MSNBC national security analyst Ken Dilanian said Tuesday that the 36-month sentence handed down to President Donald Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen “utterly refutes” the president’s claim that paying off porn actress Stormy Daniels and others was nothing more than a civil offense.
The president’s efforts to distance himself from his recent political associates, including Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and now Michael Cohen, would come to naught, Dilanian told anchor Andrea Mitchell.
“It is not sustainable in the sense that they all appear to be, except for in the case of Manafort, providing the special counsel with damaging information about Donald Trump,” Dilanian said.
“The idea that Michael Cohen is sentenced to three years in prison,” Dilanian added, “really underscores that the idea that President Trump is talking about this as a civil matter and that there was no campaign violation — it just utterly refutes that.”
“This was a serious crime in which the president is implicated and that’s just on the campaign finance side,” he continued. “We still don’t know what Michael Cohen has told the special counsel about Russia connections, but we know it is a lot.
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."