When President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen went public this week with his claim that he’s seeking to protect his family and his country in his dealings with the federal investigations into him and his former boss, many believed it was a sure sign that he had decided to flip on the president and cooperate with prosecutors.
Others, however, were skeptical, noting that Cohen could be angling for a pardon from the president.
But when it was announced Thursday that Cohen hired Lanny Davis, a former ally of Hillary Clinton, to be his new lawyer, it became clear that Cohen no longer sees himself on Team Trump.
“If you care about Donald Trump, you ought to be worried,” said MSNBC analyst David Corn about the move. “Lanny Davis is a political player, a spinmeister who’s written books on how to spin, who has an agenda here which is to avenge Hillary Clinton. So if it ever comes to his advice to Cohen on what to do, you can’t separate his loyalty, his fierce loyalty to the Clintons and wanting to set things straight after the 2016 election with what he’s going to be doing with Michael Cohen.”
Cohen almost certainly knew this when he hired Davis — making it all that much more likely that he plans to turn against the president.
Watch the MSNBC clip below:
Michael Cohen’s new lawyer Lanny Davis “has an agenda here, which is to avenge Hillary Clinton” so “if you care about Donald Trump, you ought to be really worried” – @DavidCornDC pic.twitter.com/z54qGqONFq
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) July 5, 2018
Trump leveled by retired general for making Iran war decisions based on advice from Fox News hosts
During a panel discussion on the increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran after a drone was shot down by the Middle Eastern country in international airspace, a retired general claimed he was worried about Donald Trump's response based upon who it appears the president listens to when it comes to advice.
Speaking with host John Berman, retired Lt. General Mark Hertling warned that the shootdown was a dangerous provocation.
"It's huge, John," Hertling explained. "You can go all the way from backing down completely to a full-scale war -- that's what's dangerous about this situation."
DOJ money laundering probe of Deutsche Bank includes Kushner transactions: report
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a criminal investigation of possible money laundering violations by Deutsche Bank, and the New York Times is reporting that the probe will include taking a look at some 2016 transactions involving Kushner Cos. — the business owned by the family of Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.
In banking, reports of possibly suspicious activity are known as “suspicious activity reports,” and the DOJ is investigating why Deutsche Bank prepared such alerts for activity involving Kushner Cos. but did not file them. A key figure in the DOJ’s investigation is whistleblower Tammy McFadden, who helped prepare suspicious activity reports for Kushner Cos.-related transactions. McFadden is a former compliance officer for Deutsche Bank.
Joe Biden promises to answer questions about his son’s overseas business dealings — after he’s elected
Joe Biden refused to answer questions about his son's overseas business dealings.
The Democratic presidential frontrunner has been criticized for conducting diplomatic work as vice president in countries were his son, Hunter Biden, was engaged in business, but he refused at two campaign stops Monday to take questions about the controversy, reported ABC News.
Instead, his campaign promised that Biden would issue an executive order "on his first day in office" to "address conflicts of interest of any kind."