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Avenatti: Cohen Wasn’t Just Trump’s Fixer – Negotiated Hush Money Deal for ‘Prominent’ GOP Donor



3:06 PM: See update below –

Michael Avenatti is accusing Michael Cohen of being a fixer, and not just for President Donald Trump. Cohen, whose residences and offices were raided by the FBI this week, negotiated the Stormy Daniels non-disclosure agreement that Avenatti says is invalid because Trump never signed it. Now Avenatti says Cohen, who is – or was, according to Avenatti – Trump’s personal attorney, negotiated a deal that silenced a woman who was forced by a GOP donor to have an abortion after he “impregnated” her.

The charge is all the more scandalous because Cohen is part of the Republican National Committee’s Finance leadership team. He was appointed National Deputy Finance Chairman of the RNC, in April, 2017, according to an announcement issued by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and then-RNC Finance Chairman Steve Wynn. Wynn, a major GOP donor, resigned from the RNC after tremendous pressure and outrage over dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct.

That RNC announcement brags that Cohen “sat on the boards of multiple Trump organizations, including Trump Productions, the Eric Trump Foundation, and the Miss Universe Organization. In addition to raising millions of dollars for his campaign, Mr. Cohen has been an active spokesperson and advisor for the President during his interest in seeking office since 2011.”

Avenatti Thursday night on CNN announced Cohen is seeking to delay the Stormy Daniels case and intends to plead the Fifth.



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January 6 Committee Issues Subpoenas to Four of Trump’s Closest Deputies Including Steve Bannon and Mark Meadows



The House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has just issued subpoenas, ordering four Trump loyal deputies to testify and produce documents.

The four are former Trump ampaign CEO and former White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor Steve Bannon; former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows; former Pentagon official and longtime House Intelligence Committee aide Kash Patel; and former Trump social media director, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, and longtime employee Dan Scavino.

Politico, reporting the subpoenas, calls it a “turning point in the investigation as lawmakers begin homing in on Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election results.”

The Washington Post’s Jacqueline Alemany adds that the subpoenas direct the four Trump loyalists to produce records and appear for depositions.

This is a breaking news and developing story. 

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‘You Think Pregnant Women Are Posing a Big Threat?’: Jen Psaki Epically Smacks Down Doocy’s Claims About the Border



White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki all but mocked Fox News’s Peter Doocy on Thursday after he complained that the Biden administration is allegedly releasing pregnant women who are caught crossing the southern border illegally into the U.S. without confirming they are pregnant.

Fox News has been focused on the massive influx of migrants, including Haitian migrants, and falsely blaming President Biden for the thousands who are coming to the U.S.

“You say the border is not open but we’re told by our teams on the ground, you guys are releasing, pretty much all family units, couples where the woman says that she is pregnant, or single women who say that they are pregnant, and that nobody actually has to take a pregnancy test unless they want to,” Doocy lamented.

“Are you suggesting you don’t believe when women say they’re pregnant?” Psaki asked Doocy. “Is that a big issue, we think at the border?”

“I am not in charge of keeping the border secure,” Doocy replied.

“Are pregnant women posing a big threat to the border, to the border communities, is that a big issue?” Psaki shot back.

“You tell me,” Doocy retorted.

“I’m not aware of pregnant women being a big issue of concern to people at the border,” Psaki replied. “What I will note for you, Peter, is that, as I said earlier, there is a process, if people cannot be expelled under Title 42 for a range of reasons. Some of that is because countries they came from, or other countries, including Mexico, may not be accepting families with children under the age of seven, they are placed in removal proceedings. Those removal proceedings require them to either go to a detention facility or require them to go get a notice to appear, and including providing their biometric data and otherwise so that they can be, we can ensure we know where they are and we can ensure we know when they’re going to come back. So that’s what the process is,” she patiently explained.

“If there’s a big outrage about pregnant women, I’m not tracking it,” Psaki concluded.

Flabbergasted, Doocy replied: “It’s not about, pregnant women, the issue is, is the border open, or is the border closed? Because my understanding is that a lot of this is happening on this side –” he claimed.

“I think you know the answer to that question and I just conveyed clearly that we’re implementing our border restrictions, including Title 42, including making clear that people who are coming through irregular migration, that this is not the time to come, and they will be placed in removal proceedings,” Psaki said, getting the last word.


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President Biden Had Two Vulgar Words to Say When He First Encountered One of Trump’s ‘Toys’ in the White House



According to the book “Peril,” as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden first toured the White House after Donald Trump vacated it January 20, he encountered one room of the former president’s “toys,” and responded with a two-word vulgarity.

“Trump’s existence permeated the White House, even the residence,” Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write in the new book, per an excerpt cited by ABC News, HuffPost reports. “One night, Biden wandered into a room where a huge video screen covered the wall. To relax, Trump used to upload programs to virtually play the world’s most famous golf courses.”

The new President had just two words to say about the golf “toy.”

“What a fucking asshole,” President Biden responded.


Image: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz via Flickr


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