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Archive for August 24th, 2018

Trump Lashes Out at Cohen, Suggests ‘Flipping’ Should Be Illegal

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump on Wednesday harshly criticized his former lawyer Michael Cohen for “flipping” on him by implicating Trump in a campaign finance scheme after pleading guilty to eight federal crimes, including tax evasion and bank fraud.

“It’s called ‘flipping,’ Trump said, “and it almost ought to be illegal.”

“I know all about flipping,” the president added in his interview with “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt. “For 30, 40 years, I’ve been watching flippers.”

But Trump in the past has actually cooperated with law enforcement. In the 1980s, in order to avoid prosecution, Trump reportedly testified in a tax-evasion scheme and offered to place undercover FBI agents in his Atlantic City casinos.

On Tuesday, the president’s former personal attorney struck a deal with federal prosecutorsin which he also pleaded guilty to making illegal corporate and campaign contributions to influence the 2016 election, claiming he committed those crimes “at the direction” of President Trump.

Feds Target Trump Organization’s Handling of Cohen’s Hush Money

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By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The Trump Organization and two company officials are the target of a federal investigation involving payments to silence adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.

Prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office are zeroing in on how the company handled hush money that then-Trump attorney Michael Cohen gave adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, the New York Times reports.

Prosecutors have discovered that the organization reimbursed Cohen as a legal expense and that company officials falsified legal invoices to hide the true purpose.

Cohen told a judge earlier this week that the money was intended to silence Daniels, who claimed she had affairs with Trump.

Grand Juror Who Leaked Information about ‘Snitch’ Sentenced to Prison

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A grand juror who leaked secret information about a “snitch” involved in a federal investigation was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in prison for obstructing justice.

Leslie Lynn Heburn, 37, of Miami tracked down on social media the girlfriend of a man recently indicted to tell her that her boyfriend had been set up by a confidential informant.

Grand jurors are routinely warned they are prohibited from divulging information they learn during the grand jury proceedings.

Heburn, who earlier pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, acknowledged to a judge that she and other jurors had been warned about leaking information about the proceedings but did so anyway.

Assisting the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida was assisted by the FBI Miami Area Corruption Task Force, Miami-Dade Police Department and the ATF.