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Trump can’t be dismissed

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018|2 a.m.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is fizzling and the left is moving focus to the 25th Modification.

The confidential New York Times op-ed on the Trump White Home and Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear: Trump in the White Home,” are the most recent examples of left-wing media trashing President Donald Trump and attempting to eliminate him from office. These attempts to get to Trump will stop working because he has actually done nothing incorrect, is noise of mind, and has led this nation to one of the excellent eras of its time.

The left is disappointed and upset however losing its energy and resources aiming to remove Trump through inappropriate and ineffective plans.

Trump is concentrated on his program, has a practically limitless energy and a 24-hour-a-day work ethic. No matter exactly what the left does, it will cannot dethrone him from his commander in chief job in the White House.

Everyone except for Trump seems to concur: Russia is a threat to democracy

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018|2 a.m.

Considering exactly what his employer has said about Russian interference in U.S. elections, it was amazing to hear John Bolton’s take on the topic this past weekend.During a look on ABC’s” This Week, “the national security consultant stated Russia was undoubtedly meddling, as were other nations.
“Well, I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security issue about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling that we’re taking steps to attempt and prevent it,” Bolton stated. “So all four of these countries, truly.”
That bears repeating: Bolton stated “all 4” nations were involved, Russia included.Which when again
asks the question, why will not Trump get on board with his own administration over the Russian hazard? Trump’s “would/wouldn’t “mistake aside, he’s repeatedly undermined his administration through comments and actions on Russia. A case in point came early this month when 4 chiefs of intelligence and security companies made a joint look to announce that Russian attempts to interfere in the 2018 elections were real and continuous. Those present were Bolton, FBI Director Chris Wray, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and National Security Firm Director Paul Nakasone. But who wasn’t there? Trump, whose no-show deprived the intelligence authorities of the
presidential endorsement that his appearance would have paid for them.That’s mystifying, offered the plain tone of the remarks that day.”Our focus here today is simply to inform the American individuals we acknowledge the hazard,”Coats stated.”It is real.
It is continuing. And we’re doing whatever we can to have a genuine election that the American people can have rely on. “In addition to that, it exceeds the elections. It goes to Russia’s intent to weaken our democratic worths, drive a wedge in between our allies, and act of other dubious things. “This was Coats determining the Russians as the opponent of the American individuals. Duration. With his remarks Sunday, Bolton said the very same thing.Yet Trump continues to downplay and at times even counter that message. Whether he’s saying “No,”in reaction to a concern about whether the hazard still
exists(later declaring he was showing he wouldn’t take further concerns)or stating the United States was instrumental(as he specified in Helsinki), Trump has actually repeatedly chosen not to call out Russia. This is a president who promotes his” hit back two times as hard”state of mind, yet he offers nothing however spoken love pats to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Does Russia have blackmail product on Trump? Is it Trump revealing his weakness for strongman-type leaders, as he’s made with other dictators? Is it a symptom of Trump’s egotistical rejection to admit that he lost the popular vote, by aiming to play down the legitimacy of unique counsel Robert Mueller’s examination? Nobody however Trump seems to understand, but the disconnect between Trump and his team on the Russian hazard grows more perplexing whenever Bolton or another senior administrator says what Trump will not acknowledge– that Russia is an enemy force.No concern, the intelligence leaders are dead, solid proper on this one. The Department of Homeland Security stated moles handled to hack into a handful of state voting systems during 2016, and some remain highly susceptible, especially
those without paper-ballot backups. To its credit, Nevada embraced the redundant systems after 2016. Meanwhile, a Senate Intelligence Committee report stated Russia had been constructing operations to disrupt U.S. elections considering that a minimum of 2014 and had devoted cyberattacks on elections elsewhere. Plainly, this is a threat to Americans. The president needs to be leading the voices condemning Russia.Instead, Trump demures and does things like direct his staff to welcome Putin to the White House, despite the fact that Putin is assaulting our democracy. An excerpt from former FBI Director James Comey’s
memoir, “A Greater Loyalty, “uses cooling context about Trump’s behavior. Comey said when he and other members
of the intelligence neighborhood informed the Trump team about the attack during a January 2017 meeting at Trump Tower, there were”no concerns about what the future
Russian risk might be.” Rather, Comey stated, the team right away held a method session”about how they could spin exactly what we ‘d simply told them.” Ever since, top members of the Trump administration have dealt with the threat with the seriousness it deserves.But put simply, we have an afraid president who will not challenge America’s chief adversary. Lawmakers need to be taking strong action to avoid Russian aggressiveness and discover why Trump grovels prior to Putin.

Fox News to White Home: Expense Shine is Trump'' s brand-new image guy

Monday, Aug. 13, 2018|8:35 a.m.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.– For several years he dutifully carried out Roger Ailes’ orders, making himself the label “the Butler” at Fox News.

Now, Bill Shine is serving the exact same function under President Donald Trump.

The former news executive, who was officially brought into the White House last month as deputy chief of personnel for communications, has yet to move into an irreversible workplace or cause his own personnel. But he is currently putting his mark on the West Wing, clashing with press reporters, improving the production quality of White Home occasions and trying to form the message of an administration whose communication method has always appeared haphazardly determined by tweet.

Shine is most often described by individuals near the White House as an “adult” and well-respected professional with the age and experience to be relied on by a president who is distinctively obsessed with his image and coverage.

“I think that Expense commands the regard that is needed on such a top priority based upon his management experience and understanding of the media,” stated Sean Spicer, the previous White House press secretary and communications director. Shine, he stated, “got in the White House with the regard, maturity and experience that is more of a peer than a staffer.”

After years dealing with and managing cable television news stars with outsized egos, Shine understands the best ways to deal with someone like the president, including the most reliable ways to provide guidance or pushback.

And unlike many stopped working hires who have gone into the West Wing with weapons scorching, threatening mass firings, Shine appears to have, at least up until now, succeeded in not ruffling his coworkers’ plumes– though he is widely anticipated to include his own personnel and has actually been carrying out interviews.

“He’s about making sure we’re relocating the right direction,” stated Mercedes Schlapp, the White House director of tactical interactions, who stated Shine is universally well-liked by senior staff and has reduced, not increased, tensions.

However Shine’s arrival likewise has coincided with a perceived escalation in friction with the press, including an occurrence last month when a CNN press reporter was barred from covering an open-press occasion due to the fact that Trump didn’t like the questions she ‘d shouted earlier in the day, when she was working as a representative of the tv networks.

Kaitlan Collins stated she was called into Shine’s workplace, where Shine and White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders notified her she would not be welcome at the next event because they ‘d considered her concerns improper. The relocation sparked instant outcry from media groups and companies, including Shine’s previous company, Fox News.

Sanders contested the concept that Shine was encouraging Trump’s combative instincts with journalism and said he wishes to decrease the temperature level and find more ways to work with them.

“Expense is a great person who is adding brand-new viewpoint and competence to the group. He is fantastic to work with and a strong leader in the White House,” she said.

But some who have worked with him saw the move as traditional Shine.

Shine knows all the things that can rile up news organizations, stated one person who knows both males and, like others, spoke on condition of privacy to speak freely about their interactions.

Another individual familiar with his work at Fox described him as a real believer in Fox’s objective, stating his idea of what television news need to be is the opinionated, combative, personality-driven formula of Fox News star Sean Hannity.

Trump’s choice to bring Shine into the White Home was not a surprise. His name had been floated for months as a prospective White House employ, and he had actually worked for years for Hannity, among Trump’s closest confidants and a lot of loyal cheerleaders.

Shine acted as Hannity’s executive manufacturer, as well as the magnate for Fox’s prime-time opinion programs and the early morning hit, “Fox & & Pals,” and quickly as co-president of Fox after Ailes was ousted amid claims of rampant unwanted sexual advances at the network.

Shine left Fox last year amid questions over his own handling of harassment and discrimination accusations. Shine was never accused of direct misdeed but was considered susceptible because of claims he looked the other method as charges of toxic work environment behavior piled up.

Throughout that time, Shine served as an ever-loyal lieutenant to Ailes– working as the “administrator” of his orders.

So far, Shine has actually concentrated on his expertise, working quietly behind the scenes to improve the production quality of Trump’s made-for-TV occasions, including the announcement of the president’s Supreme Court choice.

Shine, who the White Home said was unavailable for remark for this story, understands the significance of visual images, as well as how occasions are going to play in the news, stated Schlapp. “He thinks about the big photo and how it’s going to play out.”

He also appears to have introduced a brand-new– if short-lived– period of discipline, with Trump taking reporters’ yelled concerns less frequently than he had before Shine’s arrival.

Last month, Shine took the uncommon step of notifying a group of reporters gathered outside the Oval Workplace for a swearing-in ceremony for the brand-new Veterans Affairs secretary that Trump would not be taking concerns considering that he had actually spoken earlier in the day. While Trump often appears not able to withstand the desire to engage, he walked right out the door when the event was over, as Shine had forecast.

Bauder reported from New York.

FBI fires Peter Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text

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Image”/ > Evan Vucci/ AP FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok is seated to affirm before the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform throughout a hearing on “Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election,” on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington.

Monday, Aug. 13, 2018|8:56 a.m.

WASHINGTON– The FBI has actually fired a long time agent who once dealt with unique counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation after he sent text slamming President Donald Trump to a colleague.

Previous agent Peter Strzok was gotten rid of from Mueller’s team a year ago after the text were found. The FBI had been reviewing his employment. Strzok’s attorney said he was fired late Friday by FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich.

The legal representative, Aitan Goelman, slammed the firing in a declaration Monday, stating he was fired due to the fact that of political pressure and “to penalize Unique Representative Strzok for political speech protected by the First Modification.” He stated the firing “ought to be deeply uncomfortable to all Americans.”

Trump has actually repeatedly criticized Strzok on Twitter. The FBI did not have immediate comment.

Businessman loves Trump, but dislikes tariffs, wants government health care

Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018|2 a.m.

Don Ahern, president and CEO of Las Vegas-based Ahern Rentals, is a Donald Trump person.

“Donald Trump is my hero. Let it be known, I like him,” Ahern said today on Nevada Newsmakers.

But there are 2 areas where Trump is causing heartburn for Ahern Rentals, the largest independent rental company in The United States and Canada, Ahern said.

One concern is Trump’s proposed 25 percent tariffs on Chinese imports. They make sure to cause China to enforce or increase tariffs on U.S. items.

Trump has currently enforced a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum from Europe, Canada and Mexico.

The other concern is the increasing cost of medical insurance for the business and Trump’s failure to reverse and replace Obamacare.

“These tariffs are not working for us,” Ahern said. “It is triggering us to have a lot of cost increases now. There is a great deal of intricacy in the tariffs. We purchase millions and millions of tons of steel for our units. We produce over 12,000 tools a year and every element we buy is made out of steel.”

Ahern, nevertheless, is confident Trump’s negotiating skills will guarantee a future where international trade is fairer for everyone.

“I just think he is the most incredible arbitrator I have actually ever seen,” Ahern said of Trump. “I wish I might hold a candle to him.”

Ahern desires all tariffs removed and feels that might be Trump’s end game.

“I do hope that these tariffs are kind of a course to get to where we have to be, which is essentially trade with no tariffs going in either case,” he stated.

Ahern is likewise confident Trump will continue trying to rescind and change Obamacare. “Some of the biggest issues we have actually got as an entrepreneur, a minimum of for me, has actually been healthcare,” he stated.

Ahern stated his company’s healthcare expenses have actually rocketed from $5 million every year a couple of years ago to $15 million now.

“The business has grown a lot which is gorgeous. But year in and year out, we have actually had anywhere from 12 to 20 percent boosts (in health-care expenses) yearly,” he said.

Health care must be taken over by the federal government, Ahern stated, although he didn’t mention particular ways of doing that.

“I’m a Trump fan and all of that, but I really believe that health care must be a federal government issue and not a company’s issue, because this causes workers to walk around and causes us to have all type of problems,” he said.

Even though Trump has stumbled on a few problems, Ahern said, he feels business climate is much better than it would have been under a Democratic administration.

“He has actually conserved our country, in my viewpoint,” Ahern stated of Trump. “I’m not exactly sure where we would be, had it gone the other instructions.”

White Home says Omarosa claim of Trump racism is '' incorrect '.

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/ > Richard Drew/ AP In this April 27, 2017, file picture, Omarosa Manigault appears at the Women’s Power Luncheon of the 2017 National Action Network convention, in New York.

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018|1:05 p.m.

BRIDGEWATER, N.J.– The White Home is slamming a new book by ex-staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her “a dissatisfied former White Home employee.”

The Guardian paper reports that in the memoir, Manigault Newman identifies Trump a “racist” and declares she’s been informed there are tapes of him using the N-word repeatedly while shooting “The Apprentice” reality series on which she appeared.

White Home Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement Friday, “Instead of informing the truth about all the great President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and flourishing,” Manigault-Newman’s book is “filled with lies and false accusations.”

Sanders says, “It’s unfortunate that a dissatisfied former White Home staff member is attempting to profit off these false attacks.” She’s criticizing the media for providing her a platform.

West Hollywood passes resolution to remove Trump’s star from Walk of Popularity

This before and after picture shows the damage to President Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, which was destroyed with a pickax on July 25, 2018. (Getty Images)
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title =” This before and after photo shows the damage to President Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Popularity star, which was destroyed with a pickax on July 25, 2018. (Getty Images)” border =” 0″ src =” http://MEREDITH.images.worldnow.com/images/17360110_G.png?auto=webp&disable=upscale&width=800&lastEditedDate=20180807071241″ width=”180″/ > This before and after picture shows the damage to President Trump’s Hollywood Stroll of Fame star, which was

ruined with a pickax on July 25, 2018. (Getty Images). (Meredith/AP)– The West Hollywood City Council unanimously authorized a resolution Monday night looking for to get rid of President Trump’s star from the Hollywood Stroll of Fame. The resolution prompts the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles City board to permanently get rid of Trump’s star “due to his troubling treatment of females and other actions that do not fulfill the shared values of the City of West Hollywood, the region, state, and country.”

However, chamber president Leron Gubler informs the Los Angeles Times the chamber has never ever removed a star due to the fact that it’s considered part of the walk’s “historic fabric.”

Trump got the star in 2007 for his work producing the Miss America pageant prior to starring in the TELEVISION truth show “The Apprentice.”

Since then, the street plaque has been defaced and vandalized numerous times, with the most recent event happening just last month. Austin Clay, 24, was charged Monday after allegedly ruining the star with a pickax on July 25. He might confront three years in prison if founded guilty.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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Trump tape exposes just another day at the workplace

Tuesday, July 31, 2018|2 a.m.

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If President Donald Trump’s privately taped conversation with lawyer Michael Cohen reminds you of a criminal offense employer and his consigliere, you’re not alone. Trump’s existing legal representative and mouthpiece, Rudy Giuliani, seemingly concurs.

After CNN first played the tape last Tuesday, Giuliani went on Fox News and downplayed its significance, citing his experience as a mob-busting federal district attorney: “How about 4,000 hours of Mafia people on tape? I know ways to pay attention to them. I understand how to transcribe them. This tape is crystal clear when you listen to (it). I’ve handled much even worse tapes than this.”

Spin-wise, this is the very best they’ve got? That Trump and Cohen do not sound as bad as the Gambino family? Yikes.

The recording, made by Cohen shortly before the 2016 election, is a window onto how Trump works– and, by extension, what sort of person he is. In it, he and his then-lawyer Cohen discuss their machinations to squelch previous Playboy friend Karen McDougal’s story of what she refers to as a 10-month affair with Trump. The president of the United States is revealed as a schemer and a liar. That’s no surprise, I understand, and now we can hear him in action– and there is no other way he can declare the evidence is “fake news.”

Earlier Tuesday, at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Trump was discussing the economy but sounded nearly as if he knew the Cohen recording was about to come out. He indicated the assembled media, provided his traditional insults, and after that informed the crowd, “Exactly what you’re seeing and exactly what you read is not what’s occurring.”

Echoes of a chilling line in George Orwell’s “1984” were unmistakable: “The Celebration told you to decline the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their last, most vital command.”

And certainly, Trump’s truest followers might search for ways to disbelieve exactly what they hear. They may fall for Giuliani’s effort to make the issue about whether Trump wanted Cohen to pay to quash McDougal’s story with cash or a check– as if that mattered.

What does matter is that, in the recording, Cohen informs Trump he needs to “open a company” to spend for “the transfer of all of that details regarding our pal David”– an apparent referral to David Pecker, chairman of the company that owns the National Enquirer, which in August 2016 paid McDougal $150,000 for unique rights to her account of the affair and after that never ever released a word of it. In the tabloid world, this technique of burying a story is referred to as “catch and eliminate.”

McDougal says her affair with Trump ended in 2007. Why, nine years later, was it suddenly worth 6 figures to keep her story from coming out? The context of the Trump-Cohen discussion makes clear that they were thinking of the upcoming election.

Legal professionals have actually said this implies the $150,000 Pecker’s company paid to McDougal might be an unreported campaign contribution; that Trump might have thus been involved in a conspiracy to violate federal project finance laws; which there may have been fraud in the setting up of a shell business to make an illegal payment.

None of that might be smoking-gun product, however take a broader view. Pay attention to how regular the conversation sounds. In all the computing and lying, there is no tip of anything unusual. For Trump and Cohen, it sounds like simply another day at the office.

The recording is one of numerous, perhaps many, taken by federal representatives throughout raids on Cohen’s workplace, house and hotel room in April. “What kind of a lawyer would tape a client?” Trump angrily demanded in a tweet. Speaking on MSNBC, former federal district attorney Chuck Rosenberg had a response: “Probably, an attorney that does not trust his client.”

Cohen when supposedly said he would take a bullet for Trump. But in recent days, he and his media-savvy attorney, Lanny Davis, have actually made clear that if there is a fall to be taken, Cohen has no objective of taking it alone. This growing estrangement indicates that if Trump attempts to shut Cohen up by pardoning him, the president would not even have the fig leaf of relationship to hide behind. It would be a naked obstruction of justice.

Pay attention to that a person recording then think of the voluminous trove of material gathered in the Cohen raids. For a very long time, only Trump and Cohen understood exactly what was in there. Now federal district attorneys do, too. Soon, it promises, all of us will.

Eugene Robinson is a writer for The Washington Post.

Pressure mounting, former Trump '' fixer ' turns aggressive

Friday, July 27, 2018|3:52 p.m.

WASHINGTON– The hiring of a Washington insider to be a public attack dog. Tantalizing leaks to the media. Puzzling allegations of actions that might fell a president. Talk of more to come.

What is Michael Cohen approximately?

President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer has actually mostly stayed out of the spotlight in the months since federal representatives robbed his workplace and hotel space and took scores of records about his work for Trump. However today, he has actually taken a greatly more aggressive and public turn, appearing to wage open warfare with the White House while weighing whether to work together with investigators. The moves suggest Cohen is looking for an escape of looming difficulty. However his habits does not rather line up with a clear strategy, legal professionals state. And if his signals are aimed at Trump, they’ve mostly served to irritate the president.

Two days after Cohen’s new lawyer, Lanny Davis, launched a tape of Cohen and Trump speaking about paying for a Playboy model’s silence, the relationship splintered even more on Friday. That sought a CNN report that Cohen was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump knew in advance of a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in which the Republican prospect’s eldest kid looked for damaging information from a Russian attorney about Hillary Clinton.

Trump on Friday vehemently repeated his rejection that he understood about the meeting, which is at the center of Mueller’s probe, tweeting “NO,” he “did UNKNOWN of the conference with my child, Don jr.”

CNN pointed out anonymous sources stating Cohen was willing to share his information with Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Cohen does not have any evidence such as audiotapes verifying his claims, CNN’s sources said.

Cohen’s camp has rejected being the source of the CNN report, the fundamental compound of which The Associated Press separately validated.

The specter of the possibly destructive information, which would run counter to months of rejections and point toward a willingness to collude with a foreign power by Trump himself, once again raised the possibility of exactly what Cohen could provide to district attorneys if he chooses to work together.

Cohen has actually not yet decided to deal with the federal district attorneys from the Southern District of New york city, inning accordance with two individuals acquainted with his thinking but not authorized to talk about personal discussions.

The Justice Department has actually been investigating Cohen for months, raiding his house, office and hotel room in April searching for documents associated with a $130,000 payment the lawyer helped with before the 2016 election to Stormy Daniels, an adult-film starlet who states she made love with Trump in 2006. If Cohen, who focused on making deals and making Trump’s problems disappear, were to cut a deal, he would do so with an eye toward getting rid of or cutting his potential penalty.

Hi legal representative, Lanny Davis, a Democrat as soon as called a fierce protector of President Expense Clinton, would not comment on whether Cohen was fishing for a deal.

“My observation is that it was an evolution that caused him to decide when Donald Trump was president that he needed to inform reality and change his life,” Davis informed the AP. “He hit the reset button on his life and exactly what he had done formerly.”

Those near Cohen explain the legal representative, who has been holed up in a Manhattan hotel after a pipe burst in his house, as bewildered at the fast-moving occasions around him as he tries to look out for his household and deciding about their future. Cohen has likewise been severely harmed by the president’s public anger and is figured out to hit back, inning accordance with two people acquainted with this thinking.

There has actually been some speculation that Cohen might be angling for a pardon from Trump, who has actually begun wielding– and talking about– the governmental power regularly of late. However a person near Cohen minimized the possibility.

Most people in equivalent legal peril would be motivated to stay out of the spotlight and communicate straight with prosecutors, not through journalism, specialists said.

Robert Mintz, a previous federal district attorney now in personal practice, said Cohen “appears to be taking a page out of President Trump’s playbook by having his legal representatives strongly respond in the media to attacks on his reliability and track record.” It’s a “high stakes gambit” that might backfire if he’s angling to end up being a cooperator, Mintz said.

“District attorneys choose to strike cooperation deals silently and in private due to the fact that they want to save the impact of any important statement and information that a working together witness can provide until trial,” he stated.

Additionally, must Cohen choose to work together with investigators, consisting of Mueller, it’s unclear exactly what details he has that they could not gather on their own or have not already learned by themselves.

The Mueller team has been at work for 14 months. Offenders searching for lenient offers through their cooperation generally have better luck if they come through the federal government’s door earlier in an examination.

Additionally, Cohen has actually made no public reference of Trump’s understanding of the Trump Tower conference. If he discussed the vital detail to Home private investigators it was not included in their huge report on the matter.

That disparity was taken upon by Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer. Giuliani, who called Cohen “a truthful, respectable legal representative” as just recently as Might, has made a sport out of bashing Cohen in current days. On Friday he called Cohen “an amazing liar who’s got a remarkable intention to lie now due to the fact that he’s got absolutely nothing to offer.”

Cohen frequently tape-recorded his discussions, and district attorneys are believed to have dozens of them, consisting of conversations with reporters, inning accordance with Davis.

Trump has actually been seething at Cohen because the current tape’s release, raving to confidants that he might not believe he was being betrayed by somebody he dealt with for a decade, inning accordance with an individual familiar with the circumstance but not licensed to go over private conversations.

The president openly aired his complaints with a Friday tweet about Cohen, though he did not name him:

“Sounds to me like someone is attempting to make up stories in order to get himself out of an unassociated jam (Taxi taxis possibly?). He even kept Expense and Crooked Hillary’s legal representative. Gee, I question if they assisted him make the option!”

Cohen states on the tape with Trump that he’s currently spoken about the Daniels-story payment with the Trump Organization’s financing chief, Allen Weisselberg, on “how to set the whole thing up.” The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Weisselberg, who had intimate knowledge of the president’s finances, was released a subpoena on Thursday.

When inquired about that and other matters, the generally press-friendly Davis on Friday did an abrupt about-face and informed the AP he was now “completely barred from talking to the media.”

Tucker reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Tom Hays and Jake Pearson contributed reporting.

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