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Roger Stone

Roger Stone Says Trump Treats Cohen ‘Like Garbage’

Roger Stone said President Donald Trump treats his attorney Michael Cohen like “garbage,” according to a new report from the New York Times. The report says that Cohen and Trump have a much more unpleasant relationship than one might assume, suggesting that the attorney may have good reason to turn on the president.

April 22, 2018
Michael Cohen

Fearful Trump Flips Out Over Potential Cohen Flip

In a panicked Twitter tirade Saturday morning, Trump publicly admitted his fear that his personal fixer Michael Cohen is revealing his secrets to federal investigators. Trump could’ve asserted that he had done nothing wrong that would be of interest to the investigation of his presidential campaign. Instead, he attacked New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.

April 22, 2018
Comey under fire by media

The Big Chinks In Comey’s Righteous Armor

America is living a Greek tragedy, because of a freakishly tall man who thinks he carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. His name is James Comey; his brand-new book title is “A Higher Loyalty;” he’s here to say that Donald Trump is “morally unfit to be president.” As if we didn’t know. The irony of his ink runs deeper than the well.

April 21, 2018
Press and Donald Trump

A Short History Of Threats Against Trump’s Opponents

When Stormy Daniels spoke to “60 Minutes” last month, the porn actress described a threat she received years ago after speaking to a journalist about her alleged affair with Donald Trump. A stranger approached her in a parking lot in Las Vegas. Daniels was there with her baby daughter. “Leave Trump alone,” Daniels recalled the man warning her. “That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”

April 21, 2018
mueller-crime-family

Debunked: Hannity’s Shameless Lies About Mueller’s Record

Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and adviser to President Donald Trump who has turned his broadcast into a nightly attack on special counsel Robert Mueller, smeared the head of the Russia probe by referencing one of the darkest chapters in the FBI’s history on four consecutive broadcasts last week.

April 20, 2018
Immigration, Terrorism

Trump’s Vote Suppressor Hit With Contempt, Legal Fees

Trump’s voter suppression czar Kris Kobach just got hit with a double whammy in federal court. Republican U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson found the Kansas secretary of state in contempt of court for failing to comply with her 2016 preliminary injunction against his voter ID scheme. And on top of that, she directed him to pay the ACLU’s legal fees stemming from the organization’s motion filing.

April 19, 2018
alexjones-conspiracies

Sandy Hook Parents Sue Alex Jones For Defamation

Jones has said the shooting has “inside job written all over it,” called it “synthetic, completely fake, with actors, in my view, manufactured,” claimed “the whole thing was fake,” said it was “staged,” called it a “giant hoax,” suggested that some victims’ parents lied about seeing their dead children, and pushed other toxic conspiracy theories…

April 18, 2018
White House anti-Semitism

White House Downplays Trump Ties With Cohen

While Trump attorney Michael Cohen fights to block evidence seized during an FBI raid of his office, Trump’s chief spokesperson, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is trying, absurdly, to downplay the attorney-client relationship. During a press gaggle aboard Air Force One en route to Florida on Monday, the White House press secretary was asked if Cohen is still Trump’s personal lawyer.

April 18, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump departs after he was deposed for a lawsuit involving partners in a restaurant venture at offices in Washington, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A Dozen Lawyers And Counting Have Refused To Represent Trump

If anyone needed a stellar defense team right now, it’s Trump. But his legal search continues in vain as elite, white-collar attorneys in Washington, D.C., and around the country continue to turn down White House offers to lead Trump’s defense.

April 17, 2018
Mueller

Trump Abruptly Cancels Sessions’ War On Weed

President Trump last week signaled a dramatic turnaround in administration marijuana policy, telling Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner that the Justice Department would not go after state-legal marijuana in Colorado and that he would support moves to address the contradiction between legal marijuana states and federal pot prohibition.

April 17, 2018
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump leaves the podium after a speech in Virginia Beach, Virginia U.S. July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Warning Trump, Stormy’s Lawyer Calls Cohen ‘Radioactive’

In court, Cohen’s lawyers pushed to prevent federal investigators from reviewing materials obtained under a search warrant last week. Agents entered Cohen’s home and office and collected documents, some of which include communications between him and the president, according to multiple reports.

April 17, 2018

Belief Clinton Would Win Election ‘Factor’ In Email Probe: Comey

Comey, who was fired by Trump last year, told ABC that a desire to ensure Clinton’s victory was seen as legitimate played a role in his decision to announce the bureau would reopen the investigation, made 11 days before the election. “I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor,” he said in the interview, to be aired Sunday.

April 16, 2018
barbara bush

Former First Lady Barbara Bush, 92, ‘In Failing Health’

The statement provided no details on her condition, but Mrs. Bush had been hospitalized for bronchitis treatment in January 2017. She had heart surgery in 2009, and was operated on for an ulcer the year before. She had been treated in the past for the thyroid ailment known as Graves’ disease.

April 16, 2018
Michael Cohen

Michael Avenatti: Cohen Has Numerous NDAs With Women

“I am confident that we’re not talking about two or three or five or seven different women, we’re going to get well into the double digits when it’s all said and done,” Avenatti said on MSNBC’s AM Joy Saturday. “And I’m confident that the documents that have been obtained by the FBI, in connection with these raids, are going to show a lot of women.”

April 15, 2018

Overdose Deaths Are The Product Of Drug Prohibition

So it was a tragedy but not a total surprise when three deaths were reported in Illinois from synthetic marijuana laced with an ingredient (possibly rat poison) that caused severe bleeding. Nationally, in 2015, says the Drug Policy Alliance, “poison control centers received just under 10,000 calls reporting adverse reactions to synthetic cannabinoids, and emergency rooms received tens of thousands of patients.”

April 15, 2018

Mueller Has Evidence That Trump Lawyer Met In Prague With Russians During Campaign, Sources Say

Trump’s threats to fire Mueller or the deputy attorney general overseeing the investigation, Rod Rosenstein, escalated this week when the FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room and office Monday. The raid was unrelated to the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, but instead focused on payments made to women who have said they had sexual relationships with Trump.

April 14, 2018
Donald Trump talking

RNC Pays For Website Smearing James Comey

The official Twitter account for the Republican National Committee tweeted on Thursday night a mock cover of the former FBI director’s much-anticipated memoir, A Higher Loyalty. It accuses Comey of egotism and features blurbs from some of his detractors. “…practically wrecked our political system with [his] self-obsessed handling of the Clinton case,” one of the blurbs reads. “…self-serving, narcissistic,” reads another.

April 14, 2018
Tax, Taxes, Donald Trump, Ethical Dilemma

Trump More Afraid Of Cohen Raid Than Mueller Probe

On April 9, the FBI raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room and searched a safety deposit box and two cell phones belonging to him. His lawyers are asking that their team be able to review evidence in the case for documents that could fall under attorney-client privilege. They appeared in court on Friday, as did three lawyers for Trump, who at this time is not a party in the case.

April 14, 2018
Robert Mueller

Mueller Has Evidence Of Trump Lawyer’s Prague Trip In 2016

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team reportedly has evidence that Trump’s personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen traveled to Prague during the 2016 presidential campaign — a potentially explosive development that could prove to be the strongest evidence yet of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

April 14, 2018
Protesters demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the morning as the court takes up a major abortion case focusing on whether a Texas law that imposes strict regulations on abortion doctors and clinic buildings interferes with the constitutional right of a woman to end her pregnancy, in Washington March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

In America, Women Are Routinely Punished For Abortion

Continuing a long and dangerous trend of anti-abortion policymaking among Republican lawmakers in Arizona, this week, the state’s House of Representatives passed a bill that would require doctors to ask women seeking abortion for their motives.

April 14, 2018

In New Book, Lifelong Republican Comey Excoriates GOP And Trump

Former FBI Director James Comey took a swipe at Republican leaders in Congress who have “stood idly by” or remained “silent” while Trump attacks our institutions and undermines our democracy. Comey, a lifelong Republican until recently, delivered the stinging rebuke in a passage from his upcoming book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” part of which was published by the Washington Post on Thursday.

April 13, 2018
rosenstein-hannity2

Why Trump’s Legal Advisers Think He Can Get Away With Firing Rosenstein

Trump is reportedly considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who approved the raid and oversees Mueller’s probe in light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the case. Following the raid, the president also left open the idea of firing Mueller, and the White House confirmed that he believes he has the power to do so directly.

April 13, 2018

Senate Republicans Suddenly Decide To Shield Mueller

The unusual move comes just hours after some of them belittled concerns for just such a remedy. “I haven’t seen a clear indication that we need to pass something,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. His comment came hours after Trump claimed “many people have said [he] should fire” Mueller.

April 12, 2018
market participants presidential debate

Trump’s Company Suing Towns Across America For Tax Breaks

Yet quietly in another setting, the Trump Organization says the president’s holdings are worth far less than he has proclaimed. Across the country, the Trump Organization is suing local governments, claiming it owes much less in property taxes than government assessors say because its properties are worth much less than they’ve been valued at.

April 12, 2018
Cohen

Right-Wing Media Divide In Reaction To FBI Raid

President Donald Trump’s most avid defenders have split over how to respond to the FBI raid of his lawyer Michael D. Cohen’s office and residence. Last night, Fox hosts Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity used their shows to call for action against the investigators while this morning, the hosts and guests of Fox & Friends warned that any such action could have severe consequences for Trump’s administration.

April 11, 2018