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Cohen’s lawyer confirms existence of Trump tape

JamieDupree - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:26

A lawyer for Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, confirmed late Friday that Cohen does have a recording of a phone call with Mr. Trump from 2016, disputing assertions by the President’s current lawyer that it would be ‘exculpatory’ evidence which would help the President.

In a post on Twitter, Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis wrote, “suffice it to say that when the recording is heard, it will not hurt” Cohen.

“Any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape,” Cohen added, in what was interpreted by some as a jab at Mr. Trump’s lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who downplayed the tape to news organizations on Friday.

The recording of the President – if done by Cohen in New York – would be legal, as the Empire State has laws which only require one party on a phone call to consent to any recording.

Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation, and we are sensitive to that. But suffice it to say that when the recording is heard, it will not hurt @MichaelCohen212. Any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape.

— Lanny Davis (@LannyDavis) July 20, 2018

The White House made no statement about the tape. The President ignored questions shouted at him about the subject, as he left the White House for a weekend at his golf club in New Jersey.

The tape was part of extensive evidence seized by the FBI during an April 9 raid on Cohen, which sparked outrage from the President – “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” Mr. Trump tweeted a day after the raid.

The raid was an effort by prosecutors in New York to find out more about work that Cohen had done for the President on payments to women such as porn star Stormy Daniels, and model Karen McDougal. Both women have claimed they had relationships with the President, and were paid money to keep quiet.

Prosecutors have indicated that they are probing questions about how the payments were made before the 2016 elections – and whether any of the transactions could run afoul of federal campaign finance laws.

In recent weeks, Cohen has cut his legal cooperation with the President, making it clear in statements and interviews that his loyalty was to his family, and not Mr. Trump.

https://t.co/7E1b1RPhdZ

— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) July 3, 2018

“I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy,” Cohen told ABC News earlier this month.

It wasn’t immediately clear if this tape recording of a Cohen-Trump phone call was among the items which had been reviewed by a former federal judge, as to whether or not attorney-client privilege would prevent its release to prosecutors.

Acting as special master in the Cohen case, Barbara Jones has already released over 2 million items seized by the FBI to prosecutors.

On Friday, she told a federal judge in court documents that of 4,085 items designated as privileged – either by Cohen or by the President’s lawyers – 1,452 of those did not deserve that designation, and were given to the feds for further review.

No charges have yet been filed against Cohen, as he now is being represented by Davis, well known for his unyielding defense of President Bill Clinton during the Whitewater investigation.

‘Hung, on his own petard’: WHOOPS! It looks like Disney took James Gunn’s advice when they fired James Gunn

Twitchy - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:25

As we debate whether or not James Gunn deserved to get fired for disgusting old tweets, it appears that James Gunn thinks he should’ve been fired for disgusting old tweets:

When it comes to the topic of Disney firing @JamesGunn, I think we should listen to @JamesGunn. pic.twitter.com/vctdjCwj9w

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) July 20, 2018

Whoops!

Hung, on his own petard: https://t.co/QRSwq99mze

— varifrank (@varifrank) July 20, 2018

Petards flying everywhere. https://t.co/3TPTOEJhpJ

— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) July 20, 2018

What did he think would happen?

they hate living by their own rules https://t.co/b353b6trLI

— pittsburghdan (@danky1465) July 20, 2018

And this:

If you're a gleeful Robespierre, don't be surprised if one day you end up in the cart headed for the guillotine.
https://t.co/InDodcBu4R

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 20, 2018

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Ben Shapiro: Firing James Gunn 'for vile old joke tweets is bad precedent and a mistake' https://t.co/nLLCpsMyLU

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 20, 2018

GUNN GONE: Disney fires James Gunn from 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' https://t.co/61e65wKQfI

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 20, 2018

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Instagram now shows a green dot 'status indicator' by your username

Daily Mail - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:21
Your Instagram followers will now be able to see when you're online. Instagram said it's launching a green status indicator that will show others when you're active on the app.

The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again - can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time...

Trump Twitter - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:17

The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again - can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!

Leaked documents show Amazon didn't have enough servers to handle the surge in Prime Day traffic

Daily Mail - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:16
Leaked documents have revealed the source of Amazon's massive Prime Day outage. The tech giant failed to have enough servers to handle the surge in traffic, according to CNBC.

White House: Trump Won't Support Ukraine Referendum

Newsy - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:08

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A White House spokesperson said President Donald Trump is "not considering supporting" a referendum in eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly proposed the referendum in the separatist-controlled areas during the Helsinki summit. 

There has been some concern among analysts Trump would do something to validate Russia's claims on parts of Ukraine, including Crimea, which it annexed in 2014. The international community sees that as an illegal land grab and believes Moscow is behind separatist movements in the Donbas region. 

Self-rule referendums were held in separatist-controlled areas in 2014, though they were not internationally recognized. Putin's new proposal reportedly included oversight by international monitors. 

Huda Kattan creates the elevator makeup challenge

Daily Mail - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:07
The 34-year-old makeup influencer created the #elevatormakeupchallengewhich involves people trying to do their makeup as quickly as possible.

NASA prepares to fly probe into Sun's scorching atmosphere

Daily Mail - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:06
NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere.

Poll: Republicans have a fever and the only prescription is more … tariffs?

Hot Air - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:01

Can I at least get another tax cut if we’re about to wage global thermonuclear trade war? We’re all gonna have to pay the Patriot Premium at the store once the retaliatory tariffs kick in and a little more in the paycheck would go a long way.

There has to be a simpler way to let Trump pick winners and losers among “real America’s” industries than a big trade brawl with China. Why not cancel the tariffs, hike taxes on Americans, and just hand out the extra revenue like candy to the steel industry? It’d be much cleaner administratively. A little Trump dividend for the Rust Belt, right out of your and my wallets, without the fuss and muss of tracking which goods are being taxed by who.

Per Pew, the GOP has now gone almost full MAGA on trade. It’s appropriate that Paul Ryan’s retiring this fall because between this, immigration, and entitlements, his vision for the party is deader than Ronald Reagan is.

Words can’t capture how disorienting it is to be Of A Certain Age and see self-defined conservatives as the most overwhelmingly protectionist group in politics and self-identified liberals as the most overwhelmingly free-trade. But it makes more sense when you dig deeper into the numbers and see the educational divide among whites. Among whites with college degrees, it’s 53/39 in favor of thinking tariffs are bad for America; among whites without such degrees, it’s 38/52 in favor of thinking they’re good. Blue-collar white America, the heart of Trump’s base and to a slightly lesser extent of the GOP’s, is convinced that protectionism will bring back their jobs.

As for the weird conservative/liberal split, that’s probably a straightforward case of partisanship defining ideological labels rather than the other way around. “Conservatism” here doesn’t represent anything having to do with smaller government or free markets, it’s a byword for support for Trump. For decades it’s been the philosophical currency of the Republican Party, Trump is now the head of the Republican Party, therefore it supposedly follows that the more one supports Trump, the more likely one is to be “conservative.” For liberals it’s the reverse. Naturally Trump supporters would be the most inclined to support his views on trade, just as Trump-haters are apt to be the most skeptical.

What’ll be fascinating is to see whether those labels, having been contaminated by short-term partisan preferences, will be redefined by it over time or whether they’ll straighten out once Trump has left the scene. What I mean is, if Bernie Sanders wins the presidency in 2020 and imposes his own protectionist policies, will Republicans be more inclined to support them having supported similar ones under Trump? (Yes, I’d guess, given those blue-collar numbers.) Will liberals be less inclined? Or will everyone revert to more traditional views of trade once those traditional views are aligned with their partisan interests again?

In lieu of an exit question, here’s one more reminder via YouGov that everything that’s important in politics now is very, very partisan.

The post Poll: Republicans have a fever and the only prescription is more … tariffs? appeared first on Hot Air.

Bad Debts, Fraud Claims Trail Boyfriend of Alleged Russian Agent (Wall Street Journal)

Memeorandum - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 22:00

Wall Street Journal:
Bad Debts, Fraud Claims Trail Boyfriend of Alleged Russian Agent  —  Paul Erickson, a smooth-talking U.S. political activist, was romantically involved with alleged Russian agent  —  They both had secrets.  —  Maria Butina worked clandestinely as an agent of the Russian government …

Roseanne Barr: ABC Dropped Me Because I Voted For Donald Trump

RealClear - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:54
Roseanne Barr addressed ABC canceling the reboot of Roseanne for her "egregious and unforgivable" tweet about Valerie Jarrett in a video statement. Barr said she thought former President Obama's closest White House aide was "white" when she likened her to a character from Planet of the Apes. Barr said she was willing to go on daytime TV shows like The View to explain her Jarrett comment. "Instead what happened was about 40 minutes after that my show was canceled before even one advertiser pulled out and I was labeled a racist. Why, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. It's because I voted for Donald Trump and that is not allowed in Hollywood," Barr said.

Ben Shapiro: Firing James Gunn ‘for vile old joke tweets is bad precedent and a mistake’

Twitchy - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:53

Now that James Gunn has been fired over his disgusting old tweets, Ben Shapiro, who is actually at the center of all this, tweets that “firing him for vile old joke tweets is bad precedent and a mistake. There is no limiting principle to the outrage mob”:

I think @JamesGunn is an a**hole, as my exchange with him earlier this week made clear. I also think that firing him for vile old joke tweets is bad precedent and a mistake. There is no limiting principle to the outrage mob. https://t.co/wtSFzrIUER

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 20, 2018

Keep in mind, nobody on the Right even cared about James Gunn that much until, out of nowhere, he called Ben Shapiro and “a**hole” after actor Mark Duplass tweeted that people should follow Ben even though they may disagree with him:

Maybe you disagree with Mark Duplass, which is completely fair (personally I think even Ben Shapiro's mother should unfollow him). But that doesn't make Duplass' point-of-view evil. There are a lot of traitors & racists in the country today. Perhaps save the outrage for them. 1

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2018

Not everyone can be right all the time about everything, and, if you think that's possible, then eventually you're going to be standing by yourself, "right," but alone. 2

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2018

We have a President who's an operative for a foreign nation at our helm. We have immigrant children still held without parents. Our election was attacked by Russia and the corrupt GOP is doing everything to make sure we don't put protections in place against it happening again. 3

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2018

Mark Duplass tweeting how you should follow an asshole because he thinks it's the kind thing to do simply can't be the bar for moral outrage.

Have a good day. 4/END

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2018

Gunn added:

I’ve made many mistakes both on film & off, @benshapiro. As for the asshole thing, I really don’t know who you are other than the guy who once made fun of a high-schooler for using incorrect grammar in a tweet where you yourself used incorrect grammar. So, you know, asshole. https://t.co/vlxDawhwh8

— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) July 18, 2018

It was when Duplass apologized for telling libs to follow Ben and insinuated that he endorsed “hatred, racism, homophobia and xenophobia” that conservatives started checking out old tweets from both of them:

pic.twitter.com/DT9th08KGF

— Mark Duplass (@MarkDuplass) July 19, 2018

So, what do you think? Should Gunn have been fired or not? Let us know down in the comments.

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GUNN GONE: Disney fires James Gunn from 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' https://t.co/61e65wKQfI

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 20, 2018

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I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin. In the Old Days they would call it Diplomacy. If I was loud & vicious, I would have been criticized for being too tough. Remember when they said I was too tough...

Trump Twitter - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:50

I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin. In the Old Days they would call it Diplomacy. If I was loud & vicious, I would have been criticized for being too tough. Remember when they said I was too tough with Chairman Kim? Hypocrites!

Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm on Concerns About Sharing of Public User-Data (Kirsten Grind/Wall Street Journal)

Memeorandum - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:50

Kirsten Grind / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Suspends Analytics Firm on Concerns About Sharing of Public User-Data  —  Facebook says it was probing whether data-analytics firm Crimson Hexagon's government contracts comply with Facebook policies  —  Facebook Inc. said Friday it was suspending an analytics firm while it investigates whether …

Israel Launches Broad Air Assault in Gaza Following Border Violence (Isabel Kershner/New York Times)

Memeorandum - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:50

Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
Israel Launches Broad Air Assault in Gaza Following Border Violence  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli warplanes pounded the Gaza Strip on Friday after a Palestinian sniper killed an Israeli soldier along the border fence.  Israeli security experts said the aerial assault was one of the most intense since …

More Than 100 Allege Misconduct By Ohio State Team Doctor

Newsy - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:46

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More than 100 former students at Ohio State have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against a longtime team doctor. 

Ohio State confirmed it's investigating allegations against the late Dr. Richard Strauss, which span over three decades. The law firm running the investigation conducted more than 200 interviews with former students and staff about the allegations. 

Ohio State also confirmed an additional 100 or so people plan to do interviews with a local prosecutor's office.

The news comes days after a group of former athletes filed a pair of class-action lawsuits against the school. The suits allege Strauss inappropriately touched or groped male athletes during examinations and that Ohio State officials knew about his behavior. 

Ohio State launched the investigation in April after multiple former athletes came forward with their allegations against Strauss.

Report: Lisa Page Confirms Trump Is Right, Mueller Probe A Witch Hunt

Info Wars - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:40
No basis for special counsel, she says under oath.

Ex-spy and GOP lawmaker claims that Trump is being 'manipulated' by Putin

Daily Mail - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:40
A former undercover agent within the CIA who represents the state of Texas now in Congress says that President Trump is being 'manipulated' by the Russians.

Republicans will hold 2020 convention in Charlotte (Washington Post)

Memeorandum - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:40

Washington Post:
Republicans will hold 2020 convention in Charlotte  —  The Republican National Committee announced Friday that it will hold its 2020 convention in Charlotte, making official a decision that had long been expected by party insiders.  —  The RNC's announcement puts the city …

More than 100 accuse former Ohio State doctor of abuse

UPI - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:39
More than 100 former students have made sexual assault allegations against a sports doctor at Ohio State University, the school announced Friday.

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