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Michael Avenatti tells CNN’s Jake Tapper ‘the noose is tightening’ around Michael Cohen’s neck

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In a Wednesday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti said that the end is in sight for Michael Cohen.

“Based on my experience, I’ll tell you this,” Avenatti began. “There is a common progression here when you have individuals that are in the situation that Michael Cohen is in. And they start off very defiant and then they realize how much a case like this costs to defend. And by the way, I estimate that his attorneys were probably soaking him for about a half a million dollars a week in connection with this case over the last — two months so that adds up quickly so you could be looking upwards of $3 million or $4 million.”

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He noted that he doubts Cohen is happy about paying that kind of money for his lawyers that couldn’t prevent money being spent by simply handing documents over to the “taint team” rather than having it go through lawyers.

“I predicted this a couple of months ago,” Avenatti continued. “I said he would be indicted within the next 90 days and we’re at day 58 and I predicted that he would flip on the president because he would not be left with a choice. And I’ll hold to those predictions and I think that is what will happen.”

He went on to say that it was his understanding that the legal team split came from disputes over the hefty fees.

“There was also a dispute relating to the strategy associated with the case,” the attorney continued. “Here is the issue for Michael Cohen: with each passing day, Jake, his options become potentially more and more limited because if Bob Mueller ultimately concludes that a sitting president cannot be indicted, and I think that he will ultimately conclude that based on his pedigree and how conservative he is just by nature — Michael Cohen could be left without a chair when the music stops. What do I mean by that? What I mean is that Michael Cohen could be left to face significant jail time with no one to flip on.”

When asked if Cohen is sending up “smoke signals” to Trump to ask for help, Avenatti said that it is entirely possible, but that it’s pretty late in the game.

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I “don’t think all of the smoke in the world will save him and I think that — ultimately Mr. Trump is going to leave him — hang him out to dry because he’s not known as a guy that is loyal to others as you well know and has been well documented. And again I think ultimately Michael Cohen will be put on an island with very few choices,” Avenatti said.

He continued, explaining that he thinks Cohen is simply running out of time and burning through “cash and availability.”

“When you are burning half a million dollars in a week potentially in a case like this, again, that adds up very, very quickly. So again, I think that the noose is tightening and reality is setting in and it will continue to set in, in the coming days and weeks,” Avenatti said.

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‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster

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On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.

"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."

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‘We’ve got to get a new guy’: Florida Trump voters lash out at the president as they flee the GOP

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In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.

With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.

According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."

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Trump wants ‘white grievance’ fight — while ignoring coronavirus: Pulitzer Prize-winner Maggie Haberman

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On CNN Thursday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman deconstructed President Donald Trump's unwillingness to address the national crises in America.

"According to three people familiar with his comments, Trump has brushed off efforts to address historic racial inequality, as something 'his people' won't care about," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "Maggie, you have covered this president and the White House. Clearly, he wants to leave the outbreak behind him, even as the numbers rise. Is there anyone in that building who is telling him honestly, directly, that he can't do that?"

"There are many people who are telling him that honestly, Jim," said Haberman. "What has become clear to people, or should have by now, this president wants to run his re-election effort a certain way, and that does not relate to talking about the coronavirus unless it's about describing his administration's response in glowing terms that just don't comport with reality. Certainly for the first many weeks as the pandemic was growing."

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