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Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty, admits to making illegal payments at direction of candidate to influence election

Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump, agreed to plead guilty on Tuesday to eight charges related to tax fraud, excessive campaign contributions, making false statements to a financial institution, and unlawful corporate contributions at a court hearing in New York on Tuesday.

Two of those charges appear to relate to Trump directly. Cohen admitted on Tuesday to making payments to two women at the direction of an unidentified candidate for political office. Those payments, Cohen said, were made to influence the outcome of the election.

"I used a company under my control to pay $130,000 to a person to keep information from becoming public," Cohen told the judge of one of the payments.

 

Cohen said that he was later paid back by the candidate. When the judge asked Cohen whether he knew what he was doing was illegal, he said "yes," according to NBC News.

 

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/21/trumps-ex-lawyer-michael-cohen-strikes-plea-deal-nbc-news.html

Today, this hour in particular - the Day that the Trump Presidency died.      It is on life support from this time forward until the medical unit (congressional republicans) give up all hope. 

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cohen is part of the deep state planted in the trump organization to bring the almighty down.

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2 minutes ago, Moiraine said:

 

 

Hey. It says candidate. We can’t ve sure who he means. We should he fair and unbiased against whoever it might be. 

 

I can't wait until we find out who this mysterious "CANDIDATE" person is!

 

Smart money is on Vermin Supreme.

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2 minutes ago, Moiraine said:

 

 

Hey. It says candidate. We can’t be sure who he means. We should be fair and unbiased against whoever it might be. 

Exactly what Hannity says every night on Fox - right!

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 The midterms will be a referendum on Trump and his less than ethical ways - and there is no defending him.  He will explode or maybe implode (maybe literally) as he tries to  excuse, defend, and accuse. All of this will give more ammo for the Dems to use and defeat Repubs at the polls.  I don't see anyway around it at this point. 

 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, TGHusker said:

 

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/21/trumps-ex-lawyer-michael-cohen-strikes-plea-deal-nbc-news.html

Today, this hour in particular - the Day that the Trump Presidency died.      It is on life support from this time forward until the medical unit (congressional republicans) give up all hope. 

 

 

 

I won’t believe it until he’s out of office. I still think he may try to rally his followers to kill their fellow Americans over this.

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3 minutes ago, Moiraine said:

 

 

 

I won’t believe it until he’s out of office. I still think he may try to rally his followers to kill their fellow Americans over this.

it would not shock me if the far right wing nutjobs call for that to happen

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Just now, Moiraine said:

 

 

 

I won’t believe it until he’s out of office. I still think he may try to rally his followers to kill their fellow Americans over this.

I don't doubt it - as far as rallying his followers.  As he said "I can shoot someone in Times Square and my followers will still follow me."  Will it come to bloodshed  - I sure hope not.  Will Trump speak words to incite trouble - most assuredly he will.  But as either Patrick Henry or the typing instructor stated (look it up if you have doubts :blink:) It is time for all good men to come to the aid of their country"

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Just now, TGHusker said:

I don't doubt it - as far as rallying his followers.  As he said "I can shoot someone in Times Square and my followers will still follow me."  Will it come to bloodshed  - I sure hope not.  Will Trump speak words to incite trouble - most assuredly he will.  But as either Patrick Henry or the typing instructor stated (look it up if you have doubts :blink:) It is time for all good men to come to the aid of their country"

 

 

I think the best time for him to do it would be in 2020 if he loses the election. He can just tell people the media made up the results. So it’d be best if he was gone before then.

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8 minutes ago, commando said:

it would not shock me if the far right wing nutjobs call for that to happen

 

Just a bunch of responsible, law abiding gun owners I'm sure. 

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1 minute ago, Moiraine said:

 

 

I think the best time for him to do it would be in 2020 if he loses the election. He can just tell people the media made up the results. So it’d be best if he was gone before then.

I don't think he lasts that long now.  Today was YUGE in every way conceivable.   If Meuller can delay sentencing and get cooperation from Manaford and gets the same for Cohen - then he just opens the door and walks into the middle of all of the trump secrets.  The party is over and turn off the light on this president.  I do think the Dems take the house and impeachment proceeding will begin immediately in 2019. The only issue is will the Senate go along - they could punt like they did wt Clinton or if the Dems take the Senate - then it could occur. 

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In other minor news today...

 

Author of Trump-Russia dossier wins libel case in US court

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On Monday, a judge in the District of Columbia, Anthony C Epstein, upheld a motion by Steele to have the oligarchs’ case thrown out. Epstein did not determine whether the dossier – which Donald Trump has repeatedly dismissed as “fake” – was “accurate or not accurate”.

But the judge concluded that it was covered by the US first amendment, which protects free speech. He ruled that the oligarchs had failed to prove a key part of their case: that Steele knew that some information in the dossier was inaccurate, and had acted “with reckless disregard as to its falsity”.

 

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Just now, TGHusker said:

I don't think he lasts that long now.  Today was YUGE in every way conceivable.   If Meuller can delay sentencing and get cooperation from Manaford and gets the same for Cohen - then he just opens the door and walks into the middle of all of the trump secrets.  The party is over and turn off the light on this president.  I do think the Dems take the house and impeachment proceeding will begin immediately in 2019. The only issue is will the Senate go along - they could punt like they did wt Clinton or if the Dems take the Senate - then it could occur. 

 

 

Even if the Democrats win the Senate they’d likely need at least 15 Republicans to convict with them.

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10 minutes ago, Moiraine said:

 

 

Even if the Democrats win the Senate they’d likely need at least 15 Republicans to convict with them.

You are right - - I guess it is more than a simple majority. 

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26 minutes ago, TGHusker said:

 The midterms will be a referendum on Trump and his less than ethical ways - and there is no defending him.  He will explode or maybe implode (maybe literally) as he tries to  excuse, defend, and accuse. All of this will give more ammo for the Dems to use and defeat Repubs at the polls.  I don't see anyway around it at this point. 

 

 

 

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**TRUMP HELL HOUR**
MANAFORT: GUILTY
COHEN: I'M GUILTY
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Dude's head is gonna explode in WV.  I may just watch my first Trump rally tonight.

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The bold below  has Trump boxed into a corner.

 

 

https://apnews.com/7e1477cd2f234270a037108cd9b0b1aa/The-Latest:-Dems:-Conviction,-plea-show-probe-not-witch-hunt

 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the Paul Manafort trial (all times local):

5:35 p.m.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says the White House “looks increasingly like a criminal enterprise” after the convictions of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Blumenthal said Tuesday that the verdicts show the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller is “not a witch hunt or hoax” as Trump has claimed. He says Mueller’s team will continue following the facts as the investigation “circles ever closer to the Oval Office.”

Blumenthal says any talk of a pardon for Manafort or Cohen “should end now,” calling it an abuse of power and possible obstruction of justice.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont says a Manafort pardon would create a backlash in Congress and “have Watergate written all over it.”

 

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5:30 p.m.

A lawyer for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort says his client is disappointed in his conviction and is evaluating all his options.

Attorney Kevin Downing spoke to reporters Tuesday outside the federal courthouse where a jury convicted Manafort of eight financial crimes.

A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not reach consensus on.

Downing also said Manafort wanted to thank the judge for a fair trial and the jury for their four days of deliberations.

Manafort stared intently at the panel as the clerk read off the charges. He stared down blankly at the defense table, then looked up, expressionless, as the judge finished thanking the jury.

The outcome of the trial almost certainly guarantees years of prison for Manafort.

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5:25 p.m.

The ranking Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees say the conviction of Paul Manafort and the guilty plea by Michael Cohen make it clear that President Donald Trump is wrong when he says special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe is a “witch hunt.”

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday that any attempt by Trump to pardon Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, or interfere in the Russia investigation would be a “gross abuse of power and require immediate action by Congress.”

Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Manafort’s conviction on eight financial crime charges and former Trump lawyer Cohen’s guilty plea to campaign-finance violations and other charges proves the Trump campaign embraced individuals with a history of dishonest business dealings as well as concerning ties to overseas interests.

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^^^^ we expect the Dems to speak up - time for some independent minded Repubs to do so also --- please no crickets.

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9 minutes ago, TGHusker said:

^^^^ we expect the Dems to speak up - time for some independent minded Repubs to do so also --- please no crickets.

 

How much time do you have? It might be a while...

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53 minutes ago, schriznoeder said:

 

 

 

Manafort helped get the opponent of the pro-Putin Ukrainian president he helped elect thrown in jail and tried to lobby Congress in support of said president.

I doubt it's provable at this point but I believe Manafort is partially responsible for the deaths of Ukrainian civilians. He can rot in hell and Trump can STFU about him being a good person.

 

Older article:

 

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In a public court filing, Mueller's team released two memos from 2013 detailing Manafort's involvement in efforts to influence debate in Congress and in the U.S. press about the imprisonment of Yanukovych's main political rival, Yulia Tymoshenko.

Manafort is facing a September trial on charges that he violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by failing to register with the Justice Department in connection with the lobbying campaign, among other charges.

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/12/mueller-manafort-evidence-ukraine-lobbying-643476

 

 

And yes I've posted about this before but I'm gonna keep doing it.

 

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at trumps rally tonight they are chanting lock her up and drain the swamp.    meuller is draining it as fast as he can and i am not sure of which her they want locked up now.

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9 minutes ago, commando said:

at trumps rally tonight they are chanting lock her up and drain the swamp.    meuller is draining it as fast as he can and i am not sure of which her they want locked up now.

 

 

They’d kill for him if he asked. 

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Just now, Moiraine said:

 

 

They’d kill for him if he asked. 

i hope that they are paid crisis actors but i think you are right.

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Just now, commando said:

i hope that they are paid crisis actors but i think you are right.

 

 

I just hope there aren’t enough of them, because I think there’ll come a time when he asks. 

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2 hours ago, RedDenver said:

 

 

The bitter, hilarious irony is that Cohen's lawyer has an extremely long history as a Clinton shill. Lanny Davis is very good friends and an ardent defender of both of them. 

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8 minutes ago, schriznoeder said:

 

how many face palms does it take to cover that defense?  maybe i should try that next time i get pulled over for a speeding ticket?   everyone else was speeding.    i have serious doubts it would work.  but hey...the truth isn't the truth and we live in the alternative facts administration so who knows. 

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50 minutes ago, schriznoeder said:

 

And when they are committed they are routinely prosecuted. We should prosecute every campaign law violations. These people are supposed to be the best of us.

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15 hours ago, schriznoeder said:

 

Don't you dare use Reagan and Dole in your defense Trump!  They were honorable men - something you are not familiar with.

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10 hours ago, commando said:

how many face palms does it take to cover that defense?  maybe i should try that next time i get pulled over for a speeding ticket?   everyone else was speeding.    i have serious doubts it would work.  but hey...the truth isn't the truth and we live in the alternative facts administration so who knows. 

:facepalm::facepalm:  Thought I'd give you a couple and throw one in for myself :facepalm:

 

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23 minutes ago, BigRedBuster said:

Idiot. 

 

 

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Pretty sure they are...

 

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14 minutes ago, schriznoeder said:

 

want to bet that holdout juror has a red hat at home?

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