Michael Cohen Saga
Developing: Cohen appears to directly implicate a “candidate” in the campaign finance violations he is currently pleading guilty to.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) August 21, 2018
Sens Burr and Warner just appeared jointly to announce they’ve “recently re-engaged with [Michael] Cohen” after recent reports about Trump Tower meeting. More shortly.
Just to catch you up, we’re looking at two major stories possibly moving this afternoon. The Manafort jury appears to have reached a verdict on all but one of the eighteen charges. Separately, we’re now hearing reports that Michael Cohen may reach a plea deal with federal prosecutors in New York (SDNY) as early as this afternoon.
It’s more murky and paper-laden than the porn star pay-offs he managed for President Trump. But for Michael Cohen, it’s the mountains of apparent bank fraud and more tied to his taxi business which is likely his biggest legal problem. The king of the New York taxi world Evgeny “Gene” Freidman got a very good deal from New York State prosecutors for unspecified and cooperation to be determined – explicitly for either state or federal prosecutors. Gene and Michael go way back. Gene and Michael shared an accountant. Allegra Kirkland probes this part of the Cohen story here.
Rudy Giuliani just went on Fox News and explained that actually he was denying that the pre-planning meeting took place. The walk back is just as convoluted as the original claims. So I’m going to just show you the video of what he said. Read More