The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. “And my daddy Vlad says, he should have been invited here.”- @realDonaldTrump
    12:12 am - 10 Jun 2018

    Trump G7 photo becomes internet classic, going from baroque to ridiculous
    Viral picture of Angela Merkel standing over Donald Trump gets the meme treatment.

    A viral photo of Angela Merkel and other world leaders standing over a seated Donald Trump at Friday’s G7 summit has been given the meme treatment on social media, with Twitter users quick to liken the image to everything from renaissance art to a scene from the Apprentice.

    Trudeau 'stabbed us in back' on trade, says Trump chief economic adviser
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    The G7 summit, which brought together world leaders from Germany, Japan, Canada, the US, Italy, France and the UK, was held in Charlevoix, Quebec, in Canada, over the weekend. This year’s summit had a particular focus on trade.

    However, the enduring image from the summit was one in which divisions between the group were clear. The German chancellor’s office posted the striking picture to Instagram on Saturday with the caption: “Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions.”

    The photograph, which was taken by the German cabinet’s official photographer Jesco Denze, was quickly singled out for its uncanny resemblance to a classical painting.

    After a calamitous G7 summit, Donald Trump has arrived in Singapore ahead of his historic meeting with Kim Jong-un. The pair plan to discuss the fate of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

    Yeah. good luck with that last part.
  3. Bumping this ahead of the spammers.
  4. THIS THREAD IS NOW A OBAMA THREAD in the good tradition of threads.

  5. Trump eat your non existing hearth out.


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  7. Awesome thread.
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    “My job, my mission was to send a very strong signal of strength,"
    Trump’s people now share his grammar.
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    One of Trumps more bizarre actions was to give a lot of $ to a Chinese telephone company that had spied on Americans. He did this because “jobs had been lost in China”. Republican senators are trying to block it.

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  10. The meeting was successful
  11. The meeting was a raging success !
    They compared silly haircuts , fat stomachs and agreed to continue as before like the two spoilt blubbery kids in the playground that no one wants to be friends with.
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  13. Bump ahead of spammers.
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    Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case, sources say

    By George Stephanopoulos, ABC News


    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant and former personal attorney, is likely to cooperate with federal investigators, as his lawyers are expected to leave the case, sources said.

    To date, Cohen has been represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and New York firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, but a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that they are not expected to represent him going forward. Ryan declined to comment.

    A source familiar with the matter tells ABC News that among the reasons for Cohen’s change in counsel is a fee dispute.

    No replacement counsel has been identified as of this time.

    Cohen, who has been under criminal investigation for months, which is separate from the special counsel case, has been rushing to meet U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Kimba Wood’s Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen’s New York properties and law office.

    Representatives from the Southern District of New York declined to comment.

    Cohen, who is under federal investigation now with no legal representation, is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, sources said. This development, which is believed to be imminent, will likely hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard.

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    Michael Cohen may be getting ready to flip. That would be a catastrophe for Trump. | The Washington Post
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    Rudy’s Week Has Gone from Bad to Finding Out You’ve Been Screwing Your (Second) Cousin for 14 Years | Vanity Fair


    Things haven’t gone entirely swimmingly for Rudy Giuliani or for Donald Trump since the former New York City mayor joined the president’s legal team, unless it was Rudy’s plan to humiliate himself and make Trump look 100 percent guilty. In one of Giuliani’s first TV appearances on the job, he seemingly implicated the president in two federal crimes. During the same chat, he suggested that he regularly paid women hush money to keep quiet about alleged affairs with his law firm’s clients. Later, he implied it would’ve hurt Trump’s chances of being elected if Michael Cohen hadn’t paid off Stormy Daniels. At one point, he creepily insinuated he’d like to make Ivanka Trump his fourth wife. Last week, shortly before Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un, Giuliani told a business conference in Tel Aviv that the dictator got “on his hands and knees and begged” for the meeting after the president faux canceled it, leading Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to tell reporters, “Rudy doesn't speak for the administration.” And sadly for ol’ Rudes, these last few days haven’t gone much better.

    On Monday, it was revealed that Giuliani’s third wife, Judith Nathan, filed for divorce after he allegedly began an affair with a woman named Maria Rosa Ryan. That probably shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone, least of all Nathan, who was that “other woman” when Giuliani held a press conference to announce that he would be leaving his second wife, Donna Hanover, to take up with his mistress. Hanover learned all of this for the first time as he explained the situation to the media. (Giuliani’s first marriage was annulled after 14 years when he discovered that his wife was his cousin.)

    The latest newsflash about Giuliani’s alleged infidelity — which he has denied — comes at a less-than-ideal time as the ex-mayor attempts, poorly, to defend the president from, among other things, the fallout from an alleged affair with a porn star. Nor is it the only example of familial drama within the Giuliani clan. Elsewhere in Rudy’s personal life crumbling, Axios reported on Wednesday that his son, Andrew Giulianibest known for suing Duke after he was cut from the golf team — was denied a promotion by Chief of Staff John Kelly, which we assume will result in a physical altercation between Kelly and Rudy just outside the Oval Office sometime soon.

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    Trump and family sued by New York attorney general over alleged charity
    Trump Foundation lawsuit: New York attorney general alleges violations of charities
    New York attorney general sues Trump and family over 'illegal'
    Donald Trump used his charity money to pay legal bills, promote ..
    New York sues President Trump's charitable
    New York attorney-general sues Trump over charity | Financial
    Trump, Children Accused of Breaking New York Charity Laws ..
    New York sues Trump Foundation, alleging 'extensive' lawbreaking

    All good news there I see.
  17. The New York Attorney General is suing the Trump Foundation and names Trump himself as well as his children for among other things " extensive and persistent " lawbreaking.

    News of the best sort , not for Trump though.
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    President’s Lawyers Move To Discredit Michael Cohen By Pointing Out History Of Committing Crimes For Trump | The Onion


    Claiming that such an obviously corrupt and dishonest individual could not be trusted to provide accurate testimony, the president’s lawyers reportedly moved to discredit Michael Cohen Thursday by pointing out his long history of committing crimes for Donald Trump.

    “We’re talking about a man who has threatened and slandered multiple women that Trump slept with, so how are we supposed to believe anything he says?” said attorney Rudy Giuliani, telling reporters that Cohen’s decades-long track record of wire fraud, tax evasion, and brokering shady real estate deals at the behest of the Trump Organization suggested he would likely tell investigators anything they wanted to hear in order to save his skin.

    “This isn’t just someone who made a few mistakes — whether it was laundering Ukrainian money through Trump properties in the early ’90s or violating campaign finance laws to benefit Trump during the 2016 election, Cohen has proven time and again that he is an inveterate liar and scofflaw. And these are only the crimes we know that he carried out for Trump. In the weeks ahead, we expect many more illegal practices to surface, which will only confirm Michael Cohen’s complete lack of morality.”

    Giuliani added that Cohen’s felonious conduct was evident from his known association with high-profile criminals including Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr.

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    OMG you can’t make this shit up.
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    Trump's personal lawyer wants Stormy Daniels' lawyer gagged | The Associated Press


    Donald Trump’s personal attorney asked a federal judge Thursday night to sign a gag order to stop porn actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer from speaking with reporters and releasing information about the case to the public.

    In a court filing in Los Angeles, an attorney for Michael Cohen — the president’s personal lawyer — argues that Michael Avenatti, who is representing Daniels, has been tainting the case with a “publicity tour” that has included more than 100 television interview since March.

    Cohen’s attorney, Brent Blakely, argues that Avenatti is “mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity.”

    Blakely argues in court documents that Avenatti’s behavior, including the almost daily tweets about Cohen, is unethical, threatens his client’s ability to have a fair trial and is turning the case into a “media circus.” He wants a judge to sign a restraining order that would prohibit Avenatti from speaking with reporters or publicly releasing details about the case.

    He said the “malicious attacks on Mr. Cohen must be stopped in its tracks.”

    Avenatti called Blakely’s request a “complete joke” and said he would vehemently oppose it.

    “The only unethical lawyers in this case are Mr. Cohen and his lawyer Mr. Blakely. They want to hide the truth from the American people because Mr. Cohen and Mr. Blakely believe that conspiracy and cover-up are acceptable. They want the cover-up to continue,” he told The Associated Press.

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    Michael Cohen asks judge to stop Michael Avenatti from talking about him to press and Twitter | New York Daily News
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    Don Trump's Jr.'s estranged wife Vanessa deals with drama surrounding her ex's love life, while putting their five kids first | New York Daily News


    Despite putting up a brave face, Vanessa Trump is not handling news of her estranged husband's new girlfriend very well, sources say.

    On Wednesday, Don Jr. attacked Daily News columnist Linda Stasi over her column calling on Fox News to consider firing pundit Kimberly Guilfoyle for her reluctance to address the nature of her relationship with the President’s namesake while reporting on national politics. He claimed that Stasi’s language was racist, sexist and hypocritical.

    Vanessa Trump joined Don Jr.’s social media defense on Thursday and in doing so seemed to acknowledge his relationship with “The Five” host.

    “The lengths people will go to attack a woman simply because she’s dating Don,” she tweeted. “We’ve been separated for over 9 months and respect each other’s decisions & privacy. We’ll focus on raising our great kids. Would be nice if the press did the same rather than obsess over our pvt lives!”

    Marital woes aside, Vanessa and Don Jr., who have five children together, are still living under the same roof. According to sources close to the situation, that arrangement had become increasingly complicated as news of Don Jr.’s relationship with Guilfoyle played out in the press.

    “(Vanessa) has got a very short fuse these days,” an insider close to the family told The News. “She’s noticeably different and difficult to deal with. She used to be the cool one.”

    Vanessa filed for divorce in March after 12 years of marriage.

    Don Jr. often spends time with Guilfoyle in her Upper West Side apartment, while the secret service keeps watch, according to sources. The use of government resources has angered some locals, one of whom mockingly asked “Draining the swamp?” after seeing two black SUVs parked outside Guilfoyle’s building.


    Us Weekly, a sister publication of Trump-friendly tabloid the National Enquirer, reported last week that the pair had enjoyed public outings at hot spots, including Omar’s and The Grill, where they were spotted “laughing all throughout lunch” and taking photos with fellow diners.

    Don Jr.’s mom Ivana, the President’s first wife, recently raised eyebrows by reportedly suggesting her “good-looking” and “successful” son would rebound well after his divorce, but that Vanessa may have a problem “because she has five kids.”

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    Paul Manafort sent to jail, pending trial | CNN


    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will await his trial for foreign lobbying charges from jail.

    Two weeks after Robert Mueller's prosecutors dropped new accusations of witness tampering on him, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson Friday revoked Manafort's bail, which allowed him out on house arrest.

    The order marks an end to months of attempts from Manafort to lighten his house arrest restrictions after he was charged and pleaded not guilty to foreign lobbying violations.

    "The harm in this case is harm to the administration of justice and harm to the integrity of the court's system," Berman Jackson told Manafort in court.

    The judge emphasized to Manafort how she could not make enough rulings to keep him from speaking improperly with witnesses, after he had used multiple text messaging apps and called a potential witness on an Italian cell phone.

    "This is not middle school. I can't take his cell phone," she said of Manafort. "I thought about his long and hard, Mr. Manafort. I have no appetite for this."

    Manafort also entered a not guilty plea to two additional charges levied against him last week, for witness tampering and conspiracy to obstruct justice. In total, Manafort faces seven criminal charges in DC federal court.

    Three US marshals led Manafort out of the courtroom into the prisoner holding area immediately after the judge's ruling. He was not placed in handcuffs. Before he disappeared through the door, he turned toward his wife and supporters and gave a stilted wave.

    Minutes later, a marshal returned to give his wife, Kathleen, still standing in the courtroom's front row, Manafort's wallet, belt and the burgundy tie he wore Friday.

    In her wind-up to her order, Berman Jackson also gave a brief nod to the bitter environment around the case.

    "This hearing is not about politics, is not about conduct of the office of the special counsel."

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    Paul Manafort: judge sends ex-Trump chair to jail for violating bail terms | The Guardian

    Trump’s former campaign chairman, 69, awaiting trial on multiple federal felony charges


    Paul Manafort, formerly Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, was taken into custody on Friday after a federal judge determined he had violated the terms of his bail as he awaits trial on multiple federal felony charges.

    Prosecutors alleged that Manafort sought to tamper with witnesses in his case by contacting them and attempting to coordinate testimony. Manafort is said to have told witnesses their work together to influence European politicians on behalf of Ukraine was restricted to Europe and did not happen in the US.

    Prosecutors argued there was no way to guarantee that Manafort would comply with orders if not in custody. A lawyer for Manafort said the court could be clearer on on the nature of contact Manafort was permitted to have with potential witnesses.

    According to reporters in the room, judge Amy Berman Jackson of the US district court for the District of Columbia said she had “struggled” with her decision but could not “turn a blind eye” to Manafort’s conduct. He had, she said, “abused the trust placed” in him and treated the court proceeding as “just another marketing exercise”.

    As he was taken into custody, Manafort waved to his wife. He was not placed in handcuffs.

    Trump attempted to distance himself from Manafort in an interview at the White House earlier, falsely claiming that “Manafort had nothing to do with our campaign.” In fact Manafort ran the campaign for five months and continued to advise Trump through the presidential transition.

    Manafort, 69, who faces charges of alleged money laundering, tax fraud, failure to register as a foreign agent and obstruction of justice, faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years on the charges he faces in the District of Columbia. He also faces up to 270 years in prison on charges in district court in Virginia, meaning he could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

    To diminish his potential sentence, Manafort, who denies all wrongdoing, may seek to reach a deal with federal prosecutors investigating alleged collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. Manafort’s protege and longtime deputy, Richard Gates, cut a similar deal with prosecutors in February, pleading guilty to felony charges of conspiracy and making false statements.

    “I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence,” Manafort said at the time.

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    Cohen signals openness to cooperating with federal investigators | CNN


    President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has indicated to family and friends he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators to alleviate the pressure on himself and his family, according to a source familiar with the matter.

    Cohen has expressed anger with the treatment he has gotten from the President, who has minimized his relationship with Cohen, and comments from the President's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the source said. The treatment has left him feeling isolated and more open to cooperating, the source said.

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    Trump's personal lawyer Cohen loses bid for quick Avenatti gag order | Reuters


    Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, on Friday lost his bid for an emergency gag order to stop Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, from maligning him in frequent media appearances.

    In a brief order, U.S. District Judge James Otero in Los Angeles said Cohen had not shown he would face “immediate, irreparable injury” without an immediate restraining order.

    The judge also admonished Cohen in a footnote, saying such requests “throw the system out of whack” by creating more work for the court, forcing adversaries to respond in a hurry and allowing some litigants to “cut in line” ahead of others.

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