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Monday, April 23, 2018

Rudy Is Back With Trump (And Wayne Barrett Revealed The Truth About Both)

Having debased himself so thoroughly during the 2016 presidential campaign, Rudolph Giuliani has fallen far in public esteem since his heyday as “America’s Mayor,” the unquestionable hero of 9/11. And now that he has returned to the service of Donald Trump, with a pompous promise to “negotiate an end” to Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, perhaps the media will provide a more complex and less hagiographic portrait of Rudy than the reams of fanboy pap that chronicled his rise.

His mayoralty ended a long time ago, and there is much worth examining since then, from his dubious legal clients and mystifying security contracts to his effort to manipulate the FBI on behalf of Trump.…

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For Comey, Hard Questions About Rudy Giuliani And The FBI

For months, the White House has insistently whined that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is persecuting the president. Echoed by right-wing propaganda media, that theme is now amplified in Donald Trump’s tweeted blasts at former FBI director James Comey, whom he vilifies as a “liar and leaker.”

 To anyone who remembers the final days of the presidential election, Trump’s paranoid claims have always seemed ludicrous. If the bureau appeared to be tilted, it was firmly in his direction, especially in its handling of the criminal investigations of him and Hillary Clinton.

 Now Comey’s media tour promoting his new book, A Higher Loyalty, offers an opportunity to debunk such mythologizing — and to ask a few unanswered questions about the bureau’s perverse role in that election.

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Surprise! Cohen’s Mysterious “Third Client” Is Fox’s Sean Hannity

For Sean Hannity, it was an embarrassing day down in Manhattan’s U.S. District Court — but it was an electrifying moment for America when we learned that the Fox News personality is the “third client” of Michael Cohen, Trump’s lawyer and fixer.

The occasion was a hearing before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Cohen’s effort to prevent federal prosecutors from examining the documents, digital recordings, and other materials seized from his office and hotel suite during an FBI raid last week. He is reportedly under investigation for fraud and other crimes.

Indeed, Cohen’s court appearance was especially embarrassing for Hannity because the two known clients in his dubious law practice are the president and a Republican businessman named Elliot Broidy — both of whom apparently employed his services to pay off and silence women with whom they had engaged in illicit relationships.…

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