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Aug 28, 2018

Michael Cohen’s lawyer has done real damage to the case against Trump

One of the most bizarre aspects of the investigations engulfing the Trump administration is the lawyers involved. Here we have a presidency on the line, and this is Trump’s team? The top legal spokesmen for each side are . . . Rudy Giuliani and Lanny Davis!? Up until this point, though, Giuliani was the Great […]

Aug 28, 2018

On second thought: Trump, Cohen lawyers stumble on facts

NEW YORK (AP) — They’re the ultimate insiders, but the lawyers speaking publicly on behalf of President Donald Trump and his longtime “fixer”-turned-foe Michael Cohen have been fumbling the facts of late. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, spent recent days walking back his bombshell assertions that his client could tell the special counsel that Trump had […]

Aug 27, 2018

Manafort, Cohen cases reveal weaknesses in enforcement of tax and election laws

Paul Manafort’s multiyear tax fraud and Michael Cohen’s ability to easily arrange campaign contributions as hush money could have been intercepted sooner based on existing tax and campaign rules. But decisions by policymakers and lawmakers to defang regulation and defund investigations, particularly through political pressure aimed at the Internal Revenue Service, helped the behavior t[...]

Aug 27, 2018

Money and loyalty were the glue that bound Trump and Cohen

NEW YORK (AP) — For Michael Cohen and Donald Trump, it’s always been about money and loyalty. Those were guiding principles for Cohen when he served as more than just a lawyer for Trump during the developer’s rise from celebrity to president-elect. Cohen brokered deals for the Trump Organization, profited handsomely from a side venture […]

Aug 10, 2018

Ex-judge: Michael Cohen raid items privilege review is over

NEW YORK (AP) — An ex-judge reviewing over four million items seized from President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer for attorney-client privilege said Thursday that her work is finished. Attorney Barbara Jones revealed in a letter in Manhattan federal court that she has completed her review of designations by lawyers for attorney Michael Cohen, Trump […]

Aug 6, 2018

Little fighting so far over files seized from Trump lawyer

NEW YORK (AP) — Back in April, President Donald Trump seemed poised for a fight over files seized from his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” he tweeted. Lawyers for Cohen asked a judge to prevent prosecutors from immediately looking at the documents and devices confiscated by the FBI. So far, though, a […]

Jul 30, 2018

‘I want you to hear them,’ Giuliani says of other Cohen tapes discussing Trump

WASHINGTON – Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that President Donald Trump is mentioned in about a dozen of the 183 recordings that were seized by federal prosecutors investigating Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen. But Giuliani offered few details on the nature of the exchanges or the participants in the recordings that have not been made public. […]

Jul 25, 2018

Trump recorded discussing paying for Playboy model’s story

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A secretly recorded tape of Donald Trump by his longtime personal lawyer was played on CNN Tuesday night in which the two can be heard talking about a potential payment for a Playboy model’s story about an alleged affair and the soon-to-be president is heard discussing whether to “pay with cash.” […]

Jul 24, 2018

12 audio files sent to prosecutors in Michael Cohen probe

NEW YORK (AP) — A dozen audio recordings seized by the FBI from President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, were forwarded to federal prosecutors after lawyers dropped challenges on attorney-client privilege grounds, a former judge revealed Monday. The recordings were among millions of files taken from Cohen in April as part of a criminal […]

Jul 20, 2018

FBI seized recording of Trump and Cohen discussing payments for story of ex-model who alleged affair

WASHINGTON – Federal investigators have an audio recording in which then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen discussed in the fall of 2016 making payments for the story of Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal, who allegedly had an extramarital affair with Trump, according to two people familiar with the conversation. The recording, made […]

Jul 9, 2018

Giuliani advises Trump not to pardon Cohen, says ‘it would just confuse everything’

Rudolph Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, said Sunday that he has counseled the president against granting a pardon to his longtime fixer Michael Cohen, at least for now. “I have advised the president, which he understands: no discussion of pardons,” Giuliani said in an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week.” But he seemed […]

Jul 2, 2018

Trump’s ex-lawyer fires what could be a warning shot

NEW YORK — After once boasting he would “take a bullet” for Donald Trump, the president’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen fired a possible warning shot toward the White House, saying he now puts “family and country first.” In his first interview since federal agents raided his home and hotel room three months […]

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