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CNN legal analyst explains why Cohen’s recording is ‘similar to a mob tape’ — and a disaster for Trump

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Although Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani insists that the leaked audio recording of President Donald Trump discussing paying off a Playboy model completely exonerates him, CNN legal analyst Paul Callan on Wednesday offered a very different take.

While discussing the recording on CNN, Callan mocked the idea that the Cohen tape was a positive development for the president.

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“I think it’s a very embarrassing and humiliating tape for the president,” he said. “And Giuliani is saying, ‘I can understand what is said on this tape because I listen to mob tapes.’ What, the president is similar to a mob tape?”

Callan then went on to explain how Giuliani’s analysis is actually correct — that is, the Cohen recording sounds similar to recordings of mafia conspiracies.

“In a sense, it is [a mob tape] because it’s describing a payoff,” he said. “Trump knows that a company is being set up to funnel funds, whether they’re in cash or whether they’re by check — for what purpose? To catch and kill a story at the National Enquirer. Context: It sounds like this isn’t the first time this has happened. You don’t hear an elaborate explanation as to why I have to set up a company to do this, so I think it’s very damaging for the president.”

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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