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Michael Cohen deeply implicates Trump accountant Allen Weisselberg in illegal Stormy Daniels payoff

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Michael Cohen deeply implicated Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg in an illegal scheme to pay off a porn actress shortly before the 2016 election.

The former Trump Organization attorney explained Weisselberg’s alleged role in the campaign finance violation, just days ahead of the start of Cohen’s three-year prison term for orchestrating the payments, reported The New Yorker.

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“The amount of money that they were going to pay back was created by him,” Cohen told the magazine. “How they were going to pay me the money back was created by him, and then the two of us went, as we did throughout the entire process, to Trump’s office, and he approved it.”

Cohen took $130,000 from his own home-equity credit line and placed the money into a shell company he set up, and porn actress Stormy Daniels signed an agreement a week before Election Day agreeing not to talk about her affair with then-GOP nominee Donald Trump.

“He was involved right from the very beginning,” Cohen said. “I wanted Allen to pay the money — I didn’t want to take it from my account. He wanted me to find somebody who wanted to become a member of a golf club or was going to have a party at one of the functions and they could take the ($130,000) off of the bill that way and then they could pay me — I mean, he came up with a hundred different ideas.”

Cohen also helped orchestrate a hush money payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal ahead of the election, urging David Pecker — a longtime Trump friend and CEO of American Media, Inc. — to pay for her story of a Trump affair and then sitting on it.

The former Trump attorney told The New Yorker that he worked on the plan with Weisselberg, and Cohen’s account is backed up by an audio recording of his conversation with Trump.

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“I’ve spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up,” Cohen says on the recording.

“So, what do we got to pay for this,” Trump interrupts, “one-fifty?”

Cohen acknowledges that’s what the cost would be, and he and AMI worked out a deal where Trump would pay only $125,000 to keep McDougal’s story under wraps — although he says the president never paid back the National Enquirer‘s parent company.

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Pecker never pursued Trump for the money, although he sometimes complained to Cohen about it.


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WATCH: Seth Meyers goes after ‘sociopath’ Jared Kushner for America’s coronavirus failures

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The host of "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on NBC harshly criticized senior White House advisor Jared Kushner for America's COVID-19 testing failures.

"More than 155,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus pandemic," Meyers noted. "Cases are rising in more than 20 states. The U.S. now accounts for one-quarter of all coronavirus deaths in the world."

"And in some parts of the country, people are waiting as long as two-weeks to get their test results -- which is insane. The whole point of testing is to find cases, isolate them and trace their contacts. If it takes two weeks, it's pointless."

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Virologist rips Deborah Birx: ‘She’s ignored the evidence’ with her ‘willful disregard for the science’

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The White House coronavirus coordinator continues to lose support among the medical community, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

The report noted Dr. Deborah Birx has also been undermined by Trump, who attacked her on Twitter.

So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!

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Trump is trying to twist the census to fit his ‘politics of greed and fear’: Black lawmakers

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On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams condemned President Donald Trump's latest push to rewrite the rules of the census for partisan and racial reasons.

"To tell the story of America, we must see who lives within her borders," wrote Bass and Abrams. "The census is the constitutionally protected tool wielded every 10 years to take stock, assess the accuracy of our national narrative, and ensure a fair and equitable distribution of political power and money to the places where people live. The mandatory decennial count is laid out in the founding documents of our nation. Over time, we have bettered its process from its original horrific approach. For nearly a century, for every five black Americans, only three were included in the count — the despicable Three-Fifths Compromise built on the assumption that each Black person was subhuman, three-fifths of one. After the Civil War, the 14th Amendment eliminated this practice and, now, the Constitution guarantees an enumeration of 'whole' persons."

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