Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen is pitching a book to publishers about the First Family. https://t.co/29RIc53me0
— Axios (@axios) February 14, 2018
Miguel de Cervantes was supposed to have conceived the great novel Don Quixote while *he* was in jail. Machiavelli wrote The Prince while in political exile. So, there’s precedent… (/snark)
Paul Waldman, at the Washington Post, “Trump’s lawyer just made the Stormy Daniels affair much more interesting”:
… To catch you up: Back in January, the Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and all-around fixer, had set up a shell company in Delaware in the fall of 2016 for the sole purpose of passing a $130,000 payment to Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford). Soon after, In Touch magazine published an interview with Daniels in which she detailed how she and Trump had an on-again, off-again affair in 2006 that began in Lake Tahoe just after the birth of his son Barron, when his wife Melania was back home in New York.
The liberal good-government group Common Cause filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Justice Department, alleging that the payment was an illegal in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign intended to quash a potentially embarrassing story and thereby help Trump get elected. Yesterday, Cohen issued a statement implying that the $130,000 was his own money…
What’s odd about this is that he doesn’t say he paid her $130,000 with his own personal funds, he says he used his own personal funds to facilitate a payment. Which could well mean that he used his personal funds to pay whatever fees were necessary to establish the Delaware shell company, but the money came from somewhere else. Like, I don’t know, from Donald Trump. For instance.
Furthermore, if we assume the second sentence is true and neither the Trump Organization nor the campaign was involved, what it leaves out is the involvement of Trump himself. Did Cohen discuss the payment with the person on whose behalf he was making it? Did Trump approve the amount? If Cohen put up the whole $130,000, did Trump personally (as opposed to the Trump organization or campaign) reimburse him?…
I would bet a store-bought cookie that the answer to that would be Like Trump ever “personally” repaid anyone except under threat. But if not Donald himself, then where would the money have come from?…
I’ll believe Cohen that Trump didn’t pay the $130K. But that still leaves the Q of how he converted the money from Russian to American.
Or maybe he paid her in Bitcoin.
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) February 14, 2018
“Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me." https://t.co/KTNr69BLPt
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 14, 2018
I feel like "My lawyer paid off the porn star I had an affair with out of his own money" raises more questions than it answers.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 14, 2018
Former Trump campaign official on Michael Cohen's payment to Stormy Daniels says Cohen is a "less cool version of Ray Donovan… he fixes things."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 14, 2018
More like if those body disposal guys from John Wick had an all plexiglass work van with huge circus clown sirens on top. https://t.co/yZp8XoLoez
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) February 14, 2018
Michael Cohen is a really bad lawyer who just happened to be childhood friends with the face-stabbing mobster who got Trump SoHo financed to the tune of millions in Russian mob money but I'm sure it's nothing. https://t.co/yxfSGhD9IF
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) February 14, 2018
Manager for Stormy Daniels told AP that Daniels believes Trump’s lawyer invalidated a non-disclosure agreement by publicly discussing the payment, so Daniels can now talk about alleged sexual encounter with Trump https://t.co/W96OIj3yVa
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) February 14, 2018
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Cohen's a smart lawyer
Really? Says who?
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 14, 2018