A long-chewed-on mystery about Michael Cohen's activities in the Trump-Russia conspiracy may now be resolved, thanks to data leaked by Cohen's cellphone. Operational security will get you every time, dumb criminals. Read the rest “Michael Cohen's mobile phone data shows he was in Prague around time of Trump Russia meeting”
The company that owns The National Enquirer tabloid will not be prosecuted for its efforts to protect Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. Read the rest “Trump 'catch and kill': SDNY won't prosecute National Enquirer (AMI) because they're helping investigators”
Donald Trump's longtime “fixer” and personal attorney has been sentenced to to 36 months (3 years) in federal prison, plus an additional 3 years of supervised release, in a case in the Southern District of New York. Read the rest “Trump ex-attorney Michael Cohen sentenced: 3 years prison, $500,000 forfeiture, $1.4 million restitution, $50,000 fine”
Federal prosecutors in New York request a "substantial" prison sentence for Michael Cohen, who pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws. Sentencing guidelines suggest that could mean 46 to 63 months. Read the rest “Michael Cohen SDNY sentencing memo recommends 'substantial prison,' and Individual-1 is in deep trouble”
Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s plans to build a Trump Tower Moscow has led the Special Counsel to question the role Ivanka and Don Jr played in trying to secure a Russian real estate deal, reports Hunter Walker at Yahoo News. Read the rest “Mueller probe questions Ivanka and Don Jr's role in Trump Tower Moscow scheme”
The 2016 plans for Trump Tower Moscow 2016 included giving Russian President Vladimir Putin a $50 million penthouse.
Donald Trump’s failed 2016 scheme to open a Trump Tower in Moscow is at the center of a charge unveiled Thursday against the president's former personal attorney Michael Cohen.
In court this morning, Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress in 2017. He said negotiations over a Moscow Trump Tower project ended in January 2016. We now know that these talks, which included Trump himself, went on until June 2016. That's just one month before the RNC convention nominated Trump as the Republican presidential candidate. Read the rest “Trump Org. planned to give Vladimir Putin $50 Million penthouse in Trump Tower Moscow”
It's getting hot in here.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, plead guilty today to lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia. Cohen has secured a new plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. Read the rest “Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress about Russia Trump real estate project”
Why does the Russian embassy want to visit accused hacker Yevgeniy Nikulin so very badly, lawyers ask. Good question. Read the rest “Yevgeniy Nikulin, Russian charged in 2012 LinkedIn & DropBox hacks, now of 'great interest' in Mueller probe”
"He did nothing wrong," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday about the secret payments Donald Trump made to two women during the 2016 Election via his attorney, who just became a convicted felon. Read the rest “'He did nothing wrong,' WH Press Sec. Sarah Sanders says on Trump, 'There are no charges against him.'”
President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen surrendered to the FBI today, and admitted to violating campaign finance laws in relation to payments made to porn performer Stormy Daniels on Donald Trump's orders. Read the rest “Michael Cohen admits violating campaign finance laws re: Stormy Daniels at Trump's direction”
Earlier this afternoon, Michael Cohen, in a courtroom in New York, under oath, declared that President Donald Trump “directed” him to commit a federal crime. Within an hour, Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort was found guilty on 8 felony charges.
When Donald Trump landed in West Virginia, he told press as he exited AF1 that he felt sorry for Paul Manafort, and believed the (partly) guilty verdict Manafort received was “sad.”
It's sad things have to “end this way,” said Trump, referring to Manafort's life and career. One imagines Manafort wouldn't appreciate hearing this as much as he'd appreciate a presidential pardon.
Trump waxed on about Manafort:
“He worked for Bob Dole, he worked for many people, it had nothing to do with Russian collusion, they continue the witch hunt.”
He said nothing about Michael Cohen.
But we're pretty sure a storm is a'coming!
Enjoy the rally, Mr. President https://t.co/rfPDi0dJqP
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) August 21, 2018
A possible plea deal in the fraud case of Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen plea deal may come together as soon as today, NBC reports. Read the rest “Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen reaches guilty plea deal in tax and bank fraud case”
Donald Trump can be heard on an audiotape released by CNN tonight talking with his former fixer/attorney Michael Cohen about how to purchase the rights to a Playboy model's story about an affair she says she had with Trump years earlier. Read the rest “LISTEN: Audio of Trump & Cohen talking Playboy model payoff”
Longtime Donald Trump fixer-lawyer Michael Cohen “secretly recorded a conversation” with Mr. Trump 2 months before the presidential election in which Trump and Cohen “discussed payments” to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump-- according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording who spoke to the New York Times. Read the rest “Michael Cohen secretly taped Donald Trump talking about paying off Playboy model Karen McDougal over sex claims”
Brace yourself for abundant Avenatti on the telly. Read the rest “Stormy sues again, Avenatti leaks secret Cohen texts of Trump sex affair quash plot”
Federal prosecutors investigating Michael Cohen already have access to 300,000 pieces of evidence from the digital devices seized in April. They're about to get access to more than a million of 'em, because Trump's legal team vastly overstated how much would be legitimately 'attorney-client privileged material.' Read the rest “Feds to get access to 1 million+ files from Michael Cohen’s seized phones today”