Michael Cohen Negotiated Million Dollar Payoff for Wealthy GOP Donor Who Impregnated Nude Model

Can we talk about Michael Cohen’s specific field of legal expertise?

I mean, it really seems to be damage control, and little else.

We know all about the agreement he made with porn star Stormy Daniels, in regards to buying her silence in 2016, over the affair she had in 2006 with Donald Trump.

Daniels was paid $130,000 to deny that affair, even though she’d previously taken a polygraph test – passed it – and given an interview to In Touch Magazine.

Cohen seemed to acknowledge the payoff, and claimed he made the payment “as a favor” to his client, after releasing the statement saying rumors of an affair were untrue.

He doesn’t seem like the best and brightest to come out of the legal profession, does he?

In what is breaking news, it appears Cohen’s experience in the field of paying off porn stars isn’t limited to Trump, but also, for Trump’s friends and associates.

Elliot Broidy, a prominent GOP donor, took advantage of Cohen’s mud-dwelling and had the shifty character negotiate a $1.6 million settlement for his particular “indiscretions.”

Broidy is a venture capitalist out of Los Angeles, and the current deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee.

In today’s news, it is revealed that Cohen made the arrangements, and delivered the payment to a Playboy model impregnated by Broidy.

“I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate,” Broidy said in a statement to the Journal.

“At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period,” he added.

It always smacks of hypocrisy – and definitely damages the message – when someone with a prominent position in the Republican structure pays for a porn star to get an abortion.

So much for the pro-life right image.

Cohen is also a national deputy fundraising chair for the RNC and arranged the payment over two years in quarterly installments as part of a deal preventing the woman from disclosing the relationship, the Journal reports.

The contract also prohibits the pursuit of what the woman said were impending legal charges against Broidy and claims that Broidy paid her for a sexual relationship that lasted one to two years, a source told the Journal.

Paid her? There’s a name for that. It slips my mind, at the moment.

Part of the deal drawn up by Cohen is that Broidy denies he had to pay this woman, and agrees he’ll not seek any legal retribution.

But why Cohen?

Cohen knew the woman’s attorney and had a previous association with him.

“Mr. Cohen reached out to me after being contacted by this woman’s attorney, Keith Davidson. Although I had not previously hired Mr. Cohen, I retained Mr. Cohen after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson,” Broidy said.

Quite the sordid entanglement to come on the heels of everything else Cohen’s hands are in. His offices were raided on Monday by FBI agents, said to be investigating for potential wire fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations.

 

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In Emergency U.N. Meeting, Ambassador Nikki Haley SCORCHES Russia

She doesn’t pull her punches.

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley addressed the U.N. today, regarding the recent chlorine gas attack on the rebel-held city of Douma, Syria.

And while Russia has deflected, called news of the attack “fake news,” and now seeks to place blame news of the attack on a “staged event,” even calling out Great Britain as being complicit in an elaborate ruse, Ambassador Haley is not flinching.

Today’s meeting of the UN Security Council was an emergency meeting called by Russia’s ambassador, as they seek to stave off any retaliatory attacks in Syria by the U.S.

At one point, Haley looks at the Russian ambassador and says:

“I’m in awe of how you can say what you say with a straight face.”

She’s right.

She further calls out Russia for their part in allowing such an atrocity to take place.

Absolutely perfect. Russia was supposed to be the safeguard in the region, but they are the villains.

And once again, she is correct.

To date, the Trump administration has said there are no plans to strike Syria, even though President Trump ignorantly signaled to Russia, by tweet, that missiles would be coming.

In the meantime, the situation in Syria remains tense, and neither side of the U.S. political aisle seems to have the stomach for a solution.

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In New Book, James Comey Explains How Close He Came to This Disgusting Trump Scandal

The upcoming book by former FBI Director James Comey is already sitting at the top of the Amazon Best Sellers list, and on Thursday, some excerpts were dropped around social media, in anticipation of the April 17 release.

Of those tidbits, Comey reveals that early in the Trump presidency – presumably before the request for loyalty – the new president approached him about the controversial Russia dossier, compiled by former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele.

According to Comey, Trump wanted him to investigate the claims within the dossier that he had hired Russian prostitutes to perform a particular sexual fetish activity, involving urine and a bed former President Obama may have previously slept in.

From the Washington Examiner:

 “He brought up what he called the ‘golden showers thing’ … adding that it bothered him if there was ‘even a one percent chance’ his wife, Melania, thought it was true,” Comey wrote in his book upcoming book “a Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” the New York Post reports.

“He just rolled on, unprompted, explaining why it couldn’t possibly be true, ending by saying he was thinking of asking me to investigate the allegation to prove it was a lie,” Comey added. “I said it was up to him.”

My first thought here is that Trump should know if it is a lie, or not.

My second thought is that the “pee pee tapes” part of the dossier was about the only part that couldn’t get the man in deep, legal peril. Was he not concerned about those portions?

According to Comey, Trump brought up investigating the allegations the same time he asked Comey for “loyalty” at a White House dinner in January 2017. Comey said he cautioned Trump that a probe could “create a narrative that we were investigating him personally.”

Trump said that was possible, but requested Comey to keep thinking about the option, Comey wrote.

And now that Trump is actually being investigated, his nose is bent out of shape.

Be careful what you ask for, right?

All of this is dependent on whether Comey is telling the truth or not, and I’m sure there are plenty who will label this FAKE NEWS.

The man does bring up an interesting point, however, while pointing out there was no chance his own wife would believe such accusations.

“In what kind of marriage, to what kind of man, does a spouse conclude there is only a 99 percent chance her husband didn’t do that?” Comey wrote.

In a marriage that was more of a business transaction than an actual, loving union, maybe?

Just a thought.

 

 

 

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They’re Coming for Our Kids: Nationwide Sit-out Planned to Protest Corrupted Sex Ed Curriculum

The date is April 23. If you’re a parent with school-aged kids, mark your calendars.

The content of our nation’s sex education classes has become so reprobate in some school districts, that a group of parents are hoping to raise awareness and bring about some changes with what is being forced into the curriculum.

The Sex Ed Sit Out started with parents in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has spread to nearly a dozen other cities in three countries. The April 23 protest is a grass-roots effort spearheaded by mothers who said they are disturbed by the “pornographic” content that has made its way into the classroom.

Elizabeth Johnston, a social conservative activist who blogs under the name Activist Mommy, is one of the protest’s organizers. She said most parents wouldn’t “stand for the kind of graphic, gender-bending sex ed” that schools are teaching.

“Most parents do not know this is taking place in schools,” Ms. Johnston said. “The wool is completely being pulled over their eyes, and sometimes when parents catch on and start inquiring, bureaucrats are using deceptive means of not informing them what is being taught.”

Unfortunately, she’s not wrong.

When sex ed was really heating up and becoming a thing, I remember that the classes we sat through dealt with the onset and signs of puberty, menstrual cycles, child birth, and later on, gingerly worded discussions about birth control.

Mrs. Brewer would refer to girls getting pregnant out-of-wedlock as “being in the hotseat,” and she’d pass out gift bags to the girls of sample packs of tampons and “Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific” shampoo.

That was then.

Today’s version of sexual education includes partnership with the vicious ghouls of Planned Parenthood and a gay rights organization called the Human Rights Campaign.

Planned Parenthood developed a “comprehensive” curriculum called Get Real that school boards across the country have considered adopting.

The program teaches sex education staples such as female and male anatomy, puberty and sexually transmitted diseases, but also offers lessons on “sexual identity” and “gender, sex and shared responsibility.”

My neighboring county, Cumberland County, NC tried the Get Real curriculum in 2016. Cumberland County parents went ape (and rightly so).

As a result, the program was pulled.

In Spokane, Washington public schools are about to vote on implementation of the Get Real program, as well as elements of other nutty programs.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho came out against the proposed curriculum last month. In its evaluation, Planned Parenthood said the program lacked LGBTQ inclusivity and was too focused on heterosexuality as the norm. The curriculum also used language that could be interpreted as shaming, the abortion giant said.

“The majority of voices in our community support an evidence-based approach to sexual health education,” Planned Parenthood said in a statement. “While the proposed patchwork sexual health program is better than the current sexual health education materials, our students deserve a program that has been evaluated and proven to be effective.”

Evidence-based? The evidence is that it takes a man and a woman, sperm and ovum, to make a baby. If you want to teach abnormal psychology classes to 7th graders, and then explore gender dysphoria, go for it.

Further, the Human Rights Campaign aims to start at the root and get to kids before they hit puberty, meaning, they have a bullseye squarely on the elementary school level.

The program they promote is called Welcoming Schools, and aims for educators to answer questions, such as, “Can two girls get married?” And let’s be honest: the only answer these activist groups are going to accept is “Yes.”

Also, the program “recommends books that help develop “LGBTQ-inclusive elementary schools.”

Elementary schools.

One of the books recommended by Welcoming Schools, “I am Jazz” by transgender reality-TV star Jazz Jennings, was read to kindergartners last year at Rocklin Academy Gateway, a charter school in Rocklin, California.

Unbelievable.

The planned sit-out isn’t just confined to the United States.

In addition to the demonstration in Charlotte, protests are planned in Sacramento, California; Bloomington, Indiana; Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Spokane, Washington; and Martinsburg, West Virginia. Rallies also are scheduled in Vancouver, British Columbia; and Mulgrave, Australia.

Very nice.

The plans for the event began back in November, but were almost scrapped after the Parkland school shooting in February and the popularity of walk outs, in order to protest guns.

“We almost pulled the plug on the sit-out idea because we were concerned that the idea had become tainted in the public’s view,” Ms. Johnston said. “But people kept saying, ‘Stay the course; what you’re doing is right.’ This is a sit-out that everyone can and should be able to get behind.”

So is sex education a mandatory course, now? At one point, a parent’s signature was required. That should still be the case.

Ideally, we’re not turning over something so sensitive to the public school system to handle. Parents should be teaching their kids at home and instilling their values, rather than letting the world and strangers instill theirs.

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RNC Launches Ad Campaign and Website Designed to Take Down James Comey

Let the onslaught begin!

Devotees of President Trump have kicked off a website and ad campaign, designed to combat the threat of the upcoming book tour by former FBI Director James Comey, for his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership.”

The website, paid for by the RNC, is called “Lyin’ Comey,” because that’s the highest level of intellect that can be mustered to defend Trump.

Besides ads, talking points will be distributed to Republican leaders, pretty much signaling the very real threat they feel Comey represents.

The goal is to paint Comey as a “disgraced former official.”

They’re even willing to use Democrat talking points to do it.

Digital advertisements will attempt to remind Democrats that they lost faith in Comey during the 2016 presidential race, when he closed and later reopened an official investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while secretary of State.

A video on the “Lyin’ Comey” website, titled “Comey isn’t credible — just ask Democrats,” shows Democratic Party leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), speaking on their doubts about the then-FBI director in the midst of the election.

Right, because they feel his reopening the case damaged Clinton’s chances at the presidency.

So much for the other narrative of Comey being a Democrat partisan, out to get Trump.

“Comey is a liar and a leaker and his misconduct led both Republicans and Democrats to call for his firing,” Republican Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel told CNN. “If Comey wants the spotlight back on him, we’ll make sure the American people understand why he has no one but himself to blame for his complete lack of credibility.”

And maybe that will work for you, but ultimately, the decision may be made up by book sales.

The book isn’t due to hit shelves until next Tuesday (April 17), but I just checked on Amazon, and it currently sits at the #1 spot, which suggests at least a high interest in the book.

Contrast that interest with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s book, “Let Trump Be Trump” at #6,525 and Trump bootlicker Newt Gingrich’s book, “Understanding Trump” sitting at #21,146 and you get a general feel for where we’re at. The public’s desire to protect Trump, at all costs doesn’t seem to extend to swallowing a load of propaganda.

 

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Russia Gets Ahead of Any U.S. Attack in Syria by Jamming Drones

Russia is getting ahead of the inevitable and defending Syria against any potential U.S. drone strikes, say four U.S. officials.

According to NBC News:

The Russians began jamming some smaller U.S. drones several weeks ago, the officials said, after a series of suspected chemical weapons attacks on civilians in rebel-held eastern Ghouta. The Russian military was concerned the U.S. military would retaliate for the attacks and began jamming the GPS systems of drones operating in the area, the officials explained.

Jamming, which means blocking or scrambling a drone’s reception of a signal from a GPS satellite, can be uncomplicated, according to Dr. Todd Humphreys, the director of the Radionavigation Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin.

“GPS receivers in most drones can be fairly easily jammed,” he said.

This isn’t a new thing with Russia, in their never-ending quest to be the most unscrupulous of world players.

Four years ago, U.S. analysts saw this blocking capability at work in eastern Ukraine, after the invasion of Crimea. Russia’s military jammed drones at that time, having what is described as a “significant impact” on United Nations surveillance drones, attempting to monitor the region and gather information.

Malfunctions and crashes are very possible results of the jamming.

The Defense Department will not say whether the jamming is causing drones to crash, citing operational security. “The U.S. military maintains sufficient countermeasures and protections to ensure the safety of our manned and unmanned aircraft, our forces and the missions they support,” said Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon.

Russia has jumped ahead of any expected hit on Syria, given Bashar al-Assad’s latest chemical weapon attack on the rebel-held Douma in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. Trump had strong words, following the attack, and drew his own “red line” towards both Assad, and Russia, for their compliance.

Still, the Russian strategy of jamming U.S. drones is having some effect.

The officials said the equipment being used was developed by the Russian military and is very sophisticated, proving effective even against some encrypted signals and anti-jamming receivers. The drones impacted so far are smaller surveillance aircraft, as opposed to the larger Predators and Reapers that often operate in combat environments and can be armed.

Dr. Humphreys further commented on the outcome of any jamming efforts:

“They are a little less hostile looking than a kinetic bullet but sometimes the effect can be just as damaging,” he said. “It’s like shooting at them with radio waves instead of bullets.”

This is just another phase in this quagmire that is Syria.

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John Kelly Left out of the Loop on Recent White House Decisions (What Does That Mean?)

So who has John Kelly as their pick for the next ouster from the Trump White House on their betting pool?

Ok. It may not happen, at least, for a little while, but the fact that he’s now actively shutting Kelly out of the decision making process means something.

According to Bloomberg News, President Trump has decided to only listen to his best, good brain and is making decisions without his chief of staff.

Case in point would be the recent firing of his second national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

Kelly wasn’t with the president last week when Trump abruptly decided to oust H.R. McMaster as national security adviser and replace him with John Bolton. Just two people were in the room for that decision: Trump and Bolton.

That sounds pretty spur-of-the-moment, especially when some reports are that Bolton had previously been passed over by Trump because of his moustache.

Other things Kelly isn’t in on: phone calls with world leaders.

When Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on successfully stealing another election from the people, John Kelly was not on the line.

Kelly’s issues may be because of the foul up in handling former White House staff secretary Rob Porter. Rather than boot Porter the moment it was learned that he couldn’t receive security clearance because the FBI found that he had been abusive to two former wives and a former girlfriend, Kelly, led by Porter’s current girlfriend, Hope Hicks, the now former White House communications director, bought the man time by releasing a statement of support.

Still, he’s not completely out of the loop.

Trump has publicly praised his work, even as recently as this month, while speaking to members of the Marine corps (Kelly is a retired 4-star Marine corps general).

The chief of staff was in the loop on Trump’s decision to replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin with Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, the president’s physician, an aide said. Trump and Kelly discussed the move several times, including in the Oval Office on Monday, and Kelly delivered the news to Shulkin in a phone call Wednesday afternoon, the aide said.

The picture of Kelly’s role emerges from interviews with seven White House aides and five former staffers and outside confidants. All requested anonymity to discuss internal matters. The White House communications staff declined to comment for this story.

It may be the outside influences on Trump that are pulling him out of sync with Kelly.

Sources say he’s still in contact with his would-be communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, who was booted by Kelly last summer, due to an obnoxious, profanity-laced interview he gave, insulting then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and then-chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Trump is also in touch with his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski, like Scaramucci, feels Trump is best unfiltered, and has called for the White House staff to “let Trump be Trump.”

That may be the continuing appeal Trump has for Lewandowski.

Kelly’s current authority may best be showcased in his recent overhaul of policy regarding security clearance. It’s the same policy changes that knocked White House senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner from “Top Secret” to “Secret.”

It’s just the things that Trump cuts him out of – like the announcement on steel and aluminum tariffs – Kelly was caught off guard with that one.

Kelly has told senior staff that although he doesn’t always agree with what the president wants to do, and Trump doesn’t always take Kelly’s advice, he expects to stay on the job.

That’s just about the closest you could come to giving yourself the kiss of death, in this administration.

 

 

 

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If Trump Attempts to Give Pardons to His Past Associates, There Will Be Trouble

Well, this wouldn’t cause a toxic meltdown, or anything like that.

There’s talk that the topic of presidential pardons has popped up in the Trump-o-sphere, in particular, when it comes to former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Several things come to mind, here.

First of all, what’s the source of this story, and why is it coming out now?

A more cynical mind might connect it to John Dowd, Trump’s former lead attorney who resigned a week ago.

There has been no clear explanation for why Dowd stepped down in the middle of a crucial investigation into his client, but some have suggested it was because Trump chose to bring in a couple of Fox News bomb throwers – Joe diGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing — both of whom declined citing conflicts of interest. The move was said to signal that Trump was prepared to aggressively go at special counsel Robert Mueller, something Dowd has warned against.

So could Dowd be the leak?

There’s no way to know, but the White House sent out press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to push back against the story.

“There’s no discussion or consideration of that at this time,” Sanders told reporters. “The president has the authority to pardon individuals, but you’re asking me about a specific case in which it hasn’t been discussed.”

Besides Sanders, the remaining two lawyers with Trump’s legal team, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow spoke about the prospect of presidential pardons.

“I have only been asked about pardons by the press and have routinely responded on the record that no pardons are under discussion or under consideration at the White House,” Cobb said.

Jay Sekulow, another personal attorney for Trump who had been on the same team as Dowd, similarly disputed the report.

“Never during the course of my representation of the president have I had any discussions of pardons of any individual involved in this inquiry,” Sekulow told the Times.

If I had to put money on it, I’d say it did come up and that it took every legal mind around Trump to tell him what an intensely bad idea it was.

As Mueller’s investigation seems to be sweeping ever-closer to Trump’s business and his family, no story is too crazy or reckless to believe.

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Give That Revolving Door Another Spin! David Shulkin Is OUT!

And of course, the ax fell, via Twitter.

I mentioned recently that the rumor mill was working on this story, suggesting that President Trump wasn’t done shuffling and flipping. Of all the firings, however, this one seems quite warranted.

Never should our vets be allowed to do without, while the one charged with tending to their needs at the top is too busy living it up. In the case of Shulkin, he was the subject of several VA watchdog investigations for improper spending, receiving gifts improperly, and an improper use of personnel.

So, who’s next, and should we start a RedState pool?

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Trump’s Desperation to Fund the Border Wall Sends Him to the Pentagon

Unless the Pentagon is in Mexico, I don’t see how this flies.

Reportedly, Trump wants to use defense funds to built his magical, mystical border wall.

That’s right. Screw the needs of our military and our vets (who got completely jerked around in the recent omnibus nightmare bill). Trump needs this monument to his ego erected.

Seriously. With the money that was allotted for the wall in the omnibus bill (meant to shore up existing fencing, not to begin construction, as some believe), an investment in aerial technology (drones, gentlemen) could definitely happen. Also, added personnel and fast responders on the ground.

That’s not enough, and trump is leaning on the Pentagon to release money to fund the wall, citing it as a “national security risk.”

According to Axios:

 “Trump has told advisers that he was spurned in a large spending bill last week when lawmakers appropriated only $1.6 billion for the border wall.”

Also, Trump approached House Speaker Paul Ryan with the idea a week ago, that the military should pay for the border wall.

“Ryan offered little ­reaction to the idea … [S]enior Capitol Hill officials later said it was an unlikely prospect.”

Do you get the feeling that Ryan regards Trump as little more than an oaf and an annoyance who has to be dealt with, due to his position, at this point?

What we already know is that Trump’s campaign promise of having Mexico pay for the wall was hogwash. It’s not happening, nor was there ever any threat of it happening. Trump knew that on the campaign trail. Only his loyalists believed that could ever be a thing.

The question now is if the ones who were so drunk from Trump’s rhetoric will stick with him through 2020 if the time drags on with no discernible progress in keeping his 2016 campaign promises.

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