Russia Monitor

Russia Monitor: Okay, Now That We Are Done With The Warm-Up…

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/25/19) Dear Fellow Readers, It turns out the preceding 2-3 years have been a warm up. Our latest marker in the ongoing saga, a print version of the Mueller Report published by the Washington Post is the current bestseller on Amazon. We’ll do a quick review of the Trump administration actions post Mueller’s Trump-Russia report. Has it really only been just over a week? MSNBC host Ari Melber was joined by Harvard constitutional law professor Lawrence Tribe who summarized as “overwhelming evidence of an endeavor to undermine an important legal enquiry into what…

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Russia Monitor: And The Curtain Rises On The Barr Cover-up

  Do You Trust Barr? Mueller’s team conducted the investigation. Mueller’s team wrote the report including summaries. Mueller’s responsibility is to report to Congress. Barr interjected to offer a non-summary summary of the Mueller report feeding a Trump claim of ‘Exoneration!’ Barr fed Trump his second talking point by claiming there was “spying”. Barr coordinated with White House lawyers while stonewalling Congress so that a Trump legal team ‘rebuttal’ will be released at the same time as Barr’s redacted version of the Mueller report. Barr will hold a press conference, possibly before anyone has read his redacted edition. Barr’s history leading…


Russia Monitor: Trump’s Unapologetic & Supine Protector Does His Job, As Promised

  “They’re going to try to hide the report as much as possible,” he tells me. “They’re going to claim executive privilege, and we’ll have to challenge all that. And we’ll win eventually. We’ll get it all out.” — House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler speaking about the Mueller report. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/15/19) Dear Fellow Readers, We’ll start with a positive story of congressional effort to get us the full Mueller report as we await release; this from a Commoner Call reader: Jerry Nadler Won’t Stop Until the Full Mueller Report is Out. House Judiciary Committee chairman…


Russia Monitor: Trump’s Man In The Just-Us Department Keeping The Boss Happy

  “I don’t trust Barr, I trust Mueller.” — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (4/10/19) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/11/19) Dear Fellow Readers, “He is not the attorney general of Donald Trump. He is the attorney general of the United States;” was the remainder of Pelosi’s statement. Our last edition opened with ‘depends on the day’ with regard to Trump’s fights against releasing the Mueller report or releasing his taxes. The answer today is ‘both’; the news is overwhelmingly about more pronouncements from Trump’s Attorney General Barr. Barr has already offered a non-summary summary, exonerating Trump while burying the lede,…


Russia Monitor: Trump’s ‘short circuit’ Expert Working Hard To Cover Whatever It Is Trump Wants Hidden

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (4/8/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Which is the bigger fight: Trump against releasing his taxes, Trump against releasing the Mueller report that he said we should all see, or Trump against release of his grades and test scores? Seems like the best answer is what day is it? With Trumpian assaults from all sides and every  angle, any single story can easily get lost. As an example, it isn’t just that Trump is facilitating a Saudi nuclear program, we now know the first Saudi nuclear reactor will likely come online this year. Is there…


Russia Monitor: All Thumb Drives & Swirling Trumpian Threats To National Security

  “America’s justice system is built upon one thing — truth.” — Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates Washington Post opinion. ***** “You might say that’s all okay. You might say that’s just what you need to do to win, but I don’t think it’s okay. I think it’s immoral. I think it’s unethical. I think it’s unpatriotic. And yes, I think it’s corrupt and evidence of collusion.” — House Intelligence Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). ***** Just asked (Sen.; R-SC) Lindsey Graham if he wants to see the full, unredacted Mueller report and he said NO. He said he trusts…


Russia Monitor: In The Absence Of The Mueller Report Trump Crows “vindication and vindictiveness”

  (1) “Our side, we go for the head wound. Your side, you have pillow fights.” (2) (Trump) “is going to go full animal”; (will) “come off the chains.” — Former Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon.  ***** “Putin is publicly admitting, in the clearest form yet, that he wanted Trump to beat Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential campaign and that this preference stemmed from Trump’s conciliatory approach to Russia.” — Uri Friedman, Russian Speakers Explain What Putin Actually Said About Trump. ***** “…outlines the Russian effort to influence the election and documents crimes committed by persons associated with the Russian government…


Russia Monitor: Barr Runs Onto The Field To Grab The Football & Blithely Exonerate Trump

“The Special Counsel therefore did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. Instead, for each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides…” “The Special Counsel states that “while this report does not include that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”” — Barr Memo By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/28/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Russia — if you’re listening — please find us the entire Mueller report. While reading this on Thursday it will be Day 5 of…


Russia Monitor: Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani Says Mueller Report Was ‘better than I expected.’ So What Was He Expecting & Why All The Lies?

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/25/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr on Friday. On Sunday Barr made a public release of a summary of the special counsel’s findings. You can access Barr’s four-page document here. While there will be an ongoing debate of what was said and what it means, Trump and his followers are declaring victory, and while more information to come may make this less than the resounding victory being claimed, the first wave of headlines benefit Trump. Keep in mind, very few people have seen…


Russia Monitor: Mini-Series Featuring Really Bad Actors Acting In Concert

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/21/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump-Russia is more a mini-series than a movie. The landscape is too broad, too many characters, too many plot twists… Flynn to Kian to Erik Prince to Dmitriev to Russian Bank to Putin – When A Cast of Bad Actors Becomes a Conspiracy. And national betrayal Weedy but damning with mercenary former Blackwater founder, unofficial Trump campaign adviser and brother to Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Erik Prince as a more central Trump-Russia conspirator. One of the lesser-known persons implicated through special counsel Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation is the former…


Russia Monitor: Just How Many Will Have To Suffer?

  “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems. It’s certainly a terrible thing.” — Trump when asked “whether white nationalists were a growing threat”. ***** “Time and time again, this president has embraced and emboldened white supremacists — and instead of condemning racist terrorists, he covers for them. “This isn’t normal or acceptable. We have to be better than this.” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) tweet in response to Trump. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/18/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump is not normal, not acceptable. There are things Trump refuses to…


Russia Monitor: A Grifter Gets His Due

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/14/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Convicted Trump former campaign chairman Paul Manafort went through a second sentencing hearing on Wednesday. At the age of 69, his total sentencing for convictions before two federal court judges will now run for an additional 7+ years, after allowances for time served and various calculations for consecutive versus concurrently. Much will be debated about the sentencing but if any part of Manafort felt good about the outcome — before he was even wheeled back to jail — this headline broke: Paul Manafort Tried To Send A Message To Trump. Manhattan’s DA May…


Russia Monitor: The Beating Heart & Friendly Hands

  “There is an elephant standing in America’s living room right now staring us in the face: the President of the United States may well be compromised by the Russians, which I truly believe is the case. And he is unfit to serve.” — Former Defense Secretary William Cohen By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/11/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Today’s edition we squeeze in a number of items that have not been the priority over the last few weeks. This is a reflection of the vast corruption of the Trump White House, extending well beyond Trump-Russia, though we’ll still strive…


Russia Monitor: The Fox In The White House Reveals Deeper Levels Of Corruption & Questions

  “They are all shiny-suit banditos, relishing The Great American Heist. They would stuff the republic into a burlap sack if they could.” — Jack Holmes for Esquire re: the Trump kids. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/7/19) Dear Fellow Readers, We will do two things in today’s edition: First we’ll consider a factor in the slow public embrace for impeachment; Then we’ll cover news of one Trump criminal act, exactly the parade of news that could fuel public support for impeachment. On Tuesday Quinnipiac University released a poll that said “only 35 percent favor starting the impeachment process, and…


Russia Monitor: Follow The Transcript Right To The Family Money Man

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (3/4/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Convicted former Trump fixer and lawyer Michael Cohen’s open testimony before the House Oversight Committee has caused a raft of review and endgame roadmaps on Trump-Russia corruption. In what now seems like ancient history, Buzzfeed published the Steele dossier in January 2017. Controversial at the time and so non-controversial now it brings into focus how much the media has brought forward about Trump-Russia corruption and how Trump and the Russpublicans have protected him from the fallout. As a reminder, the dossier was a collection of memos compiled by former…


Russia Monitor: Truth From A Convicted Man Dominates A Historic Day

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/28/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Convicted Trump lawyer and ‘fixer’ Michael Cohen completed his second day of Congressional hearings and by the time you are reading this he will likely be engaged in his third. The second of three days, Wednesday (2/27), was the only hearing open to the public. Cohen appeared before the House Oversight Committee chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). Congressional hearings rarely live up to advance billing, as an example, acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker’s recent appearance before the House Judiciary Committee was a nothing-burger as he ran out the…


Russia Monitor: Among The ‘Knowns’ & ‘Unknowns’ Impeachment Talk Grows

  “People have normalcy bias. They thought: ‘If Manafort is really such a criminal, clearly someone would do something.’ Well guess what? No one did anything and now we have a Russian asset as POTUS backed up by a transnational crime syndicate!” — Sarah Kendzior, writer, co-host Gaslit Nation podcast expert on authoritarian states. Tweet following MSNBC appearance (2/23/19) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/25/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Late on Friday [2/22] evening special counsel Robert Mueller’s office filed a sentencing memo regarding convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with the DC District Court. Manafort has already been…


Russia Monitor: Relax Don’t Worry, Trump’s Top Security Adviser, Vladimir Putin, Is Just A Phone Call Away

  “It’s increasingly likely that, in the end, the only question will be whether Donald Trump has been a WITTING or UNWITTING Russian asset.” — Dem Coalition Chair Jon Cooper tweet (2/20/19)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/21/19) Dear Fellow Readers, It is tempting to follow Trump’s trail of chaos as if that is the big news. To their credit, NBC News offers a good case for this: Ethically Challenged: Three Scandals Rock Trump Administration In One Day. NBC News freely acknowledges “it’s hard to keep up with all of the alleged scandals…here’s what we learned in just one day”….


Russia Monitor: Trump’s ‘No Collusion’ Claims Are On Collision With Growing List Of Facts

“If the GOP fails to stand up to Trump’s unconstitutional act, we will have moved dangerously from a separation of powers, to a mere separation of parties.” — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) tweet of CNN clip (2/17/19).   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/18/19) Dear Fellow Readers, We begin the column with a quote from the final paragraph of the federal indictment against Trump pal Roger Stone: “The charges against Stone and Manafort are proof of collusion. Stone’s indictment makes it clear, it’s not just Stone, it’s “and U.S. persons (including the defendant)” and Stone was in contact with “senior…


Russia Monitor: As Sigmund Freud Knew, Sometimes A Cigar Is … Legal Hell

“I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people in the campaign. I have no idea.” — Trump TV lawyer Rudi Giuliani interviewed by CNN host Chris Cuomo.    By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/14/19) Dear Fellow Readers, The lines are drawn, no more denials about Trump-Russia collusion, it’s now about whether it matters or to whom it matters. A Washington Post poll from Monday shows the majority “trust Mueller’s version of the facts than Trump’s”. While that sounds encouraging you can already anticipate the breakdown. Democrats and Independents align with the summary, but Republicans…


Russia Monitor: Trump World’s Power, Privilege & Purloining

  “Trump replied: “Fuck the law. I don’t give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.” — Trump to Trump transition manager Chris Christie and campaign executive Steve Bannon. ***** “It’s not the crime it’s the cover-up.” …the old Watergate expression.  ***** “Nearly nine in 10 Americans say Robert Mueller’s investigators should produce a full, public report on their findings, a sentiment that crosses party lines, according to a new CNN poll…“ Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/11/19) Dear Fellow Readers, It is almost certain Trump’s attorney general nominee Bill Barr is approved by the full Senate…


Russia Monitor: With The Arrest Of Roger Stone The Right Wing Has Their ‘MAGA Six’

“Trump is killing us.” — Agritek president Larry Kooiker ***** “There’s no intelligence to the way this is being done. The tariffs are designed to hurt China, but they are being paid by American companies.” — EBW president Cory Steeby ***** “I voted for him, and he’s the one who’s doing this. I thought he was going to do good things. He’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.” — 38-year old hurricane survivor Crystal Minton By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (2/4/19) Dear Fellow Readers, A deliberately careful view would say that many who voted for Trump wanted…


Russia Monitor: Turn Over The Stone & Watch The Crawlies

  “Ray Harding, then chairman of New York’s Liberal Party, once told me in the late 1990s, “The only two people who believe Roger Stone’s bullshit are Roger Stone and that fucking moron Trump.”” — GOP strategist and never-Trumper Rick Wilson. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/28/19) Dear Fellow Readers, The other competing quote for the cycle is, “FBI, WARRANT! OPEN THE DOOR!” The quote came Esquire magazine: “…the FBI busted into his (Roger Stone) Fort Lauderdale, Florida, home in a predawn raid, arresting him on seven counts including “obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements, and witness tampering.” The…


Russia Monitor: Who Ya’ Gonna Believe, Your Lyin’ Eyes Or Putin’s Grin?

  “According to the poll, 57 percent believe it’s likely that Russia “has compromising information“ on Trump, compared to 31 percent who don’t think it’s likely.” — Poll: Shutdown, Russia drive Trump to all-time high disapproval. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/24/19) Dear Fellow Readers, The poll referenced above is worth a quick read. We, the American public, do not support Trump’s government shutdown as a strong-arm tactic to build a monument to himself. Aside from the tactic, we, the majority, do not support his Wall … period. The guy who self-promoted as master of the  ‘Art of the Deal’ may…


Russia Monitor: Story Runs Into A Buzz-Saw, But What Exactly Has Been Denied?

“In light of the fact that you are a pathological liar, you should not be heard to complain about inaccurate media reports.” — George Conway, lawyer and spouse of Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, tweet (1/18/19)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/21/19) Did BuzzFeed just confirm a Trump-Russia smoking gun? Best answer: It’s not clear, but it’s worthy of consideration. Before we dive into the 48-hour kerfuffle kicked off by BuzzFeed let’s check in with Trump’s TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Lately Rudy is good at confirming any latest accusation of Trump-Russia corruption but in doing so he consistently raises…


Russia Monitor: No, Really, Nothing To Hide Here!

  By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/17/19) Dear Fellow Readers, It is now clear how Trump’s new Attorney General will deal with special counsel Robert Mueller and his Trump-Russia corruption investigation. William Barr promises to allow Mueller to conclude his investigation. Barr also explains any report to Congress or the public will go through him. We’ll use his words to explain his views of “transparency”. The Washington Post offers a succinct summary of remarks from the first day of hearings with Barr’s nomination: Power Up: Barr’s Testimony Sets The Stage For Future Fights Over Mueller Report. The highlights to Barr’s…


Russia Monitor: When You Are Down To Defenders Like Sen. Ron “Rojo” Johnson You Know Things Must Be Bad In Trumplandia

  “Show me one quote/tweet from Trump personally (1) praising new sanctions on Russians, (2) endorsing lethal weapons to Ukraine (3) supporting more NATO troops near Russia’s border (4) calling for Russia to leave Crimea or (5) criticizing Putin’s anti-democratic policies. Just one.” — Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tweet (1/12/19). ***** “This is not a traditional president. He has unorthodox means but he is President of the United States. It’s pretty much up to him in terms of who he wants to read into his conversations with world leaders.” — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) CNN State of…


Russia Monitor: Much Bigger & Way, Way Uglier Than We Imagined

  “Donald Trump Delivers a Wet Fart Oval Office Address” — Daily Beast headline from author and Never-Trumper Rick Wilson (1/8/19)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/11/19) Dear Fellow Readers, The most important Wall for Trump is his scramble to protect himself from Trump-Russia corruption news and special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Trump’s latest attempt at deflection needed an ‘A’ game address to change the political dynamics. Without the free-flowing lies of his high-energy rally venues he failed miserably. The point being, there is growing proof of Trump-Russia collusion. Trump is trying to politically run ahead of this…


Russia Monitor: Maybe A Wall Wouldn’t Be Such A Bad Thing After All…

“It’s pretty clear that what’s driving Trump now isn’t a governing strategy. It isn’t a re-election strategy. It’s a “hold enough of your base to stop the Senate from convicting when the House impeaches” strategy. Trump must expect that the Mueller report will be very bad for him.” — Conservative pundit, author & Never-Trumper Bill Kristol tweet (1/6/19).   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/7/19) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump chaos, Russian information warfare, reelection, impeachment, and — of course — “Build The Wall!” The high notes — or deeply low notes — of the past few days raise a herd of…


Suckered: Operation InfeKtion — How Russia Has Perfected The Art Of Disinformation & Social Media Cyber War

  The New York Times (11/25/18) Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear the West apart. “Operation InfeKtion” reveals the ways in which one of the Soviets’ central tactics — the promulgation of lies about America — continues today, from Pizzagate to George Soros conspiracies. Meet the KGB spies who conceived this virus and the American truth squads who tried — and are still trying — to fight it. Countries from Pakistan to Brazil are now debating reality, and in Vladimir Putin’s greatest triumph, Americans are using…


Russia Monitor: All The President’s Clowns, Grifters, Enablers, Liars, Deceivers & Traitors

  “At times it looked like it might cost them their jobs, their reputations, and maybe even their lives.” — Tagline from All The President’s Men, the 1976 film about two journalists investigating Watergate.   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (1/3/18) Dear Fellow Readers, A Commoner Call reader suggested watching the 1976 movie about Nixon and Watergate,  All The President’s Men again. It was a great suggestion. There comes a point late in the movie where Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein are told their lives are at risk. They dug in and worked harder. There is a funny exchange where…


Russia Monitor: Brick By Brick … Trump Walled In

  To the extent that Trumpism is a thing, I propose the following definition: “Trumpism (noun): Bad people doing hateful things ineptly.” — Tweet by Riley Roberts (3/6/17)   ***** BREAKING: A caravan of Democrats was spotted heading for the House of Representative’s and will arrive on January 3, 2019. — Tweet by Hear Me Roar‏ @Stop_Trump20 (12/29/18) By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/28/18) Dear Fellow Readers, If want to skip to what might be the single best concise summary to date of Trump-Russia corruption as offered by Daily Kos, near the end. Or… Are you tired of all the winning? We’ll…


Russia Monitor: Another Week In The Oval Office — Upheaval, Chaos, Resignation & Betrayal

  “I alone can fix it.” — Trump from Republican National Convention, “Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.” June 2016. By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/24/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Did anyone imagine that in 2018 this would mean that in one year we’d be experiencing Trump’s third shutdown of the government? Did anyone imagine Trump would head a government managed by an acting Secretary of Defense, an acting Chief of Staff and an acting Attorney General? It’s not only the chaos he’s brought to government, he’s also “sent markets tumbling with…


Russia Monitor: As The Drawbridge Is Drawn Up, Bodies And Truth Are Left Beyond The Castle Walls

  “Arguably you sold your country out” — U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan (12/18/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/20/18) Fellow Readers, How Trump-Russia has changed. It feels like only yesterday the refrain was a mixed chorus, “Russia, Russia, Russia, too much about Russia – give Trump a chance, Hillary lost because she never visited Wisconsin, liberals need to own their responsibility for bringing about Trump”. It’s like a scene change and the chorus now sings, “Russia, Russia, Russia, ‘you’ need to see the big picture, we need to broaden our view, it was never all about Russia,…


Russia Monitor: The Trump Plague Spreads

  “Everything Trump Touches Dies” — Book Title by former Republican campaign consultant and Never-Trumper, Rick Wilson. ***** “Mr. Trump’s repeated lies cannot contradict stubborn facts.” — Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis on CBS News. ***** By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/17/18) Dear Fellow Readers, “Everything Trump Touches Dies” Given the non-stop horrible news for Trump over the last several days it seems that this observation applies directly to Trump and his family. There are many attempts to summarize and we’ll work with this one: Mounting Legal Threats Surround Trump As Nearly Every Organization He Has Led Is Under…


Russia Monitor: When It Rains, It Pours And Pours And Pours And…

  “I love treason, but I hate a traitor.” — Gaius Julius Caesar ***** “I think people would revolt.” — Donald Trump during Reuters interview in the Oval Office (12/11/18) ***** “When you come at the king, you best not miss.” — Omar Little, drug dealer character on The Wire.   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/13/18) Dear Fellow Readers, These three quotes reflect where we now stand with Trump-Russia and what must be done. How deep does Trump’s guilt run? How much shit will Trump throw at the fan to fight the consequences? Will the rule of law prevail or…


Russia Monitor: Bumbling ‘Individual-1’ Bangs Up Against Grim Reality

  “This has been the most consequential day of the Mueller investigation.” — NBC News investigator Ken Dilanian (12/7/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/10/18) Dear Fellow Readers, Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice, guilty of a federal crime of violating campaign finance law and there is proof of collusion between Trump and Russia. There were three different court filings by federal prosecutors on Friday. Though they were procedural there were enough facts and clues to make it clear that the Trump-Russia investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller has the goods on Trump – there is more than…


Russia Monitor: Donald Isn’t The Only Sell-Out In Trumplandia

  “This memo is more blacked out than Brett Kavanaugh on a school night.” — Trevor Noah, The Daily Show, tweet (12/4/18)   By Dan Peak The Commoner Call (12/6/18) Dear Fellow Readers, The former Trump National Security Adviser and retired 3-star U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to a single charge of lying to the FBI following investigation of influencing U.S. foreign policy to benefit Turkey and coordinating in secret with Russia to negotiate a quid pro quo deal related to U.S. sanctions against Russia; these sanctions were in place prior to those related to Russian influence…


Russia Monitor: Truth Revealed On Trump’s Blizzard Of Lies

  “This is literally the “I am not a crook” tweet:”  @realDonaldTrump FollowFollow @realDonaldTrump “Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my life, when I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to put it mildly). Against all odds, I decide to run for President & continue to run my business-very legal & very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail…” — David Frum re-tweet of Donald Trump tweet 11/30/18 ***** “I have no deals … because I think that would be a conflict.” — Trump denial during presidential transition press conference. ***** “People…


Why Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Lied To Congress

  The Daily Podcast / The New York Times (11/30/18) Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying about Mr. Trump’s business ties to Russia and has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation. It’s the second time this week that a subject of the inquiry has been charged with lying. On today’s episode: Michael S. Schmidt, who has been covering the special counsel investigation for The New York Times. Background reading: Mr. Cohen admitted on Thursday to making false statements to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, and about Mr. Trump’s involvement in…