“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 Subpoenaed, Trump Crumbled

Michael Cohen has been subpoenaed to testify before the Senate, and the standoff between Nancy Pelosi and the president ended with Trump buckling to her demands.

It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours. In the same day that the president insisted he would hold the State of the Union address despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s insistence otherwise, he then buckled and agreed to postpone the address.

In a similar turn of events, just as Michael Cohen’s lawyers announced that he would not be appearing in front of Congress due to threats from the president and Rudy Giuliani, the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed him to appear before them. This testimony, however, will be behind closed doors, while his testimony before the House Oversight Committee would have been public.

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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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BuzzFeed v. Mueller

Last week, Robert Mueller’s office quashed a report by BuzzFeed claiming the president directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed, however, stands by the report.

The initial report claimed that Trump directed his then lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress regarding the status of the negotiations for the Trump Tower in Moscow.

Within hours of its release, Mueller’s office publicly denounced the validity of the report, but BuzzFeed is standing by its reporting.

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Michael Cohen to Testify Publicly

Michael Cohen, former attorney and “fixer” for the president, has agreed to testify publicly before Congress about his dealings with Trump.

In what is considered a major win for newly sworn in House Democrats, Cohen has agreed to testify publicly before the House Oversight Committee on February 7.

It will be the first time congressional Democrats will be able to control the interrogation of a member of the president’s inner circle and campaign team, almost all of whom are involved in the special investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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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

New Revelations in Mueller Probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s filing is in: Paul Manafort is a documented liar and Michael Cohen deserves jail time.

In his filing, Mueller detailed five distinct lies Manafort told his team after agreeing to cooperate in exchange for a plea deal.

Mueller also recommended that Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, receive “substantial” jail time for tax fraud and campaign finance violations.

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Cohen Pleads Guilty

Michael Cohen has plead guilty in federal court and has admitted that he lied about the extent to which Trump communicated with the Russians during 2016.

Initially, Cohen had claimed that talks about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow ended in January 2016 ahead of the Iowa caucuses; yesterday, Cohen admitted that discussions carried on well past that time.

Cohen has already plead guilty to eight counts in a separate case brought by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office earlier this year.

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Michael Cohen Has the Tapes

It is being reported that Michael Cohen taped a conversation between himself and the president regarding payment to a former Playboy model.

The tape was apparently seized in the FBI’s raid of Cohen’s hotel room, home, and office back in April of this year.

In it, Cohen and the president discuss making a payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims to have had an affair with the president.

Life is Getting Harder for Michael Cohen

An anonymous whistleblower from the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has revealed that important financial documents relating to Michael Cohen’s activities were removed from a federal database.

Ronan Farrow, a journalist for The New Yorker, published the story Wednesday, which quickly made headlines across the major media networks.

It’s been established that Michael Cohen, personal lawyer to the president of the United States, set up a shell company called Essential Consultants LLC to both make payments to individuals such as Stephanie Clifford (AKA Stormy Daniels) as well as to receive payments from companies like AT&T.

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