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Stormy Daniels’ attorney accuses Michael Cohen of running to Trump and saying ‘you owe me’ after $130,000 payoff

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The attorney representing Stormy Daniels taunted embattled attorney Michael Cohen while making bold predictions about President Donald Trump, during a Saturday appearance on MSNBC’s AM Joy.

“Why is it that Donald Trump denying that he knew about the payment, something his team has been saying, why did that change the case?” host Joy Reid asked. “And how did it change the case?”

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“Our position has been consistent for the last month or more and that is there is no NDA, there is no agreement and one of the reasons is because Donald Trump did not sign it, he didn’t know about it, according to his claims, which we don’t necessarily believe,” Avenatti argued.

“Up until a few days ago, he showed great restraint and showed discipline and we knew that with never going to last,” he continued. “Lo and behold, he cracked on Thursday and made the statements on Air Force One and as a result, we don’t think there’s any question at this point — there is no agreement, the DNA is thrown out the window.”

By Avenatti’s reasoning, Cohen must have told Trump about the NDA.

“Let’s assume that Michael Cohen, for the sake of argument, that Michael Cohen did this out of his own pocket and never was reimbursed for it,” he suggested.

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“At a minimum, he would have told Donald Trump that he had done it. Why would he have done that? He would have wanted the chips with Donald Trump,” Avenatti concluded. “He would have wanted Donald Trump to know, ‘I did you this solid in connection with the campaign and therefore, you owe me a little bit.'”

“The idea that he didn’t get reimbursed and Donald Trump wasn’t made aware of it is absurd,” he continued.

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“There’s no question Joy, that at some point in time, Donald Trump knew about this agreement, knew about the negotiation and knew about the payment,” Avenatti predicted. “I believe that it was prior to the election, it was contemporaneous with all of this conduct occurring.”

“If it wasn’t contemporaneous, it was most certainly shortly thereafter,” he continued. “There are significant issues that arise from that, from a campaign finance perspective.”

“Donald Trump’s comments on Air Force One created huge liability for Michael Cohen,” Avenatti concluded. “He threw him under the bus, he put him in the crosshairs, whatever metaphor you want to use, but this got far more complicated on Thursday.”

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Reid also asked about a cryptic tweet sent on Saturday morning by Avenatti.

“I’m not at liberty to get into the details quite yet, what I will say is this, we have worked diligently to identify this individual,” he answered. “It was a significant threat, it was a physical threat.”

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Internet goes wild over ‘obviously drunk’ Larry Kudlow on Fox News: ‘He’s lying while slurring his words’

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Speculation was rampant on Sunday that White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow was drunk on Fox News.

"There is no economic recession in sight," Kudlow insisted to Fox News Sunday host Dana Perino.

Twitter, however, was buzzing about Kudlow's speech patterns instead of his questionable economic optimism.

"Pretty sure Larry Kudlow is drunk on my TV right now... And he is lying while slurring his words," one Twitter user noted.

"Kudlow is on fox news Sunday right now and from my 30 yrs of tending bar, I gotta say this guy appears drunk," another user observed.

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Foreign diplomats preparing for the worst — another Trump win in 2020: ‘People don’t want to be stupid twice’

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According to a report from Politico, foreign diplomats are not so sure Donald Trump will be beaten in the 2020 election and are making contingency plans for how they will deal with him should he be re-elected.

The report notes that the win by the New York businessman in 2016 caught foreign governments by surprise with former French ambassador to the United States, Gerard Araud admitting, "In 2016, nobody believed he was going to be elected. People don’t want to be stupid twice.”

According to Politico, "There’s no known scientific survey on the topic — few foreign officials would participate in one given diplomatic norms that preclude them from commenting on another country's internal politics. But none who talked to POLITICO were willing to say that Trump will lose. Instead, they pointed to three key advantages for Trump: He’s the incumbent, the U.S. economy is strong and the Democrats have no definitive front-runner to challenge him."

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President Donald Trump kicked off his Sunday morning by going on a multi-tweet rant about the New York Times where he blamed them for his poor poll numbers and called them "an evil propaganda machine.'

Trump began with, "The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt....., " before adding, "'Journalism' has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an evil propaganda machine for the Democrat Party. The reporting is so false, biased and evil that it has now become a very sick joke...But the public is aware! #CROOKEDJOURNALISM."

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