Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Is it me, or does he sound like the kid being forced to apologize by his parents, when he's not sorry at all for what he did?

I laughed with everyone else at the idea Michael Cohen paid hush money to Stormy Daniels as a favor to Donald Trump, but Josh Marshall convinced me that these are circles I don't run in, and such a thing might well have been done.

In making his argument JMM makes a few salient points about Cohen's legal acumen:

Cohen has a nominal law degree. But I’ve seen very little evidence he ever practiced law in any real sense, either for Trump or at any point in his career. What Cohen was was a businessman, in a number of businesses favored by the Russian/Ukrainian emigre community and where large sums of cash can be moved, often over borders, into cash-intensive businesses: taxis, casino boats, and real estate.

Well, then you'd think he'd be better at contracts, huh?

Adult-film star Stormy Daniels claims that she is now able to publicly speak about her experience with Donald Trump. Because the terms surrounding a $130,000 payment made to her by Trump lawyer Michael Cohen have become public, thereby nullifying her non-disclosure agreement, Daniels’ lawyer said, the porn actress is now free to tell her story. Cohen admitted on Tuesday to paying the money to Daniels out of his own pocket, effectively confirming that the Trump team did, indeed, pay the porn actress hush money to keep their affair quiet before the 2016 election.

As we used to say on the playground:  "Smooth move, Ex-Lax."  I hope Cohen's professional insurance is paid up, because if Ms. Daniel's lawyers are right, this is textbook malpractice.

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