“According to Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen were co-conspirators in a felony,” he said. “Now it is time for justice to be served, and we intend to serve it.” [Washington Post]
WE ALWAYS knew Donald Trump was involved in the payoff to Stormy Daniels. It’s something that was so obvious. But it took Rudy dropping a bombshell on Sean Hannity‘s wacky show to bring everything to the top.
From the New York Times
Paul S. Ryan, an official at the government watchdog group Common Cause, argued that “all the facts indicate that the payment was to influence the election.”
Mr. Ryan asserted that Mr. Giuliani’s admission could allow prosecutors to make the case that Mr. Trump “knowingly caused his campaign committee to file an incomplete disclosure report with the F.E.C.”
“Until tonight, it would have been tough to prove that because Donald Trump had denied knowing about the payment,” Mr. Ryan said. “But his reimbursement amounts to knowledge.”
This is not Trump’s only problem.
Summer Zervos, another woman who is suing Trump, has subpoenaed “The Apprentice” records.
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who accused President Trump of sexual assault, is seeking records to prove that he defamed her by calling her a liar.
A lawyer for Ms. Zervos, who is suing Mr. Trump for defamation in New York, said on Wednesday that subpoenas had been issued both to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which owns archives of the reality show, and to the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Ms. Zervos says he groped her in 2007.
“We’re gathering evidence that we believe will prove that the defendant lied when he falsely denigrated Ms. Zervos and when he denied sexually assaulting her,” said the lawyer, Mariann Wang of Cuti Hecker Wang.
Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti recently filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump, as well.
What’s interesting to me is the timing of Rudy’s Hannity confession about Trump’s payoff to Michael Cohen. It is not a coincidence all this happened after the raid on Cohen’s hotel room, office and home.
Someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is worried about what Michael Cohen might do next.
This is obvious, but still should be said: Giuliani’s reveal that Trump repaid Cohen $130,000 for hush money to Stormy Daniels renders the repeated denials to the American people from POTUS and his press secretary false and untrue.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) May 3, 2018
UPDATE: Breaking… The feds wiretapped Michael Cohen’s phones…
Wiretaps are difficult to get. Applications require multiple layers of review, including by career lawyers in Washington, plus approval by a district court judge (not magistrate). Also they signify proof of an ongoing crime. And you don’t tap a President’s attorney lightly. https://t.co/FfVh8mA9ku
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) May 3, 2018