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Here are all the Trump bombshells that are hiding in plain sight: New Yorker reporter

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Former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen’s surprise guilty plea on Thursday shook the political world — despite the fact that the basic facts about the Trump Tower Moscow project that Cohen lied about to Congress had been reported before.

As New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson explained on Twitter Friday morning, the revelations that Trump had been working with Russian government officials on a deal for Trump Tower Moscow even while he was running for president shouldn’t have been surprising given past reporting on the subject.

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Nonetheless, Cohen’s stunning admission this week forced the media to focus on the story in a way that it hadn’t before, while also forcing the Trump administration to respond in a way that it hadn’t in the past.

According to Davidson, there are other similar bombshell stories about Trump and his business dealings that have already been reported, but have been lost in the nonstop swirl of other Trump scandals.

“It took the plea deal for the news to pop,” Davidson said of the Trump Tower Moscow story. “There are many other such already known items out there that WILL pop one day.”

The biggest bombshell, writes Davidson, is the story about the Trump family’s taxes, which the New York Times reported earlier this year showed contained strong evidence of “outright fraud.”

“[It’s] more devastating than almost anything, revealing the whole business was fraud,” Davidson said of the tax story.

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Additionally, Davidson pointed to reporting about the shady financing of Trump’s Panama hotel that has raised suspicions that it’s a magnet for money laundering, as well as his own reporting on Trump’s business associates.

“Trump worked with truly dangerous, scary people,” wrote Davidson. “My sense is most reporters who focus on Trump’s business see him as incredibly vulnerable once the things we already know truly land.”

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George Conway: GOP senators are right to fear John Bolton’s ‘devastating’ testimony

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President Donald Trump's lawyers made no mention of John Bolton in their opening statement -- but his testimony could blow up their impeachment defense.

Bolton submitted the manuscript for his new book to the White House last month for review, which likely means that at least some of the president's legal team were aware of the former national security adviser's claims, wrote attorney George Conway for the Washington Post.

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Legal experts: Donald Trump cannot use ‘executive privilege’ to block John Bolton testimony

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It remains to be seen whether or not Republicans in the U.S. Senate will vote to include testimony from witnesses in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton — who has said that he would testify if subpoenaed. Trump has asserted that he will invoke executive privilege if Bolton or any other national security officials are called to testify. But according to an article for Just Security written by six contributors (Harold Hongju Koh, Rosa Hayes, Annie Himes, Dana Khabbaz, Michael Loughlin and Mark Stevens), U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts “should reject any such executive privilege claim” and “require Bolton’s testimony.”

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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘My guess’ is John Bolton is telling truth about Trump and Ukraine

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who once personally lobbied President Donald Trump to release the hold on military aid to Ukraine, seemed to give former national security adviser John Bolton some credibility while talking with reports on Monday.

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