Michael Cohen surrenders to FBI and gets plea deal.

By | 2018-08-22T08:56:52+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |35 Comments

Oh, Trump must be having a cow right about now.

Courtesy of NYT:

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer, agreed on Tuesday to plead guilty to campaign finance charges, making the extraordinary admission that he paid a pornographic film actress to secure her silence about an affair she said she had with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Cohen is also expected to plead guilty to multiple counts of bank and tax fraud. For months, prosecutors in New York have been investigating him in connection with those crimes and focusing on his role in helping to arrange financial deals with women connected to Mr. Trump.

Mr. Cohen surrendered to the F.B.I. at the bureau’s Lower Manhattan offices at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday. He was expected to appear in United States District Court in Manhattan before Judge William H. Pauley III later in the afternoon.

His lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The plea agreement does not call for Mr. Cohen to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, but it does not preclude him from providing information to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining the Trump campaign’s possible involvement in Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign.

There is also this from CNN:

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court Tuesday to eight criminal counts and said that “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office” he kept information that would have been harmful to the candidate and the campaign from becoming public.

So this is an admission that Cohen paid off Stormy Daniels, and others, in order to keep scandalous information from being revealed during the election, and that Trump directed him to do so.

That is NOT what they said when asked about this back when the Stormy Daniels story first broke.  

I also think that is pretty clearly a crime. 

Here is Donald Trump denying that he even knew about the Stormy Daniels payoff.

Busted! Trump must be having the worst week of his entire life right now. 

However, it absolutely made Michael Avenatti’s day. 

Yep, worst week ever!

And get a load of how it has Rudy Giuliani all freaked out:


No wrongdoing? How far is Giuliani’s head buried up Trump’s ass?

P.S. You can read the entire pleas deal by clicking here.

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35 Comments

  1. Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Plea deal, what? Immunity?
    Every last rat along with the big cheese need to go down. Welcome to your cell.

  2. Anon August 21, 2018 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    Of course there would be no charge against Trump while charging Cohen. Lanny Davis tweeted that Cohen said he did so as directed by the President.
    Giuliani scored his insinuation Cohen is a guilty liar so Trump did nothing wrong. The simple minded who only listen to them will swallow it.

    OT I turned Fox News on to watch some of Trump’s rally. Trump is quite the story teller who can spin quite a yarn. Wait until you hear the tale of how he repeatedly said to NATO members “You don’t pay your bills”. Then they all got out their checkbooks! According to the Donald he has become our debt collector.
    I needed to turn it off. I fact checked him on one thing, he wildly misstated cost. He lies when even truthful facts are sufficient. I’ll let fact checkers sift through the toxic waste.

    • Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      OMG, he is still spinning the lie that NATO money is paid the the US?

      I turned him off at “Manafort is a good guy”. Manafort must really have the goods on little donnie if he is still defending him.

  3. Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Rachel Maddow is providing a lot more detail on this tonight.

  4. Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Oh boy, Cohen better have good security and a food tester.

    Rudy get those running shoes on and get over to cable networks with the latest pack of LIES.

    It would be ironic if the pussy grabber is taken down for paying off a porn star and playboy bunny for nothing when his “fans” could care less. Those of us that do care didn’t vote for him.

    • Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      I find this all quite humorous. I probably shouldn’t but, when Guiliani took over, I knew the fat @ss was in trouble.
      Hire the mob, and in he came.

  5. Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Check out the new trump tower
    =========================================

    Trump became president by criminal conspiracy. Let that sink in.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/8/21/1789900/-Trump-became-president-by-criminal-conspiracy-Let-that-sink-in

    • Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 6:13 pm - Reply

      Of course he did!

  6. Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    “I said I would take a NERF bullet for Trump”

  7. Gryphen August 21, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Keep in mind that all of this is really due to the perseverance of a porn star and her pitbull of a lawyer.

    For some reason, there seems to be a certain symmetry to that.

    • Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Yes sirree, Gryph!

  8. Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Woman Running For Congress In Alaska Has Never Been To Alaska
    Carol Hafner is running for a House seat in a state she has never lived in or visited.

    …Hafner told HuffPost in an interview Monday that it is her right to run for office in Alaska, even if she doesn’t currently live there. And she’s not wrong.

    The U.S. Constitution requires House representatives to be 25 or older, a U.S. citizen for at least seven years and an inhabitant of the state they represent “when elected.”

    If Hafner wins the Democratic nomination in the state primary on Tuesday, she knows she may have to move across the country. She told HuffPost that she would “love to have that land in my lap.”

    She said her campaign began out of interest in Alaska’s environmental situation. A New Jersey resident, she experienced Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and its devastating aftermath.

    It was her research on climate change that made her realize that Alaska is already feeling the impact and that she wanted to do something about it.

    “It’s just not stopping, and the people who really need help in dealing with all of this, unless we reach out and help each other, those people are just innocent victims in all this, and that’s just not acceptable to me,” Hafner said.

    She said her research into the issue led her to challenge Alaska’s 23-term incumbent, Rep. Don Young (R). The 84-year-old congressman has been in office for 45 years and is the longest-serving member of the House.

    He has made a number of controversial remarks over the years. Hafner said he is like “your crazy uncle Don” and there needs to be a change in leadership.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/carol-hafner-alaska-candidate-congress-never-been_us_5b7af870e4b018b93e966477

  9. anon August 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/21/michael-cohens-lawyer-says-he-has-info-that-mueller-should-be-very-interested-in.html

    “knowledge about the computer crime of hacking and whether or not Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and even cheered it on. We know that he publicly cheered it on. Did he also have private information?” “by the way, on just the crime of directing somebody to commit a crime, as you pointed out in your opening. It was a crime for president trump to direct Michael Cohen to the crime of a campaign finance donation that exceeded the legal limitations.””

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/21/rachel-maddow-trump-organization-indictment.html

    “The Cohen case is bigger than the presidency. It can destroy the Trump Organization and wreck the lives of the entire Trump family.>
    “The president’s company, his business, the Trump Organization, also appears to be implicated in the description of this crime. Because it is the president’s company that is apparently the entity that reimbursed Michael Cohen for the illegal payoff. It was $130,000 illegal payoff to Stormy Daniels. They not only reimbursed him for the payoff. They also paid off a lot more on top of the reimbursement. It is spelled out that Michael Cohen put out this $130,000 as the payoff but then Trump Organization, the president’s business, paid him back. Not $130,000. They paid him back over $420,000.”

    • Anon August 21, 2018 at 10:39 pm - Reply

      It was helpful that LannyDavis was clear that Cohen intends to share information, truth, about what he knows. That took any speculation off the table if Cohen would follow through. Trump would let others take the fall for him and destroy their credibility before admitting any guilt.

      • Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 5:44 am - Reply

        Larry Davis was on CBS this morning, the Mueller case was brought up and he mentioned something to the effect that Cohen has”evidence” that trump worked with the russians to win the election. O Donnell tried to get him to clarify his statement, but he didn’t.

      • Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 5:47 am - Reply

        I found his quote from this morning

        Trump’s former lawyer pleads guilty, implicates president
        By ZEKE MILLER, JONATHAN LEMIRE, and DARLENE SUPERVILLE – The Associated Press

        ……Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said Wednesday that Cohen has information “that would be of interest” to the special counsel. Davis said Cohen is not looking for a presidential pardon.
        “My observation is that the topics relating to hacking and the crime of hacking … that there are subjects that Michael Cohen could address that would be of interest to the special counsel,” Davis said in a series of television interviews………

  10. anon August 21, 2018 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    https://www.mediaite.com/print/tomorrows-newspaper-front-pages-signal-a-dark-forecast-for-trump/

    “Cohen directly implicated Trump, stating that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal “at the direction of” the candidate, “for the principal purpose of influencing the election.”

    Talk of impeachment erupted, even amongst skeptics. The president was labeled by pundits an “unindicted co-conspirator” in Cohen’s illegal payments to women claiming Trump had affairs with them.”

  11. anonymous August 21, 2018 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/just-like-nixon-trumps-sordid-past-finally-catching/

    “Craig Unger explains in his new book, House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia, the developer/casino magnate/reality TV star has cultivated connections with the underworld for decades. He built Trump Tower with illegal immigrant labor and concrete supplied by the Mafia — and gave an apartment there to the girlfriend of a mobbed-up Teamster boss. Millions of dollars have been poured into Trump properties from gangsters around the world in massive money-laundering operations.’
    ‘that plea deal was reached not with Mueller but with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, headed by Trump appointee Geoffrey Berman, and the Department of Justice, headed by Trump appointee Jefferson Beauregard Sessions. While his aides whisper to Fox News that “the president cannot be indicted,” Americans will soon realize that the man in the Oval Office is an unindicted co-conspirator — just like Nixon.

    The question that faces every member of Congress, and for that matter, every voter, is what to do about it.” VOTE the Bastaards OUT.

  12. anon August 21, 2018 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    OT? Gaffe? “a crowd in Charleston, West Virginia, chanted “Lock her up!” at the mention of Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 Democratic opponent.”

    Trump held a rally in West Virginia to endorse the state’s attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, for the U.S. Senate. Morrisey attacked his opponent, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), for supporting Clinton after she’d implied during her presidential campaign that she would put “miners and coal companies out of business.”

    “Manchin even called Hillary warm, compassionate, engaging, tough ― can you believe that?” Morrissey asked.

    The crowd immediately began repeating “Lock her up!””

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lock-her-up-manafort-cohen_us_5b7ca17be4b07295150dcb31

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-duncan-hunter-chris-collins-indictments_us_5b7caf60e4b07295150dd6cb

  13. anonymous August 21, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rudy-giuliani-manafort-cohen-verdict_us_5b7c8f52e4b07295150dc682

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kathy-griffin-topless_us_5b7c8166e4b0cd327df794d1

    “Kathy Griffin Goes Topless To Celebrate Manafort, Cohen Guilty Verdicts
    “Celebrating the Manafort and Cohen verdicts…topless, naturally,” Griffin tweeted.”

  14. Anon August 21, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply
  15. Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    The first two congressmen to endorse Trump have been indicted. Chis Collins for insider trading and Duncan Hunter Jr fir campaign finance violations (which is a fancy way to say embezzlement.)

    Then there was DesJarlais who was anti-abortion and had to resign when it came out he pressured his mistress (and patient) to get an abortion.

    I think Trump needs to define “best” when he talks about the best people and what he means by “great” that America is going to be again. Because I don’t think they mean what he thinks they mean.

    • Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 5:40 am - Reply

      When he says “best” he means the “best criminals”, because he hires and endorses like minded people ie criminals like himself.

  16. Anonymous August 21, 2018 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    The domino effect has begun. Sure has been a long few years. Which means that the reason Trump is still in the white house is because the Republican party is still vested in dream of being the only party. But it seems that they may have put their eggs all in one disasterous basket. Donald was a bad bet but his mouth has done all the work up till now. Now we wait to see the shitstorm of tweets that he will send out tomorrow. Whew. Another long day. Will the presidency every be normal again?

  17. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Ironic that Nixon was brought down by Deepthroat, and Trump will be brought down by a porn actress

    • Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 5:42 am - Reply

      Maybe some “young” people might not get the reference that Deepthroat was a porn movie, but the rest of us with long memories got it 🙂

  18. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 5:49 am - Reply

    So how many felons does that make who are in the trump inner circle?

  19. anon August 22, 2018 at 6:16 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/better-call-saul-internet-mocks-trump-insulting-attorneys-legal-skills/

    ‘If anyone is looking for a good president, I would strongly suggest that YOU don’t retain the services of Donald Trump, future federal inmate.’
    ‘Next Trump will say, “If anyone is looking for a good campaign manager, I would strongly suggest that YOU don’t retain the services of Paul Manafort!” 😂’
    ‘Almost no one did. Except you. Says more about YOU than it does about him.’

  20. ANON August 22, 2018 at 6:23 am - Reply

    “Implicating the president in counts seven and eight was a deliberate choice, a choice he wrote out ahead of time and spoke to a courtroom filled with reporters,”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/vanity-fair-reporter-spoke-michael-cohen-guilty-plea-tells-msnbc-hes-implicating-president/

  21. Anonymous August 22, 2018 at 7:10 am - Reply

    https://thinkprogress.org/cohen-wont-accept-presidential-pardon-90d6db29185a/

    ‘”Mr. Cohen is not interested in being dirtied by a pardon from such a man.”‘
    “It’s unclear whether Trump will consider a pardon for Manafort. Over the course of his presidency so far, Trump has pardoned several people he believes were treated unfairly by the justice system, including racist former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and right-wing troll Dinesh D’Souza, among others.”

  22. anon August 22, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

    https://www.salon.com/2018/08/22/president-donald-trumps-worst-day-yet-manafort-cohen-fall-and-the-walls-are-closing-in/

    “It’s also clear now that the publisher of the National Enquirer did not pay McDougal off simply as an act of friendship toward Donald Trump, buying her story and then not running it (a so-called “catch and kill”). It was always a transactional arrangement whereby Trump would simply pass the money to McDougal through the tabloid. It was even more unscrupulous than we knew.”

  23. anon August 22, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/fox-co-host-drops-truth-bomb-trump-indicted-yesterday-wasnt-president/

    ““What did the president know and when did he know it?” “Because Michael Cohen has said, ‘No, I didn’t do this on my own, this was not a rogue mission, this was President Trump telling me, yes, let’s try and pay these people off to influence the election,’ that’s the moment where we have liability for the president,” “Some crime that may have resulted in the president gaining this presidency, that speaks to the legitimacy of this presidency, the legitimacy of this presidency came under great pressure last night.”“Of course,” Ackerman replied. “This is what its all about.”
    “You’ve got him now involved as a co-conspirator with Michael Cohen, this is not some simple campaign violation,””

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/dem-senator-cancels-kavanaugh-meeting-unindicted-co-conspirator-trump-doesnt-deserve-another-court-pick/

    “Dem senator cancels Kavanaugh meeting because ‘unindicted co-conspirator’ Trump doesn’t deserve another court pick”

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