Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti appeared on Morning Joe Thursday morning, and revealed that he is working with multiple women who told him that they were paid by Michael Cohen to keep quiet about affairs with Donald Trump. The Morning Joe panel grilled Avenatti over his claims, with Mika Brzezinski first asked if the women were “fully vetted.” Avenatti replied that he is currently vetting the womens’ claims, but that they are on “solid ground.” “My client was not alone as it relates to these payments,” Avenatti said. “Michael Cohen was not a 24 hour, 7 day a week fixer for the sole purpose of taking care of Stormy Daniels.” Daniels’ lawyer, who is representing the porn star in her case against the president over a nondisclosure agreement she signed to keep quiet about an alleged affair, said that these multiple women claim to have agreements with Continue reading "Michael Avenatti: I’m Working With More Women Who Say They Were Silenced Over Trump Affairs"
Chris Matthews and his Hardball panel got into it, Tuesday night, battling over the question of whether President Donald Trump should apologize for aide Kelly Sadler‘s closed-door comment about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) not mattering because “he’s dying anyway.” Republican strategist Adolfo Franco was the lone member of the panel to argue that Trump doesn’t owe an apology. “[H]e had he nothing to do with it,” Franco said. Democratic strategist Peter Emerson disagreed. “The problem is at the head,” Emerson said. Franco went back at Emerson — and the argument got heated from there. “Do you think the president of MSNBC should apologize for something Chris Matthews said?” Franco argued. “He’s responsible like a general or an admiral,” Emerson said. “He’s responsible for all his troops.” Matthews then referenced Trump’s comments about McCain not qualifying as a war hero because he was captured. Franco deemed that Continue reading "WATCH: Hardball Panel Gets Hot Battling Over Whether Trump Should Apologize For Aide’s McCain Remark"
Ari Melber put the question to Jay Goldberg right at the outset, during his Tuesday night interview on The Beat. Is Rudy Giuliani doing a good job? “I don’t think so,” said Goldberg — a longtime lawyer for President Donald Trump. And that salvo was just the beginning. “For him to go on Sean Hannity‘s program without fully debriefing the president seems to me the height of unpreparedness,” Goldberg said. “I can’t imagine a lawyer for client going on television without fully debriefing the client about what the client expects and wants.” Goldberg, who has handled Trump’s divorces in the past, says that he advised the president against adding Giuliani to his legal team. “I told him that I didn’t think that Guiliani was the right person for him to select,” Goldberg said. “I thought that there were much better people that he could use in terms of Continue reading "Trump Lawyer Jay Goldberg Trashes Giuliani For Media Blitz: He Wants to ‘Aggrandize Himself’ and Take the ‘Spotlight’"
NBC News National Affairs Analyst John Heilemann said Monday that he doesn’t think President Donald Trump should turn to Fox News host Sean Hannity but that, politically speaking, “there aren’t a lot of better people” for the president to talk to. Heilemann made the statement just hours after New York Magazine reported that Trump calls Hannity every night to discuss the latest developments in the news cycle. Heilemann appeared on MSNBC Monday, where every panelist was in agreement that Trump should look to others besides Hannity for advice. However, Heilemann eventually spoke up and explained the potential reason for Trump and Hannity’s close relationship. “I am not defending Donald Trump talking to Sean Hannity all the time. But if you go back to the beginning of our conversation and you believe that what Donald Trump is trying to do is win a political argument where he thinks the existence of Continue reading "John Heilemann: Politically Speaking, ‘There Aren’t a Lot of Better People’ for Trump to Talk to Than Hannity"
MSNBC host Katy Tur says that with the ascension of Donald Trump, “decency has been lost.” “From what I’ve seen the past two and a half years on the campaign trail up until now, if there’s one thing that’s really suffered because of Donald Trump’s candidacy and now his presidency is decency,” Tur said Monday. Tur, who covered the 2016 campaign for MSNBC, recalled going to Trump rallies and seeing Trump supporters “say pretty terrible things about the opposing candidates or terrible things to the press.” “I saw men wearing shirts that said Hillary Clinton is a c-word. I heard a man yell ‘assassinate that b,’ but the actual word on Hillary Clinton in the middle of a Donald Trump rally and nobody looked at that man and ‘Hey, maybe that’s a little too much,” Tur said. She went on to recall the time Trump told supporters Continue reading "MSNBC’s Katy Tur: ‘Decency Has Been Lost With Donald Trump’s Ascension’"
Fox News’ Howard Kurtz opened today’s MediaBuzz knocking CNN and MSNBC for their focus on the Michael Cohen payments over President Trump‘s withdrawal from the Iran deal. In the past week, payments to Cohen from multiple companies––one linked to a Russian oligarch––were first revealed by Stormy Daniels‘ lawyer Michael Avenatti and subsequently confirmed by multiple news outlets. “These disclosures about Michael Cohen are news, period,” Kurtz said. “But are they more important than the global impact of the President walking away from the Iran nuclear agreement?” Gillian Turner said it self-evidently isn’t, while Mollie Hemingway said this was a “criminal leak” and “an attempt to tie this to the Russia conspiracy.” Kurtz did note his own network’s primetime coverage (or, rather, lack thereof) of Cohen, saying it’s “gotten far less coverage” on Fox. But he also went on to say this: