuse any pardon from Donald Trump, branding the US president a "criminal".

    Lanny Davis, who was hired by Mr Cohen last month, told National Public Radio Mr Trump's former attorney would "never" accept a pardon from "a man that he considers to be a corrupt and a dangerous person".

    "He has flatly authorised me to say under no circumstances would he accept a pardon from Mr Trump, who uses the pardon power in a way that no president in American history has ever used," he said.

    Mr Davis accused Mr Trump of using the power to "relieve people of guilt" for "political cronies" who "committed crimes", adding, "Mr Cohen is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man".

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/michael-cohen-donald-trump-pardon-trial-guilty-russia-investigation-a8502451.html

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  3. Michael Cohen Says He Arranged Payments to Women at Trump’s Direction

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/21/nyregion/michael-cohen-plea-deal-trump.html

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  4. More
    Aging
    Grifters
    Arrested

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  5. Can’t unsee that bikini pic
    🤢

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  6. Impeachment time.

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  7. It now appears the GOP/Republican Party are Melting - nice timing and just before the holidays too! Be sure to wave as Republican supporters and candidates go away to either prison or court rooms then prison. August 2018.

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  8. Rampant Trump Derangement Syndrome today.
    Simple is as simle does, when will the Lanny Davis- Omarosa tell all book be released on the New York best sellers lists on Choen and Manafort?
    How much will Omarosa and Lanny split proceeds with McDougal?
    Will the book sales be funneled through the Clinton Foundation?
    So many questions, the Muller investigation will keep the stories straight, after all this is a full time job for Obamas cilvil servants inside the beltway.

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    1. The real Trump derangement comes from those who continue to defend him in the face of all evidence.

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    2. 9:01 is a foreign terrorist

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    3. The Deep State is doing an excellent job!

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  9. 9:11 is on to something about 9:01.

    Casting aspersions about all sorts of people while the facts are Trump’s campaign manager and personal lawyer are now convicted felons. Worse- Trump is now proven to have lied while aboard Airforce1 that made secret payment to women he was cheating on his wife with.

    Trump lied to his wife and lied to the American Public. Yet 9:01 avoids these facts to spread unsubstantiated gossip about completely unrelated people?

    Normally one would think 9:01 was a fool, but it’s clear now that 9:01 is in some way being compensated to spread disinformation about Trump’s opponents.

    I’m calling you out.

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  10. America hit the trifecta yesterday - Manafort, Cohen, and Hunter the so-called Representative from San Diego. The bad part of this deal is Pence, but at least he's a grown-up.

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    1. The Duncan Hunter thing was surpising. Once upon a time, when I labeled myself a "Republican," I supported Duncan Hunter. A Marine Major who joined right after 9-11 -- what is more patriotic than that? Apparently, even Marines sellout to corruption. I'm starting to think our country is a big joke. Few know that Hunter is still a Reservist USMC Major -- so that Dishonorable Discharge that's probably coming is going to do some damage to him.

      Republican Party, for the exception of some (like maybe John McCain), has proven to be the sellout party. The Republican Party is the party of Russia, of uber-wealthy corporations, and of bigot/racism.

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    2. Don't forget too that the Republican Party is the party of the NRA - just look at all the contributions they make to the Republicans, so they can sell more guns, and then offer thoughts and prayers when another nutcase goes on a rampage.

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    3. I'm all for the NRA and the Constitutional Right that they fight for. It's just too bad that they only align themselves with the now crooked Republican Party -- as if this seems too intentional by design.

      Almost as if the system is designed to divide and conquer.

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  11. Trump's wall of lies is falling apart.

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  12. Manafort and Cohen are just the tip of the iceberg.

    No doubt Trump is guilty of campaign finance violations for the adultery payoffs, but the real juicy crimes involve his dealings with Russia—everything from conspiracy with foreign agents to win the election to money laundering and other financial entanglements with foreigners that formed the basis of his presidential run.

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  13. Red states should start erecting monuments featuring Trump and his family so that in a couple of years we can have fun tearing them down just like people of good will have been tearing down the monuments to other traitors.

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  14. Sad thing is that Trump's approval ratings, on average, are going up. IDK if even THIS Manafort/Cohen thing will put a stop to Trump's upward trend. I personally know very few people who like Trump -- so either people are supporting Trump behind closed doors, or these polls (Rasmussen, Gallup, etc.) are somehow rigged and/or hacked. If the polls are true, then have so many people become so numb to this insanity?? Are we, as a society, so easily fooled and numbed into the submission of what resembles an oligarchy/dictatorship??

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    1. 1/3rd of Republicans still believe Obama is a Muslim from Africa. 99% actually think their corporate masters will take care of them.

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  15. Good Morning 9:39am. My name is Monica Lewinsky and i will not be silenced.
    Not by you, and not by Netflix's female crusader Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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    1. Lewinsky? Never heard of you, sorry.

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    2. Only the desperate would dredge up decades old whataboutism, but since you do please keep in mind that Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about a bj.

      What then is the penalty for conspiring to commit election crimes, including crimes with foreign nationals, and engaging in money laundering?

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    3. The rest of his life in prison is my guess. They'll take away his cell phone as well. No more tweets.

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  16. Papadapoulos (Trump’s foreign policy advisor): guilty

    Flynn (Trump’s National security advisor): guilty

    Manafort (Trump’s campaign chair): guilty

    Gates (Trump’s campaign aide): guilty

    Cohen (Trump’s personal attorney): guilty

    Anyone who supports Trump now is guilty of collusion. Drain the swamp.



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  17. Sen John McCain a never Trumper, President Bush & Laura, even his dad President cop a feel ( its no secret why he is best buds with ole Lolitta's Billy Boy Clinton) are never Trumpers.
    Drain the Swamp.

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    1. Trump is the same swamp. That’s why he personally invited the Clintons to his wedding and pal’ed around with the Bushes back in the day.

      Trump played you sucker!!!!

      Never Trump

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  18. Its like you read my thoughts! You appear to grasp a lot approximately this, like you
    wrote the e book in it or something. I feel that you
    just can do with some % to pressure the message home a bit, but other
    than that, this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read. I will
    definitely be back.

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  19. All of this is OLD NEWS. How about something new?

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    1. Some of the Trumpers on here still think Teapot Dome was a set up.

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    2. Troll is so desperate today

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    3. True. Even more so than usual.

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    4. Troll is trying to dig up Checkers.

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    5. Hahah - good reference
      Wonder how many people remember the checkers speech

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  20. NYS investigators subpoenaed Cohen today in an investigation into the Trump Foundation’s possible violation of state tax and other laws.

    Are pardon-proof criminal charges forthcoming?

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  21. What is it going to cost the American taxpayer to provide protective services to Melania and son when she moves out of the WH permanently and to far off digs (no Trump tower for her) where she can hunker down until this is all over? On one level don't feel sorry for her one bit but on the other hand sad for her complete humiliation.

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    1. I think Donald will be so angry he will try to have her deported.

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    2. No wonder she chain-immigrated her parents in such a hurry.

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  22. 12:44pm. Gee, i dunno, why are you not asking Hillary Rodham Clinton your question.

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    1. I am sure she has some very interesting theories about Trump's corruption.

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    2. You’re getting a little stalky with that woman. Restraining order might be needed.

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    3. 2:05 refuses to live in the present.

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  23. I'm all for deportations of the 'trump' family members friends and supporters, ASAP to get rid of the stench.

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  24. Russian asbestos company uses trump’s face as branding: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/russian-asbestos-trump_face/

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  25. If Trump broke the law the get elected, it was a ticket Pres/VP so Pense goes too.

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