Jeffrey Toobin on ‘Monumental’ Michael Cohen Guilty Plea: ‘He Implicated Donald Trump in a Federal Crime’

The conservative news aggregator Matt Drudge referred to it as “[President Donald] Trump Hell Hour.” But to CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, one development during the stunning 4 P.M. news blitz stood above the rest. “The thing that is of the most significance — and it is of immense significance — is that Michael Cohen implicated Donald Trump in a federal crime.” The CNN legal analyst was referring to the comments made in open court by the president’s longtime lawyer and fixer — who pleaded guilty to 8 counts of bank fraud, tax evasion, and campaign finance violations. Cohen admitted to paying off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal “at [the] direction” of Trump. “This brings the scandal right to the door of the White House,” Toobin said. So often, many analysts, including Toobin, have sought to compare modern happenings to events which took place during Watergate. Continue reading "Jeffrey Toobin on ‘Monumental’ Michael Cohen Guilty Plea: ‘He Implicated Donald Trump in a Federal Crime’"

Trump Advisor Larry Kudlow Hosted White Nationalist Publisher at His Birthday Bash

Trump advisor Larry Kudlow hosted the publisher of a white nationalist website at his home over the weekend, according to a Washington Post report. Just one day after President Donald Trump‘s speechwriter Darren Beattie was fired from the White House after a CNN inquiry into his attendance at the 2016 H.L. Mencken Club conference —  a conference frequented by white nationalists —  Kudlow hosted Peter Brimelow, a publisher of white nationalist content, at his birthday bash. Brimelow was not only in attendance at the same H.L. Mencken Club conference as Beattie, he was also on the same panel.  Brimelow, who once wrote for such outlets as Dow Jones and National Review, has for the past two decades devoted himself to an anti-immigration site known as Vdare.com. Yet, he has in the past rejected the label “white nationalist but has admitted his anti-immigration site, “certainly publish a few writers I Continue reading "Trump Advisor Larry Kudlow Hosted White Nationalist Publisher at His Birthday Bash"

The Five Downplays Cohen and Manafort News: ‘These Two Guys Don’t Affect People’s Lives’

On what is likely going to be considered one of the most enormous news days of the year, The Five missed an opportunity to speak much needed nutritious truth to power, instead choosing to serve up the conservative comfort food for which its viewers reliably count on. What happened today? Oh, only the plea deal made by Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen in which he not only admitted guilty to campaign finance violations but more importantly, DIRECTLY IMPLICATED  the sitting president of the United States. And there is also the news of former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort being found guilty of eight counts of financial fraud. By any objective measure, today has been a disastrous political day for President Trump, and could even be just a disastrous legal day that could lead to the end of the Trump administration. So how did The Five report the news? Diminutive cable news host Greg Continue reading "The Five Downplays Cohen and Manafort News: ‘These Two Guys Don’t Affect People’s Lives’"

Chuck Todd: ‘This Could Be Most Consequential Day of the Trump Presidency’

“It’s all happening,” said Chuck Todd at the outset of MTP: Daily Tuesday on MSNBC. And indeed, it was. Simultaneously during the 4 P.M. ET hour on Tuesday, President Donald Trump‘s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on fraud charges, and his former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts including campaign finance violations. And most damning of all, Cohen directly implicated the president during his plea in open court, saying that he helped pay off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal “at [the] direction” of Trump. “We begin tonight with breaking news,” Todd said. “And it’s all crumbling on top of the president’s head.” In an administration with so many eventful days, it would seem understandable that Todd would proclaim any single one of them to be the most crucial. But the NBC News political director didn’t shy away from making the statement on Continue reading "Chuck Todd: ‘This Could Be Most Consequential Day of the Trump Presidency’"

Prosecutors Rip Michael Cohen’s ‘Lies’ After He Pleads Guilty to Paying Off Women to Influence 2016 Election

The prosecution in the case against Michael Cohen spoke at a press conference on Tuesday after the former Trump lawyer plead guilty to multiple counts of campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud. The prosecution explained that Cohen plead guilty to paying off porn actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal “at the direction of” Trump, with “the purpose of influencing the 2016 election.” “These are very serious charges and reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over an extended period of time,” the prosecution said. “Cohen… decided that he was above the law, and for that he is going to pay a very, very serious price.” Watch above, via Fox News.

Fox News Airs Flashback of Rudy Giuliani Saying Hush Money Payments Had Nothing to do With Campaign

In the flurry of news this afternoon regarding Michael Cohen‘s plea deal, and the revelation that he implicated “a candidate for federal office” in directing his activities paying women to remain silent about having affairs with Donald Trump, Fox News Channel’s Ed Henry played a clip with a timely reminder of current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani‘s prior denial of wrongdoing. “This is the first time you see anyone in the president’s orbit pleading guilty to charges directly involved in the 16 campaign,” Ed Henry noted, as he listed the details of the situation so far. Henry was listing the potential problems arising for Trump from the admission. Among them, prior statements. “Remember that this development really contradicts what his new personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told our own Sean Hannity back in May,” he said. “Remember that Giuliani said back then that the president made the 130,000 payment to Continue reading "Fox News Airs Flashback of Rudy Giuliani Saying Hush Money Payments Had Nothing to do With Campaign"