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Will she have laundry to fold?



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Post by NMgirl » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:07 pm

It's disturbing that Daniels and Avenatti will be at the hearing. It will become a spectacle, rather than a serious hearing. :madguy:


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Post by p0rtia » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:11 pm

Meant to mention that I repeatedly hear on the presumably progressive MSNBC that Cohen will be a bad witness against 45 because he is a known liar.

Which only goes to show that they may be vaguely progressive now and then, but during the day they are stupid as fuck.


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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:15 am

NMgirl wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:07 pm
It's disturbing that Daniels and Avenatti will be at the hearing. It will become a spectacle, rather than a serious hearing. :madguy:
Do you mean the coverage of the hearing or the hearing itself will become a spectacle?



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Post by neonzx » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:43 am

Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:15 am
NMgirl wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:07 pm
It's disturbing that Daniels and Avenatti will be at the hearing. It will become a spectacle, rather than a serious hearing. :madguy:
Do you mean the coverage of the hearing or the hearing itself will become a spectacle?
The coverage, I imagine. I hope the media spends, at most, a sidebar on Stormy and Avenatti. I appreciated Daniels trolling Trump with her folding laundry and eating Cheetos bit. But Avenatti's antics of self-promotion to inflate his personal ego are disgusting -- he reminds me of the worst birfer attorneys who always wanted to be in the spotlight.


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Post by fierceredpanda » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:24 am

I suspect the media are also done with Avenatti. Lawrence O'Donnell finally stopped booking him every other night.


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House Leaders Warn Trump Ahead of Cohen Testimony

https://www.courthousenews.com/house-le ... testimony/
Set to hear from convicted ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen next month, Democratic lawmakers chairing several investigative committees issued the White House a stark warning: witness obstruction will not be tolerated.

“The integrity of our process to serve as an independent check on the Executive Branch must be respected by everyone, including the president,” House Chairmen Elijah Cummings, Adam Schiff and Jerrold Nadler said Sunday in a statement.

Release of the statement followed the airing by Fox News on Saturday night of a phone interview between host Jeanine Pirro and President Donald Trump.

Slamming his former attorney during the call, Trump said Cohen will testify February before the House Oversight Committee in a bid to “get his sentence reduced.”


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Michael Cohen is expected to give an explosive recounting of his time working for Trump next month.

"He's going to tell the story of what it's like to work for a madman," said a person close to Cohen. "He's going to say things that will give you chills."



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Kendra wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:13 pm
https:// twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1085293089231650816
Michael Cohen is expected to give an explosive recounting of his time working for Trump next month.

"He's going to tell the story of what it's like to work for a madman," said a person close to Cohen. "He's going to say things that will give you chills."
Revealing some skeletons in the closet :?:



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Post by Kendra » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:34 pm

Can't wait.



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Post by Lani » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:41 pm

Hope he's not in an "accident".


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Post by AndyinPA » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:56 pm

Lani wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:41 pm
Hope he's not in an "accident".
My thought exactly.

That threat about Cohen's father-in-law should be enough in a sane time to get twitler impeached. I also wondered if this is part of the reason that Cohen did not sign a full cooperation agreement. Doesn't that mean he would have to spill his gut about anything and everything?



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Post by Flatpointhigh » Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:57 pm

hope he did a video deposition.



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Post by Res Ipsa » Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:41 pm

He didn’t mind putting everyone else’s family at risk. This strikes me the way that soccer players fall to the ground and roll around agony in response to any slight contact, in order to get a foul called on their opponent. If there had not already been commentators suggesting witness tampering, this might strike me as a bit more sincere. It may be, but such drama.


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Post by NMgirl » Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:38 am

Wall Street Journal this morning:

Edited to add:
“Co­hen asked Gauger to create @Wom­en-For­Co­hen to el­e­vate his profile. The account says it is run by “Women who love and sup­port Michael Co­hen. Strong, pit bull, sex sym­bol, no nonsense, busi­ness ori­ented and ready to make a difference!”


And there's more:


Also, too, the man hired to do the job is CIO at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:06 am

So? Everybody cheats. Only schmucks don't cheat. What's your problem? :smoking:


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As for the @WSJ article on poll rigging, what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.



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Post by NotaPerson » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:44 am

For those of us without access to WSJ, could someone explain precisely what Cohen did to rig polls?


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Post by Kendra » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:51 am

NotaPerson wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:44 am
For those of us without access to WSJ, could someone explain precisely what Cohen did to rig polls?
I think he hired some firm to monkey with the polls. Didn't pay them in full and kept some of it.
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Hint about WSJ and paywall. IF I open the link from a tweet from someone who has shared it, and if I'm using Chrome I choose incognito tab/window and it lets me past the paywall. Did the same thing with the Silk browser on the Fire tablet and choose whatever the secret window tab and there it was ready to read.
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Post by Kendra » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:53 am

Retweeted Jim Sciutto

Breaking: In CNN Exclusive, Cohen confirms WSJ story and directly implicates the President: “What I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of Donald J. Trump. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it”



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Post by Kendra » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:57 am

And here it is:
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By Michael Rothfeld, Rob Barry and Joe Palazzolo
Updated Jan. 17, 2019 9:25 a.m. ET
In early 2015, a man who runs a small technology company showed up at Trump Tower to collect $50,000 for having helped Michael Cohen, then Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, try to rig online polls in his boss’s favor before the presidential campaign.

In his Trump Organization office, Mr. Cohen surprised the man, John Gauger, by giving him a blue Walmart bag containing between $12,000 and $13,000 in cash and, randomly, a boxing glove that Mr. Cohen said had been worn by a Brazilian mixed-martial arts fighter, Mr. Gauger said.

Mr. Cohen disputed that he handed over a bag of cash. “All monies paid to Mr. Gauger were by check,” he said, offering no further comment on his ties to the consultant.

Mr. Gauger owns RedFinch Solutions LLC and is chief information officer at Liberty University in Virginia, where Jerry Falwell Jr., an evangelical leader and fervent Trump supporter, is president.

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Highlights from The Wall Street Journal on Trump's former lawyer
Mr. Gauger said he never got the rest of what he claimed he was owed. But Mr. Cohen in early 2017 still asked for—and received—a $50,000 reimbursement from Mr. Trump and his company for the work by RedFinch, according to a government document and a person familiar with the matter. The reimbursement—made on the sole basis of a handwritten note from Mr. Cohen and paid largely out of Mr. Trump’s personal account—demonstrates the level of trust the lawyer once had within the Trump Organization, whose officials arranged the repayment.

After this story published Thursday morning, Mr. Cohen said in a tweet that he attempted to have the polls rigged with Mr. Trump’s knowledge.

“What I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of [Mr. Trump],” Mr. Cohen wrote. “I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.”

The Trump Organization declined to comment. Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Mr. Trump, said Mr. Cohen’s being reimbursed more money than he paid RedFinch showed the former Trump lawyer to be a thief. “If one thing has been established, it’s that Michael Cohen is completely untrustworthy,” he said.


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The reimbursement was mentioned by federal prosecutors when they charged Mr. Cohen in August with eight felonies, including campaign-finance violations for arranging hush-money payments to an adult-film star and a Playboy model who allege Mr. Trump had extramarital sexual encounters with them.

Prosecutors wrote in a charging document that when Mr. Cohen asked Trump Organization executives for a $130,000 reimbursement for a hush payment he made to Stephanie Clifford, the porn actress known as Stormy Daniels, he also scrawled a handwritten note asking for $50,000 he said he spent on “tech services” to aid Mr. Trump’s campaign. Prosecutors didn’t name the company providing those services, but people familiar with the matter say it was RedFinch.

Mr. Cohen’s dealings with the company and Mr. Gauger haven’t previously been reported.

Mr. Cohen has pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations, tax evasion, lying to Congress and other charges. He was sentenced last month to three years in prison. None of the charges were connected to his interactions with Mr. Gauger and RedFinch.

The episode further illustrates how the former self-described fixer for Mr. Trump, who incriminated the president in the hush payments, once operated in secret to advance his boss’s political fortunes. Mr. Cohen’s dealings involving Mr. Trump over the years, including during the 2016 presidential race, will be a focus of Mr. Cohen’s testimony at a Feb. 7 hearing before the House Oversight Committee.

Mr. Gauger’s lawyer, Charles E. James Jr. of the firm Williams Mullen, said federal investigators interviewed Mr. Gauger about his interactions over six years with Mr. Cohen, from their first meeting in 2012 until last April, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Mr. Cohen’s home, office and hotel room.

Mr. Gauger, who recounted those dealings to The Wall Street Journal, said that though Mr. Cohen promised him lucrative work for the presidential campaign, his activities related to Mr. Trump consisted of trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Mr. Trump’s favor.

During the presidential race, Mr. Cohen also asked Mr. Gauger to create a Twitter account called @WomenForCohen. The account, created in May 2016 and run by a female friend of Mr. Gauger, described Mr. Cohen as a “sex symbol,” praised his looks and character, and promoted his appearances and statements boosting Mr. Trump’s candidacy.

When Mr. Cohen requested the $50,000 reimbursement for technology services, he didn’t tell Trump Organization executives what specific services were performed, and they didn’t ask, people familiar with the matter said.

The reimbursement he obtained for the deal with Ms. Clifford and the technology work was paid to him over the course of a year and characterized by the Trump Organization as legal fees, though it didn’t pertain to any legal work he performed at the time, prosecutors said. Overall, Mr. Cohen was paid $420,000, mostly from Mr. Trump’s personal account, including $180,000 to reimburse him for Ms. Clifford and RedFinch, a $60,000 bonus, and another $180,000 to cover taxes he would owe because the money would be declared as income, according to prosecutors.

Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, was sentenced to three years in prison last month. In court, he said his blind loyalty to President Trump led him “to take a path of darkness.” (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
Richard Hasen, an election-law expert and law professor at University of California, Irvine, said Mr. Cohen had an obligation to disclose the payment to RedFinch as an independent expenditure if it was for campaign-related work he didn’t discuss with the Trump campaign. Had he coordinated with the Trump camp, the campaign would have been required to report any unpaid-for work as an in-kind contribution.

The connection between Messrs. Trump and Cohen and Liberty University dates at least to 2012, when Mr. Falwell invited Mr. Trump to give a speech and Mr. Cohen accompanied him. Soon after, Mr. Gauger was introduced to Mr. Cohen, helped him set up an Instagram account and gave him his cellphone number should he need more assistance, he said.

Over the next several years, Mr. Cohen asked Mr. Gauger for help with services intended to elevate positive content in internet-search results for himself and for friends, Mr. Gauger said. While he didn’t pay for most of what Mr. Gauger did, Mr. Cohen often promised to connect RedFinch with executives at Mr. Trump’s hotel and golf-course businesses, though he never did, Mr. Gauger said.

In January 2014, Mr. Cohen asked Mr. Gauger to help Mr. Trump score well in a CNBC online poll to identify the country’s top business leaders by writing a computer script to repeatedly vote for him. Mr. Gauger was unable to get Mr. Trump into the top 100 candidates. In February 2015, as Mr. Trump prepared to enter the presidential race, Mr. Cohen asked him to do the same for a Drudge Report poll of potential Republican candidates, Mr. Gauger said. Mr. Trump ranked fifth, with about 24,000 votes, or 5% of the total.

After making the cash payment at Trump Tower, Mr. Cohen kept saying he would pay the balance of the $50,000 but never did, Mr. Gauger said. Mr. Cohen also promised to get RedFinch work for Mr. Trump’s campaign. He set up two phone calls for Mr. Gauger with campaign officials, who didn’t hire him, he said.

“Mr. Cohen promised but never was able to develop the business he predicted,” said Mr. James, Mr. Gauger’s lawyer.

Mr. Cohen did give Mr. Gauger some other paying work. Early in 2016, Mr. Cohen hired RedFinch to help create positive web content about the chief executive of CareOne Management LLC, a New Jersey assisted-living company that had given Mr. Cohen a consulting contract.

Mr. Cohen sent RedFinch checks totaling $50,000 for that work, Mr. Gauger said. Mr. Cohen collected $200,000 from CareOne but didn’t pay taxes on it, according to the charging document filed by federal prosecutors, who didn’t identify the assisted-living company by name. Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to evading taxes on that income. CareOne didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Cohen asked Mr. Gauger to create the @WomenForCohen account, still active in 2019, to elevate his profile. The account’s profile says it is run by “Women who love and support Michael Cohen. Strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented and ready to make a difference!”

Mr. Gauger said he last spoke with Mr. Cohen in April 2018, shortly after the raid by federal agents. He said Mr. Cohen told him the investigation was about taxes and how he had accessed money from some of his accounts. “It’s not a big deal,” Mr. Cohen said, according to Mr. Gauger.

—Rebecca Ballhaus and Rebecca Davis O’Brien contributed to this article.

Write to Michael Rothfeld at michael.rothfeld@wsj.com, Rob Barry at rob.barry@wsj.com and Joe Palazzolo at joe.palazzolo@wsj.com



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Post by NMgirl » Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:58 am

The quintessential Trump campaign story: A bag of cash, Michael Cohen and a rigged online poll
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It’s the details that are particularly compelling. It was, according to the Wall Street Journal, a Walmart bag, blue, containing somewhere over $12,000 in cash and a boxing glove that Michael Cohen, then Trump’s personal attorney, claimed had been owned by a Brazilian fighter. We’re meant to infer from Cohen’s assurances on the glove that it was somehow worth $38,000; otherwise, that Walmart bag wouldn’t have contained the $50,000 that Cohen was supposed to turn over.
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Post by Kendra » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:16 am

The Women for Cohen Twitter account mention in the WSJ article: https://twitter.com/WomenForCohen



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Post by Mikedunford » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:22 am

So, for clarity, we managed to elect the guy who couldn't - even through application of bags of cash - competently rig online polls.


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