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White House terrified that FBI seized Michael Cohen’s audio recordings: report

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Former FBI Director James Comey once joked “Lordy I hope there are tapes,” when talking about conversations he had with President Donald Trump. Now it seems there might actually be tapes.

A Washington Post report revealed Thursday that Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen sometimes would tape conversations with associates. Allies of Trump’s are now fearful that those tapes are in the hands of the FBI, which raided Cohen’s office Monday.

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“We heard he had some proclivity to make tapes,” a Trump adviser told The Post. “Now we are wondering, who did he tape? Did he store those someplace where they were actually seized? . . . Did they find his recordings?”

It’s currently unknown whether Cohen recorded his conversations with Trump himself, but two sources familiar with Cohen told The Post that Trump knew of the practice because Cohen would play recordings with other advisors.

“It was his standard practice to do it,” one person said.

Former Trump biographer Tim O’Brien noted that Trump told him that their conversations were being recorded. When the two were involved in a lawsuit, however, O’Brien found out that Trump’s threat had been nothing more than bluster.

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“Back in the early 2000s, Trump used to tell me all the time that he was recording me when I covered him as reporter for the New York Times,” O’Brien wrote. “He also said the same thing when I was writing a biography of him, ‘Trump Nation.’ I never thought he was, but who could be sure?”

Trump confessed in the deposition he is “not equipped to tape-record.”

The story is developing….

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‘Morrison in the USA sucking up to Trump’: Aussies furious to see prime minister campaigning for Trump

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President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared at a rally in Ohio Sunday, prompting Aussies to complain that it's unacceptable for their leader to be campaigning for Trump.

Trump invited himself to a Houston, Texas rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where he tried to campaign for the U.S. president with Indian-American voters. Sadly, however, nearly 80 percent of Indian-American voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Republicans love the Constitution — until it applies to them: Conservative columnist

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Conservative Washington Post columnist Max Boot unleashed on President Donald Trump's latest scandal he's calling Ukraine-gate. But when it comes to Republicans, he called them outright complicit.

In his Sunday column, Boot noted that a mob boss doesn't have to overtly say “pay up, or we will destroy your store” to be guilty of extortion. In Trump's case, he tends to say things in a way that it is understood what he wants people to do, according to former "fixer" Michael Cohen.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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