Senate Intel Chair Tees Off on Cohen for Testimony Delay: ‘Any Goodwill’ Is Gone


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The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has reportedly found no direct evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, had expected to hear from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen today, but his closed-door testimony got postponed yesterday. Lanny Davis said yesterday it’s being postponed for “post-surgery medical needs.” (Cohen recently had minor shoulder surgery.) Intel Committee Chair Richard Burr spoke to reporters today and said that the committee’s patience is wearing thin:
“I can assure you that any goodwill that might have existed in the committee with Michael Cohen is now gone.”
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Fox News Freaks Out Over Proposed Removal of ‘So Help You God’ From House Committee Oath


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Fox News is freaking out over a draft proposal to remove the words “so help you God” from the oath given to congressional witnesses, but they seem to have missed an arguably more telling change. On Tuesday night’s edition of Hannity, host Sean Hannity railed against a draft proposal by the House Committee on Natural Resources to strike the phrase from the witness oath. “The left is trying to erase what has been our Judeo-Christian principles,” Hannity declared, and added that “Democrats are actually moving to strike the words ‘So help you god’ from the oath. This reads like a playbook for a strong arm socialist takeover of some banana republic.” Other Fox News programs followed suit, running nine segments on the proposed rule change. Then, on Wednesday morning’s edition of America’s Newsroom, co-host Bill Hemmer asked Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) — who is a member of the Continue reading "Fox News Freaks Out Over Proposed Removal of ‘So Help You God’ From House Committee Oath"

Michael Cohen Set to Testify Before House Intel Committee in Closed Hearing


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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has now agreed to give closed testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. Cohen postponed his planned testimony last week out of concerns about threats to his family. But this afternoon, Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced in a statement that Cohen will be testifying to the committee behind closed doors on February 8th. “Mr. Cohen has relayed to the Committee his legitimate concerns for his own safety as well as that of his family,” Schiff said, “which have been fueled by improper comments made by the President and his lawyer… We will continue to work with Mr. Cohen and law enforcement in order to protect Mr. Cohen and his family.” [image via HECTOR RETAMAL / Continue reading "Michael Cohen Set to Testify Before House Intel Committee in Closed Hearing"

Cohen Advisor Lanny Davis Says Giuliani is ‘Mentally Unstable’: You Can See it ‘In His Face’


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Lanny Davis, legal adviser to former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, is not only doubling down on his claims of witness intimidation against Rudy Giuliani, he’s calling the former New York mayor “mentally unstable.” Appearing on MSNBC Thursday, Davis — whose client, Cohen, has postponed his testimony before a House subcommittee which was slated for Feb. 7 — accused Giuliani of employing mob tactics to keep Cohen from visiting Capitol Hill. “Mr. Giuliani, you attack [Cohen’s] father-in-law and allude to him being a criminal because he’s from the Ukraine,” Davis said. “This is classic mob technique, to send a signal to the individual who Mr. Trump has called a rat for telling the truth. Now, that word rat comes directly out of organized crime. It’s also a signal to other inmates in a potential prison situation.” Video from Giuliani’s appearance on CNN this past Sunday Continue reading "Cohen Advisor Lanny Davis Says Giuliani is ‘Mentally Unstable’: You Can See it ‘In His Face’"

Michael Cohen Receives Subpoena from Senate Intel Committee to Testify Next Month


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After announcing Wednesday that he would not be appearing voluntarily before a Congressional hearing, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has received a subpoena to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee in mid-February. President Donald Trump has publically voiced criticism directed towards both Cohen and Cohen’s father-in-law and has even gone so far as suggesting a criminal investigation into alleged wrong-doings. This has been viewed by many as “witness tampering” which was a point made by Lanny Davis, Cohen’s former attorney, during an appearance Thursday on Good Morning America:
“When the President of the United States indisputably intimidates and obstructs justice to prevent a witness from testifying is an order, so is a federal investigation investigation of Rudy Giuliani for witness tampering. Calling out a man’s father-in-law and wife in order to intimidate the witness is not fair game.”
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Lanny Davis Accuses Rudy Giuliani of Witness Tampering Former Client Michael Cohen


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On Thursday, Michael Cohen‘s former attorney, Lanny Davis, made criminal accusations against President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani over Cohen’s postponed testimony before Congress. Davis spoke to George Stephanopoulos about how Cohen cited concern for his family’s physical well-being when he announced pushback of his upcoming congressional hearing. Davis said Cohen isn’t afraid of the “partisan hack questions” he’d face from Republicans, but said the House has an “obligation” to bring a “resolution of censure” against Trump and Giuliani for their recent, threatening comments towards the Cohen family.
“When the President of the United States indisputably intimidates and obstructs justice to prevent a witness from testifying is an order, so is a federal investigation investigation of Rudy Giuliani for witness tampering. Calling out a man’s father-in-law and wife in order to intimidate the witness is not fair game.”
Davis argued that the basis of Cohen’s fear is Continue reading "Lanny Davis Accuses Rudy Giuliani of Witness Tampering Former Client Michael Cohen"

Ari Melber Assembles Corsi, Nunberg, Carter Page, and Michael Caputo for One Bizarre Russia Probe Panel


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Jerome Corsi. Sam Nunberg. Carter Page. Michael Caputo. All on the same cable news panel. If that sounds bizarre to you, it pretty much is. MSNBC’s Ari Melber assembled those four players in the Russia probe together tonight and it went about as well as you would expect. Melber went down a list of questions for all four of them regarding Robert Mueller‘s investigation, whether they think it’s a witch hunt, and whether they consider any of the indictments or guilty verdicts Mueller has gotten so far to be legitimate. They also briefly weighed in on Michael Cohen, given his concern about threats against his family, with Caputo saying at one point Cohen is “doing whatever Mueller tells him to do.” Melber got some details from them about their questioning and who they were asked about in particular, which included Roger Stone. You can watch the first Continue reading "Ari Melber Assembles Corsi, Nunberg, Carter Page, and Michael Caputo for One Bizarre Russia Probe Panel"

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Trump and Giuliani Were ‘Trying to Intimidate’ Cohen… And They ‘Succeeded’


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Michael Cohen is postponing his congressional testimony, citing threats from President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, and CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger said today the two of them have basically succeeded. Wolf Blitzer asked if Democrats are going to subpoena Cohen to appear before the Oversight Committee. Borger noted how it’s not clear yet what they want to do, but that Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) clearly things “there’s a larger issue here.” She elaborated:
“In a way, you can really say that Rudy Giuliani and the president succeeded today, because what they wanted was for Cohen to postpone, delay, or cancel his testimony or try to cancel it. And that is exactly what he did. So, you know, I don’t think it was, you know, just by chance that Donald Trump was out there mentioning his father in law, that they were mentioning his wife. They were Continue reading "CNN’s Gloria Borger: Trump and Giuliani Were ‘Trying to Intimidate’ Cohen… And They ‘Succeeded’"

Stormy Daniels Tweets Message to Michael Cohen for Postponing Testimony: ‘I’ll Loan You Some of My Balls’


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Stormy Daniels today publicly weighed in on Michael Cohen postponing his upcoming testimony to Congress, citing “threats” against his family from President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Daniels, who opened up last year about threats against her, tweeted to Cohen, “Are you fucking serious, Mikey?! What about MY family? You gave zero shits about my baby.” She went on to encourage him to not back down and even said, “I’ll loan you some of my balls, hold your hand, or whatever else you need to do the right thing.”

President Trump: Michael Cohen Has ‘Only Been Threatened By the Truth’


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President Donald Trump says Michael Cohen has “only been threatened by the truth” in light of the news that his former personal attorney is backing out of his upcoming Congressional hearing. Cohen is postponing his testimony before Congress, citing threats to his family from Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Cohen was expected to face questions about his claim that Trump ordered him to break campaign finance law in the 2016 election, and also why did he lie to Congress about the timeline of negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow. During a poll spray at the White House, Trump responded to the news by saying that “he’s only been threatened by the truth.” “He doesn’t want to do that probably for me or other of his clients,” Trump said. “He has other clients also, I assume. He doesn’t want to tell the truth for me or his other clients. Thank you very Continue reading "President Trump: Michael Cohen Has ‘Only Been Threatened By the Truth’"

Katy Tur: Michael Cohen ‘Feels Like His Family is Being Put in Jeopardy’ by Trump


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Following the news that Michael Cohen‘s congressional hearing will be postponed, MSNBC’s Katy Tur reported that the family of Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer is afraid for their safety because of the president’s recent rhetoric. Cohen attorney Lanny Davis said his client is pushing back his testimony in light of threatening comments from Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Since Trump has been going after Cohen’s wife and his father-in-law lately with unspecified criminal allegations, Tur cited a source close to Cohen’s family on Wednesday and said they are concerned for their physical well-being if they attend his congressional session. “Michael Cohen feels like his family is being put in jeopardy by the President of the United States, that the president is trying to intimidate his testimony,” Tur said. “I’ve been told Michael Cohen’s wife has become so nervous that she’s worried about physically showing up at Capitol Hill for Continue reading "Katy Tur: Michael Cohen ‘Feels Like His Family is Being Put in Jeopardy’ by Trump"

WATCH: Maddow Lays Out What Mueller’s Response to BuzzFeed Could Mean For Russia Investigation


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After the rare statement from Robert Mueller’s team in response to BuzzFeed News’s botched report last night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow took a look back at the few other times the special counsel has publicly discussed the investigation to explain what their most recent comments could mean. Mueller’s spokesman Peter Carr released a statement last night calling BuzzFeed’s story on Trump allegedly instructing Michael Cohen to lie to Congress “not accurate,” one of only three public statements from the special counsel, according to Maddow. “I have on the air previously expressed envy and jealousy for Peter Carr because that seems like a great job if you’re a spokesman for the special counsel’s office,” Maddow observed. “Your job is to never say anything, right? The special counsel’s office almost never makes public comments.” She continued by detailing the other public comments from the special counsel’s office. One of which involves Continue reading "WATCH: Maddow Lays Out What Mueller’s Response to BuzzFeed Could Mean For Russia Investigation"

If BuzzFeed’s ‘Bombshell’ Is ‘Not Accurate’, Then Why Did Cohen Lie to Congress about a Trump Tower in Moscow?


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President Donald Trump’s string of amazing luck — his imitation of the Road Runner continually escaping from the media’s Wile E. Coyote — continued late Friday when Robert Mueller took the all too rare step of contradicting BuzzFeed’s “bombshell” report. In less than 24 hours, Trump went from being certain to be impeached (though probably not removed), to declaring total victory over the “Fake News!” media, which has been fecklessly incapable of making anything stick to him. Like most pundits I originally thought that, while hardly proven to be true, the BuzzFeed article appeared to be sound, and that Mueller must have extremely strong evidence that Michael Cohen lied to Congress at Trump’s direction. Part of why the story seemed solid was that, unlike with what happened recently with a dubious McClatchy report claiming Cohen (or at least his cellphone) was in Prague in 2016, neither Cohen himself, Continue reading "If BuzzFeed’s ‘Bombshell’ Is ‘Not Accurate’, Then Why Did Cohen Lie to Congress about a Trump Tower in Moscow?"

Fox News’ Ed Henry Goes Off After Statement from Mueller Office: ‘Critics of the President Should Wake Up’


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Fox News’ Ed Henry went on a tear against the media tonight after Robert Mueller‘s office put out a statement disputing BuzzFeed’s report about President Donald Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie. Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said tonight, “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.” BuzzFeed is standing by its reporting. Henry noted to Tucker Carlson tonight what a rarity it is to hear from Mueller’s office, before bringing up how much coverage there was in the past 24 hours about this report. “As a reporter, I’m getting kind of angry about this,” he said. At one point he told Carlson the press should push back when Trump attacks “fake news,” but that things like this only give him fodder:
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CNN’s Erin Burnett on Statement from Mueller’s Office: ‘It Sounds Pretty Terrible for BuzzFeed’


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The news that Robert Mueller‘s office put out a statement disputing BuzzFeed’s big Michael Cohen report shocked pretty much everyone tonight, and on CNN Erin Burnett said it doesn’t look good for BuzzFeed. Mueller’s office rarely puts out statements, but in response to the report that got so much pick-up since last night, spokesman Peter Carr sent out a statement saying, “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.” CNN political correspondent Sara Murray told Burnett it’s remarkable they would have put this statement out in the first place, but said this is a “very different kind of story.” Former US district attorney Harry Sandick said Mueller’s office likely felt an obligation to “correct the record” and keep people from being “misled.” Burnett then said, “We Continue reading "CNN’s Erin Burnett on Statement from Mueller’s Office: ‘It Sounds Pretty Terrible for BuzzFeed’"

BREAKING: Mueller’s Office Disputes BuzzFeed Report Trump Told Cohen to Lie, Says Description ‘Not Accurate’


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On Friday night, Buzzfeed posted an update to their explosive report noting that the Special Counsel’s office had disputed their own reporting that President Donald Trump had directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie in front of Congress. In a rare public statement, the Special Counsel called the description inaccurate. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” a spokesperson for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office, Peter Carr, said, according to the update. On Thursday, Buzzfeed reported that not only did Trump direct Cohen to lie, he also supported a plan to visit Russia during the presidential campaign.
President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement Continue reading "BREAKING: Mueller’s Office Disputes BuzzFeed Report Trump Told Cohen to Lie, Says Description ‘Not Accurate’"

Preet Bharara Urges Caution on BuzzFeed Trump-Cohen Report: ‘The Stakes Are So High’


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Former US Attorney and CNN senior legal analyst Preet Bharara said tonight we should be cautious about the BuzzFeed report on President Donald Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie about the Trump Tower Moscow project. Last night when the news broke Bharara tweeting that he’s reserving judgment until more proof comes out: On CNN tonight, he spoke with Wolf Blitzer about the report and said if it’s true, “it’s bad news for the Trump presidency.” However, he expressed caution and said people should wait for more:
“If they can prove to a lot of people beyond a reasonable doubt that Donald Trump really did direct this lying and he suborned perjury, then Continue reading "Preet Bharara Urges Caution on BuzzFeed Trump-Cohen Report: ‘The Stakes Are So High’"

Chuck Todd Presses Lanny Davis on BuzzFeed Report: If It’s Untrue, Don’t You Have Obligation to Say So?


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Michael Cohen legal advisor Lanny Davis spoke with NBC News’ Chuck Todd this afternoon and repeatedly emphasized they have no comment on the bombshell BuzzFeed News report. Davis would not confirm or deny that President Donald Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, despite Todd repeatedly trying to get an answer. “If this story is true, it’s going to lead to the impeachment of a sitting President of the United States,” he said. “If this story is not true, don’t you think you have an obligation to tell us it’s not true?” Davis said he not only wants to follow hie client’s instructions, but to “honor and respect Bob Mueller.” “As much as the media would like Michael to say ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ ‘maybe’ about a story, anything to do with the Mr. Mueller investigation he does not want to comment on, nor Continue reading "Chuck Todd Presses Lanny Davis on BuzzFeed Report: If It’s Untrue, Don’t You Have Obligation to Say So?"

Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld: ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ If BuzzFeed Report on Trump is True


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Fox News pundit Greg Gutfeld said “it doesn’t matter” if a report that President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress — a potential felony — is true, because his critics just want “one thing to stick” to the president. BuzzFeed News dropped a bombshell story Thursday night that reported Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump tower in Moscow. Cohen has plead guilty to lying under oath about the deal. If the BuzzFeed News report is true, it would prove that Trump directed Cohen to commit a felony — which could be an impeachable offense. “It doesn’t matter if the story is true or not,” Gutfeld said on The Five. “Because it was originally about collusion and it’s not even about that anymore.” Gutfeld added the current reporting on Trump is an effort “to get one thing Continue reading "Fox News Host Greg Gutfeld: ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ If BuzzFeed Report on Trump is True"

Chris Wallace on BuzzFeed Report: ‘Very Disturbing’ If True, But Take It With ‘A Giant Block of Salt’


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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace reacted to BuzzFeed’s bombshell reporting with some skepticism. On America’s Newsroom, Wallace said if it’s true, President Donald Trump telling Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project would be “very disturbing” and is “the kind of thing that could get you impeached.” However, Wallace expressed serious skepticism about the report, saying, “I don’t know whether the story is true or not, and I would take it with a giant grain of salt––I guess you can’t have a giant grain, a giant block of salt.” “If it’s true, it’s a big deal,” he concluded. “If it’s not true, it’s a big deal because it’s going to make the press look really stupid.” You can watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab]