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    Quote Originally Posted by ShimmeringGlow
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    Novartis source: “...toward the end of the meeting, everyone realized this was a probably a slippery slope to engage [Michael Cohen]."Rather than cancel the contract, Novartis allowed it to lapse and not run the risk of ticking off Trump: “It might have caused anger."
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    That's not a good statement for Trump because they are assuming that he has active knowledge that Cohen is soliciting money for some kind of special access. If Trump knew Cohen was collecting money, is there any way in the world that he wouldn't expect to get a cut?
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    Donald Trump just accidentally revealed something very important about his 'fake news' attacks


    Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
    Updated 1450 GMT (2250 HKT) May 9, 2018

    (CNN)On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet bashing the media. Nothing new there.





    But, this tweet was different: Trump unintentionally revealed the false premise on which his relentless calls of "fake news" is based.
    Here's the tweet:

    "The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?"

    Put aside the authoritarian -- but ultimately empty -- threat about taking away the media's "credentials," and focus instead on this sentence: "91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake)."



    Trump, I think, is referring to a 2017 study by the conservative Media Research Center which claimed that 91% of the nightly news coverage on the president was negative.


    But, that's not (really) the point here. The point can be summed up in these two words from Trump: "negative (Fake)."


    To Trump, those words mean the same thing. Negative news coverage is fake news. Fake news is negative news coverage.


    This is, of course, not true. Negative news coverage -- or, seen more accurately through the Trump lens, media coverage that he feels is not sufficiently favorable to him -- is not, by definition, fake. Fake news is made-up news. It's not based in traditional reporting values like facts and sourcing. It's not "news" at all.


    (Sidebar: The media -- me included -- does make mistakes. We're human. When it happens, we publicly correct the record. Trump seizes on those mistakes as incontrovertible evidence that the media is hopelessly fake. That would be like saying a person who got into one accident in 25 years of driving was a terrible and dangerous driver -- a drastic overstatement designed to score points with people already primed to believe the exaggeration.)
    Trump either doesn't understand or ignores the difference between a story he doesn't like and one that is not true. He conflates the two for his own political purposes -- knowing his base hates the media and is more than ready to believe that journalists are willing to make up stories just to make Trump look bad.


    Time and time again, Trump's claims about "fake news" have been debunked. What he calls fake news isn't fake at all. It's true -- he just doesn't like to read about it because it paints him as fallible, and he hates that.


    Here's how Factcheck.org, a nonpartisan fact-checking operation at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, described Trump's approach to "fake news" in a detailed debunking of the idea headlined "Trump's Phony 'Fake News' Claims":

    President Donald Trump often dismisses news stories or media outlets that he doesn't like as "fake news." How often? A database of his public remarks contains 320 references last year to "fake news."

    Usually, it's a general complaint about news coverage — such as his Christmas Eve tweet: "The Fake News refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is."

    But there are times, too, when he has labeled accurate news reporting as "fake news" or spread false information himself, while at the same time accusing the media of being "fake" or "dishonest."



    Here's the problem: Trump's attacks on the media -- as flawed and dishonest as they are -- are working. More than 4 in 10 people in a Gallup poll earlier this year could not name a single objective news source. Almost eight in 10 (77%) in a Monmouth University poll released last month said TV and print media report "fake news." That's a 14-point bump from the number of people who said the same last year.


    The media is not blameless in all of this. As I noted above, we do make mistakes. We have made major strides in transparency but need to do even more to show our work to people. The more open we are about how we do our jobs, the better chance we have of convincing people that our most basic commitment is to getting stories right, not pushing some sort of imagined ideological agenda.


    But, it's also important for people to understand what's behind Trump's aggressive anti-media campaign. Trump is about Trump. He calls media "fake news" because the coverage of him isn't as positive as he would like.


    Try this experiment going forward. Every time Trump says or tweets the words "fake news," sub in the words "bad for me." It's revealing. Enlightening. And true.


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    ^Sorry, couldn't edit:


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    I'll give this warning again like I did when the DJIA was 26,200. It is now 1700 pts less.

    When ALL the really bad Trump shit hits the fan, you don’t want to be heavy in the market. It won’t happen all at once but there is easily 20% downside if one is in indexes and volatile stuff when the BIG stuff starts to explode out and his Presidency crumbles.

    Just be prudent, don’t be greedy if have positions up a lot. If your goals are long term it matters less. Some stocks are conservative and fine. Just be aware etc.
    Source: Rawstory

    Maryland ‘deplorables’ set up billboard warning of armed warfare if Democrats ‘try to impeach’ Trump


    Noor Al-Sibai
    09 May 2018 at 10:05 ET


    Pro-Trump billboard in Southern Maryland's Culvert County. Image via Brad Bell/Twitter.







    Residents in a southern Maryland county expressed mixed reviews after a group of “Deplorables” erected a billboard warning “liberals” to take up arms should President Donald Trump be impeached.


    “Hey liberals,” reads the billboard in Maryland’s Culvert County, as first reported by DC’s WJLA. “Better get your guns if you try to impeach President Trump. From all of your deplorables in Calvert County.”

    Public reaction to the billboard ranges from admiration to discomfort — so much so that the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has been “flooded with phone calls” about the sign, both for and against it.


    “I hate that billboard,” a woman who said her son is afraid of the sign told WJLA. “I think it’s very threatening. I don’t like it at all.”


    “I’m a Republican but I think it’s a little offensive,” resident Kelly Mazzella said. “I think you can persuade people on the topics and not insult them.”


    Conservative Marylander Michelle Rinker, however, defended the sign to the station.

    “I love the billboard,” she told WJLA, adding that “if you attempt to take down a good president, there’s gonna be a problem.”


    After mounting complaints to the sheriff, the sign’s owner reportedly agreed to change it once he returned to town.


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    I'm amused by all of the bots who are attacking Michael Avenatti. They're going with a story that he has the wrong Michael Cohen's info. Really? So why did all of the companies mentioned confess to working with Cohen in an effort to get insight into Trump? Avenatti has them rattled, so expect some type of damaging story to break about him soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShimmeringGlow View Post
    I'm amused by all of the bots who are attacking Michael Avenatti. They're going with a story that he has the wrong Michael Cohen's info. Really? So why did all of the companies mentioned confess to working with Cohen in an effort to get insight into Trump? Avenatti has them rattled, so expect some type of damaging story to break about him soon.
    Luckily, all of this is beyond even him now -- he left enough bread crumbs for journalists, law enforcement, and others to follow up on.
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    Source: Propublica

    Russian Oligarch-Linked Firm That Paid Michael Cohen Was Also Represented by Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz

    The investment firm that the two Trump attorneys worked for, Columbus Nova, calls it a “coincidence.”

    by Justin Elliott

    May 9, 6:14 p.m. EDT


    Michael Cohen leaves the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on April 26. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)



    The news on Tuesday that the same shell company that Michael Cohen, a longtime personal lawyer for Donald Trump, had used to pay $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels had also received about $500,000 in 2017 from a firm linked to a Russian oligarch set off a frenzy of commentary on Twitter and cable TV.


    At the heart of the story is an investment firm called Columbus Nova, which has close links to Renova Group, a conglomerate founded by Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg. A Columbus Nova spokesman has said the payments to Cohen were for unspecified investment consulting.


    Now there’s a new wrinkle: Another longtime Trump personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, also represented Columbus Nova in recent years in a commercial case. A spokesman for Kasowitz said the case settled in early 2017.


    As ProPublica reported last year, Cohen spent a short period in February 2017 working at the offices of Kasowitz Benson Torres in midtown Manhattan, alarming several lawyers at the firm who worried about the brash attorney’s reputation. That was at the beginning of the period, between January and August 2017, when Columbus Nova made its payments to Cohen.


    Cohen told ProPublica last year that he used Kasowitz’s offices “because we were working on several matters together after the inauguration.” Both he and Kasowitz have declined to specify what they collaborated on.

    Trump’s Russia Lawyer Isn’t Seeking Security Clearance, And May Have Trouble Getting One

    Colleagues say Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s attorney on the Russia investigation, has struggled with alcohol abuse and engaged in behavior that left employees uncomfortable.

    A Columbus Nova spokesman said that the investment firm was not introduced to Cohen by Kasowitz. The spokesman said Kasowitz worked on only one commercial matter for Columbus Nova and that it was a coincidence that the firm had used two lawyers who also represent Trump.


    Asked whether any of Cohen’s brief time at the Kasowitz offices related to matters for Columbus Nova, Renova, or Vekselberg, a Kasowitz spokesman said “no.” The spokesman added, “The firm did not do any substantive work with Michael Cohen after he left the Trump Organization.”

    Cohen resigned from the Trump Organization in January 2017.


    Cohen didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


    Any work Cohen did with Kasowitz in 2017 could take on new relevance since the FBI raided Cohen’s home and office last month. Kasowitz, who was Trump’s lead lawyer in the Russia investigation for a brief period last year, has reportedly still been involved in advising the president in the case.


    Kasowitz continues to represent Trump in other matters. That includes a suit by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who claims Trump defamed her by calling her a liar after she asserted that he had made unwanted sexual advances. Kasowitz Benson Torres specializes in commercial litigation and has represented many large U.S. and foreign companies.


    Kasowitz’s work for Columbus Nova stretches back to at least 2010 in related cases filed in New York and Illinois. In Illinois, Fifth Third Bank sued Columbus Nova and several affiliated entities, alleging that they had caused the bank to lose tens of millions of dollars on loans to a life insurance financing program that was “permeated … by fraud and embezzlement.” In the New York case, Kasowitz and three other attorneys at his firm filed a separate suit alleging that it was Fifth Third Bank that had committed fraud and caused losses.


    The name of Andrew Intrater, the CEO of Columbus Nova and the cousin of Vekselberg, comes up repeatedly in the litigation.


    Kasowitz’s spokesman said the litigation settled in 2017. The terms do not appear to be public.


    “The firm represented Nina Investments LLC and its affiliates, Santa Maria Overseas, Ltd., Columbus Nova Investments IV, Ltd., and Renova U.S. Management LLC, in a commercial litigation with Fifth Third Bank, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, over a failed investment in a company called Concord Capital Management, LLC,” the Kasowitz spokesman said. “The litigation was commenced in 2010 and settled in early 2017.”

    A spokesman for Renova, Andrey Shtorkh, told ProPublica that he is not familiar with Kasowitz. He described Renova Group as a client of Columbus Nova. However, Renova’s website previously described Columbus Nova as one of its holdings. Columbus Nova’s website previously described itself “as the US investment vehicle for the Renova Group.”



    Vekselberg was among those hit with sanctions last month by the Trump administration in response to “malign activity around the globe” by the Russian government. The New York Times subsequently reported that Vekselberg was questioned by investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller.


    Along with the payments from Columbus Nova, Cohen also received payments from corporations including AT&T and Novartis. AT&T said it hired Cohen “to provide insights into understanding the new administration.” ProPublica recently reported that Kasowitz used his access to the Trump administration to help another client, a New York investor, with a casino in Vietnam.


    Additional reporting by Claire Perlman.


    Do you have information about the Michael Cohen or Marc Kasowitz? Contact Justin at justin@propublica.org or via Signal at 774-826-6240.




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    Avenatti included some info that referenced the wrong Michael Cohen and Cohen's attorneys have responded, but they're only disputing minor transactions, but the big ones have all been confirmed.

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    Source: CNN
    It looks more and more like itTheory: Playboy Model Had Affair With Trump, Not Broidy
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    Kirstjen Nielsen told colleagues she was close to resigning after Trump berated her on Wednesday in front of the entire cabinet for what he said was her failure to adequately secure the nation’s borders, current and former officials tell NYT.

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    May 10, 2018 - 05:42 PM EDTWhite House official mocked ‘dying’ McCain at internal meeting


    BY JONATHAN EASLEY AND JORDAN FABIANTWEET SHARE EMAILA White House official mocked Sen. John McCain's brain cancer diagnosis at an internal meeting on Thursday, a day after the Arizona Republican announced his opposition to President Trump's nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel.

    Special assistant Kelly Sadler made the derisive comments during a closed-door White House meeting of about two-dozen communications staffers on Thursday morning.
    "It doesn't matter, he's dying anyway," Sadler said, according to a source familiar with the remarks at the meeting.

    The White House did not deny the account of Sadler's remarks, which came amid a discussion of Haspel's nomination and McCain's opposition to it.


    "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time," the White House said in a statement to The Hill.
    Sadler did not respond to a request for comment and the White House did not make her available to The Hill.

    The Thursday morning meeting was led by deputy press secretary Raj Shah. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was not present. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway showed up to the meeting after the remark was made, according to the first source.

    A source who heard Sadler's remarks could not confirm her exact wording, but agreed that Sadler made comments along the lines described by the first source.

    Both sources said they believed the comment was intended as a joke, but that it did not go over well with others at the meeting.

    There was "discomfort" in the room after Sadler's comment and the conversation continued without addressing it, according to the second source.

    Sadler is a former opinion editor for The Washington Times. At the White House, she focuses on illegal immigration, often sending out press releases to highlight stories about the issue to reporters.

    The White House is engaged in a high-stakes nomination fight for Haspel, who faces opposition from many senators for her association with harsh interrogation techniques as a CIA agent after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

    McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, urged his Senate colleagues to oppose Haspel's nomination, saying that "her refusal to acknowledge torture's immorality is disqualifying."

    The president has long had a fraught relationship with McCain, who has been a sharp and unrelenting critic of Trump and his administration.

    In a speech shortly after announcing his presidential bid in 2015, Trump responded to criticism from McCain by saying "he's not a war hero" because he was taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese.

    "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured," Trump said at the time.

    McCain's office declined to comment on Sadler's remark.

    The New York Times reported last week that McCain's allies informed the White House that they would like Vice President Pence to attend McCain's funeral, but not Trump.

    Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush are expected to give eulogies at the memorial.

    McCain has a new book coming out, "The Restless Wave," and he has remained engaged as he recovers at home in Phoenix.

    In the book, McCain rips Trump for his rhetoric on immigrants and refugees; alleges that the president's attacks on the press are being mimicked by dictators abroad; and says he "doesn't know what to make of President Trump's convictions."

    McCain also confirmed that he passed along the infamous "Steele dossier" to the FBI, which was later presented as evidence to a secret spy court to justify eavesdropping on Trump campaign officials.

    "I did what any American who cares about our nation's security should have done," McCain writes.

    At a Senate hearing on Wednesday, senators grilled Haspel over the use of controversial interrogation techniques. Haspel told senators that torture "does not work" and that she would defy orders to restart the programs. But she dodged questions about whether she believed it to be "immoral."

    Haspel needs support from 50 senators for confirmation and Republicans have only a slim 51-49 majority in the upper chamber. McCain and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) have already announced their opposition, but Haspel has picked up support from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), who is running for reelection this year in a state Trump carried by 42 points in 2016.




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    Rudy’s Ex-Law Boss: Please Stop Implicating Us In Your Crimes

    Giuliani and his former employer apparently don’t see eye-to-eye on the subject of hush money.

    Bess LevinMay 10, 2018 5:45 pm




    Thinking about what he’s done, or not.
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    When Lexington Avenue lothario Rudy Giuliani declared last month that he would be joining Donald Trump’s august legal team, he said that he would only be taking a “leave of absence” from his law firm, Greenberg Traurig, because it’d take just a week, two weeks tops, to resolve the Mueller investigation. On Thursday, though, the law firm announced that the leave of absence has, sadly, become permanent, with Giuliani tendering a “resignation” letter on Wednesday. “After recognizing that this work is all consuming and is lasting longer than initially anticipated, Rudy has determined it is best for him to resign,” the firm’s chairman, Richard A. Rosenbaum, said in a statement. So that’s the party line. More likely, as others have speculated, “America’s Mayor” was told he had 24 hours to cough up a letter announcing his departure, or the firm would cough it up for him.
    Greenberg Traurig might have seen this one coming. For starters, any lawyer worth their salt could have told Giuliani that defending the president of the United States in an investigation into possible collusion with a foreign powercouldn’t be a side hustle. Second, no one outside of Giuliani actually thought that the Mueller case was going to wrap up in two weeks, or even a month. Perhaps Giuliani’s former bosses would even have granted him a sabbatical, and then allowed him back, if the words coming out of his mouth since joining Team Trump hadn’t become so thoroughly mortifying by association. While Giuliani has said a number of cringe-worthy things since joining Trump’s legal team—that he fantasizes about riding to Ivanka Trump’s rescue; that it would have been really bad if the Stormy Daniels story got out a month before the election, etc.—perhaps the most embarrassing was his appearance on Sean Hannity, wherein he implied any lawyer worth his salt has pulled a Michael Cohen.
    At his law firm, the sentient denture suggested, such payments porn-star payouts were standard practice. “That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the way I would do, out of his law firm funds,” Giuliani said. Cohen, he added, “would take care of things like this like I take care of this with my clients.” You can see how Greenberg Traurig might have come to the conclusion that Giuliani was not the ideal advertisement for the firm.
    Indeed, according to The New York Times, they were not pleased at all. “Firm partners . . . chafed over Mr. Giuliani’s public comments about [the] payments,” write reporters Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman. They were particularly displeased by the implication, which Giuliani spake as gospel, that it’s perfectly normal for a lawyer to secretly take the initiative to silence the porn stars who say they banged their clients. At least not without informing their client first. “We cannot speak for Mr. Giuliani with respect to what was intended by his remarks,” Jill Perry, a spokesperson for the firm, told the paper. “Speaking for ourselves, we would not condone payments of the nature alleged to have been made or otherwise without the knowledge and direction of a client.”
    Also likely playing into Greenberg Traurig’s decision to happily part ways with ole Rudy? The fact that in his short time representing Trump, he’s made a name for himself as one of the worst lawyers of all time, so comically bad that even Donald Trump, Mr. Incompetent, can’t believe what a terrible job he’s doing. Those sorts of reviews are typically seen as a negative for companies advertising their legal services.

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