“Total Exoneration”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation last week and found that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

As anti-climactic as the findings may be, they certainly aren’t terribly surprising, and some argue that they even justify the president’s repeated cries that the whole affair was a “witch hunt.”

Others, however, point out that there never needed to be proof of collusion to justify an impeachment case considering the president and his administration have been found to be complicit in campaign finance crimes and the fact that the president is still the subject of multiple investigations.

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Cohen’s Testimony Postponed

Legal counsel for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen have urged him to postpone his testimony in light of threats from the president.

Cohen was set to testify publicly before Congress on February 7, and it was recently made clear that the hearing could not cover any topics related to the ongoing investigation under Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The decision to postpone the testimony makes it quite possible that the public will never hear Cohen’s side of the story, as he is due to begin his three-year prison sentence on March 6.

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Cohen Goes to Prison

Michael Cohen, former attorney to the president, was sentenced to three years in prison for his involvement in both political and financial crimes.

In addition to three years in prison, Cohen will then undergo three years of supervised release, and will forfeit $500,000 as well as pay a restitution of $1.4 million on top of a $50,000 fine.

While Cohen had asked for leniency, he also took responsibility for his actions as well as the consequences.  Continue reading

Child Care for Candidates

In a win for politically-minded parents everywhere, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruled unanimously Thursday that candidates can use campaign funds for child care.

Liuba Grechen Shirley, a congressional candidate for New York’s 2nd District, petitioned the FEC in April to use part of her campaign funds to pay her babysitter, arguing that child care is just as important to a campaign as a finance director.

Shirley claimed an unprecedented victory when the FEC ruled unanimously in her favor.

Similar requests were granted to male candidates in 1995 and 2008, but never to a female candidate.

“Our babysitter is just as important as my campaign manager or my finance director. She’s just as integral, and she’s paid as staff. I couldn’t run my campaign without her.” – Shirley

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Wait, He Said What Now?

Rudy Giuliani, the latest addition to the White House legal team, announced on Fox News Wednesday that the president did indeed reimburse his lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 hush-money payment Cohen made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels.

UPDATE 05/04/2018 4:00 PM PST: Giuliani released a statement today attempting to walk back the comments he made Wednesday, claiming that, “The payment was made to resolve a personal and false allegation in order to protect the President’s family. It would have been done in any event, whether he was a candidate or not.”

In response, the president said that, “When Rudy made the statements — Rudy is great — but Rudy had just started, and he wasn’t totally familiar with everything.”

The president has consistently denied any knowledge of the payment as recently as last month.

On Wednesday, Giuliani, speaking on Fox with Sean Hannity, said that the president paid Cohen back in installments for the $130,000 hush-money payment the lawyer made to Clifford before the 2016 election.

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