Tuesday's HOT MIC
Good Tuesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The President has a 1:1 bilateral meeting with the prime minister of Japan
- President Trump has a restricted bilateral meeting with the prime minister of Japan
- The president and the first lady have dinner with the prime minister of Japan and Mrs. Abe
GASP: Trump lawyer Michael Cohen claims Sean Hannity is a client
Last week, Robert Mueller's stormtroopers raided the hotel, home, and offices of President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen looking for items related to Cohen's business and his past work for the president. Many people are scratching their heads, wondering why pre-President Trump doesn't enjoy attorney-client privilege with his lawyer. Others, like myself, see this as an instance of the anti-Trump bureaucratic leviathan and its #resistance allies fishing for anything they can smashmouth in the headlines and anyone they can railroad with process charges.
The Cohen team appeared in court yesterday to argue they should be able to evaluate the material before the feds get it (and start leaking it to the media, as is the usual plan). The government argued that since Cohen doesn't have "a lot" of clients there should be no privilege. WUT? Is there some heretofore unknown threshold before attorney-client privilege kicks in? What kind of precedent does this set?
In the course of arguments in court yesterday, it was revealed that one of Cohen's clients is Sean Hannity. The media went bananas. BANANAS. ABC News describes that upon the big reveal, "Gasps could be heard echoing throughout Wood's stately, large courtroom." What a bunch of clowns.
FUN THOUGHT EXPERIMENT: Does Marc Elias of Perkins Coie have attorney-client privilege with clients such as the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and/or Fusion GPS?
Hannity articulated his relationship with Cohen, denying a traditional client/lawyer relationship.
"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter," Hannity tweeted. "I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective. I assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear, they never involved any matter between me and a third party." I would guess Cohen claimed Hannity as a client to protect any notes he might have taken about their conversations.
Judge Kimba Wood, failed Clinton attorney general nominee and central figure in the Nannygate scandal in the '90s, ruled against Cohen.
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said that she had faith in the Justice Department's so-called "taint team" to isolate materials protected by attorney-client privilege, but added that she would consider allowing a neutral third party requested by Cohen to weigh in.
I don't have faith in the Justice Department. DOJ brain trust Sally Yates legitimately feared that Lt. General Michael Flynn was open to RUSSIAN blackmail because he had a conversation with RUSSIAN diplomat Sergei Kislyak during the presidential transition. DOJ officials also thought that Flynn violated the Logan Act in this phone call because it is alleged that Flynn discussed Obama's RUSSIAN sanctions with Kislyak. These are the absurd judgement calls from the DOJ. No thanks.
Now, completely out of left field, the media heavyweights are concerned that Sean Hannity spoke about Michael Cohen without revealing he was a client. Like George Stephanopolous revealed he donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation when he interviewed former FBI director James Comey? (The Clinton Foundation is under FBI investigation.) Which journalists and media figures have gotten money from Fusion GPS? The media talking about ethics and disclosure, it's too much.
It's Comey book day
Today is the day that fired FBI Director/Twitter personality James Comey's book drops. Are you sick of him and his book yet?
On Sunday, Comey appeared in an hour-long infomercial on ABC News with Clinton Foundation patron George Stephanopoulos. How were the ratings for this highly publicized and promoted show? Comey interview draws 9.8 million for ABC, less than Country Music Awards on CBS, The Hill tells us.
Former FBI Director James Comey's Sunday night interview on ABC drew 9.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research ratings.
That was less than the 12.1 million viewers CBS's broadcast of Country Music Awards drew. The awards show began at 8 p.m. and ran through the 11 p.m. hour, while Comey's interview ran from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
I'm curious how many folks just changed the channel in the middle of the show, especially after the content of the interview took the shape of a therapy session.
The interview, which was more than five hours long and edited down for the one hour special, included Comey's assertion that the president acts "like a mob boss" and is “morally unfit” to sit in the Oval Office, among other jabs that included mocking the size of the president's hands, his height and his tan.
Comey will also appear on FNC with Bret Baier and on PBS with Judy Woodruff if you are interested in watching some more hardcore sanctimony.
Midterms are just around the corner
Midterm elections are inching closer. The Democrats and their handmaidens, the media/Hollywood class, have promised that we will see a BLUE WAVE in November 2018 that will correct for the election of President Trump. They've promised this. So how are they doing?
According to a new ABC News poll,
A 10-point Democratic lead among all adults narrows to 4 points among registered voters and 5 points among those who say they’re both registered and certain to vote; neither of those is statistically significant. In January, by contrast, Democrats held similar margins in all three groups – 13, 12 and 15 points, respectively.
Considering the Democrat/media party has launched an unprecedented, full-scale, no-holds barred-attack (even using gun control spokeschildren) against the center-right and President Trump, I'd say this result is sad. The fruits of their labor: a "slide in self-reported registration among Democrats, which is a sign of waning engagement." And here is the icing on the cake:
The share of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who report being registered to vote has slipped from 84 percent in November to 79 percent in January and 75 percent now. That contrasts with 87 percent among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, up slightly from 82 percent three months ago.
Good job, liberals.
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