Reports: Michael Cohen Likely To Accept Plea Deal on Tax, Financial, Bank Charges…

According to multiple media outlets (ABC here) and CNN here, the former attorney for President Trump, Michael Cohen, is anticipated to take a plea deal with New York prosecutors at 4:00pm today:

(Via CNN) […] As part of the plea deal under discussion earlier Tuesday, Cohen was not expected to cooperate with the government, one source told CNN. However, by pleading guilty both Cohen and prosecutors would avoid the spectacle and uncertainty of a trial.

[…] Prosecutors said in court their investigation is into Cohen’s personal financial dealings. The search warrant authorizing the FBI raid referenced Cohen’s taxi medallion business and the identity of banks that loaned him money. (more)

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420 Responses to Reports: Michael Cohen Likely To Accept Plea Deal on Tax, Financial, Bank Charges…

  1. JoD says:

    Cohen said exactly what “they” told him to say.
    Unfortunately for “them” Cohen is a proven liar with ZERO credibility.
    When this flips, and it will, the SDNY will be in hot water for creating Cohen’s testimony.
    Stay tuned!

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  2. Gadsden says:

    The had him dead to rights on tax evasion which can get you serious jail time, so they refused to accept a plea unless he implicated POTUS. Any charges against Trump should be easily defended against unless the Cohen tapes have him on tape saying the payments are specifically for purpose of helping the campaign.

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  3. thedoc00 says:

    I suspect this is the curtain raiser on Mueller send a subpoena to the president to answer the charge regarding election funds, then sneak in more questions. Thank you Newt Gingrich and Ken Star.

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    • Concerned Virginian says:

      This line of thinking was confirmed by FoxNews Radio report at 8PM Eastern. Apparently Cohen specifically stated that there were payments being made with the express knowledge and consent of then-candidate Donald Trump.
      How is Rudy going to take care of this one? It seems to me that even if Cohen has zero credibility and at the same time his plea deal is based in part on his future non-cooperation with the court, Mueller now has open season on President Trump.
      Other fallout: DNC/UniParty will use BOTH the Cohen and Manafort disasters to push for Democrats/UniParty to take over Congress in the November elections.
      Other fallout: Mueller gave notice to ANYBODY connected with POTUS that they are now in his sights and may well be the next to be harassed/ subpoenaed / intimidated into leaving the administration.

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      • WSB says:

        Cohen was President Trump’s attorney and officual representative, not a casual friend attempting a coverup.

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      • Tammie Picton says:

        Watch Mark Levin on Hannity for the accurate analysis of the Cohen plea

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        • Sunshine says:

          Levin is certain that Mueller is in the process of drafting impeachment papers. Once those papers are filed, his investigation is over.
          I believe Mueller’s goal, as of the start, was exactly that. I’m curious as to who recommended Rosenstein to Trump.

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          • JoeGunsy19 says:

            That’s the question I’ve been trying to figure out. Who appointed Rosenstein, as it’s clear he was a major part of the conspiracy? Who would hire a guy who just worked for Obama, Holder and Lynch for the past 8 years? And in one of the most important jobs especially where they knew this Russia sham was heating up.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        Concerned Virginian, kind of like Hitler is our Mueller and we all know what happened to Hitler and can only hope Mueller does the same. We may also see many of the traitors trying to leave this country but blocked by a law passed by our President and others committing suicide rather than being publicly hanged.

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    • L4grasshopper says:

      Election funds were not used.

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      • thedoc00 says:

        Proof needs to be provided because until Clown AG Sessions gets control, anything Mueller says is “truth” because he has a witness and must be disproven.

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  4. So the “most honorable” has plead guilty to an Elections charge (but Trump made me do it!!)
    This after saying he did it all on his own??

    Any other “normal politician” would have a fine levied against the campaign and we retire to the veranda. But this is Trump. Must be something more nefarious here!!

    Someone upstream said “Lock Her Up”. Too late for that.
    The double standard here is way beyond childish games at this point. The immense amounts of time, effort and money being expended to drive a duly elected president out of office is almost unprecedented.

    The immense amounts of time, effort and money being expended to nullify our Constitution and forcibly change our country to a Socialist run entity is unprecedented.

    Based on the events of this day, where our Government provided improperly, if not illegally, obtained “evidence” to force an individual into accusing our President of a crime, I believe it is past time to for We The People to demand others that should be taking actions to prevent this Socialist Coup and work amongst ourselves to bring an end to the Socialist Coup.

    The first thing we should do is go vote. And remind those that we vote for that the only reason they got our vote was to end this Socialist Coup.

    Then prepare yourselves for a literal battle to regain our Constitutional Republic when the Mensheviks, Bolsheviks, and Socialists drop their pretense of being Republicans and/or Democrats and begin removing the remaining few and tenuous Rights and Freedoms we have left.

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    • cjzak says:

      They don’t care if it’s nefarious or not. It’s not the reason they are doing this.They have set this up to not only go after PT again, create the appearance of wrong doing on his part, but to influence and steal seats in Nov. for the House takeover (think Jordan and Collins)which is their real end game right now.

      They have their plans in motion and people better realize it immediately. Impeachment is being set up in anticipation of that election going their way. They have set the table for impeachment with this incident and will try to make a case out of this no matter how thin the evidence.

      PT supporters have the power to make sure the Dems lose their agenda with a resounding smash in Nov. VOTE republican and get out the vote in large numbers.

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  5. Nessie509 says:

    Then there’s the 2012 $3.7 million campaign finance violations Obama Campaign settled for $375,000. Of course, he’s a Democrat! (never mind).
    https://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/obama-2008-campaign-fined-375000-085784

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  6. 6x47 says:

    Cohen pleaded guilty to violations of campaign finance laws regarding the payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougald.

    POS.

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  7. jello333 says:

    Paging BLUTO!! Paging BLUTO!!

    Sorry to yell, but this is The Important! I iz scared, and I haz to know…. is this time for real, is this really THE END for Donald Trump?!

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      Thank you for reminding us to put this in perspective!

      Thank you, Bluto, for instilling in us the fact that just because the news says “its all over for President Trump” doesn’t mean it is so.

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      • It’s not all over for President Trump. Please remember that the fake news (yes, and this includes FOX News) has been saying this since before the election–even before the primaries…..

        Manafort was found guilty of five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud.

        This has nothing to do with Donald Trump, and IMHO, the guy probably ought not cheat on his tax returns.

        Cohen did pay off a couple strippers, but this was not out of campaign funds and is entirely legal. Heck, Cohen did not even work for the Trump campaign.

        If all this worries you, dear readers, it is high time to just turn off the tube and read a good book.

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  8. jstanley01 says:

    Here’s a copy of the charges against Cohen. Having zero legal expertise, I hesitate to comment, but it looks like they’re using the illegal contribution angle to implicate wrongdoing by Trump…

    https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4779489-Cohen-Information.html#document/p1

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  9. GB Bari says:

    And now we have a former Federal Elections Commission Chairman Brad Smith saying that the payment does not constitute “an in kind contribution to the Trump campaign, thus violating campaign finance law.”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/08/breaking-former-head-of-federal-elections-says-cohen-payment-is-not-an-in-kind-campaign-contribution/

    So it’s not as “cut and dried” as the lunatic Leftwing MSM is desperate for you to believe.

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  10. JonB3 says:

    I can’t help but wonder ~ Would we be here if Jeff Sessions didn’t recuse himself, and was doing his job as a real attorney general for President Trump ?

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  11. thinkwell says:

    Trump having affairs is sleazy, but we didn’t hire him because he was a choirboy. We hired him to make America great again and, considering the tremendous amount of flack that has been thrown at him, he is making good headway and is staying the course.

    However, Trump is not perfect and his carnal weakness hurt his wife. Why wouldn’t he want to spare her (and himself) the embarrassment of having it become public if he could stop it? That was clearly his primary motive. If hush money had the additional effect of helping his campaign (which, in this debauched day and age, is doubtful), it legally is of no consequence.

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    • daughnworks247 says:

      Alleged affairs. Keep in mind, Cohen also paid $35K to a doorman to stop a rumor that Trump had another child. VERY common for wealthy people to receive these kinds of attacks.
      If Stormy actually did have sex with PDJT, and made an issue out of it, 3 weeks before the election, then she left 10 million dollars on the table.

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      • thinkwell says:

        Good point, money attracts lies and lawsuits, so we don’t really know what is true about this alleged affair, but even if it is true, it was long ago before he became president and has no bearing on his performance as commander-in-chief. Either way, it is not a deal breaker. Not even close.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      thinkwell, but we have no truth about either of the females dug up this time as this trick was tried before against Trump and failed. I cannot see Trump doing anything like this with Melania as his wife. It is absurd but the Trump haters will try anything even more than once to bring him down and each time they lose. Trump is way too smart to be represented as weak and stupid.

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  12. Of course Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis has already started with accusations the President is guilty of a crime. Davis is so proud he is strutting around, makes me sick..
    Why if these two women threatened to revive decade old incidents weeks before the election are they not guilty of blackmail? extortion?

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    • trialbytruth says:

      only if it can be shown that they started this just as the campaign was getting started and used it as a way to extort…. hmmmm lets see i am thinking they would not want to put it that way I am guessing they will say it has nothing to do with the campaign…. hmmmm I doubt stormys lawyer is willing to say it was extortion.

      In order to build a case against Trump a lot of people would have to destroy careers and fall on swords. In the end it all comes down to the fact Trump spent his own money to benefit himself. Based on this concept then he should be able to deduct it as a campaign expense. I wonder if anyone has actually looked to see what all the in service contributions Trump made to his campaign? If this payoff was put there it would be an illegal use of campaign funds i am sure even if it was his money.

      I say let them pound sand. This is not going to win the Resistance any elections. it will motivate Trumps base to show up to vote all the way down the ballot. Impeach Trump somehow I think that if they tried the veterans day parade in Washington DC would go off without any official sanction from the city and without a request form our President. I know I would be there.

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  13. Katherine McCoun says:

    My story today (and why I love having a small seat on a branch in the treehouse!):
    I am at a friends house to visit and let our sons play. She gets a text from her husband while we are talking. She glances at and then sharp intake of breath. She reads her husband’s text, “Trump presidency is over. Prepare for Pence.”

    My eyes get big and have hard time breathing. What!? I asked her if she had a computer I could get on and she set me up on her laptop while she scrolled on her phone. I immediately came to the treehouse, read the two posts about Manafort and Cohen, scanned through the comments and calmed down.

    As soon as I got a handle on what the headlines are I immediately thought of Bluto and his list from the ’15 & ’16. Perspective. Panic lessened. Frustration with DC grew.

    Turns out, her husband is in an airport – so surrounded by CNN. Might account for some of his perspective.

    Watching President Trump now at the rally and he seems completely unflustered and same as usual. So relieved.

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  14. Julia Adams says:

    It’s time for President Trump to go bold, Katy bar the door and use the nuclear option:
    1. Pardon: Flynn and Papadopolus
    2. Fire: Mueller, Rosenstein and Session
    3. Declassify everything, full transparency
    4. Strip all Obama holdovers of their security clearances

    Liked by 7 people

    • PatriotKate says:

      And do it all on the same day.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Julia, I agree with 1, 3, and 4, but Sessions is really working so hold your horses about him.

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    • USTerminator says:

      Fire Sessions, I can no longer have any respect for that man any longer. For anyone who would accuse me of trolling or insulting me. Tough, I entitle to my opinion. Sessions is a deep state mole infiltrated Trump campaign and sobotage Trump’s Presidency.

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    • NC PATRIOT says:

      No need to “fire”—-just declassify It will show NO BASIS AT ALL for the Mueller investigation and will implicate Rosie big time.

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  16. L4grasshopper says:

    If Cohen doesn’t have any way to prove that Trump told him to commit the election crime, then the prosecutors have nothing.

    And if the judge in the Manafort trial gives him real light, concurrent sentences, then that defuses Mueller’s leverage.

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  17. Liza Moon says:

    so cohen, manafort, and papadop all got done today. guess who else? imran awan sentenced to time served and 3 months supervised release.

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  18. Niagara Frontier says:

    The Dem and never-Trump GOP celebrations about Cohen’s plea possibly leading to POTUS being named as an unindicted coconspirator are sickening. All this over a possible, ticky-tack campaign violation.

    Hell, where were the indictments in the case where the FEC hit Obama’s campaign with the largest fine ever? The charges then were “hiding donors and keeping illegal donations.”

    https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/07/obama-campaign-fined-big-for-hiding-donors-keeping-illegal-donations

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  19. Ditch Mitch says:

    Wow, cut of Baier on Hannity where he states that there was no violation of election law. This is a position Rudy stated earlier today. Levin stated the same position on his show.

    Mule Patty is putting the screws to Cohen on violating election law to coerce Cohen to turn in PDJT. Does not matter as there is no violation of election law.

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  20. mightymustardseed says:

    Please Lord, protect our President Donald J Trump from the snares and traps of those who want to destroy him.

    You know plots they have made. Father, please shine the Light Of The World upon those plans, so that there would not be even a shadow to hide themselves from The Truth. Amen

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  21. USMC1833 says:

    What happens we ” cold anger ” turns hot ?

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  22. andy says:

    Trump needs to shift the narrative simple by saying :
    “FEC violation and bank fraud? Obama’s justice department was so bad, they had to fake a counter intelligence investigation to clean up old charges related to Podesta….can you imagine their panic… And with the so called hush money… Let me tell you folks.. if the F.E.C. could put a value to me waking up every morning, Id have to declare it as a monetary benefit to my campaign. I pay lots of Huge bills every day folks…. If I knew I had to measure their benefit to my campaign every time I sign my name… I wouldnt get anything done.. So what ever the fine, Ill pay it. Im new to running for office. I never realized how dirty people can get when you’re close associate becomes a powerful person. That being said folks, enjoy the show. I dont appreciate being spied on or recorded without my knowledge, especially when me or my family are innocent. “

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  23. Eric Mitt says:

    If PDJT has paid off women previous to being a candidate was that a campaign finance violation? It seems like this is probably not the first time a check was written to make something go away so why would it be anything different Also didn’t Gloria Allred offer people large sums of money to accuse PDJT of affairs? I think that would be more closely aligned with an in kind contribution.

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  24. tempo150101 says:

    Brad Smith, a former member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC), said he was reluctant to comment on Cohen’s plea because he does not know the details. But he told LifeZette that he continues to hold to his view that it is a stretch to call the payments related to McDougal and Daniels campaign expenses.

    “I don’t think it fits the definition of campaign finance expenses,” he said.

    –Bradley A. Smith is the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He previously served as Commissioner, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission between 2000 and 2005.

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  25. riffer73 says:

    I honestly don’t think this will hurt Trump. I think it is just a trial balloon by Meuller to see if it has any effect. If not, Meuller might just give up and close down the investigation. Qanon notwithstanding.

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  26. marinovibe says:

    Wasn’t there a Cohen tweet, in 2017, denying any Trump wrongdoing?

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  27. Julia Adams says:

    The reason none of this will hurt Trump is that it’s already baked into the cake.

    Manafort and Cohen convictions don’t change much politically

    William A. Jacobson | 8/21/2018 – 9:20pm

    #TheResistance thinks they got him.

    The convictions of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen are it. Trump’s gonna go.

    Not so fast.

    The Manafort conviction doesn’t even tangentially involve Trump or the Trump campaign in any wrongdoing. Manafort was prosecuted because he made the wrong life decision to affiliate with the Trump campaign to help manage the anticipated convention floor flight. But for that decision, Manafort never would have been targeted by prosecutors on charges previously ignored by federal investigators. That Manafort was prosecuted because he knew Trump does not implicate Trump in the wrongdoing.

    The Michael Cohen plea deal is potentially more problematic. Cohen said he made the payments to buy the silence of two women with the knowledge and at the direction of a federal candidate (Trump). That contradicts Cohen prior versions. But assuming it’s provable, it’s not clear that the payments were illegal.

    The issue is whether they constituted unreported campaign contributions, which is not a slam dunk for prosecutors. In the plea deal the issue was not litigated – Cohen agreed to it because the prosecution had him on more serious tax and fraud charges, so adding in the campaign finance issues was at no cost to Cohen.

    John Hinderaker summed it up well:

    It is not illegal to pay someone to remain silent. The theory here is that the money paid to Clifford was an illegal campaign contribution. Since Cohen says he made the payment to Clifford at Trump’s direction, Mueller is trying to ensnare Trump in that “crime.” To my knowledge, there is no legal authority on whether paying a woman to keep her mouth shut constitutes a campaign contribution. It strikes me as a foolish interpretation of the law, and forcing Cohen to plead guilty to the “crime” of paying off Ms. Clifford doesn’t transform it into a crime.

    The reason none of this will hurt Trump is that it’s all baked into the cake.

    There isn’t much about Trump’s personality or conduct that wasn’t exposed prior to the 2016 election, including alleged Russian collusion.

    People who hated Trump before still hate him. People who loved Trump before, still love him. People who care most about the economy still care most about the economy.

    People who viewed the 2016 election as the Flight 93 Election also view the 2018 and 2020 elections as Flight 93 elections (and they are).

    It’s August 21. This will not be a big election issue. I love Trump even more….I can’t wait for him to pardon Manafort, Flynn and anyone else these evil prosecutors have squeezed…I want them all fired, I want them in jail.

    We have to win 2018 so that he can fire the traitor elf, and rosey the scumbag Then, get a new AG who immediately fires Mueller

    Go volunteer, talk to friends and relatives, get the vote out as if your life depends on it… because it does…this time it really does.

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  28. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    It appears that Clinton sycophant Lanny Davis, who Michael Cohen apparently hired to represent him, will need a lifetime supply of adult diapers. Mark Levin just completely ripped out a certain digestive sphincter of Mr. Davis, in regards concerning this “plea deal” on Sean Hannity’s show this evening and exposed it for the piece of dung that it is.

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  29. blognificentbee says:

    I usually don’t retweet this guy, but YES to this one.

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      That tweet understates the severity of the violation. Not only did the Obama campaign accept the illegal donations, they exceeded the required time limit in refunding them, and they also incorrectly dated campaign filings.

      https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/07/obama-campaign-fined-big-for-hiding-donors-keeping-illegal-donations

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “the Obama campaign”

        If they were held accountable to normal standards of law that would be rayciss.

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      • blognificentbee says:

        If only the media, especially ‘conservative’ outletswould tell the real story. #FakeNews is so spot-on a term than most realize.

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        • Niagara Frontier says:

          Sooner or later the dam is going to break and the media will no longer be able to hide what the rest of us here in CTH already know thanks to Sundance.

          It is astounding how many Americans still have no clue about the depth of the conspiracies and corruption. I don’t know how they’ll ever be able to catch up.

          Maybe that’s part of the plan — to confuse the hell out of everyone to the point they give up and don’t care.

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          • blognificentbee says:

            Yes, many in my immediate circle are posting and texting me about giving up. They are non-politicos, but jumped on the Trump Train. They are easily dismayed by the drip, drip, erosion that is happening, as they expected Niagra Falls (pun intended 😀). These are the 2016 Trump voters that we all need to take care and effort to get to the polls in November. The dam may not break before the midterms, so more MAGA force is needed!

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    • For Eyes says:

      And the point is there is a double standard in play?

      Really? You don’t say.

      🙂

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  30. waicool says:

    Our slain soldiers lay in tombs for eternity, disabled soldiers suffer the rest of their blessed lives, having defended our nation from similar evils. Coward cohen runs and joins the other side.

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  31. treehugger says:

    sundance

    why did the arwan go scott free today
    lost so much hope with that news

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  32. NJF says:

    Lol #CohenPlea is barely trending on twitter.

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  33. woohoowee says:

    Well, well, well…….if Prosecutors ain’t trying to affect the outcome of an election after all? Hmmmm…….. Government run amok, again? What was The Prostitute there for that day? “The Cause”? Banana Republic Style. Step right up and get your Third-World Politics here!

    I’m still waiting for the raids on Rosey’s and Muelley’s offices.

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  34. I find this very interesting. Seems the media have been assuming things….nobody ever said it was Trump! A candidate for federal office? If it was Trump why didn’t he say Trump? The media have not been quoting word for word! 😅

    Cohen said he violated campaign-finance-law “in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” PRESUMABLY referring to his former employer, then-candidate Trump….federal office doesn’t necessarily mean president, and if it did, it could have been any of the candidates. Lots of them were working against Trump.

    And he said another payment was made “with the purpose of influencing the election”…still doesn’t say Trump….for all we know, he was set up by the deep state…that’s why he won’t mention Trump by name. Because it was one of THEM. And I bet part of the “deal” was that Cohen will not ever say who it really was!
    I would love to know! I hope it eventually comes out.

    Read it!

    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/michael-cohen-implicates-donald-trump-campaign-finance-law-violations/

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  35. For Eyes says:

    Reps were dissmissive of the whole Stormy Daniels thing.

    Smug and complacent.

    Well, we better stop being complacent.

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  36. pochas94 says:

    Some agreements were made by certain women, for which they were compensated. Nothing illegal there. Campaign fund not involved. I can’t see any material difference whether Trump directed the payments or not. If he says he didn’t, who can argue. Cohen?

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  37. Mark McQueen says:

    I’m confused as to why this is considered connected in any way to campaign funds or contributions. Did Cohen have access to the campaign fund and use that money?

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