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Showing posts with label Michael Cohen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Cohen. Show all posts

Friday, July 27, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Michael Cohen.Consigliere VIDEO

Is The Consigliere Ready To Speak?

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As the backside of the following story unfolds, most of us can look back and think: well, of course, Trump knew of the meeting. As the meeting participants prepared for their 'dirt" session Trump gleefully stood on-camera and promised ''dirt on Clinton".

Last night CNN broke a story which has both sides of the Trump "payoff of the Playboy Model (bunny)" issue scrambling to control the media. Trump's camp will not admit to leaking the information. Michael Cohen's Camp indicate being

The CNN Breaking News of last night.

Well, now we have an admission of knowing via both camps based on the backside efforts to control the story. Does it actually matter who leaked the story?

It actually does matter. Let's see how MSNBC's Rachel Maddow covered the story as it broke on a competing CNN Show.

After the revelation, Trump's Number One Cable News rationalizer and supposed lawyer visited with Chris Cuomo. The segment is three minutes plus in run-time, and most of the talking is mere host/guest verbal jousting, at one moment Cuomo nails the segment regarding its worthiness regarding the Cohen revelation.

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Yes, Trump has a credibility problem unsurpassed by any US President since 1776.

Trump's Politifact File

Giuliani said Cohen is a pathological liar.  If you look above it is obvious who is the pathological liar. 


Monday, July 2, 2018

Michael Cohen Never Knew Trump To Lie

Image result for michael cohenHave a look at total sycophancy.  Michale Cohen is coming out of the shadows with talk of Trump as legal matters (and new lawyers) cometh.

We heard about his comments regarding his loyalty to his family vs Trump, but what follows is a sure sign of messaging to Trump and his cabal.  
From our reading and listening well before Trump won the US Presidency in 2016, he is well known as a liar and manipulator. Since 2016, it seems his tendency to lie like as a first thought indicates a personal pathology. A pathology which is deeply ingrained to the point Cohen couldn't have possibly missed the ever-present lie. Therefore Cohen is lying as indicated via Jake Tappers, well-demonstrated non verbals in the video.

Cohen couldn't have escaped Trump's penchant for lying just as noted fact-checking organizations couldn't help but rate his statements "false" far more the "truth".  

One graphic stands above the rest as poignant visual representation f Trup and the business of honesty, or lack thereof.


What follows is no bell curve representation. The bars are well skewered towards various degrees of "False."

A few weeks ago the New York Times tallied Trump lies since taking office at well beyond 3100 instances.  If you check any of the linked fact-checking sites, you will find more evidence of the extent to which Michael Cohen lied to CNN's Jake Tapper.

10 Top Fact-checking Sites

Michael Cohen, really?  

I wonder if he would respond the same to similar questions while sitting with the Mueller investigation team.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Russian Oligarch, Michael Cohen, And (?)


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

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.
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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.”
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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.

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Additional reporting by Claire Perlman.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pleading The Fifth? Mobsters Only?

Yesterday we posted a piece regarding Trump's "fixer/money man" and his pleading the Fifth in a Los Anglers Civil Court.  Linked, here.

If you didn't visit the link, here is one critical embed in the post.

“The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
Today, Huffington Post reminded us of the many times Trump plead the Fifth during the course of his divorce proceedings. Apparently, the tally is close to 100 times.

I read the HUFFPO piece after reading this morning about how Trump's propaganda and communications strategies are actually working in the minds of the nations most gullible. (Washington Post opinion piece)  What will it take for a formerly great nation to realize, Donald J. Trump is a very sick person who is void of decency? 

He is, more importantly, a danger to humankind well beyond the continuing US slide into his dark abyss.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

As Trump's World Turns: Michael Cohen Taking The Fifth

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Trump's "fixer and moneyman" Will plead the Fifth in any Civil Court matters related to Stormy Daniels.

The Hill
“Based on the advice of counsel, I will assert my 5th amendment rights in connection with all proceeding in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York,” Cohen said in a court filing Wednesday
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Trump, before he began to see, is dirty skirts showing via his money man, Cohen.

May 23, 2016.

September 13, 2016, Presidential Debate (in front of an audience of millions)

Five times over the recent past Trump railed about staff taking the Fifth Amendment.

The nation's 45trhPresidentt is a serious problem.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cohen to Plead What?

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According to Stormy Daniel's attorney, Trump's so-called attorney and know "Fixer", has indicated Michael Cohen is reported to have issued an intent to Plead the Fifth Amendment on grounds of potential incrimination. If true does anyone need more regarding Trump corruption? OOOH... boy!

How has Trump dealt with the prospect of pleading The Fifth in the past?

May 2017, The Business Insider...
"If you are not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for?" Trump said at a campaign rally in Florida in September.

"The mob takes the Fifth Amendment," Trump said at a campaign event in Iowa later that month. "If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?"
Alas, the sleaze unfolds...and on a day when a former Trump Tower doorman indicates he was (ALLEGEDLY) paid $30K to keep quiet about Trump and a housekeeper concubine.  Housekeeper?  The story is unverified by major media. We will update our reporting on the story once it is confirmed or if the story is proven to be false.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Romney (Serial Liar)

Birds of a Feather......

Of course, we speak long and loud about Mitt Romney's penchant for speaking with a great deal of the mendacious. Romney is the perfect 'storm' of GOP politics. He will commit to nothing. claim what he likes and disavow what he dislikes (even with memory of prior comment), and is the master of the political 'lie'.  I offer he is a prototypical short term Vulture Capitalist CEO.  Most CEO's are in their positions for extended periods and care about the 'comment' trail that receives scrutiny from its Board of Directors and major stockholders.  {Wall Street CEO's are a different breed as they wield full control over most oversight authorities that might separate them from unlimited riches and unchallenged decision-making.} 

 Romney as venture capitalist never was forced to learn and practice the aforementioned dynamic. He learned the art of  the 'lie for effect' while doing what is necessary to build 'cash cows',  then sell them off.  Some might refer to the 'noodle' candiate as one who "fakes it to make it". 

Romney's 'serial lying' is both disconcerting and dangerous. Disconcerting that he has to resort to bold, easily refutable lies to massage his base and nip away at Independents and CERTAIN Democrats. He is dangerous in many ways. If he uses 'serial lying' to win office, do you think his learned behavior will cease; au contrar.   He will do as all humans being do, he will rely upon and use his learned tendencies especially those behaviors which have proven successful.  Presidential lies from the Oval Office are a serious matter for the nation.  We often fail to think in terms of the international scrutiny given to just about all things Americana.  All foreign leaders are watching.  Do you think they relish dealing with a president who will evade, mumble through, show signs of being detached from reality, and one who cannot even recall and say the word 'donut'?  No, they will be as leery of Romney on matters of state as some are regarding his 'etch-a'sketch-ism' as he campaigns for office.  

The following video is a classic testamonial  of an non-credible campaigner calling Romney more 'serial' than himself.  If you open the video, skip to gthe 29 second mark and watch/lsiten to the 35 second mark.  That is all you need for a GOP perspective on Romney. The remainder of the interview is typical Newt. I cannot stand Romney, he cannot lead as president, but he is better than Obama. 

How about a perspective on "serial liar' Romney from a couple of professional journalist?