Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen has been “under criminal investigation” for months in New York because of his business dealings, the Justice Department said on Friday.
CNN (@cnn) reports, these new findings comes amid a courtroom battle that unfolded Friday afternoon, as Cohen’s attorneys and Trump’s attorneys began a fight hours before with the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan over a massive raid of Cohen’s records.
Cohen’s attorneys have filed a temporary restraining order in the matter, asking the court to stop federal prosecutors from using some of the records they seized. Cohen did not appear in court Friday, and has not been charged with a crime.
Cohen’s lawyers claim that the raids on Cohen’s offices and homes violated the attorney-client privilege are being challenged by prosecutors who basically say Donald Trump is Cohen’s only client, and Cohen is less of a lawyer for Trump and more of a “fixer”. In other bad news for Cohen, and more evidence of him not being a lawyer, but a “fixer”, news broke today that Cohen arranged and negotiated a settlement of $1.6 million to a former Playmate who claimed she was pregnant by a top Republican fundraiser and Deputy Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Elliott Broidy. Broidy did not deny the claims. He did, however make a statement after apologizing to his wife and family.
“It is unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen’s involvement.”
Backpage is legally known as a classified ads website. In the underground world, Backpage became known as the “sex for sale” site. Whatever it was for you…..Backpage is no more. The site has been seized by Federal Law Enforcement agencies on Friday.
CNN(@cnn) reports, if you go to Backpage.com right now, you will be greeted with a banner on the page that says “backpage.com and affiliated websites have been seized as part of an enforcement action by the FBI, US Postal Inspection Service, and the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.” A spokesperson for the Justice Department confirmed to CNN that the website had been seized and that additional information would be provided after 6pm EST. Sorry, but it looks like you are going to need to find a new place to go if you happen to be in the “buying or selling” sex game.
The entire Country is split down the middle. The divide is mostly based on politics, religious beliefs, and perceived morality and patriotism. The one department we’ve been taught to believe was exempt from any political opinions were the FBI. That may still hold true. But what happens when the president of the United States forces a “for me or against me” ideology on an entire Justice Department? Politics come into play. That’s exactly what I believe we were witnessing when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the firing of former FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday night after hours. The reason I say this smells of a political agenda is because the president made it clear on multiple occasions that he did not want Andrew McCabe to collect his pension. That would’ve happened Sunday, when Mccabe will turn 50-years old and be eligible to collect full benefits. But if he would’ve been fired Monday….during regular business hours…..when a person would normally be fired, it would’ve been too late to deprive McCabe of his pension. If this wasn’t Trump’s work and right in line with the petty type of things he does, what was the FBI’s reason for firing the man a little more than 24 hours before he would’ve been eligible for retirement and a full pension after 21-years of service? The president didn’t even wait a full two hours after the announcement was made before he took to Twitter and expressed pure joy over the situation.
Trump has made no secret about his displeasure with James Comey over perceived disloyalty to him. The FBI doesn’t work for Donald Trump. The FBI works for the people of the United States. Trump doesn’t understand this or simply doesn’t care about the law. When Comey refused to give the president favorable treatment in an investigation into the president’s alleged wrongdoings, the president fired James Comey. The firing of James Comey, led to the hiring of Bob Mueller and the special counsel to search for possible links between the Trump Administration and possible collusion with Russian cohorts to interfere in the 2016 United States presidential election. The firing of Comey, led people to question the reason behind Comey’s firing. Many believed that Comey’s firing was an attempt by the president to end any investigation into his alleged misdeeds. This led to Comey testifying before Congress and speaking about the president’s “loyalty pledge” that he demanded Comey take. James Comey said he had notes and witnesses to back up his claim. If true, Comey’s firing could be seen as an obstruction of justice. Andrew McCabe was one of those witnesses to Comey’s claims. That’s when McCabe says he became a target of the president’s.
CNN (@cnn) reports, McCabe had been regularly taunted by the president and besieged by accusations that he had misled internal investigators at the Justice Department. McCabe had been expected to retire this Sunday, on his 50th birthday, when he would have become eligible to receive early retirement benefits. But Friday’s termination could place a portion of his anticipated pension in jeopardy. McCabe has served with the FBI for over 20 years. A representative for McCabe said he learned from a press release that he had been fired by Sessions. McCabe’s firing was described by Sessions as “a lack of candor.”
“After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department Of Justice procedure, the Department’s office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor, including under oath, on multiple occasions.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Friday night. By the way, Sessions has had to be brought back to testify before Congress on multiple occasions because of lies he told the previous times he stood before them. Just thought I’d throw that piece of information in there.
This is what keeps Jeff Sessions and The Justice Department up at night with concerns of the danger it proposes. WEED. Not the fact that your boss, the president of the United States is calling your Justice Department crooked, biased, and needs to be disbanded. WEED is the biggest concern. Not the fact that the president of the United States probably worked with Russia to undermine the democracy of this Country. Weed is the number one concern for Jeff Session’s Justice Department. Nothing will keep this Country safe, like cracking down on weed……….or, is it that nothing will fill up these private prisons that Sessions and others are surely invested in, like putting people away for possessing small amounts of marijuana?
Reuters (@reuters) reports, the U.S Justice Department on Thursday rescinded an Obama Administration policy that had eased enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized weed, instead giving federal prosecutors wide latitude on pursuing criminal charges.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions overturned the policy. His actions drew immediate condemnation from marijuana advocates and some lawmakers in both parties who said it trampled on the rights of voters in states where weed is now legal and created uncertainty about how strictly federal drug laws will be enforced. The administration’s move also raised questions about how the new policy will impact the budding marijuana industry in places like California and Colorado.