Everything About the ‘Donald Trump’s Lawyer Paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 of His Own Money’ Story Stinks – Here’s Why
Michael Cohen Does Not Say He Wasn’t Compensated in Any Way, and Why Make the Admission Now?
The New York Times Tuesday night published a bombshell: Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen admitted he paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 of his own money just weeks before the 2016 election.Â
Everything about the story stinks.
â€œNeither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,â€ Cohen told The Times in a carefully-crafted statement. Stormy Daniels is the stageÂ name of Stephanie Clifford. â€œThe payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.â€
His statement does not say if Donald Trump reimbursed him, orÂ compensated him in any manner. Did he get a raise? A bonus? A house? His statement does not say if a Trump family memberÂ reimbursed him, orÂ compensated him in any manner.
His statement does not say, and he refused to answer, if Donald Trump knew about the payment, or if he has made similar transactions before.
Perhaps mostÂ importantly, his statement does not say why he paid Stormy Daniels $130,000.
Trump denies having an affair with Daniels in 2006, months after his youngest son was born to his wife Melania.
Recently, Stormy Daniels appeared to deny the affair, recently brought to light again by The Wall Street Journal. Shortly after, The Washington Post detailed all the times she did not deny the affair â€“ all the times before the $130,000 payment.
What also stinks is the timing of the revelation: During one of the biggest scandals to plague the Trump administration to date, this news, perhaps designed to distract, comes out.Â
But what’s very important and separated from some of the salacious headlines is that this is a matter for the Federal Election Commission.
The former director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, offered this sarcastic response to the news (which he appears to have later deleted):
Trump’s lawyer says he paid $130k out of his own pocket to silence Stormy Daniels right before the election – and refuses to answer follow-up questions – but it super definitely wasn’t an excess, in-kind campaign contribution. Well if he says so, okeedokee https://t.co/LfaohsVx1v
â€” Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) February 14, 2018
Common Cause, which filed aÂ Federal Election Commission complaint, supposedly triggered the statement from Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen.Â
Here’s what one Common Cause attorney, a former special counsel at the FEC, said:
If made for the purpose of influencing the electionâ€”itâ€™s an excessive in-kind contribution and should have been reported. https://t.co/0iBHHj0TbM
â€” Steve Spaulding (@SteveESpaulding) February 14, 2018
Common Cause says Cohen’s admission of making the payment “does not make the Trump campaign’s legal problems go away.”
And hereâ€™s what @CommonCause (which triggered the Cohen response with an FEC complaint) has to say about that: pic.twitter.com/WEIlzibpDC
â€” Julie Bykowicz (@bykowicz) February 14, 2018
Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell weighed in when the news broke Tuesday night, insisting theÂ Federal Elections Commission investigate:
BREAKING: Trump’s personal lawyer says he paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130K out of his own pocket, the New York Times reports.@Lawrence and @Maddow react to the latest chapter in this bizarre scandal, including why the FEC must investigate. #LastWord pic.twitter.com/z79invYDmi
â€” The Last Word (@TheLastWord) February 14, 2018
Image byÂ IowaPolitics.comÂ via Flickr and a CC license
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Trump Lawyers Blindsided by Existence of Bombshell Recording – ‘They Don’t Know How to Defend This’: Maggie Haberman
CNN on Friday morning obtained a bombshell transcript of a recording in which former President Donald Trump boasts of retaining “secret” military information that he never declassified while he was president.
Appearing on CNN shortly after this news broke, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman revealed that the former president’s team was essentially blindsided by this recording’s existence.
“I don’t think they quite know how to defend this… from what we have heard,” she said. “They were… startled by the existence of this tape. This tape was something that they learned existed when this aide to Trump testified. The prosecutors were already in possession of this tape. They didn’t get it from the aide, although it appears the aide had a copy when it was subpoenaed later, but this is has been described to us by multiple sources… as a really problematic piece of evidence for Trump.”
Haberman predicted that the recording’s existence would not change the Trump legal team’s overall defense strategy, however.
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“I think they are going to stick that their line: ‘He says things, he didn’t mean it a certain way,'” she said. “I am sure they can come up with all kinds of explanations for why he used the language he used. But it’s on tape.”
Trump is due in court in Miami next week to face seven felony counts related to his handling of top-secret government documents.
Watch the video below or at this link.
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Trump Indicted by Grand Jury: Reports
Donald Trump’s attorneys have been notified a grand jury has voted to indict the ex-president on numerous federal charges and ordered to appear in a Miami court next Tuesday, according to ABC News, CNN, and NBC News. Trump on his Truth Social account made a similar claim..
“Former President Donald Trump has been indicted in the special counsel’s classified documents probe, sources familiar with the matter tells CNN,” the network reports. “Trump has been charged with seven counts in the indictment, according to another source familiar with the matter.”
CNN has two sources confirming that Trump has been indicted pic.twitter.com/xY7aFXo9dL
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 8, 2023
“We’re learning from our sources that there appears to be at least seven counts here,” ABC News’ Katherine Faulders reported on-air, ABC News online reports.. “This ranges from everything from the willful retention of national defense information to conspiracy to a scheme to conceal to false statements and representations.”
MSNBC on-air reports NBC News has confirmed the Trump indictment, and NBC News online reports the indictment is “in connection with his mishandling of more than 100 classified documents that were discovered last year at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, making the twice-impeached former commander-in-chief the first former president to face federal criminal charges.”
Watch this currently ongoing ABC News live streaming video:
BREAKING: Former Pres. Trump has been indicted for a second time, sources familiar confirm to @ABC News.
@PierreTABC joins @DavidMuir: “This is perhaps one of the most consequential investigations the Justice Department has done in recent memory.” pic.twitter.com/klwOQjGoiK
— ABC News Live (@ABCNewsLive) June 8, 2023
In three separate entries on his Truth Social platform, Trump writes: “The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted,” along with several false allegations NCRM will not publish.
“I have been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM,” he adds.
He also declares he is “innocent.”
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change.
‘Where’s the Money?’: Biden Laughs Out Loud, Mocks GOP’s Allegations
Just as his press conference with the U.K. Prime Minister was coming to a close and reporters were asked to remain seated, a jovial President Joe Biden stayed and took several questions from reporters desperate to ask about Republicans’ baseless and unsubstantiated claims he accepted millions in bribe money when he was vice president.
Shouting “bribery allegations,” one reporter told the President, “Congresswoman Nancy Mace says there’s damning evidence in an FBI file that you sold out the country.”
As a smile worked its way across the President’s face, the reporter continued saying: “Do you have a response to congressional Republicans?”
The President did.
“Where’s the money?” he deadpanned.
“I’m joking,” he added.
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“That’s a bunch of malarkey,” Biden ultimately responded, denying the claims which were fueled by FBI Director Chris Wray’s decision to allow the entire House Oversight Committee, in eluding far-right Republicans, access to an old FBI form documenting a second-hand tip alleging bribery.
NBC News Peter Alexander then threw a curious question at the President.
“Mr. President, what do you say to Americans to convince them that they should trust the independence and fairness of the Justice Department when your predecessor, Donald Trump, repeatedly attacks it?”
Biden quickly became less jovial.
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“Because you notice,” he said very seriously, pointing his finger at the reporter, “I have never once, not one single time, suggested to the Justice Department what they should do or not do relative bringing a charge or not bringing a charge.”
“I’m honest,” he stressed.
Foreign policy, national security, and political affairs analyst and commentator David Rothkopf responded to the video clip, stating: “Questions like these are not serious journalism.”
Watch below or at this link.
REPORTER: Nancy Mace says there’s evidence you sold out the country
JOE BIDEN: It’s a bunch of malarkey
REPORTER: What do you say to Americans to convince them that they should trust the fairness of the DOJ?
BIDEN: I haven’t once suggested what they should do. I’m honest. pic.twitter.com/TacFfZwFvG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 8, 2023
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