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CNN Airs Secret Trump/Cohen Convo – Embarrassingly Backfires As Soon As It Starts Playing

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In what many consider flagrant dishonesty and misrepresentation, not to mention a significant breach of the ethics that govern the attorney-client relationship, President Donald Trump’s longtime former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, provided CNN with a copy of a secretly recorded conversation between then-candidate Trump and himself from September 2016.

In the recorded conversation, Trump and Cohen discuss the purchasing of the rights to a Playboy model’s claim that she and Trump had an affair. The conversation took place just prior to the highly contentious 2016 presidential election.

The Playboy model, Karen McDougal, claims to have had a nearly year-long affair with Trump in 2006 while current wife, Melania Trump was pregnant with their son, Barron. McDougal claims the affair continued up until Melania gave birth. McDougal profited from her story, selling it to the National Enquirer for $150,000 during the final months of the presidential campaign. The tabloid chose not to publish the story, however, choosing instead to sit on the story preventing it from becoming public knowledge in a practice known as “catch and kill.”

Cohen secretly recorded the conversation with Trump without his knowledge or consent. In the recording, Cohen can be heard stating to Trump that he needs “to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David.” The David referenced in the conversation likely refers to American Media Inc. head and owner of the National Enquirer, David Pecker, a longtime, personal friend of Trump.

For context purposes, Cohen’s exact words to Trump are – “I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David.”

Trump then is heard interrupting to ask Cohen – “What financing?”

Cohen replies to Trump, stating – “We’ll have to pay.”

Trump replies –  “Pay with cash.”

*** With regards to Trump’s response “pay with cash” the audio is significantly muddled and it is not clear whether he is directing Cohen to pay with cash or directing to not pay at all.

Cohen responds with “no, no, no” but it is unclear what was said next.

Cohen is currently represented by attorney Lanny Davis, a Washington lawyer who is close to Bill and Hillary Clinton. Davis insists that “the truth is on our side” after Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s current attorney, attempted to clear up any confusion regarding the muddled nature of the secretly taped conversation.

Giuliani confirmed with the New York Times last week that Trump and Cohen had discussed payments – and “there was no indication on the tape that Mr. Trump knew before the conversation about the payment from the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., to Ms. McDougal.”

“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,” said Giuliani, adding that Trump had previously told Cohen that if he were to make a payment related to the woman, to write a check instead of sending cash so that the transaction could be properly documented. “In the big scheme of things, it’s powerful exculpatory evidence,” Giuliani added.

The Hill reports –

“Though Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani previously insisted Cohen suggested using cash to buy the story, Davis pointed to the audio as proof that it was Trump’s suggestion all along. (Davis is a columnist for The Hill.)

Giuliani contested Davis’s interpretation and released the Trump team’s version of the transcript, which contradicts Davis. While Davis said Trump was suggesting the two pay cash, Giuliani’s version of the transcript says Trump is saying, “Don’t pay with cash … check.”

Davis smiled when CNN anchor Chris Cuomo read him Giuliani’s version of the transcript.

“Everybody heard just now Donald Trump say the word ‘cash,'” Davis said. “After Michael Cohen mentioned financing. When Mr. Giuliani … accused my client, Mr. Cohen, of saying the word ‘cash,’ I said, ‘Wait for the tapes.'”

“The tape contradicts Giuliani,” Davis continued.

“The only people who use cash are drug dealers and mobsters,” he added.

Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, denied that the audio proved that Trump was offering to pay in cash.
“Whoever is telling Davis that cash in that conversation refers to green currency is lying to him,” Futerfas told CNN. “There’s no transaction done in green currency. It doesn’t happen. The whole deal never happened. If it was going to happen, it would be a payment to a large company that would obviously be accompanied by an agreement of sale. Those documents would be prepared by lawyers on both sides.”

Throughout the interview, Davis painted Cohen as a victim of attacks by Trump, Giuliani and their allies.

He said Cohen is ready to “turn a new corner” and tell the truth about what transpired between himself and the president.”

McDougal has levied accusations of her own against Cohen, stating he took part in the deal. Cohen was Trump’s personal attorney and fixer of all things for a long time. In a significant breach of standard protocol, the FBI raided Cohen’s office, home, and hotel room in the early morning hours of April 9 searching for records regarding payments made to two women who had claimed they had affairs with Trump.

Cohen made a similar payment of $130,000 to porn star and stripper Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Cohen said at the time “In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Ms. Stephanie Clifford.”

Clifford – whose husband just recently filed for divorce, has an active lawsuit against Trump over a nondisclosure agreement so that she can “tell her story” though Daniels lost an arbitration hearing forcing her to adhere to the agreement after Cohen filed a restraining order against her. She is also suing both Trump and Cohen for libel after Trump called her statements “fraud” over Twitter while claiming that Clifford fabricated a story that she was threatened by a man after she went to journalists with the story of her affair.

Court records show electronic devices and paper records containing more than 800,000 individual files were seized in the raid. There were also a total of 12 audio recordings, now in the hands of federal prosecutors from the files seized from Cohen. The recordings were recently turned over to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York after attorneys for both Cohen and Trump withdrew their claim that the recordings should be protected from prosecutors’ eyes due to attorney-client privilege, according to recent documents filed by a court-appointed watchdog, Barbara Jones.

According to the New York Times – “By burying Ms. McDougal’s story during the campaign in a practice known in the tabloid industry as ‘catch and kill,’ A.M.I. protected Mr. Trump from negative publicity that could have harmed his election chances, spending money to do so.

The authorities believe that the company was not always operating in what campaign finance law calls a ‘legitimate press function,’ according to the people briefed on the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. That may explain why prosecutors did not follow typical Justice Department protocol to avoid subpoenaing news organizations when possible and to give journalists advance warning when demanding documents or other information.”

Davis argues that while Trump never paid for the rights, the 2016 recording shows Trump was aware of the payment. Trump himself weighed in regarding the FBI raid on Cohen’s office, home, and hotel room, tweeting – “Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!”

However, Cohen has yet to be charged with any crime and many speculate that this is simply more of the Mueller-led witch hunt against Trump. There is also some issue with regards to the ethical considerations of an attorney secretly recording his conversations with a client and then releasing it to the media. Many mainstream media sources have also noted that New York is what is known as a “one party state”  meaning only one person need consent to the recording of a conversation.

However, it is important to note that Cohen is a legal professional, an attorney admitted to the American Bar Association (ABA), and as such certain ethics and guidelines govern his conduct along with his future ability to practice law if he chooses to ignore.

According to the ABA “Ethics codes, such as the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, do not specifically address covert recording by lawyers. The secret recording of conversations potentially implicates a number of general ethical standards, however. Model Rule 8.4 states that it is ‘professional misconduct for a lawyer to . . . engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.’

In 1974 the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Formal Opinion 337 prohibited secret recordings, reasoning that secret recordings would be tantamount to dishonesty or misrepresentation. The ABA affirmed this position a year later and stated that a lawyer was also ethically prohibited from directing an investigator to tape- record a conversation without the knowledge of the other party.”

It appears Cohen has some explaining to do…

White House Guests KNEEL During National Anthem, Trump Makes Them Immediately Regret It

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The Marine Corp band in their bright red uniforms were on the south balcony of the White House on a bright, sunny Tuesday in Washington, DC. The Army Chorus sang, beginning the event with ‘America the Beautiful’ and concluded with ‘God Bless America’. At least two people who were guests at President Trump’s Celebration of America event yesterday knelt, showing exactly why so many Americans are ticked over the National Anthem controversy.

The event replaced a celebration at the White House in honor of the Super Bowl win for the Philadelphia Eagles. These two disrespectful idiots took a knee as the “Star Spangled Banner” rang out across the South Lawn of the White House. Simply disgraceful. These aren’t social justice warriors… these are unpatriotic jerks.

A video was posted to Twitter by a reporter for SVT, the Swedish national public TV broadcaster. It shows a man, wearing a light blue button down, kneeling as the National Anthem played, before clapping and ultimately coming to his feet after the song finished. I guess he thought that was his five minutes of fame or something.

What it really amounted to was making a fool out of himself internationally. President Trump showcases all of these liberal dimwits for what they are… America-hating, radical leftists who are far more interested in hating our brave police officers and our country than they are in respecting America and taking national pride in their country and President.

When President Trump took the podium, he blew his audience away with his love for our country, military, police, flag and the National Anthem. He made every single person who disrespects them like this look like the small, craven liberals that they really are. The man, who did not identify himself, left the event immediately after the United States Marine Band performed the anthem, according to a news anchor for TV2 Denmark. Gee, crawling away with his tail between his legs like the lowly cur he his. Guess he couldn’t stand patriotism after he showed how much he hates his own country.

There was a second man who was pictured kneeling as well. That was posted to Twitter by a CNN White House producer. He was wearing a light blue checkered shirt and had a little American flag. This guy was right up front. He was also apparently the same person who reportedly heckled Trump. That guy was roundly booed by everyone around him. CNN’s analyst April Ryan posted false news on Twitter yesterday claiming people were booing Trump when it was the heckler they went after. She eventually retracted what she said after her own colleagues called her out on the lie. “Stop hiding behind the armed services and the National Anthem,” the guy yelled to a chorus of boos, according to the Daily Mail. “Let’s hear it for the Eagles.” “Go home,” one person shouted at the heckler.

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The President didn’t engage the heckler, but looked in his direction and pursed his lips. He looked like he wanted to smack him. Right there with ya.

President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House after they at first said they had more than 70 players coming to the People’s House to celebrate. By this week, that number had dropped to less than ten and then to only one player. They kept trying to change the date to one where President Trump would be out of the country. I don’t blame the President in the least for canceling the visit. That was totally appropriate. If you insist on being ungrateful and insulting a sitting President of the United States, then you don’t deserve the honor of going to the White House period.

Trump claimed on Monday that the team disagreed “with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” Eagles players denied that accusation, pointing out that no one on the team knelt for the anthem during last season. But that has nothing to do with how each individual on the team states his beliefs and shows his disrespect for President Trump.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the team of a “political stunt” just minutes before Tuesday’s alternative event began, claiming the players had chosen to “abandon their fans.” That’s exactly what they did. “If this wasn’t a political stunt by the Eagles franchise then they wouldn’t have committed to attend the event and then backed out,” she said in her Tuesday press briefing. “And if it wasn’t a political stunt, they wouldn’t have attempted to reschedule the visit while the President was overseas.”

Trump was brief in his remarks and only spoke for about four minutes. He began by explaining why it’s an issue of patriotism for Americans to stand for the National Anthem. “We love our flag and stand for our National Anthem,” Trump said to great applause from the crowd on the South Lawn of the White House. “We stand to honor our military and to honor country and to honor the fallen heroes who never made it back home.” Yes, we do… and those that don’t can take a hike.

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Melania Unveils This Year’s White House Christmas Decorations That Libs Are SURE To Hate

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Melania Trump’s first year in office was marked by immense criticism of our incredible first lady, who in the eyes of the Trump family’s numerous detractors, Melania could do nothing right, or at least as well as her predecessor, Michelle Obama. This included her full Christmas decor plan, which was stunning in silver and white, and a beautiful modern take on the same tired style that Michelle un-creatively came up with.

This year’s decorations will likely be no different, if not worse.

Last year, liberals claimed she decked the halls in depression and gloom, likening it to looking more like a haunted house than a holiday home. So, what will they say about this year’s new look?

Chicks On The Right reports:

FLOTUS doesn’t just slay on the fashion front. Her decorating skills are off the charts. (Yes, yes– I know she didn’t do this by herself, but if you really believe she didn’t have a say, you’re nuuuuuuuuuuuuts.)

ANYWHO. She finally unveiled this year’s White House Christmas decorations, and they’re GORGEOUS.

You have no idea how much I want to stroll through those halls of beautifully decorated trees. Oh well. I’ll have to settle for the aisles of Hobby Lobby.

It all looks great. I’m obsessed. TY, that is all.

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