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Politics Why Michael Cohen is possibly the biggest threat to Trump

23:51  13 june  2018
23:51  13 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Reportedly Plotted a Run for NYC Mayor

  Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Reportedly Plotted a Run for NYC Mayor President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen once had political ambitions of his own. Riding on the steam of the Trump Train, Cohen plotted a run for New York City mayor.Shortly after it became clear on Election Night 2016 that Trump would be the next president, Cohen told a small group of Trump insiders that “This is the beginning of a dynasty,” according to a new Axios report.Then, he made it clear he was not thinking of a political office for one of Trump’s kids. He had his eyes on the mayoral race himself.

Michael Cohen began working for President Trump as his personal attorney over a decade ago, well before Trump was seriously considering running for And Cohen cooperating with the authorities — specifically, with Mueller and his team — is probably the biggest threat that Trump might face.

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Michael Cohen began working for President Trump as his personal attorney over a decade ago, well before Trump was seriously considering running for president — back, in fact, when Trump was still a Democrat. Cohen’s role at the Trump Organization was broad, involving him in potential real estate projects and serving, in the New York Times’s phrasing, as a “do-it-all fixer” — a role that apparently included occasionally berating journalists on Trump’s behalf.

During 2016, Cohen didn’t work directly for the Trump campaign, though he was still working as the candidate’s attorney and making television appearances on behalf of Trump’s candidacy. During the primaries, he was involved in a Trump Organization effort to build a new tower in Moscow. This effort included personal outreach to the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin aimed at speeding the process. (The project was abandoned in mid-2016.)

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Michael Cohen is the most serious threat against President Donald Trump right now, according to political consultant Rick Wilson. “A lot of the things that But the big revelation from Monday's hearing in New York was that Fox News host Sean Hannity is one of Cohen 's clients. “What else could this

This: "If there are criminal charges in the offing (seems likely) & # MichaelCohen is worried abt a convictn (also likely) - gives authorities a carrot 2 dangle in front of him: cooperation. And Cohen is probably the biggest threat that # Trump might face."

In late October 2016, with days left to vote, Cohen arranged a payment of $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, preventing her from telling the media about an alleged sexual encounter between her and Trump a decade before. After the election, Cohen pitched himself as a consultant offering insight into Trump and the Trump presidency. He took in millions in consulting fees from a number of corporate and private interests — including the U.S. affiliate of a company founded by a Russian oligarch and, the BBC reported last month, allies of the president of Ukraine.

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Cohen is mentioned in the dossier of material compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele as a liaison between Russian actors and the campaign, claims that have never been validated publicly. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is reportedly investigating a visit by Cohen to Prague in 2016 — a trip that would match a detail of the Steele dossier. Mueller is also reportedly looking into a Russia-Ukraine peace proposal that was given to Cohen by a Ukrainian lawmaker and which Cohen gave to then-national security adviser Michael Flynn shortly before Flynn resigned.

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Michael Cohen ascended the ranks of the Trump Organization by mimicking his boss’ style dealing with personal and political problems. People in Trump 's world now consider Michael Cohen to be the greatest threat to Trump ’s presidency.

Seth Wenig/AP. Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. When Michael Cohen handed over to CNN (via his lawyer Lanny Davis) a tape he secretly recorded of Donald Trump and him discussing a payment intended to keep a Playboy model silent about her alleged affair with

Before he worked with Trump and extending into his tenure as the future president’s attorney, Cohen had his own businesses on the side, including owning a number of New York City’s once-lucrative taxi medallions and serving as an adviser to disparate organizations. He also made his own real estate transactions on the side, some of which involved big profits in a short time frame. It’s these efforts, it seems, which resulted in federal investigators working for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan to raid Cohen’s homes and office in April, seizing numerous physical documents and electronic devices looking for evidence to bolster potential criminal charges against Cohen.

At least, that’s what Trump argues.

“This doesn’t have to do with me,” he said about Cohen’s legal troubles during an interview on “Fox and Friends” in April. “Michael is a businessman. He’s got a business. He also practices law. I would say probably the big thing is his business, and they’re looking at something having to do with his business. I have nothing to do with his business.”

Trump loses bid for total secrecy for Cohen probe documents

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Donald Trump reacts angrily after Michael Cohen was targeted by the FBI. He has reason for concern. Here are a few reasons why the Cohen raid is a significant development in the ongoing presidential investigations - and a growing headache for the White House.

Michael Cohen — Donald Trump ’s longtime lawyer and business associate, who’s now under federal investigation and reportedly thinking about striking a plea deal with prosecutors But to understand why , we have to understand just who Michael Cohen is — and why he’s so important to Trump .

That may be the case. It may be true that the acts under investigation are solely related to Cohen’s side hustles. Until charges are filed, if charges are filed, we won’t know.

But it doesn’t really matter. If there are criminal charges in the offing (which seems likely) and Cohen is worried about a conviction (same), it gives authorities a powerful carrot to dangle in front of him: cooperation. And Cohen cooperating with the authorities — specifically, with Mueller and his team — is probably the biggest threat that Trump might face.

On Wednesday, multiple outlets reported that Cohen was considering cooperating with prosecutors having parted ways with the legal team that had been representing him in an ongoing legal dispute over the material seized in that April raid. Cohen is reportedly in a difficult position. He reportedly needs new attorneys per the New York Times, in part because he has unpaid bills with his representation — the sort of thing that might disincline a law firm to take him on as a client. Or he can reach an agreement with prosecutors to tell them what he knows in exchange for quickly wrapping up the investigation into him.

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Donald Trump 's lawyer Michael Cohen is facing legal peril, including an FBI raid of his home and office — and involvement in a civil lawsuit with adult film star For Cohen , no target was too big . Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly put tough questions to Trump at a Republican presidential debate.

Michael Cohen , the President's former fixer and ultimate loyalist, is sending a clear signal to President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, that "the truth is not you(r) or your client's friend," according to sources with knowledge of Cohen 's thinking.

There are others who could provide a sweeping overview of Trump’s activity before, during and after the campaign, certainly. But the combination of dealing with Trump in all three of those phases, being involved with Trump to the extent that Cohen was and facing possible criminal charges that might inspire someone to flip? Only Cohen fits that bill. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort no doubt has a lot to offer prosecutors, should he decide to trade in his knowledge for a clean criminal slate. But Manafort can’t speak to the Trump Organization before 2016. He can’t talk about attempts to curry business in Russia before and after the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. It’s quite possible that no one except Trump has as broad an overview of Trump the businessman and Trump the candidate as Cohen.

Cohen is also uniquely positioned as a threat to Trump on the campaign. We can set aside the Steele dossier allegations which, if proven true, would be game over for the question of collusion. Consider just the payment to Stormy Daniels. It’s not as intriguing as Russian collusion, but it’s quite likely that campaign finance laws were broken by concealing a payment meant to aid Trump’s election. There may be other instances of Cohen fixing similar problems for Trump in 2016 which raise similar questions.

The only two people who know precisely the ways in which Cohen might implicate Trump are Cohen and Trump — though it’s a safe bet that a few people carrying badges around Washington have a good sense of it, too. Cohen’s legal problems may, in fact, be entirely separate from Trump. But if they aren’t, and if Cohen decides to share what he knows with the authorities, it’s hard to imagine someone who is more likely to put Trump at significant legal risk.

Judge OKs small number of privileged items in Cohen case .
A New York judge says the tiny portion of materials seized from President Donald Trump's former personal attorney that were kept from prosecutors mainly pertain to the attorney's communications with other lawyers.Judge Kimba Wood made the disclosure in an order issued Friday in a legal quest by New York attorney Michael Cohen to shield from criminal prosecutors some materials seized from him in April.Prosecutors have said they are scrutinizing his personal business dealings. He has not been charged.

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