The Morning Briefing: Lanny Davis Panhandles for Cohen on Cable News and Much, Much More

Valerie Nessel, left, stands with President Donald Trump before accepting the Medal of Honor for her husband Air Force Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, posthumously for conspicuous gallantry during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Good Thursday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president participates in a roundtable on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act

Must read for the day: Despite Comey Assurances, Vast Bulk of Weiner Laptop Emails Were Never Examined

This is a very long story with some real bombshells. Pour yourself a bulletproof coffee and read up.


Yesterday, the media was LIT UP talking about their favorite thing: Trump’s impeachment. If you get your information from the legacy media, you would think that Cohen put the nail in Trump’s coffin with his guilty plea, “admitting” that the president directed him to pay off some [alleged] blackmailing trollops with campaign money. The #resistance is all worked up now because they think this is actually going to happen. When it doesn’t happen, they are going to be angry and, as we have seen, violent. The media does this over and over again: they get some idiot partisans to present fantasy logic and reasoning that Trump is finally going down and when it doesn’t happen, they go nuts. The media is destroying the country.

All day long yesterday, a parade of morons was on cable news and the internet quacking about how Cohen’s guilty plea will destroy Trump. Here’s a Politico story with a tag team of “insiders” talking about how Trump is “unraveling” and “terrified.”


But it’s also been so brutally, consistently one-sided, and the Cohen flip brings to the fore the fragility of Trump’s transactional brand of loyalty and potentially its ultimate incompatibility with the presidency. This is not some tabloid or Twitter tit-for-tat. The stakes are of course incomparably higher. And Trump’s long span of quiet about Cohen was so out of character it suggested even he understands the reality of his legal jeopardy. For the first time, it appeared, a once biddable lapdog had turned around and bitten the boss—hard.

On the other hand, Lanny Davis, who was panhandling on cable news for Cohen’s legal fund, undermined a central #resistance lie: that Trump “authorized” the famous Trump Tower meeting. Not so much, writes Chuck Ross at The Daily Caller.

“So Michael Cohen does not have information that President Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians beforehand or even after?” CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Davis.

“No, he does not,” replied Davis, a longtime Clinton insider who started representing Cohen earlier this summer.

Davis’s bombshell statement severely undercuts a July 27 CNN report that Cohen was willing to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that he was in a meeting when Donald Trump Jr. told his father about an offer to meet with a group of Russians who wanted to provide dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

According to CNN’s anonymous sources, Trump approved the meeting, which took place on June 9, 2016. Democrats seized on the CNN report as evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government.


“Well, I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story. And the question of a criminal investigation, the advice we were given, those of us dealing with the media is that we could not do anything other than stay silent,” Davis told Cooper.

Womp, womp. This story will probably drag out for a few more days. Consider yourself warned.

Manafort cont’d

Last night a juror from the Manafort trial appeared on Shannon Bream’s show. Watch it, it’s good.


Trump tells Fox host he’s thinking about pardoning Manafort

Mollie Tibbetts: Media still freaking out

This is really an unfortunate situation for the media-resistance complex and they kicked into high gear yesterday with some damage control. We had plenty of spinmasters telling us how illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than Americans, as if that makes it OK to allow illegal immigration into our country. Crime committed by illegal immigrants shouldn’t happen at all because those folks are not supposed to be here. We have American criminals, we don’t need more. Illegal immigrant crime should = ZERO.

There was some question as to whether the [alleged] murderer was truly here illegally. Some say he was here legally, but his employer indicated he used a fake identity to get work. Politico laments: Trump’s new rallying cry: Mollie Tibbetts. Politico is sad because the issue has become “politicized.” Were they sad when Obama politicized Trayvon Martin, who, we learned, would look just like Obama’s son if he had one? Were they sad when Obama politicized Ferguson? Were they sad when Obama politicized Sandy Hook? Of course, they were not.


The media has aided and abetted a wholesale politicization of everything under the sun: football, movies, television shows, airlines, banking, food, EVERYTHING. So they can take their complaints and shove them.

Here’s socialist darling Elizabeth Warren explaining that while the murder of Mollie Tibbitts is sad, it’s MORE SAD that babies are separated from their mommas. How nice.

Historical picture of the day:

Members of the Women’s Organization to War on Styles (WOW) picket a dress shop in Berkeley, Calif., Aug. 23, 1947, in protest to longer skirts and padded hips. They are the wives of GI students at the University of California. Left to right: Jackie Houser; Wanda Ames; Dorothy Inman; Terry Ligon; Ruth Van Arkel; Carrol Reynolds, and Barbara Carmichael. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Texts, photos of 17-year-old contradict Asia Argento

Missouri judge affirms $4.69 billion talc verdict, J&J vows to appeal

Scramble for food and water as Hurricane Lane approaches Hawaii

Sessions Unseals 43-Count Indictment Against Chinese Nationals Trafficking Fentanyl

Senate won’t take up prison overhaul before midterms

ISIS leader resurfaces with first audio recording in nearly a year

‘I hereby resign from my race. F— these people,’ white professor writes online, sparking furor


Facebook is warning 4 million users that another app may have mishandled their data

Confederate monuments will stay in place at NC capitol after new vote

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!3


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