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MSNBC legal analyst reveals Trump lawyer Michael Cohen may be ‘looking at felony charges’ over Stormy scandal

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Former homicide prosecutor Katie Phang explained why longtime Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen may be facing felony charges during an interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur.

“John Edwards got caught up in a scandal, a similar sort of scandal years ago and it caused him a lot of political harm,” Tur noted. “How does this compare to the John Edwards saga, how does it not compare, and what sort of legal challenges could the president face if it comes to pass that Michael Cohen did break election law?”

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“So here’s the thing, Katy, it wasn’t just political harm for John Edwards, the guy got indicted,” Phang, reminded. “He wasn’t convicted, but he got indicted.”

“By all accounts, a $130,000 hush money payment on the eve of the presidential election in 2016 could constitute an in-kind contribution made to influence the outcome of that election,” the MSNBC legal analyst continued. “And if so, then Michael Cohen is going to be looking at felony charges for having done that.”

Phang also observed that today’s White House press briefing may have signaled a shift in strategy, with Cohen being hung out to dry.

“And remember too, Cohen keeps maintaining that everyone got reimbursed by either Trump or the Trump campaign, so intriguingly you just heard Raj Shah now do what, there is now a pronounced distance, coming from the White House saying if you have some further questions — not it — ask Michael Cohen,” Phang noted. “That’s kind of telling, because before you have this circling of the wagons around Donald Trump, but now Cohen looks like he might be left hanging out to dry. Who knows?”

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Trump promises to sign Executive Order today to punish Facebook and Twitter after he was fact-checked on two tweets

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President Donald Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order in retribution for Twitter appending a "get the facts" label on two of his tweets that were not only false but designed to suppress the vote. On Wednesday Trump responded to the new labels by tweeting, “Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” which is false, and promising tech companies he would “strongly regulate, or close them down."

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Here’s a major risk for coronavirus spread that everyone seems to be overlooking

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Central Park incident just one more example of white women using their status to terrorize black men: NYT’s Charles Blow

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Amy Cooper is just the latest example of white women using their privilege and femininity to terrorize black men, according to a new column from Charles Blow.

The New York Times columnist explains that a video recording of an incident involving Cooper, an investment manager, and Christian Cooper, a science editor, has a long and shameful historical precedent.

"This racial street theater against black people is an endemic, primal feature of the Republic," Blow write. "Specifically, I am enraged by white women weaponizing racial anxiety, using their white femininity to activate systems of white terror against black men. This has long been a power white women realized they had and that they exerted."

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