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REVEALED: Emails show Michael Cohen ‘selling access’ to President Trump — and possibly breaking ethics laws

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Democratic lawmakers will reveal Michael Cohen’s relationship with Novartis was far more extensive than previously known after obtaining a trove of emails between President Donald Trump’s former attorney and the Swiss drug company’s former chief executive.

Senate Democrats will issue a report Friday morning accusing Cohen of “selling access” to the White House after uncovering the emails between the lawyer and former Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez, reported ABC News.

“What he was selling was a line of access to the Trump administration,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). “That would be how I would characterize it.”

Novartis paid $1.2 million to Essential Consultants, the shell company Cohen used to make hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels shortly before the election.

One newly uncovered email shows Cohen apparently discussing drug pricing proposals with Jiminez after meetings between the Trump administration and pharmaceutical executives, and the attorney also encouraged Novartis to consider investing in a company tied to a firm linked to a Russian billionaire that he also represented.

Ethics experts say Cohen may have been illegally acting as an unregistered lobbyist if he made contact with the president or other federal officials while conducting business with the drug maker.

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“That’s lobbying,” said Bryson Morgan, former Investigative Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics. “It’s the public’s right to know who is trying to influence the government, and through what means, and for what compensation. It’s an important mechanism for the public being able to hold their public officials accountable.”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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