The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. Stormy Daniels: Trump discloses payment to reimburse lawyer

    US President Donald Trump has officially disclosed his reimbursement to his lawyer, who paid a porn star to hush up her claims of an affair.
    The Office of Government Ethics found on Wednesday that Mr Trump ought to have revealed the payment in his previous financial disclosure.
    The filing shows he paid Michael Cohen between $100,001 (£75,000) and $250,000 for expenses incurred in 2016.
    Mr Trump previously denied knowing of the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.
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    The White House stated in a footnote to the filing that it was listing the payment "in the interest of transparency", and contended it did not have to make the disclosure.
    However, the head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) wrote in a letter that "the payment made by Mr Cohen is required to be reported" in the liabilities section of the statement.
    In his letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the OGE acting director said: "You may find the disclosure relevant to any inquiry you may be pursuing."
    The deputy attorney general is overseeing the Department of Justice investigation into whether Trump aides colluded with alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
    The Stormy Daniels payment is a potential legal problem for the president because it could be seen as an illegal campaign contribution.
    Mr Cohen, whose records relating to the settlement were seized in an FBI raid last month, is now reportedly under criminal investigation.
    Ms Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, alleges that she and Mr Trump had sex in a hotel room in Lake Tahoe, a resort area between California and Nevada, in 2006. Mr Trump's lawyer said his client "vehemently denies" the claim.
    If the actress's account is true, the tryst would have happened just a few months after Melania Trump gave birth to her son, Barron, whose father is Mr Trump.
    Stormy Daniels with Donald Trump

    n April, Mr Trump said he was unaware Mr Cohen had paid Ms Daniels just before the 2016 election.
    Mr Trump's payment to Mr Cohen was first confirmed a fortnight ago by Rudy Giuliani, another of the president's attorneys, in a television interview.
    Mr Giuliani said the transaction was to keep Ms Daniels quiet about her "false and extortionist accusation" that she had sex with Mr Trump, suggesting her claim could have damaged his candidacy.
    Later that week, the president said the newly hired Mr Giuliani needed time to "get his facts straight".
    Also on Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee backed up the American intelligence community's findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election to help Mr Trump.
    The panel's assessment contradicts a conclusion in March by the House Intelligence Committee rejecting allegations that the Kremlin had aimed to boost the Republican candidate's chances.

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    Could they just leave already? They keep staying that they're going, but never do.

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    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 4 hours ago
    Avenatti Says Slaying Goliaths Is His Business Model
    The California-based commercial litigation attorney and his own practice have racked up over $1 billion in verdicts in cases against some of the biggest companies and law firms out there. "I stand by the legal work we've done, and the results we've attained," he said.

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 2 hours ago
    “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” - Maya Angelou

    We should all thank @StormyDaniels for her sacrifice and strength. The full extent of her courage will come into focus in the coming weeks.

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 47 minutes ago
    As disclosed on @Morning_Joe to @morningmika moments ago - two more women and counting... Big problems lie ahead for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump. #Basta

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 10 minutes ago
    FYI - the impetus for both women coming forward was the bravery of my client, our dedication to exposing the truth through the media, and our competence in dealing with the press. Imagine that.

    Avenatti: Two more women claim Trump hush deals

    Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti says he is vetting two other women who have non-disclosure agreements tied to the president and Michael Cohen.

    Trump tweets on 'greatest Witch Hunt' in US history

    Thursday marks the one-year anniversary to the start of the Mueller investigation, and the president was up and tweeting about the ‘second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History.' The panel discusses.
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    Since there are scores of leakers on his side this is a possibility.
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    Summer Zervos has been mentioned in ten posts in this thread. This was the first, from October of 2016:

    Evidence gathering in Summer Zervos defamation case against Trump can proceed | CNN


    A New York appeals court has denied a motion by President Donald Trump's attorney to stay the Summer Zervos defamation case pending appeal, meaning the gathering of evidence known as "discovery" can move forward as both parties await a ruling on the appeal.

    Zervos, a former "Apprentice" contestant, filed a lawsuit against Trump in January 2017 in which she alleged that Trump defamed her in 2016 after she said he sexually assaulted her in 2007.

    Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, is appealing the March 20 ruling by New York Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter, who allowed the case to go forward. He wants the appellate court to revisit the matter of whether the Constitution's Supremacy Clause bars a state court from hearing an action against a sitting president -- what would be considered immunity, because it would make the President immune from suit. Schecter ruled it does not. Kasowitz also argues that Schecter erred in denying the President's motion to dismiss or delay the case on First Amendment grounds.

    Kasowitz said his motion should be granted on the grounds that New York and federal law both mandate a stay pending appeal, that proceeding with the case could irreparably harm Trump, and that the temporary suspension being sought was not designed to delay the case. But the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court denied his motion in a one-page ruling.

    "We look forward to proving Ms. Zervos's claim that defendant lied when he maliciously attacked her for reporting his sexually abusive behavior," said Zervos' attorney, Mariann Meier Wang. Kasowitz did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ruling.

    Earlier this month, Zervos' team issued subpoenas to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Beverly Hills Hotel as part of their effort to prove that Trump lied "when he falsely denigrated Ms. Zervos and denied sexually assaulting her," Wang said. She set a May 31 deadline for both companies to comply with the subpoena for the material requested.

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    Michael Avenatti: Two More Women Claim President Donald Trump's Hush Deals | Morning Joe | MSNBC

    Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti discusses says he is vetting two other women who have non-disclosure agreements tied to the president and Michael Cohen.

    Michael Cohen's Payment Disclosure May Land President Trump In Ethical Hot Water | Deadline | MSNBC

    Attorney Michael Avenatti, former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi, former US attorney Barbara McQuade, and NYT’s Nick Confessore on the OGE’s referral of President Trump's disclosure docs to DOJ.

    The Status Of Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation, One Year Later | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

    Today marks one year into Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, but according to Rudy Giuliani and the president, it's all for nothing. Stephanie Ruhle and her panel discuss where we stand.
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    Paul Manafort’s Former Son-in-Law Cooperating With Federal Investigators, Sources Say

    Jeffrey Yohai pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges in California in January

    By Michael Rothfeld and Erica Orden, The Wall Street Journal


    A former son-in-law of President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges in a sealed proceeding in California in January and is cooperating with federal investigators, people familiar with the matter said.

    Jeffrey Yohai, who until last year was married to one of Paul Manafort’s daughters, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the Central District of California relating to real-estate loans on properties in New York and California, these people said. Mr. Yohai invested with Mr. Manafort on real-estate deals in both states, public records show.

    Mr. Yohai has met with investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller, one of the people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Mueller has brought charges against Mr. Manafort as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

    Mr. Yohai also met with prosecutors from the New York attorney general’s office as part a probe by that office, which has been investigating Messrs. Manafort and Yohai, according to people familiar with the matter.

    Mr. Manafort faces two trials stemming from the special counsel investigation, the first of which is set to begin in July. He has pleaded not guilty to charges including bank and tax fraud. A spokesman for Mr. Manafort declined to comment.

    His former business partner, Richard Gates, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and providing a false statement in connection with one of the cases against Mr. Manafort and agreed to cooperate in Mr. Mueller’s investigation.

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    Trump can’t kick back up the pressure on North Korea. He has lost this.
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    Kushners accept Qatari bailout after claiming they wouldn’t take money due to conflicts of interest


    The New York Times reports that the Kushners are “close to receiving a bailout of its financially troubled flagship building by a company with ties to the government of Qatar.” The deal is being struck with Brookfield Properties, “a publicly traded company, headquartered in Canada, one of whose major investors is the Qatar Investment Authority,” according to the Times.

    So the Kushners may not be accepting funding directly through the sovereign wealth fund. But the money will come from a firm that is financed in large part by the same fund.

    The financing would cover the tower’s mortgage, pay for renovations and buy out Vornado’s stake in the office tower. Brookfield would also take over management of the property.

    The deal is “is likely to raise further concerns about Jared Kushner’s dual role as a White House point person on the Middle East and a continuing stake holder in the family’s company,” as the Times reports.

    Kushner has been unable to obtain a permanent security clearance due to concerns that foreign government could use his business entanglements to gain influence.

    The Qatari Investment Authority has been in the news recently.

    Michael Avenatti — the lawyer representing Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who accepted hush money to stay quiet about her alleged affair with President Trump — recently tweeted photos of Ahmed al-Rumaihi, a former Qatari diplomat who now heads up their investment fund, entering Trump Tower in December 2016.

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    The Definitive Story Of How Trump’s Team Worked The Trump Moscow Deal During The Campaign

    On the day of the third Republican presidential debate, Trump personally signed the letter of intent.

    By Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold, BuzzFeed News


    All through the hot summer campaign of 2016, as Donald Trump and his aides dismissed talk of unseemly ties to Moscow, two of his key business partners were working furiously on a secret track: negotiations to build what would have been the tallest building in Europe and an icon of the Trump empire — the Trump World Tower Moscow.

    Talks to construct the 100-story building continued even as the presidential candidate alternately bragged about his relationship with Vladimir Putin and rejected suggestions of Russian influence, and as Russian agents worked to sway US public opinion on Trump’s behalf.

    While fragments of the Trump Moscow venture have trickled out — most recently in a report last night by Yahoo News — this is the definitive story of the Moscow tower, told from a trove of emails, text messages, congressional testimony, architectural renderings, and other documents obtained exclusively by BuzzFeed News, as well as interviews with key players and investigators. The documents reveal a detailed and plausible plan, well-connected Russian counterparts, and an effort that extended from spearfishing with a Russian developer on a private island to planning for a mid-campaign trip to Moscow for the presidential candidate himself.

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    ‘Bigger than Watergate’: Trump joins push by allies to expose role of an FBI source | The Washington Post


    President Trump’s allies are waging an increasingly aggressive campaign to undercut the Russia investigation by exposing the role of a top-secret FBI source. The effort reached new heights Thursday as Trump alleged that an informant had improperly spied on his 2016 campaign and predicted that the ensuing scandal would be “bigger than Watergate!”

    The extraordinary push begun by a cadre of Trump boosters on Capitol Hill now has champions across the GOP and throughout conservative media — and, as of Thursday, the first anniversary of Robert S. Mueller III’s appointment as special counsel, bears the imprimatur of the president.

    The dispute pits Trump and the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee against the Justice Department and intelligence agencies, whose leaders warn that publicly identifying the confidential source would put lives in danger and imperil other operations.

    The stakes are so high that the FBI has been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the source’s identity is revealed, according to several people familiar with the matter. The bureau is taking steps to protect other live investigations that the person has worked on, and trying to lessen any danger to associates if the informant’s identity becomes known, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence operations.

    Trump reacted on Twitter on Thursday to recent news reports that there was a top-secret source providing intelligence to the FBI as it began its investigation into Russia’s interference in the election process.

    “Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI ‘SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT,’ ” Trump tweeted. He added, “If so, this is bigger than Watergate!”

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    Bill Gates: Trump left event so he could make 'grand entrance' in helicopter


    Former Microsoft CEO and co-founder Bill Gates recalls in newly revealed footage how President Trump once left an equestrian event in Florida and returned in a helicopter to make what Gates described as a "grand entrance."

    In a video obtained by MSNBC and aired Thursday night on "All In with Chris Hayes," Gates can be heard telling an audience about his personal experiences with Trump, whom he said he met only after the real estate mogul won the 2016 election.

    But Gates recalled that Trump spoke with the Microsoft CEO's daughter Jennifer at an equestrian event in Florida, and was "super nice."

    "But then, twenty minutes later, he flew in in a helicopter to the same place, so clearly he had been driven away and he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter," Gates said in the clip.

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    Jim Acosta on Being Hated by the White House | Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Jim talks about asking the hard questions during Trump White House press briefings, being the only reporter to ever be kicked out of a briefing, Trump calling him 'Fake News,' his relationship with Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and he dares Donald Trump to sit down for a one-on-one interview.

    CNN’s Jim Acosta dares Trump to let him interview him | CNN Commentary

    Bill Gates: Trump twice asked me the difference between HIV and HPV

    Microsoft co-founder tells foundation meeting it was ‘kind of scary’ how much Trump knew about what Gates’ daughter looked like

    Bill Gates, the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, has claimed Donald Trump twice asked him the difference between HIV and HPV and knew a “scary” amount about Gates’s daughter’s looks.

    The remarks were recorded at a recent Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation meeting, where Gates took questions from staff, according to MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes show, which broadcast the footage on Thursday.

    Bill and Melinda Gates urge Trump to respect people and to not cut foreign aid
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    Gates told the audience how Trump had encountered his daughter Jennifer, now 22, at a horse show in Florida. “And then about 20 minutes later he flew in on a helicopter to the same place,” the Microsoft co-founder said. “So clearly he had been driven away but he wanted to make a grand entrance in a helicopter.”

    Gates himself met Trump for the first time in New York in December 2016, he recalled: “So when I first talked to him it was actually kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter’s appearance. Melinda [Gates’s wife] didn’t like that too well.”

    They met again in March last year at the White House. Gates continued: “In both of those two meetings, he asked me if vaccines weren’t a bad thing because he was considering a commission to look into ill-effects of vaccines and somebody – I think it was Robert Kennedy Jr – was advising him that vaccines were causing bad things. And I said no, that’s a dead end, that would be a bad thing, don’t do that.

    “Both times he wanted to know if there was a difference between HIV and HPV so I was able to explain that those are rarely confused with each other.”

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    Trump since appears to have abandoned plans to investigate debunked theories linking childhood immunisations and autism. Robert F Kennedy Jr told the Guardian earlier this year that parents and children’s health advocates felt “enormous betrayal and disappointment” at the decision.

    The UK’s National Health Service website lists “What’s the difference between HPV and HIV?” as one of its common health questions. It says: “Human papilloma virus (HPV) affects the skin and moist membranes. HPV can cause problems such as verrucas, genital warts and abnormal cell changes in the cervix.

    “Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) attacks the immune system. HIV infection can lead to Aids; however, with early diagnosis and treatment, most people don’t go on to develop Aids.”

    Gates is hardly known for his comic timing but he frequently prompted laughter from the audience at the foundation event. In one anecdote he said: “When I walked in, his first sentence kind of threw me off. He said: ‘Trump hears that you don’t like what Trump is doing.’ And I thought, ‘Wow, but you’re Trump.’ I didn’t know the third-party form was always expected. ‘Gates says that Gates knows that you’re not doing things right.’”

    Trump has a now-familiar verbal tic of referring to himself in the third person.

    Hayes said his show had sought comment from the Gates Foundation but has not yet received a response. Tara Dowdell, Democratic strategist, told the MSNBC host: “We’re looking at a president that doesn’t know the difference between HIV and HPV but he has memorised Bill Gates’ daughter’s appearance.

    “So if he spent more time actually learning policy, if he devoted just a quarter of the time that he devotes to harassing women and gawking at women to actual policy, memorising and learning policy, I think the country would be a lot better off.”

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    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 6 hours ago
    Excellent piece by @johnculhane of @politico who articulates what the civil justice system is all about and why trial lawyers matter.

    Why Trump Should Fear Michael Avenatti More Than Bob Mueller

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 5 hours ago
    This is getting too easy. What an absolute train wreck this guy is. EVERY time!!!
    #Embarrassment #TimeForPasture #DazedConfused #Basta

    ‘Unfair!’ Rudy Giuliani explodes when CNN’s Cuomo plays clip of him saying presidents must obey subpoenas

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 5 hours ago
    Dear Dazed Rudy: Please retire. Today. You had a good run for many years. But you are distracting from that and quickly becoming an embarrassment. A never ending joke. Don’t let this serve as your legacy. The time has come.

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 4 hours ago
    The sheer panic of @foxnews and others is on full display. They know my client and I are a real and present danger to Mr. Trump and they are desperately trying to discredit us with irrelevant nonsense. It will not work. People are too smart. And we are not going away.
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    Exclusive: Special Counsel subpoenas another Stone aide in Russia probe - sources | Reuters


    U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed a key assistant of long-time Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, two people with knowledge of the matter said, the latest sign that Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is increasingly focusing on Stone.

    The subpoena was recently served on John Kakanis, 30, who has worked as a driver, accountant and operative for Stone.

    Kakanis has been briefly questioned by the FBI on the topics of possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the WikiLeaks website, its founder Julian Assange, and the hacker or hackers who call themselves Guccifer 2.0, one of the people with knowledge of the matter said.

    Mueller has not scheduled a grand jury appearance for Kakanis, the person said.

    WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 each published emails and other documents from the Democratic Party in 2016 that U.S. intelligence agencies say were hacked by Russian operatives in an effort to tip the election in favor of then Republican nominee Trump.

    Michael Becker, Kakanis’ lawyer, did not respond to multiple requests for comment and Mueller’s office declined comment.

    In an emailed statement to Reuters on Friday, Stone said he believed that Mueller’s scrutiny on him stemmed from “misapprehensions and misconceptions” created by the media, and that he would ultimately be exonerated of any alleged wrongdoing.

    “I sincerely hope when this occurs that the grotesque, defamatory media campaign which I have endured for years now will finally come to its long-overdue end,” wrote Stone, one of Trump’s closest political advisers in the years before he ran for president.

    During the 2016 Republican primaries, a Stone political action committee paid more than $130,000 to an entity called “Citroen Associates” for “voter fraud research and documentation” and “research services consulting,” according to Federal Election Commission filings.

    Florida state records identify the owner of Citroen Associates as John P. Kakanis.

    The subpoena handed to Kakanis is the latest development suggesting that Stone, an early Trump backer whose reputation as an aggressive political operative dates back to the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, is being looked at by Mueller.

    Reuters reported earlier this week that FBI agents working for Mueller delivered two subpoenas to Jason Sullivan, a social media and Twitter expert who worked for Stone during the 2016 campaign, and that agents told him Mueller’s team wanted to question him about Stone and WikiLeaks.

    Some of Stone’s comments during the elections have prompted questions from investigators in Congress, and others, about whether he had advance knowledge of the Democratic Party material allegedly hacked by Russian intelligence and sent to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who published it.

    Stone, including in an appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee last September, has repeatedly said he never got any hacked emails from Assange or WikiLeaks or Russians, and that he never passed any hacked emails to Trump, his campaign or anyone else.

    Mueller is investigating whether Russia meddled in the presidential election and if Moscow colluded with the Trump campaign. Both Russia and Trump deny collusion.

    Other Trump associates who have been questioned by Mueller, including former campaign advisors Sam Nunberg and Michael Caputo, have also been asked about Stone and WikiLeaks.

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    Michael Cohen's Lawyers Want Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Kept Out Of Court

    Cohen's lawyers argue that Michael Avenatti "appears to have repeatedly violated" the New York Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers. Avenatti previously has said the claims are "without merit."

    By Chris Geidner, BuzzFeed News


    Lawyers for Michael Cohen say that Michael Avenatti should not be allowed to appear in court to represent Stormy Daniels in the dispute over the April 9 raids on Cohen's properties.

    In a court filing Friday night, Cohen's lawyers — Stephen Ryan, Todd Harrison, Joseph Evans of McDermott Will & Emery — argue that Avenatti "appears to have repeatedly violated" the New York Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers.

    "Baseless and inaccurate," Avenatti told BuzzFeed News. He also filed a supplemental affidavit responding to the Cohen filing.

    Avenatti is seeking pro hac vice admission — which means he wants to appear in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for the sole purpose of representing Daniels in Cohen's challenge to how the evidence seized in the searches will be handled. Avenatti has expressed concern that documents relating to Daniels are among those seized in the raid.

    Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, is the subject of a criminal investigation that led to the raid. Daniels, an adult film star whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has a pending lawsuit in California, filed by Avenatti, seeking to toss out a 2016 hush agreement negotiated by Cohen related to her alleged relationship with Trump.

    Although Cohen's lawyers acknowledge that the request Avenatti is making is generally granted, they argue his is an "exceptional case" that warrants a denial.

    Their claims, in large part, are based on Avenatti's recent decision to release a report about Cohen's financial dealings — the vast majority of which have been acknowledged by the companies with whom he was doing business.

    "Mr. Avenatti published inaccurate statements regarding Mr. Cohen," the lawyers write. "Second, Mr. Avenatti also published, at the same time, factually accurate information regarding Mr. Cohen’s banking transactions that had no lawful source, and we requested that the Court inquire as to how he obtained the information. Third, Mr. Avenatti made further inaccurate statements to the public, all with the purpose of prejudicing Mr. Cohen in the proceedings in which Mr. Avenatti now seeks admission."

    The lawyers argue that these actions violate professional conduct rules against prejudicing proceedings through statements made outside of court and against making false statements.

    Avenatti did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but he previously has argued that Cohen's arguments are "without merit and should be rejected."

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    Secret FBI source for Russia investigation met with three Trump advisers during campaign | The Washington Post


    In mid-July 2016, a retired American professor approached an adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign at a symposium about the White House race held at a British university.

    The professor took the opportunity to strike up a conversation with Carter Page, whom Trump had named a few months earlier as a foreign policy adviser.

    But the professor was more than an academic interested in American politics — he was a longtime U.S. intelligence source. And, at some point in 2016, he began working as a secret informant for the FBI as it investigated Russia’s interference in the campaign, according to people familiar with his activities.

    The role played by the source is now at the center of a battle that has pitted President Trump against his own Justice Department and fueled the president’s attacks on the special counsel’s investigation. In a Thursday tweet, he called the probe “a disgusting, illegal and unwarranted Witch Hunt.”

    In recent days, Trump and his allies have escalated their claims that the FBI source improperly spied on the campaign.

    “Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president,” he tweeted Friday. “It took place very early on, and long before the phony Russia Hoax became a ‘hot’ Fake News story. If true — all time biggest political scandal!”

    There is no evidence to suggest someone was planted with the campaign. The source in question engaged in a months-long pattern of seeking out and meeting three different Trump campaign officials.

    The Washington Post — after speaking with people familiar with his role — has confirmed the identity of the FBI source who assisted the investigation, but is not reporting his name following warnings from U.S. intelligence officials that exposing him could endanger him or his contacts.

    The source declined multiple requests for comment. A FBI spokeswoman declined to comment.

    Page was one of three Trump advisers who the FBI informant contacted in the summer and fall of 2016 for brief talks and meetings that largely centered on foreign policy, according to people familiar with the encounters.

    “There has been some speculation that he might have tried to reel me in,” Page, who had numerous encounters with the informant, told The Post in an interview. “At the time, I never had any such impression.”

    In late summer, the professor met with Trump campaign co-chairman Sam Clovis for coffee in Northern Virginia, offering to provide foreign-policy expertise to the Trump effort. In September, he reached out to George Papadopoulos, an unpaid foreign-policy adviser for the campaign, inviting him to London to work on a research paper.

    Many questions about the informant’s role in the Russia investigation remain unanswered. It is unclear how he first became involved in the case, the extent of the information he provided and the actions he took to obtain intelligence for the FBI. It is also unknown whether his July 2016 interaction with Page was brokered by the FBI or another intelligence agency.

    The FBI commonly uses sources and informants to gather evidence and its regulations allow for use of informants even before a formal investigation has been opened. In many law enforcement investigations, the use of sources and informants precedes more invasive techniques such as electronic surveillance.

    Earlier this month, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) issued a subpoena to the Justice Department for all documents related to the FBI informant. Justice Department officials have declined to provide the information, warning that exposing him could have severe consequences.

    In a May 2 meeting, senior FBI and national intelligence officials warned the White House that information being sought by Nunes risked the source’s safety and that of his sources, and could damage U.S. relationships with its intelligence partners.

    The stakes are so high that the FBI has been working over the past two weeks to mitigate the potential damage if the source’s identity were revealed, according to several people familiar with the matter. The bureau took steps to protect other live investigations that he has worked on and sought to lessen any danger to associates if his identity became known, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence operations.

    For years, the professor has provided information to the FBI and the CIA, according to people familiar with the matter. He aided the Russia investigation both before and after special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s appointment in May 2017, according to people with knowledge of his activities.

    Exactly when the professor began working on the case in unknown.

    The FBI formally opened its counterintelligence investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 campaign on July 31, 2016, spurred by a report from Australian officials that Papadopoulos boasted to an Australian diplomat of knowing that Russia had damaging material about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

    The professor’s interactions with Trump advisers began a few weeks before the opening of the investigation, when Page met the professor at the British symposium.

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    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 2 hours ago
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    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 2 hours ago
    Why is Mr. Cohen's attorney Mr. Ryan representing Mr. Cohen at the same time he is working for Qatar? Especially in light of the Qatar bribery allegations revealed earlier this week? Are they paying MC's legal bills? No wonder he is trying to keep me out of the case!
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    Avenatti Responds To Cohen: They Don't Like Us Because "We Speak The Truth" | The Last Word | MSNBC

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    “I’m Not Going to Just Roll Over”: Behind the Scenes, After Another Week in the Spotlight, Michael Cohen Oscillates Between Fighting Back and Frustration

    By Emily Jane Fox, Vanity Fair

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    Cohen, according to two people familiar with his thinking, has vacillated between fuming over Avenatti’s involvement in the matter and feeling browbeaten by the barrage of headlines. “Isn’t he supposed to be representing a porn star?” one person said in reaction to the news, soon after Avenatti tweeted out the document. In the last week, he has told friends that he is being attacked, and his family is being made to suffer, all because investigators are trying to get to the president. “I’m not going to just roll over,” he has told friends, spending hours each day with his attorneys in order to comb through documents the government has returned to them from their raids last month.

    As his instinct to fight kicked into overdrive last week, so too has the unyielding cable-news mania weighed on him. The paparazzi, who had finally begun to leave him and his family alone after the raid, once again started lingering outside of his hotel on Park Avenue. They followed him on his way to his lawyers’ office, and waited for him once he came outside. Friends continued to tell him that, at this point, no one in Washington was looking out for him, so he had to be the one to look out for himself and his family. As he watched the news unfold in his hotel room in Philadelphia over the weekend, he evidenced some exasperation. He has confided in friends, “I just can’t take this anymore.”

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    Donald Trump Robert Mueller Cold Open | Saturday Night Live

    Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) happens upon President Donald Trump's (Alec Baldwin) dinner with Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) and Eric and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day, Alex Moffat).
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 20 hours ago
    If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal. Only the release or review of documents that the House Intelligence Committee (also, Senate Judiciary) is asking for can give the conclusive answers. Drain the Swamp!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    Things are really getting ridiculous. The Failing and Crooked (but not as Crooked as Hillary Clinton) @nytimes has done a long & boring story indicating that the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt has found nothing on Russia & me so now they are looking at the rest of the World!

    Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    ....At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption...

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago the Hillary Clinton Campaign where she deleted 33,000 Emails, got $145,000,000 while Secretary of State, paid McCabes wife $700,000 (and got off the FBI hook along with Terry M) and so much more. Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam.

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    Now that the Witch Hunt has given up on Russia and is looking at the rest of the World, they should easily be able to take it into the Mid-Term Elections where they can put some hurt on the Republican Party. Don’t worry about Dems FISA Abuse, missing Emails or Fraudulent Dossier!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    What ever happened to the Server, at the center of so much Corruption, that the Democratic National Committee REFUSED to hand over to the hard charging (except in the case of Democrats) FBI? They broke into homes & offices early in the morning, but were afraid to take the Server?

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    ....and why hasn’t the Podesta brother been charged and arrested, like others, after being forced to close down his very large and successful firm? Is it because he is a VERY well connected Democrat working in the Swamp of Washington, D.C.?

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 minutes ago
    The Witch Hunt finds no Collusion with Russia - so now they’re looking at the rest of the World. Oh’ great!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 8 minutes ago
    I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 3 hours ago
    Wow. Someone is unhinged this morning. Flailing. No clear strategy. Desperate. No wonder he thinks Mr. Giuliani is doing such a bang-up job. #Basta
  28. Well since this thread will gof orever. which funny girl would like to date me
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    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 49 minutes ago
    Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani politicizing and attacking the conduct of the FBI and the DOJ without any legitimate basis is insulting to those that work there and dangerous to our nation. Ask Giuliani what he thought of informants when it came time to sentence Mr. Boesky. #Basta

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 33 minutes ago
    Expect more personal attacks aimed at me and my client. The other side is panicking and very nervous because they can’t win our cases on the facts or ithe law. So they have to distract and resort to personal attacks about irrelevant issues. #Basta
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 21 hours ago
    I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    I ask Senator Chuck Schumer, why didn’t President Obama & the Democrats do something about Trade with China, including Theft of Intellectual Property etc.? They did NOTHING! With that being said, Chuck & I have long agreed on this issue! Fair Trade, plus, with China will happen!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    China has agreed to buy massive amounts of ADDITIONAL Farm/Agricultural Products - would be one of the best things to happen to our farmers in many years!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    On China, Barriers and Tariffs to come down for first time.

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    China must continue to be strong & tight on the Border of North Korea until a deal is made. The word is that recently the Border has become much more porous and more has been filtering in. I want this to happen, and North Korea to be VERY successful, but only after signing!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    “John Brennan is panicking. He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community. He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of American’s faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the....

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 2 hours ago of the FBI. Brennan started this entire debacle about President Trump. We now know that Brennan had detailed knowledge of the (phony) Dossier...he knows about the Dossier, he denies knowledge of the Dossier, he briefs the Gang of 8 on the Hill about the Dossier, which....

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 2 hours ago
    ...they then used to start an investigation about Trump. It is that simple. This guy is the genesis of this whole Debacle. This was a Political hit job, this was not an Intelligence Investigation. Brennan has disgraced himself, he’s worried about staying out of Jail.” Dan Bongino

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 2 hours ago
    The Wall Street Journal asks, “WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS BARACK OBAMA?” A very good question!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 1 hour ago
    Under our potential deal with China, they will purchase from our Great American Farmers practically as much as our Farmers can produce.
  31. Twitter and Trump are a match made in hell.
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    I don’t think Agh can save us.
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    ‘The Onion’ Has Finally Read Michael Cohen’s 2013 Email Regarding His Client Donald Trump And Would Like To Discuss The Matter Further At His Convenience

    By The Onion, May 21, 2018


    In a free press, journalists must expose the truth even if it upsets those in power. Our work often leads to significant backlash, and we at The Onion are no strangers to receiving threats of legal action. While we generally dismiss them as the baseless accusations they are, we recently found an old cease-and-desist letter from the president’s personal attorney that has caused us to reexamine this policy.

    Our editorial board would like to formally announce that we have finally read Michael Cohen’s 2013 email regarding his client Donald Trump and would like to discuss the matter further at his convenience.

    In 2013, we published a piece by Mr. Trump titled “When You’re Feeling Low, Just Remember I’ll Be Dead In About 15 Or 20 Years.” Mr. Trump’s column, which was thoroughly vetted by our editors, simply endeavored to offer any of The Onion’s over 10 billion readers who had found themselves depressed about the state of the world a hopeful reminder that he would mentally and physically deteriorate and most likely die very soon.

    Shortly thereafter, we apparently received an email from Mr. Cohen. Unfortunately, this email must have been improperly sorted by one of the Malaysian children who work in our mailroom, and was only discovered crumpled up under a pile of journalism awards in a remote corner of our offices last week. We read the email, and given Mr. Trump’s ascension to the presidency since its writing, we want to apologize for the delay and would be delighted to meet with Mr. Cohen in person — at the White House, perhaps?

    In the spirit of transparency, here is Mr. Cohen’s letter, printed in full:


    While we respectfully disagree with Mr. Cohen’s assessments, we understand that he is duty-bound to safeguard his client’s public image, a task he has no doubt fulfilled time and time again throughout his many years of dedicated service. With that in mind, we would like to, at long last, take him up on his request that we “contact immediately to discuss.”

    As Mr. Trump is now the leader of the free world, now is clearly the best time to resume our discussion. While it is generally not our policy to let outside forces affect our editorial decisions, the opportunity to gain a direct line to the president clearly presents a special case. We would be more than willing to accommodate Mr. Cohen’s wishes — provided we get something in return, of course. A quid pro quo, if you will.

    We believe the removal of the piece in exchange for influence over the president’s decision-making constitutes a more than reasonable deal, and we implore Mr. Cohen to meet with us without delay. We are happy to schedule around his upcoming court appearances.

    Mr. Cohen, in trying to reach you, we have called both phone numbers you provided us and even sent a courier to your New York offices. After receiving no reply, we can only assume you are trying to stonewall us. We are growing concerned that you have remained silent because you have been building a rock-solid case against us for the last five years, and in fact shudder to even imagine the detailed, thorough, and likely damning charges you would bring forward. But it does not have to be this way.

    In your letter, you implore us to “Guide yourself accordingly.” These enigmatic words have haunted us ever since. Although we assume no small risk in asking the president’s own accomplished and ingenious lawyer for help acquiring Oval Office influence, we believe that a partnership between us and Mr. Trump, shepherded by your steady hand, is the most fruitful way forward for the president, for The Onion, and for America.

    We eagerly await your reply.

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    Trump Hates White House Leaks, According To White House Leaks | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Trump's aides, worried anything they say around him could be made public, have coined the nickname 'leaker in chief.'

    An Aggrieved Trump Wants Better Press, and He Blames Leaks for Not Getting It | The New York Times

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