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August 20, 2018

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MJW

Sue: I don’t know but why plead to violating campaign finance laws if it wasn’t illegal?

My question would be, what charges did the feds agree not to pursue if he agreed to the plea deal? I think it would be quite scandalous for them to drop unrelated bank-fraud and tax charges stemming from the taxi medallions in exchange for him pleading to a seeming flimsy campaign violation tied to Trump, but who knows what they would do.

MJW

seeingly

Pinandpuller

including her two vile children who will doubtless grow up to be even worse than she is.

Posted by: James D. | August 21, 2018 at 03:01 PM

From Astroturf bedliner to Astroturf bedliner in three generations.

Speaking of nasty women, have anymore silk stalkings dropped from Asia Argento?

MJW

seemingly

Gosh darn it!

Eye Doctor

Tom R

How did you come about that DoD contract of yours?

boris

"drop unrelated bank-fraud and tax charges stemming from the taxi medallions in exchange for him pleading to a seeming flimsy campaign violation"

Paying off the ladies might not actually be a "flimsy campaign violation" but if they get Cohen to plead guilty to it that would sure seem like converting non-crime into "real crime".

Tom R

I say let’s investigate regardless of party all the lobbyists and other various and sundry individuals and groups who munch off us tax payers for tax and bank fraud, insider trading and anything else illegal that they do and that would land an ordinary citizen in jail. Hang em all.

Well said. Manafort's conviction means one less Swamp creature selling favors for millions of dollars.

Tom R

Considering that Michael Cohen was never involved with any aspect of the Trump campaign, how exactly would he have access to any campaign funds?

derwill

Apparently Cohen told the judge he paid the money for “the principle purpose of influencing the election.” Which is no different than any other cent ever spent on an election at any time anywhere.

Eye Doctor

Is Cohen a Russian agent?

Captain Hate

Manafort is Exhibit A on what will happen to anyone in the future who assists an outsider candidate.

Pee-resident DJT

When it came to the campaign finance violations, Cohen implicated the president directly. He told the court that he worked with Trump to pay off two women to keep their stories of alleged affairs with Trump from becoming public before Election Day.

Collusion isn't a crime, but conspiracy is.

Rocco

Apparently Cohen told the judge he paid the money for “the principle purpose of influencing the election.”

Could the president argue he has proof that Stormy Daniels was asked to remain quiet in 2011, long before the election could be influenced?

MAGA

Trump rally tonight in WV at 7pm (Eastern), liberals guaranteed to be triggered!

Watch live:

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Fox News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVIrt2fLNMw

Jane

What a day! So far I'm not convinced it's horrible.

Eye Doctor

Time to take a closer look at the Dennis Hastert hush money scandal!

Extraneus

THE MEDIA IS ANGRY THAT FOX IS COVERING THE MOLLIE TIBBETTS MURDER

Journalists suggested that it was “amazing” that Fox would give the story any airtime given the other breaking news stories about former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort being convicted of bank fraud and former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty to campaign finance violations.
Ralph L

Why wasn't Stormy arrested for extortion? Isn't that a bigger crime?

Pinandpuller

If you are on social media, have you given your logins and passwords to your lawyer or spouse so they can take down your accounts when you die?


@Motibbs
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PLSOS

April 5, 2018

Trump says he didn’t know his attorney paid $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels

Pee-resident Lying Sack of Shit

Pinandpuller

I'm glad I have until Saturday to gather my thoughts on why I'm not enduring this.

Posted by: Captain Hate | August 21, 2018 at 04:51 PM

That's Buster Keaton's origin story.

Captain Hate

Manafort's conviction means one less Swamp creature selling favors for millions of dollars

I'm incredulous that you're so gleeful about this police state action. I'm no special pleader for Manafort so much as opposed to a Grand Inquisitor combing through problematic violations of complex laws surely not understood by a jury of partisan retards.

James D.

From Astroturf bedliner to Astroturf bedliner in three generations.

Is it wrong of me to say that if every single member of the Clinton family, and the Bush family, and the Kennedy family, and every other multi-generational political family disappeared tomorrow, never to be seen or heard from again, that this country would be a far better place?

Eye Doctor

The sacrafice of a once upon a time swamp creature!

PLSOS

opposed to a Grand Inquisitor

Unless it's Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi.

Kevlar Kid

James D---

no.

:D

henry

I'm with Captain Hate on this. Either enforce these lobbying laws vigorously via DoJ, or STFU. The idea that people associated with Trump, and onlyy people associated with Trump get raked over the judicial coals is abominable. Meanwhile the Lois Lerners happily spend us tax dollars (aka pensions) without the public seeing what they confessed to and weren't punished for.

This pattern ends badly, no matter which side "wins."

Eye Doctor

Why didn't we ban videos after benghazi?

PLSOS

In this Whitehouse it's criminals all the way down.

So let me be the first to say... congratulations Speaker Pelosi!

Kevlar Kid

unequal protection under the law. privileges galore for the "in crowd."

Tom R

I'm incredulous that you're so gleeful about this police state action.

I'm incredulous that you don't think a DC Establishment lobbyist who laundered $75 million dollars should be held accountable for his crimes.

Catsmeat

Jack, Marlene--

Also see the Ringling estate, all Moorish tiles of gold and blue and Biltmore-level opulence within. How I miss the old Asolo theatre, a jewel of an Italian house built in Sarasota brick by brick and cherub by cherub. They used to put on the best theatre there--now there is an Asolo Rep Theatre and they do just one show a year in the old theatre, which is now (indignities of indignities) in the new Visitor's Center!

Speaker Pelosi

Trump adviser Larry Kudlow hosted publisher of white nationalists at his home

It's a fucking trifecta.

Eye Doctor

Uranium One. $145 million. You see any action there Tommy boy?

Miss Marple

I think a case can be made for CNN jury-tampering.

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy, you see Podesta being hauled in?

derwill

MM, I was wondering about that myself. The fact that the judge himself admired to being threaten to the point where he need an armed escort would seem to give Manafort ample grounds for an appeal. How could the Prosecution claim he het a fair trial if the judge and the jury feared for their very lives?

Eye Doctor

How many lefty DC lobiest are encouraged by what is happening, Tommy boy?

Pinandpuller

I just saw a clip of Megyn Kelly talking about how hard it's going to be to get clients to settle if NDA's get blown out by all of these revelations.

Thomas Collins

Tom R, it's one thing if Manafort were the subject of a regular grand jury investigation run by a regular Assistant US Attorney. This was an irregular investigation set up to deligitimize the duly elected POTUS. This is not Trump waiting for the right time to release the info that will nail the resistance. Trump is in a tough fight to avoid being toppled. I happen to think he will avoid being toppled. However, it will continue to be a tough slog.

Speaker Pelosi

Sens Burr and Warner just appeared jointly to announce they’ve “recently re-engaged with [Michael] Cohen” after recent reports about Trump Tower meeting.

Boy howdy... maybe Cohen leads Mueller back to a criminal conspiracy with the Russians after all.

That would make Cohen's plea deal ok, right MJW?

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy has an agenda!

GUS

Capn, the guy is an idiot.

Sue

Duncan Hunter and wife indicted by federal grand jury. Campaign finances for personal use.

Jack is Back (Again)!

catsmeat,

Been to the Ringling estate for a function. Really impressive. Once again the PC mob shuts down an Amerian institution, and we are left with are someone else's memories..

RESPICT

So Trump's an alleged "player"? We know these political charges will energize his base, but I hope it doesn't hurt with his high AA approval ratings.

Tom R

This was an irregular investigation set up to deligitimize the duly elected POTUS.

You are stating your assumption as a fact.

derwill

Maybe it’s the deep state that is trying to play 4D chess. Get a couple of guys for lying to the FBI by altering the 302s. Get another couple guys for financial crimes they committed that have nothing to do with Trump. And then if they get indicted for all the crimes they themselves have committed in the course if their coup attempt, claim it is just Trump trying to get even.

Eye Doctor

Tommy boy

Tell us what Sundance thinks

Speaker Pelosi

I love the smell of subpoena power in the morning.

Liberal Tears

Sometimes, to try to slow the tears, I like to pretend nothings are somethings. Usually, it doesn't help. This time, I hope Americans have long attention spans for these non-Russian events. Fingers crossed. Please help. What was I talking about?

Tom R

Maybe it’s the deep state that is trying to play 4D chess.

Derwill,

Careful there or Gus will start calling you an idiot. Any mention of 4D Chess triggers him.

Captain Hate

Awan goes free and Manafort was convicted. This wasn't a good day.

Jane

The Duncan Hunter indictment shocked me. We aren't the only ones with a plan.

Bunky is now Savotage!!!

Death by a thousand cuts. Pardon everybody and fire AG, Rosenstein and Molar.

Thomas Collins

It's a conclusion, Tom R. Given the documented actions before and after the election with respect to Trump (Mifsud, dossier, Crossfire Hurricane, unmasking of Flynn, Mueller going after activities having nothing to do with the campaign, Strzok's emails, the Ohr activities, and on and on), I'd say there is a good deal of support for the conclusion.

Eye Doctor

TC

You are obviously a "4d" time travel denier.

Speaker Pelosi

"I love the smell of subpoena power in the morning."

Never mind, that was just the scent coming from my front hole.

Extraneus

Tom still thinks it might be a grand plan to take out the real crooks, but I'm not sure if he has an explanation for why Perkins Coie hasn't yet be subpoenaed or Tony Podesta indicted.

Eye Doctor

Because they are protected, Ext

Tom R

TC,

Since you brought up Mifsud, any comments on my earlier posts from today regarding him? He seems to be a key player in the Obama cabal's "silent coup" against Trump don't you think?

duly

This was an irregular investigation set up to deligitimize the duly elected POTUS.

duly (adverb): in accordance with what is required or appropriate; following proper procedure or arrangement.

Are politicians who engage the services of Russian intelligence during their campaign 'duly' elected?

Eye Doctor

Yeah Tommy, your nutty assertion was that Mueller tried to track him down.

derwill

Regarding Awan—how would one be able to prove in a court of law that he actually committed espionage? The Dems gave him legitimate access to their data when they hired him to be their IT guy. Without some kind of paper or data trail showing that he transferred intelligence to Pakistan, how could it be proven that he did?

Now, I’ve no doubt the guy fed info to Pakistan. But sometimes there can be a chasm between knowing a crime was committed and who did it and being able to prove it so in a court of law.

Tom R

I'm not sure if he has an explanation for why Perkins Coie hasn't yet be subpoenaed or Tony Podesta indicted.

The crime for which Tony Podesta could be charged with is one of the charges in Manafort's second trial. Perhaps now that Mueller has some leverage Manafort can be convinced to testify in exchange for leniency when it comes to his own sentencing.

Pee-resident DJT

that was just the scent coming from my front hole.

Sorry, that's me; guess I forgot to rinse after my last 'cabinet meeting' with Kelly Conway.

Pinandpuller

Posted by: James D. | August 21, 2018 at 06:20 PM

The Hilton Sisters and their yappy dogs have settled down out of the spotlight, more or less.

Eye Doctor

Yeah Tommy, and then Podesta will roll on the Clinton's and so on and so forth.

4d we get it.

What fancy name do we call it when that doesn't happen?

Rocco

As former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith explains above, to be in violation of Campaign Finance laws, it has to be something, an obligation that would not exist but for the campaign.

On 60 Minutes, Stormy claimed that in 2011 she was threatened to stay quiet in regards to her alleged affair with Donald Trump.

So this wasn't exclusive to the campaign, it was a common ND that many famous individuals use to protect their loved ones from dishonest people.

boris

So they get Cohen to plead guilty to the non-crime and voila! Crime.

Another Bob

“Why didn't we ban videos after benghazi?”

Why can’t someone make a killfile for iPad?

henry

Just like that, a ham sandwich becomes a blue wave. Mueller's version of 4D hootenanny.

Pinandpuller

Walk Away' Founder Denied Service: 'It Took My Breath Away'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82bXSBEtIhc

Extraneus

They're all waiting for Trump's next tweet but doesn't he have a rally tonight?

Eye Doctor

Another Bob, are you traumatized?

Lock N Load

Trump WV Rally, Live Starting NOW!!!!

Links-

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CSPAN: https://www.c-span.org/video/?449868-1/president-trump-campigns-patrick-morrisey-west-virginia

henry

Ext, he may tweet while waiting to go on stage. (Hint, he is due on stage now).

Pee-resident DJT

So this wasn't exclusive to the campaign

nice try, but

Cohen says he worked “at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” for the purpose of influencing the election.

Whoopsie!

And remember the paper trail/bank accounts/audio recordings that Mueller got in the raid of Cohen's office?

That should all be interesting.

But y'all hold fast to your dreams!

Stephanie, Nene, Not your Normal Grandma

Here's the actual statement from the U.S. Attorney's office on Michael Cohen's plea deal - quite different from the media spin:

Robert Khuzami, Attorney for the United States, announced today the guilty plea of MICHAEL COHEN to charges of tax evasion, making false statements to a federally-insured bank, and campaign finance violations.

The plea was entered followed the filing of an eight-count criminal information, which alleged that COHEN concealed more than $4 million in personal income from the IRS, made false statements to a federally-insured financial institution in connection with a $500,000 home equity loan, and, in 2016, caused $280,000 in payments to be made to silence two women who otherwise planned to speak publicly about their alleged affairs with a presidential candidate, thereby intending to influence the 2016 presidential election. COHEN pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III.

From 2007 through January 2017, COHEN was an attorney and employee of a Manhattan-based real estate company (the “Company”). COHEN held the title of “Executive Vice President” and “Special Counsel” to the owner of the Company (“Individual-1”). In January 2017, COHEN left the Company and began holding himself out as the “personal attorney” to Individual-1, who by that time had become the President of the United States.

In addition to working for and earning income from the Organization, at all times relevant to this Information, COHEN owned taxi medallions in New York City and Chicago worth millions of dollars. COHEN owned these taxi medallions as investments and leased the medallions to operators who paid COHEN a portion of the operating income.

In late 2013, COHEN retained an accountant (“Accountant-1”) for the purpose of handling COHEN’s personal and entity tax returns. After being retained, Accountant-1 filed amended 2011 and 2012 Form 1040 tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). For tax years 2013 through 2016, Accountant-1 prepared individual returns for COHEN and returns for COHEN’s medallion and real estate entities. To confirm he had reviewed and approved these returns, both COHEN and his wife signed a Form 8879 for tax years 2013 through 2016, and filed manually for tax year 2012. Between 2012 and the end of 2016, COHEN earned more than $2.4 million in income from a series of personal loans made by COHEN to a taxi operator to whom COHEN leased certain of his Chicago taxi medallions (“Taxi Operator-1”), none of which he disclosed to the IRS.

As a further part of the scheme to evade paying income taxes, COHEN also concealed more than $1.3 million in income he received from another taxi operator to whom COHEN leased certain of his New York medallions (“Taxi Operator-2”). This income took two forms. First, COHEN did not report the substantial majority of a bonus payment of at least $870,000, which was made by Taxi Operator-2 in 2012 to induce COHEN to allow Taxi Operator-2 to operate certain of COHEN’s medallions. Second, between 2012 and 2016, COHEN concealed nearly $1 million in taxable income he received from Taxi Operator-2’s operation of certain of COHEN’s taxi medallions.

To ensure the concealment of this additional operator income, COHEN arranged to receive a portion of the medallion income personally, as opposed to having the income paid to COHEN’s medallion entities. Paying the medallion entities would have alerted Accountant-1, who prepared the returns for those entities, to the existence of the income such that it would have been included on COHEN’s tax returns.

As a further part of his scheme to evade taxes, COHEN also hid the following additional sources of income from Accountant-1 and the IRS:

A $100,000 payment received, in 2014, for brokering the sale of a piece of property in a private aviation community in Ocala, Florida.
Approximately $30,000 in profit made, in 2014, for brokering the sale of a Birkin Bag, a highly coveted French handbag that retails for between $11,900 to $300,000, depending on the type of leather or animal skin used.
More than $200,000 in consulting income earned in 2016 from an assisted living company purportedly for COHEN’s “consulting” on real estate and other projects.

In total, COHEN failed to report more than $4 million in income, resulting in the avoidance of taxes of more than $1.4 million due to the IRS.

In 2010, COHEN, through companies he controlled, executed a $6.4 million promissory note with a bank (“Bank-1”), collateralized by COHEN’s taxi medallions and personally guaranteed by COHEN. A year later, in 2011, COHEN personally obtained a $6 million line of credit from Bank-1 (the “Line of Credit”), also collateralized by his taxi medallions. By February 2013, COHEN had increased the Line of Credit from $6 million to $14 million, thereby increasing COHEN’s personal medallion liabilities at Bank-1 to more than $20 million.

In November 2014, COHEN refinanced his medallion debt at Bank-1 with another bank (“Bank-2”), who shared the debt with a New York-based credit union (the “Credit Union”). The transaction was structured as a package of individual loans to the entities that owned COHEN’s New York medallions. Following the loans’ closing, COHEN’s medallion debt at Bank-1 was paid off with funds from Bank-2 and the Credit Union, and the Line of Credit with Bank-1 was closed.

In 2013, in connection with a successful application for a mortgage from another Bank (“Bank-3”) for his Park Avenue condominium (the “2013 Application”), COHEN disclosed only the $6.4 million medallion loan he had with Bank-1 at the time. As noted above, COHEN also had a larger, $14 million Line of Credit with Bank-1 secured by his medallions, which COHEN did not disclose in the 2013 Application.

In February 2015, COHEN, in an attempt to secure financing from Bank-3 to purchase a summer home for approximately $8.5 million, again concealed the $14 million Line of Credit. Specifically, in connection with this proposed transaction, Bank-3 obtained a 2014 personal financial statement COHEN had provided to Bank-2 while refinancing his medallion debt. Bank-3 questioned COHEN about the $14 million Line of Credit reflected on that personal financial statement, because COHEN had omitted that debt from the 2013 Application to Bank-3. COHEN misled Bank-3, stating, in writing, that the $14 million Line of Credit was undrawn and that he would close it. In truth and in fact, COHEN had effectively overdrawn the Line of Credit, having swapped it out for a fully drawn, larger loan shared by Bank-2 and the Credit Union upon refinancing his medallion debt. When Bank-3 informed COHEN that it would only provide financing if COHEN closed the Line of Credit, COHEN lied again, misleadingly stating in an email: “The medallion line was closed in the middle of November 2014.”

In December 2015, COHEN contacted Bank-3 to apply for a home equity line of credit (“HELOC”). In so doing, COHEN again significantly understated his medallion debt. Specifically, in the HELOC application, COHEN, together with his wife, represented a positive net worth of more than $40 million, again omitting the $14 million in medallion debt with Bank-2 and the Credit Union. Because COHEN had previously confirmed in writing to Bank-3 that the $14 million Line of Credit had been closed, Bank-3 had no reason to question COHEN about the omission of this liability on the HELOC application. In addition, in seeking the HELOC, COHEN substantially and materially understated his monthly expenses to Bank-3 by omitting at least $70,000 in monthly interest payments due to Bank-2 on the true amount of his medallion debt.

In April 2016, Bank-3 approved COHEN for a $500,000 HELOC. By fraudulently concealing truthful information about his financial condition, COHEN obtained a HELOC that Bank-3 would otherwise not have approved.

The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, Title 52, United States Code, Section 30101, et seq., (the “Election Act”), regulates the influence of money on politics. At all relevant times, the Election Act set certain limitations and prohibitions, among them: (a) individual contributions to any presidential candidate, including expenditures coordinated with a candidate or his political committee, were limited to $2,700 per election, and presidential candidates and their committees were prohibited from accepting contributions from individuals in excess of this limit; and (b) Corporations were prohibited from making contributions directly to presidential candidates, including expenditures coordinated with candidates or their committees, and candidates were prohibited from accepting corporate contributions.

On June 16, 2015, Individual-1 began his presidential campaign. While COHEN continued to work at the Company and did not have a formal title with the campaign, he had a campaign email address and, at various times, advised the campaign, including on matters of interest to the press, and made televised and media appearances on behalf of the campaign.

In August 2015, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Corporation-1, a media company that owns, among other things, a popular tabloid magazine (“Chairman-1” and “Magazine-1,” respectively”), in coordination with COHEN and one or more members of the campaign, offered to help deal with negative stories about Individual-1’s relationships with women by, among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided. Chairman-1 agreed to keep COHEN apprised of any such negative stories.

Consistent with the agreement described above, Corporation-1 advised COHEN of negative stories during the course of the campaign, and COHEN, with the assistance of Corporation-1, was able to arrange for the purchase of two stories so as to suppress them and prevent them from influencing the election.

First, in June 2016, a model and actress (“Woman-1”) began attempting to sell her story of her alleged extramarital affair with Individual-1 that had taken place in 2006 and 2007, knowing the story would be of considerable value because of the election. Woman-1 retained an attorney (“Attorney-1”), who in turn contacted the editor-in-chief of Magazine-1 (“Editor-1”), and offered to sell Woman-1’s story to Magazine-1. Chairman-1 and Editor-1 informed COHEN of the story. At COHEN’s urging and subject to COHEN’s promise that Corporation-1 would be reimbursed, Editor-1 ultimately began negotiating for the purchase of the story.

On August 5, 2016, Corporation-1 entered into an agreement with Woman-1 to acquire her “limited life rights” to the story of her relationship with “any then-married man,” in exchange for $150,000 and a commitment to feature her on two magazine covers and publish more than 100 magazine articles authored by her. Despite the cover and article features to the agreement, its principal purpose, as understood by those involved, including COHEN, was to suppress Woman-1’s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.

Between late August 2016 and September 2016, COHEN agreed with Chairman-1 to assign the rights to the non-disclosure portion of Corporation-1’s agreement with Woman-1 to COHEN for $125,000. COHEN incorporated a shell entity called “Resolution Consultants LLC” for use in the transaction. Both Chairman-1 and COHEN ultimately signed the agreement, and a consultant for Corporation-1, using his own shell entity, provided COHEN with an invoice for the payment of $125,000. However, in early October 2016, after the assignment agreement was signed but before COHEN had paid the $125,000, Chairman-1 contacted COHEN and told him, in substance, that the deal was off and that COHEN should tear up the assignment agreement.

Second, on October 8, 2016, an agent for an adult film actress (“Woman-2”) informed Editor-1 that Woman-2 was willing to make public statements and confirm on the record her alleged past affair with Individual-1. Chairman-1 and Editor-1 then contacted COHEN and put him in touch with Attorney-1, who was also representing Woman-2. Over the course of the next few days, COHEN negotiated a $130,000 agreement with Attorney-1 to himself purchase Woman-2’s silence, and received a signed confidential settlement agreement and a separate side letter agreement from Attorney-1.

COHEN did not immediately execute the agreement, nor did he pay Woman-2. On the evening of October 25, 2016, with no deal with Woman-2 finalized, Attorney-1 told Editor-1 that Woman-2 was close to completing a deal with another outlet to make her story public. Editor-1, in turn, texted COHEN that “[w]e have to coordinate something on the matter [Attorney-1 is] calling you about or it could look awfully bad for everyone.” Chairman-1 and Editor-1 then called COHEN through an encrypted telephone application. COHEN agreed to make the payment, and then called Attorney-1 to finalize the deal.

The next day, on October 26, 2016, COHEN emailed an incorporating service to obtain the corporate formation documents for another shell corporation, Essential Consultants LLC, which COHEN had incorporated a few days prior. Later that afternoon, COHEN drew down $131,000 from the fraudulently obtained HELOC and requested that it be deposited into a bank account COHEN had just opened in the name of Essential Consultants. The next morning, on October 27, 2016, COHEN went to Bank-3 and wired approximately $130,000 from Essential Consultants to Attorney-1. On the bank form to complete the wire, COHEN falsely indicated that the “purpose of wire being sent” was “retainer.” On November 1, 2016, COHEN received from Attorney-1 copies of the final, signed confidential settlement agreement and side letter agreement.

COHEN caused and made the payments described herein in order to influence the 2016 presidential election. In so doing, he coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments. As a result of the payments solicited and made by COHEN, neither Woman-1 nor Woman-2 spoke to the press prior to the election.

In January 2017, COHEN in seeking reimbursement for election-related expenses, presented executives of the Company with a copy of a bank statement from the Essential Consultants bank account, which reflected the $130,000 payment COHEN had made to the bank account of Attorney-1 in order to keep Woman-2 silent in advance of the election, plus a $35 wire fee, adding, in handwriting, an additional “$50,000.” The $50,000 represented a claimed payment for “tech services,” which in fact related to work COHEN had solicited from a technology company during and in connection with the campaign. COHEN added these amounts to a sum of $180,035. After receiving this document, executives of the Company “grossed up” for tax purposes COHEN’s requested reimbursement of $180,000 to $360,000, and then added a bonus of $60,000 so that COHEN would be paid $420,000 in total. Executives of the Company also determined that the $420,000 would be paid to COHEN in monthly amounts of $35,000 over the course of 12 months, and that COHEN should send invoices for these payments.

On February 14, 2017, COHEN sent an executive of the Company (“Executive-1”) the first of his monthly invoices, requesting “[p]ursuant to [a] retainer agreement, . . . payment for services rendered for the months of January and February, 2017.” The invoice listed $35,000 for each of those two months. Executive-1 forwarded the invoice to another executive of the Company (“Executive-2”) the same day by email, and it was approved. Executive-1 forwarded that email to another employee at the Company, stating: “Please pay from the Trust. Post to legal expenses. Put ‘retainer for the months of January and February 2017’ in the description.”

Throughout 2017, COHEN sent to one or more representatives of the Company monthly invoices, which stated, “Pursuant to the retainer agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for” the relevant month in 2017, and sought $35,000 per month. The Company accounted for these payments as legal expenses. In truth and in fact, there was no such retainer agreement, and the monthly invoices COHEN submitted were not in connection with any legal services he had provided in 2017.

During 2017, pursuant to the invoices described above, COHEN received monthly $35,000 reimbursement checks, totaling $420,000.

COHEN, 51, of NEW YORK, NEW YORK, pleaded guilty to five counts of willful tax evasion; one count of making false statements to a bank; one count of causing an unlawful campaign contribution; and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution.

COHEN’S sentencing is scheduled for December 12 at 11 a.m.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrea M. Griswold, Rachel Maimin, Thomas McKay, and Nicolas Roos are in charge of the prosecution.

Pinandpuller

Your mom wanted you to be a concert pianist-but you wanted to be a court transcriptionist:

Africa (Toto) on Harpejji G16 by Mathieu Terrade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pv0q6oBmZxo&pbjreload=10

Beasts of England

Hillary Clinton still isn't president. 😎

Pinandpuller

The Keeds are getting trolled, shirley:

DETROIT (WJBK) - A 12-year-old girl from Detroit is in the hospital recovering from severe burns after taking part in a disturbing trend called the Fire Challenge.

"I can't help my baby. I can't help her," said Brandi Owens.


Brandi is trying to be strong, but can't bear seeing her daughter bandaged from head-to-toe and in intensive care with burns over 49 percent of her body. Timiyah Landers and her two girlfriends were hanging out at her Detroit home on Friday after mother Brandi made them pancakes and went to take a nap. Minutes later, Brandi said she heard a small explosion.

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/12-year-old-detroit-girl-severely-burned-attempting-fire-challenge-

Kevlar Kid

"Cohen says he worked “at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” for the purpose of influencing the election."

Was this sworn testimony? If so was it corroborated by anybody besides this corrupt attorney who tapes his clients?

Oopsie my heinie.

Beasts of England

'Approximately $30,000 in profit made, in 2014, for brokering the sale of a Birkin Bag, a highly coveted French handbag that retails for between $11,900 to $300,000, depending on the type of leather or animal skin used.'

😂

Kevlar Kid

Pin.... proof that even a 12 year old can be a flippin idiot. Nice work, Mom. "Jack Ass" on steroids.

Kevlar Kid

Birkin ryhmes with gherkin. Gives me chills.

Jack is Back (Again)!

TC,

Agree. Thanks for the sanity.

Pee-resident DJT

I think we've hit the daily bag limit for witches on this hunt.

Extraneus

This isn't taking anything out of Trump. He could probably do this every night if he wanted to.

Pee-resident DJT

Mueller is not done with Manafort, who will face a second trial in September on charges of money laundering and failing to register as an agent for a foreign government.

Kevlar Kid

i think DJT is one of those earthlings who get energized by the crowd.

back in the day when i was doing stand-up at the university, i gave lecture/presentations to a required class audience of 300 students every Thursday night for 90 minutes. great topic. used mixed media and interactive techniques to stimulate discussion .... 7-830pm....could never get to sleep before 2a...too jacked up.

pump it up, Mr. President. the best is yet to be.

America

"money laundering and failing to register as an agent"

Get my fainting couch! Wait, no Russia? Nevermind, I'm ok.

Kevlar Kid

my favorite Toto tune...from a simpler time:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htgr3pvBr-I

Pinandpuller

Some 'Furry' got an internship from NASA. It went downhill from there:

http://is2.4chan.org/pol/1534892942469.png

Jack is Back (Again)!

Birkin bags are pretty big in Southampton. You see them on the back seat of all the Bentley's here:) Jane comes by once in a while.

I have never seen one in Ostrich leather, though.

Extraneus

I haven't read here since he started but Trump is on it in WV and doesn't care about today's legal adventures.

narciso79

So send the call out for captain radius, the film opens up with hunt trying to broker a deal for stolen plutonium, and then it goes pearshaped, and you don't know who to trust.

If you thought the chase in Morocco was neat, you havent seen nothing yet. They do revisit some tropes from the original film. There's even a dossier involved talk about topicAL.

matt - deplore me if you must

I don't think Mueller is too happy tonight. 8 of 18 is a losing record and I would think the convictions will be appealed. The kitchen sink indictments did not pay off.

Cohen's plea deal is bupkis for Mueller. More tax fraud.

The Flynn pullback is also a black eye. How can you keep a defendant dangling for 8 months?

Mueller's reputation is going to be in tatters. He will forever be known like the douchebags in the Stevens case or Donovan case.

18 months and this is what he has wrought?

On the other side of the ledger a large swathe of the DoJ/FBI leadership has been either demoted or fired for their criminal involvement in the Trump collusion case.

The scales of justice have been turned against Mueller.

Beasts of England

Glad to see my former neighbor Homer Hickam busting some chops, Pin. :)

Kevlar Kid

Ol Yeller raises the question: how many FBI agents and DOJ assets are being used to "get this President?"

"and the media don't care that rights such as attorney-client privilege are being tossed aside because the cause is to get Trump at any cost."

i'd say Mueller is conducting a highly irregular investigation.

i'd say, given the extremes of raiding Manafort's home and cutting deals with a "potential witness" like the greaseball who embezzled funds from their company.... raiding Cohen's office.... interpreting those as damaging to the president with the intent to topple his presidency is as plausible as your construct that Mueller and Rosenstein are helping this President.

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