Media is About to Make the Same Mistake With Michael Avenatti That They Made With Trump

Coming off a trip to Iowa — aka the “land of nascent political ambitions” — personal attorney to adult film stars Michael Avenatti is talking about a presidential bid. Instead of dismissing this as a publicity stunt, the political media class appear to be ignoring what many would call folly, continuing to provide precious airtime to the publicity hound. In doing so, they may very well be making the same mistake they made in the run-up to the last general election…just like how Trump was treated by the media early on in his long-shot bid. There is no denying it’s been quite a year for the California-based attorney, largely due to his public litigation of the Stormy Daniels affair and allegations that President Donald Trump was involved in a pay-off to keep his alleged extramarital affair with the adult film actress out of the public sphere. In the months since that story broke Continue reading "Media is About to Make the Same Mistake With Michael Avenatti That They Made With Trump"

Trump Retweets Michael Cohen Refuting Omarosa Claim That Trump Ate Paper

In a bizarre turn of events, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen tweeted out that Omarosa Manigault Newman‘s claim that President Donald Trump ate paper was entirely spurious – and the president retweeted it. It’s weird enough that Cohen felt the need to defend his old client even though he’s under investigation by the Southern District of New York and has taped Trump saying potentially incriminating things – and Cohen’s lawyer has promised there are more tapes. What’s even weirder is that Trump acknowledged the gesture and retweeted it to the rest of his followers. Is it important to Continue reading "Trump Retweets Michael Cohen Refuting Omarosa Claim That Trump Ate Paper"

Michael Cohen Denies Omarosa’s Claim Trump Ate a Piece of Paper: ‘I Saw NO Such Thing’

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is making one thing clear: he never saw the President of the United States pop a wad of paper in his mouth in the Oval Office and eat it. The ridiculous denial comes after former Trump staffer and reality star villain Omarosa Manigault made the even more ridiculous paper munching claim in her new book, UNHINGED. Here is Manigault’s account, as published by the Washington Post:
“I saw him put a note in his mouth. Since Trump was ever the germaphobe, I was shocked he appeared to be chewing and swallowing the paper. It must have been something very, very sensitive.”
In response, members of the media have been contacting Cohen to see he ever saw Trump popping paper. “LTo the many dozens of #journalists who called me, questioning @OMAROSA claim in her new book that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump took a note from me, Continue reading "Michael Cohen Denies Omarosa’s Claim Trump Ate a Piece of Paper: ‘I Saw NO Such Thing’"

Judge Napolitano: It’s ‘Egregiously Unfair’ to Trump That His Conversations With Cohen Are Not Protected

Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano says its its “egregiously unfair” to President Donald Trump that special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation has ballooned to the size it has. Napolitano spoke to Harris Faulkner on Tuesday about news reported by the Wall Street Journal that federal authorities are investigating former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen for alleged tax fraud. The Fox judicial analyst wasn’t particularly surprised by the news, saying Cohen probably spent weeks talking to Mueller and investigators about this before it became public knowledge. Napolitano added that the investigation has become “a lot larger than anybody imagined at the time that Jeff Sessions recused himself,” and the attorney general “should not have accepted the appointment” to his position knowing he’d have to recuse himself in this case.
“In a sense, this is egregiously unfair to the president that they have now ensnared his own lawyer in conversations that he, the Continue reading "Judge Napolitano: It’s ‘Egregiously Unfair’ to Trump That His Conversations With Cohen Are Not Protected"

Michael Cohen is Now Reportedly Under Investigation for Tax Fraud

As Michael Cohen continues to deal with a variety of legal troubles, a new report indicates he’ll have to add alleged tax fraud to the list. The Wall Street Journal reports that New York City federal prosecutors are investigating the possibility Donald Trump‘s former personal attorney underreported his taxi-medallion business income in his tax returns. This news comes as federal prosecutors are still investigating Cohen over his questionable dealings, alleged bank fraud, and possible violations of campaign finance law when he paid off Stormy Daniels in 2016. A source close to the investigation suggests Cohen might’ve tried to conceal hundreds of thousands of dollars he received through various payments in the last five years. Authorities also want to know how Cohen got the financing for his business, since it’s possible he overstated the value of his collateral assets and obtained bank loans without proper documentation. From WSJ:
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Hmmm… Why Does Sean Hannity Seem So Hesitant to Criticize Michael Cohen?

It is unquestioned that, since nearly the start of his presidential run, President Donald Trump’s most consistent and aggressive media defender is Fox News and talk radio host Sean Hannity. Hannity has even gone to the insane lengths of accusing murder victim Seth Rich of having been killed, presumably by the DNC, because the Democratic aide supposedly gave the party’s emails to WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign (he didn’t). In short, there has been no issue too absurd, or position too hypocritical, for Hannity to immediately dive into the fight on behalf of the man who reinvigorated his media career by injecting his shows with ratings steroids. That is, until Michael Cohen recently appeared to “flip” on Trump. In the last week, it has been revealed that Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, secretly taped Trump during the height of the presidential campaign, and that he is willing to Continue reading "Hmmm… Why Does Sean Hannity Seem So Hesitant to Criticize Michael Cohen?"

Fox News’ Outnumbered is Perplexed That Trump Would Hire ‘Shady Dudes’ Like Manafort, Cohen

Fox News’ Outnumbered opened up on Tuesday with a discussion about why President Donald Trump ever thought it was a good idea to employ people like his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, and former personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Trump and his legal team have been slamming his former personal attorney for the last few days, particularly because of Cohen’s claims about what POTUS knew about Donald Trump Jr.’s infamous 2016 Russian lawyer meeting. Manafort, meanwhile, was indicted on felony charges last year, and then sent to jail for witness tampering. The president’s defenders have emphasized the fact that the former campaign chairman’s trial for alleged bank and tax fraud does not implicate Trump. Lawrence Jones was today’s #OneLuckyGuy on Outnumbered, and he raised questions about the special counsel’s involvement in the Manafort prosecution, even if the guy is “shady.” “If he wasn’t the president’s campaign manager, Continue reading "Fox News’ Outnumbered is Perplexed That Trump Would Hire ‘Shady Dudes’ Like Manafort, Cohen"