The Morning Briefing: Cohen Documents Unsealed and Much, Much More
Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what's on President Trump's agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump tours the Lima Army Tank Plant in Lima, Ohio
- The president delivers remarks at Lima Army Tank Plant
- President Trump participates in a roundtable with supporters in Canton, OH
- The president delivers remarks at a joint fundraising committee reception
"News" outlet CNN gets award for promoting gun control
CNN has won a Walter Cronkite award for best "National Network News Program" for broadcasting an infomercial promoting gun control. In case you missed it, and I'm sure you did:
The program, which took place seven days after the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre of 17 teachers and students at Stoneman Douglas High School, was hosted by CNN's Jake Tapper and featured Sens. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Bill Nelson (D., Fla.), Rep. Ted Deutch (D., Fla.), National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, and former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel (D.).
The infomercial was really an ambush of NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch. It was in no way even-handed, which is what we have come to expect from CNN. The town hall/shills cheered disgraced coward Sheriff Scott Israel, who said he would prefer to restrict firearm access rather than expect law enforcement to keep dangerous people off the streets and protect the citizens.
Loesch noted to Israel that the perpetrator was repeatedly reported to authorities before the shooting, and neither Israel's office nor the FBI did anything about him. The day after the town hall, one of Israel's deputies, Scot Peterson, was forced into retirement after he was revealed to have failed to enter the school for several minutes as the shooting took place.
The way CNN set up Dana was despicable.
“This is what happened when the cameras turned off at CNN’s award-winning town hall. They’re proud of it,” Loesch wrote.
She then accused CNN of purposefully setting up the town hall “like a WWE event” and allowing Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel to take the stage before the cameras were turned on and spent 20 minutes “blaming law-abiding gun owners.”
Loesch also alleged that a woman “rushed to the stage to tackle me from behind” but was stopped by someone from her detail, which prompted Tapper to ask her if she had an escort out. She insisted that CNN had captured the entire exchange on camera and called on the network to release the footage.
Award-winning journalism indeed.
Mueller investigating Cohen long before FBI Raids
On Tuesday, the courts unsealed documents related to former shifty Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
The search warrants unsealed Tuesday in Cohen’s case offer new insight into how Mueller and his team handed off a key part of the Cohen investigation to federal prosecutors in New York in early 2018 and how much evidence prosecutors already had against Cohen even before they searched his office, home and hotel room last April. They also serve as a detailed reminder of the broad array of wrongdoing of which Cohen was accused and to which he eventually pleaded guilty.
Mueller had warrants for Cohen way back in July of 2017.
Investigators were especially interested in how Cohen had apparently lied to banks — claiming he could not pay back loans as quickly as they would have liked — while pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies such as AT&T, Novartis and even an investment-management firm linked to a Russian national. Prosecutors in New York have since alleged Cohen was charging enormous sums while performing minimal work.
Cohen raked in an impressive $3M by presenting himself as someone with influence over the president he would later turn on. Cohen also hid that money from the banks to which he owed money and spent it on flamboyant items like the "members-only CORE club on East 55th Street, where the initiation fee is $50,000 and annual dues are about $17,000." Wow, no Gold's Gym for Mr. Cohen.
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