Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Joins RNC’s Finance Team

Michael Cohen, an attorney for President-elect Donald Trump, arrives in Trump Tower in New York, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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The Republican National Committee announced Monday that Michael Cohen, longtime attorney and ally to President Donald Trump, will join its financial team.

Cohen, who remains Trump’s personal attorney, will serve as one of several national deputy chairmen.

The brash, New York-based lawyer is a central figure in Trump world, serving as special counsel to the Trump Organization for over a decade and sitting on the boards of the Eric Trump Foundation and Miss Universe Organization. He raised millions for Trump’s presidential campaign and was known for making graphic threats to news organizations that published stories that cast Trump in an unflattering light.

Cohen was also involved in a back-channel scheme to convince the Trump administration to lift sanctions against Russia. He told the New York Times in February that he helped deliver a “peace plan” drawn up by a member of the Ukrainian parliament to fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, before denying that he did so to the Washington Post just one day later.

Cohen was a lifelong Democrat who was unable to vote for his boss in the Empire State primary because of his party affiliation. On March 9, he announced he’d finally “made the official move” to register as a Republican.

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  1. On the bright side, he’s so corrupt that he’ll mess up the books so bad that, when that man leaves office, the party will be totally looted.

  2. The perfect way to prepare for their inevitable subpoena’s.

  3. No worries, people. He will be reporting directly to Jared.

  4. OK now…are they trying to hide all these crooks behind a ‘wall’ (so to speak) so they can claim executive privilege when it comes time to drag their asses off to jail? What gives? I truly believe there are a couple of honest Republicans out there…somewhere…Buehler???

  5. Basically: If there is more power or more wealth to be gained, I’ll join whatever party and espouse any values you want me to.

    There is no Republican Party anymore, it is now just the Trump Party.

    I see three possible outcomes:

    1. something cataclysmic happens and Trump and Trumpism becomes extremely popular resulting in his 2nd term (or possibly 3rd term, or a autoritarian dynasty where he appoints his son or daughter to take over. Remember he said he wouldn’t accept the outcome of the election? Why should we expect him to accept the outcome when he’s in office, a far more frightening prospect that no one is talking about);

    2. The GOP is so cowardly they don’t stand up to Trump/or they simply use their full governmental control (seriously, how the fuck did THAT happen?) to push through their agenda that a huge majority of Americans oppose. This results in the GOP riding the Trump train to a massive defeat; or

    3. The American people have literally no concept for holding people accountable and keep voting for Republicans like they always do. They stole a Supreme Court nomination and literally none of them paid the price. We lost the Senate anyway.

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