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‘By God, he’s a loyal friend!’: Dem strategist ridicules Trump lawyer’s claim porn actress money came from his own pocket

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A fairly skeptical Anderson Cooper panel looked askance at the claim by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer that he paid porn actress Stormy Daniel’s $130,000 out of his won pocket and that it had nothing to do with his highest profile client.

Reacting to the late report from the New York Times in which Michael Cohen issued a statement to the paper stating, “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with [Stephanie] Clifford [Daniels’ legal name], and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly. The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” the panel didn’t appear surprised.

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“Last we heard of Stormy Daniels she was on a ‘Make America Horny Again’ tour, I believe,” host Cooper began. “The porn actress who allegedly had an affair, I guess, or an encounter with President Trump. It’s not clear if the Make America Horny Again’ tour is continuing, we don’t have any more information and we’ll try to figure that out. But does it make sense that Michael Cohen would pay out of his own pocket? ”

“The question is: what was the payment for then? This is all sorts of disgusting and bizarre,” CNN regular Maria Cardona contributed.

Democratic strategist Paul Begala then put the whole thing in perspective.

“Can I just say that this is the best infrastructure week ever?” Begala quipped. “I’m just so glad that we’re focused on rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges.”

“I tend to believe him,” Begala continued. “Because this is going into a legal proceedings. The  FCC is not actually court, but it could be in court soon enough, and Cohen’s a good lawyer. By God, he’s a loyal friend, but there was a similar situation. Remember, John Edwards, the senator from North Carolina, who ran from president? There was a lawyer friend of his who spent more than that, trying to hide the Senator Edwards’ affair that came out. So it’s not crazy in the context of a campaign and deep loyalty like that.”

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Pence adviser says that Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian president was “unusual and inappropriate”

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Jennifer Williams, a Special Adviser on Europe and Russia issues for Vice President Mike Pence's foreign policy team, told congressional investigators that she viewed President Donald Trump's July 25th phone call to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky as "unusual and inappropriate." Williams had listened in on the phone call while it was happening, and a whistleblower revealing the controversial contents of that call prompted the current impeachment inquiry into Trump.

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Jim Jordan childishly refuses to condemn Trump’s Ukraine call: ‘Democrats have been out to get the president’

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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Sunday argued that President Donald Trump should not be impeached because he never completed his quid pro quo with Ukraine.

During an interview on CBS, host Margaret Brennan explained that Trump only released aid to Ukraine after a whistleblower came forward with allegations that he was trying to bribe the country's president to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

"Most important, the Ukrainians did nothing, as far as investigations go, to get the aid released," Jordan opined. "There was never this quid pro quo, that the Democrats all promise existed before President Trump released the phone call."

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Chuck Todd burns down GOP’s Ron Johnson’s Ukraine excuses: ‘You seem to blame this on everybody but the president’

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A clearly exasperated Chuck Todd was forced to talk over a loud and filibustering Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday morning for once again pushing Ukraine conspiracies and arguing over whether Donald Trump wanted the president of Ukraine to attack former Vice President Joe Biden on his behalf.

Having let Johnson throw out several scenarios and try and spread the blame around, Todd, finally cut in to say, "You seem to blame this on everybody but the president. It was the president’s actions."

"You’re blaming everybody else for the reason we’re in this situation, other than the president," Todd continued. "Isn’t the president’s own behavior, which raised all of these yellow and red flags, isn’t is that why we’re here?”

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