NEW – One of the corporations that paid into Cohen’s shell company tells me that Cohen "was promising access to Trump and members of the administration, positioning himself as a lobbyist” https://t.co/TZatPmIFoT
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) May 9, 2018
"Everyone was hiring ‘Trump whisperers’ in 2017 — every single hanger-on in the Trump orbit made a fortune in 2017 … And not necessarily to influence them, just to try to figure out who are the right people to talk to.” https://t.co/t0S5iE38a0
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) May 10, 2018
Truly remarkable that these companies knew to make big payments into a totally unknown LLC operated by Trump aide who had no position inside the WH and no formal role on the campaign.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) May 8, 2018
It is super weird and unrelated to any recent revelations that the price of prescription medicine is skyrocketing and that the FCC just eliminated net neutrality.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) May 9, 2018
Nay, nay!, cries the Wall Street Journal…
Two major companies made sizable bets they could gain access to the Trump administration through President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer—and now appear to have little to show for it other than bad publicity. https://t.co/wBuySfG5Nu
— Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) May 9, 2018
How can you say we robbed that bank when it turns out the vault was empty?…
Topline takeaway. Within a month of Trump being sworn in, Michael Cohen had inked contracts worth at least $3.4 million in retainer fees for access to Donald Trump. There's every reason to think there are more we don't know about yet.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) May 9, 2018
Ok everyone time for some game theory that’ll advance a unified explanation of the entire universe of Trump/Russia/Collusion/Stormy D/Emoluments/Corruption scandals – *if* you can manage to stick with me.
Buckle up, here we go:
Trump doesn’t have any money.
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) May 8, 2018