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Trump’s Ex-Attorney Cohen May Be Charged with Fraud by End of Month

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors who are investigating President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen for bank and tax fraud are considering filing charges by the end of the month.

The New York Times revealed Sunday that investigators “have have zeroed in on well over $20 million in loans obtained by taxi businesses that he and his family own,” citing people familiar with the probe. 

Prosecutors also are investigating whether Cohen violated campaign finance laws when he arranged hush money for women who said they had affairs with Trump.

The FBI raided Cohen’s office, hotel room and home in April, provoking outrage from the president, who called the searches an “attack on the country.”

Trump and his lawyers fear Cohen could strike a plea deal with prosecutors in exchange for information on Trump.

Release of ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape Was Impetus for Buying Stormy Daniels’ Silence

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen was on the fence about buying the silence of a former adult-film star who says she had sex with Trump until the infamous NBC “Access Hollywood” tape was released and showed Trump bragging about groping women.

A day after the recording was made its rounds in the media, Cohen expressed a desire to strike a deal with Sunny Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with a conversation between Cohen and the dancer’s representative.

A few days later, Clifford signed a nondisclosure agreement, about a month after initially resisting the idea.

According to federal prosecutors, the “Access Hollywood” tape was the impetus for buying Clifford’s silence.

Prosecutors are investigating whether the deal was a violation of campaign finance laws that require the disclosure of in-kind contributions.

Michael Cohen Under Investigation for Potential Tax- And Bank-Fraud

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors aren’t just investigating Michael Cohen over his working and personal relationship with President Trump.

Trump’s former lawyer also is facing scrutiny over potential tax fraud from his taxi-medallion business, the Wall Street Journal reports

Prosecutors in New York are trying to determine whether the company underreported federal tax returns over the past five years and whether Cohen obtained loans by inflating the values of his assets.

Bank employees also are under investigation for possibly allowing Cohen to obtain the loans for he which didn’t qualify or didn’t have the proper paperwork.

If charged with tax- and bank-fraud, Cohen could face a signifiant time behind bars, which has the potential to scare the lawyer into cooperating with prosecutors.

The charges would be similar to those filed against Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who’s on trial now.

Trump, Giuliani Slam Cohen over Secretly Recording Conversations

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani slammed Michael Cohen for secretly recording a conversation about a hush payment to a former Playboy model just two months before the presidential election.

In a bizarre tweet Wednesday morning, Trump questions Cohen’s ethics.

“What kind of a lawyer would tape a client? So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before? Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things? I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped – can this be so? Too bad!”

In an interview with Fox News, Giuliani blasts Cohen, a longtime attorney of Trump’s, as ”a pariah to the legal profession.” 

“I question the strategy of doing it, of trying to make the tape say what it doesn’t say, or putting out a tape in which you’re kind of proud of the fact that you’re a lawyer taping your client and then thinking you could cooperate with the government?” Giuliani said of Cohen’s character.

It’s believed about 12 recordings exist between Cohen and Trump.

How Hush Payment in Secret Cohen Tape May Show Trump Broke the Law

President Trump answering media questions on Air Force One. Photo via the White House.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The secret recording of Donald Trump discussing a hush payment to a former Playboy model who claimed they had an affair strongly suggests the president and his team knew about the payment and lied about it.

But did he break the law?

The payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal came just two months before the presidential election, and that’s important because many election experts believe the money would need to be disclosed as part of Trump’s campaign finances.

“If Trump did want a cash payment, that might have been to conceal evidence — at the time — of what may have been a violation of campaign finance law,” the New York Times wrote. “Other aspects of the call show Trump preoccupied with the election, and as Philip Bump points out, this suggests Cohen was, for all practical purposes, making this payment as an “agent” of Trump’s campaign, making this a potential undisclosed campaign expenditure, which could be illegal.”

Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade told the New York Times that it’s significant that Trump mentioned cash.

“If this expenditure was made on behalf of the campaign and it was not disclosed, and it was done willfully, that’s a crime,” McQuade said. If Trump wanted that done in cash, McQuade continued, “it suggests an effort to conceal the payment. If you’re hiding things, prosecutors often see that as some indication that you believe you were guilty, that you knew what you were doing was illegal. Taking steps to cover it up does tend to establish that willfulness. That could be incriminating.”

The Times added:

McQuade added that in such a scenario, prosecutors could conceivably see Trump as a “co-conspirator” in a “conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws,” though McQuade added that it’s unlikely that prosecutors would bring such charges against a sitting president, even by naming him as an “unindicted co-conspirator.” Still, McQuade added that if more evidence emerged of additional instances of such payments, “the case may become more significant.”

Trevor Noah Says Cohen Tape Is ‘Perfect Audiobook for Our Road Trip to Hell’

Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Late-night hosts had fun with the disclosure of a secretly recorded conversation between Trump attorney Michael Cohen and the president over hush payments to a Playboy playmate.

“Ever since Vladimir Putin annexed Trump’s balls in Helsinki, President Trump has been having a rough time back home,” Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah said. “Half of America thinks he acted treasonous with Putin, some Republicans say he’s being manipulated, and last week Paul Ryan furrowed his brow extra hard, so you know he means business.”

Noah described the tapes as “the perfect audiobook for America’s road trip to hell”.

“At this point, it would be weirder if Russia didn’t have blackmail material on Trump, because everyone seems to have blackmail material on President Trump,” Noah said. “Michael Cohen has tapes, Access Hollywood has tapes, Howard Stern has tapes. Even Eric has tapes: his most prized possession is a voicemail his dad left him during a butt dial.”

Stephen Colbert also got in on the action, launching into 12 Days of Christmas after saying, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael “Avenatti was right, because today it was revealed the feds actually have 12 Michael Cohen audio recordings.”

Secret Tape Reveals Trump, Cohen Discussed Payment to Ex-Playmate

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Michael Cohen’s secretly recorded conversation with Donald Trump in 2016 reveals the president mentioned “cash” while discussing a possible payment to a former Playboy model Karen McDougal who claims she had an affair with Trump.

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

The newly released audio was captured by Cohen, who was Trump’s attorney, as the two discussed “how to set the whole thing up with funding.”

Trump responds, “What financing” before appearing today, “pay with cash.”

Cohen quickly interrupts, saying, “No, no, no, no no, I got …” before the recording cuts off.

The recording is significant because the audio indicates Trump was aware of allegations of the affair and plans to pay McDougal to keep her quiet.

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Tedious Work: FBI Piecing Together Shredded Documents From Michael Cohen Raid

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sometimes FBI work can be pretty tedious.

The agency is piecing together shredded documents found in its raid of Michael Cohen’s home and office while investigating President Trump’s personal attorney for suspected financial crimes, The Hill reports.

CNN reports that there is not a large amount of shredded material.

The federal government has so far turned over 3.7 million seized documents for Cohen’s attorneys to assess whether anything is privileged information. The FBI continues to pore over the shredded documents and an additional 19 storage devices including hard drives and thumb drives, as well as several Blackberry phones, The Hills writes.