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Old 03-13-2019, 06:57 PM   #11351
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Re: The Presidency of Donald J. Trump: State of Emergency

Prosecutors Seek Records on Cohen’s ‘Back Channel’ With Giuliani
Before he pleaded guilty and began assisting federal prosecutors last summer, Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer, spoke with a lawyer who agreed to reach out to the president’s legal team on his behalf.

The lawyer, Robert J. Costello, had about a dozen conversations with Mr. Trump’s lead lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, according to emails and documents reviewed by The New York Times and interviews with people involved in the matter. In one email, the discussions were characterized as a “back channel of communication.”

During one of the conversations last April, Mr. Costello said in an interview, he asked whether Mr. Trump might put a pardon “on the table” for Mr. Cohen, who was under federal investigation for a variety of possible crimes, including arranging hush-money payments to two women who had said they had affairs with Mr. Trump. Mr. Giuliani told Mr. Costello that the president was unwilling to discuss pardons at that time, Mr. Costello said in the interview, and they did not discuss it again.

Now federal prosecutors have requested the emails and documents from Mr. Costello, according to a copy of the request, which cited an investigation into “possible violations of federal criminal law” but offered no further detail. The request, sent last week, was for any documents related to Mr. Cohen as well as any bills Mr. Costello had sent him.

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In one of the emails, sent by Mr. Costello in April 2018 after a conversation with Mr. Giuliani, he assured Mr. Cohen, “Sleep well tonight, you have friends in high places.” He added, in a postscript: “Some very positive comments about you from the White House. Rudy noted how that followed my chat with him last night.”
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:01 PM   #11352
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That’s all great. But he still didn’t lie when the question is

Did you ask president trump for a pardon


No. (He asked other people )
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:06 PM   #11353
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In an email sent to Mr. Cohen on June 13, Mr. Costello suggested Mr. Giuliani was about to speak with the president, “his client,” and asked if he had a message to convey.

“Michael, Since you jumped off the phone rather abruptly, I did not get a chance to tell you that my friend has communicated to tell me that he is meeting with his client this evening and he added that if there was anything you wanted to convey you should tell me and my friend will bring it up for discussion this evening. I would suggest that you give this invitation some real thought.”
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:09 PM   #11354
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Hard to understand why a corporation had to stop work on a potentially life-endangering bug because of the govt shutdown. Sounds like BS.
737s don't just get automatic OTA updates like your phone. FAA certifies every bolt and every bit of code before it goes into service.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:14 PM   #11355
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In an email sent to Mr. Cohen on June 13, Mr. Costello suggested Mr. Giuliani was about to speak with the president, “his client,” and asked if he had a message to convey.

“Michael, Since you jumped off the phone rather abruptly, I did not get a chance to tell you that my friend has communicated to tell me that he is meeting with his client this evening and he added that if there was anything you wanted to convey you should tell me and my friend will bring it up for discussion this evening. I would suggest that you give this invitation some real thought.”
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:16 PM   #11356
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Paging lawbros to breathlessly tell us how bad that is followed by absolutely nothing happening.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:33 PM   #11357
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Probably explains Guiliani's disappearance.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:41 PM   #11358
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I checked Trump's Twitter for his first mention of collusion and I found some neat projection:
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:51 PM   #11359
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I can't tell if this is the soft bigotry of low expectations or if they're just trying to hype up non-events because it helps with ratings and clicks. From an article about the Yemen vote today:

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The measure is expected to pass the House in the coming weeks, and it could pose a difficult test for Trump. More than two years into his presidency, Trump has yet to use his veto power.
"difficult test"? LOL he will veto it, it won't be overturned and that's it. What's so difficult about that? Same with the silly anti-emergency resolution.
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Old 03-13-2019, 08:05 PM   #11360
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I checked Trump's Twitter for his first mention of collusion and I found some neat projection:
better reporting than haberman has ever done. Interesting points, otatop
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:02 PM   #11361
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Usually buying a company who has recent bad news but you can't think of why they wouldn't rebound is an easy winning trade but the stock is still decently above two months ago. :/ Should be some carnage here when other countries also ground the planes but it's the stock market where it's mostly lol nothing matters.
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:34 PM   #11362
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https://twitter.com/rebeccaballhaus/...46511446368257
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:42 PM   #11363
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Newsom's executive order appears to be going farther than just saying "no executions on my watch":

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Newsom will suspend the practice through an executive order that will give a reprieve from execution — though not release — to California’s 737 death row inmates, about a quarter of the nation’s population awaiting capital punishment. The order will also annul California’s lethal injection protocol and close the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison, where the state’s most notorious criminals have been put to death.
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:49 PM   #11364
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What's with the colon? His legal name is simply Big Matthew Whitaker.
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:26 PM   #11365
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Newsom's executive order appears to be going farther than just saying "no executions on my watch":
Newsom continually going head to head with Trump really makes me think he may pull the trigger on a 2020 run
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Old 03-13-2019, 11:49 PM   #11366
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Why do people always talk about the victims? Why should the victim of a crime (or their relatives/friends) have any say in the punishment? In the legal system if you have any relation to any of the parties involved you have to recuse yourself so if they can't pass a fair and honest judgement then the victims and their kin certainly can't.
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Old 03-14-2019, 12:09 AM   #11367
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I'm a doc, and we're notorious for being ****ty investors and worse pilots.

And even worse politicians
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Old 03-14-2019, 12:19 AM   #11368
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Why do people always talk about the victims? Why should the victim of a crime (or their relatives/friends) have any say in the punishment? In the legal system if you have any relation to any of the parties involved you have to recuse yourself so if they can't pass a fair and honest judgement then the victims and their kin certainly can't.
i never understood this either. this was the worst part of being a prosecutor. i constantly had to tell victims that i was not their attorney. it's also probably why i didn't last very long in my red state where everyone wants a larger eye for their eye.
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So we're up to 2 hours of Executive Time already today...
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