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#306356 - 04/11/18 05:39 PM Re: F.B.I. Raids Office of Trumpís Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen [Re: NW Ponderer]
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This is the best headline I've seen on the subject: Michael Cohen Is in Trouble. We Just Don't Know Exactly Why Yet - TIME.
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#306362 - 04/12/18 03:48 AM Re: F.B.I. Raids Office of Trumpís Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen [Re: pdx rick]
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Sure we do: Basically, the guy's a crook. He's "fixer" for a crime family. When you have to do illegal things to "take a bullet" for The Boss, you don't stay a lawyer for very long.

Lawyers are actually Officers of the Court and have higher ethical and stricter legal requirements than a normal citizen. I'm sure one of the basic courses in every law school is "How Not To Go To Prison".

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#306391 - 04/14/18 07:55 AM Re: F.B.I. Raids Office of Trumpís Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen [Re: pdx rick]
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Apparently Cohen's toast. The feds justified their search warrants by saying they executed covert warrants to read his emails. They found both criminality and obstruction evidence there, which justified the physical warrants because they thought he would destroy evidence if they just subpoenaed it.

There's stuff he can be charged with by a New York state Grand Jury, so a pardon does nothing. He's been Trump's fixer for a very long time, so this is Trump's ticket to prison when he's out of office. This is a huge windfall for the investigation.

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#306392 - 04/14/18 10:52 AM Re: F.B.I. Raids Office of Trumpís Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen [Re: NW Ponderer]
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we know that Trump likes to move the pieces around because he doesn't know if he'll get another nominee confirmed
I am under the impression confirmation appointments must be confirmed even if the love is lateral. see Dir Pompeo ... perhaps Mr Trump has run out of confirmable lateral choices.

BTW I do not think Dir Pompeo is a good choice for SoS. He brings ultra right wing thinking to an office which really requires progressive thinking. see Bolton and current attack on Syria
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#306394 - 04/14/18 12:41 PM Re: F.B.I. Raids Office of Trumpís Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen [Re: rporter314]
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Originally Posted By: rporter
perhaps Mr Trump has run out of confirmable lateral choices.
I agree. It doesn't appear that Pompeo will even make it out of committee. Mulvaney's tenure at the CFPB also appears to be about to be curtailed by the Court. Federal judges indicate they could remove Mulvaney as acting CFPB chief
- LA Times (subscription).

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#306429 - 04/16/18 04:09 PM Re: F.B.I. Raids Office of Trumpís Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen [Re: NW Ponderer]
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For those who might be interested in what the law actually is regarding searching attorneys' offices, from the US ATTORNEY MANUAL: 9-13.420 - Searches of Premises of Subject Attorneys

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#306437 - 04/17/18 04:58 AM Re: F.B.I. Raids Office of Trumpís Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen [Re: NW Ponderer]
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OMG today's Cohen hearing was out of a French farce!
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#306438 - 04/17/18 03:41 PM Re: F.B.I. Raids Office of Trumpís Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen [Re: NW Ponderer]
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A Brief History of Michael Cohen's Criminal Ties - Rolling Stone. The term "Russian organized crime figure" gets bandied about so often it becomes a cliche, or maybe redundant? Russian and "organized crime" are synonymous?

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