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Michael Cohen hits back after Trump attacks his credibility in a lawsuit against House Democrats

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Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s financial records—and the president has angrily responded with a civil lawsuit against Congress that names Cummings as a defendant. In the lawsuit, Trump attacks the credibility of his former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, who has responded that Trump obviously has “something to hide.”

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In an official statement issued through his attorney, Lanny Davis, Cohen asserted, “We trust that the courts will deal with all issues fairly on the merits. We won’t dignify the personal accusations in the filings except to say that frivolous things said by frivolous people don’t deserve a serious response. The reasons for Mr. Trump’s desperate attempt to prevent his tax returns from being made public, like all prior presidents, is no mystery. Does anyone doubt he has something to hide?”

When Cohen publicly testified before Congress in February, the 52-year-old attorney alleged that Trump had exaggerated his net worth. And Trump, in his lawsuit against Congress, attacks Cohen’s credibility by describing him as “a felon who has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.”

In 2018, Cohen pled guilty to a variety of crimes in federal court, ranging from bank and tax fraud to campaign finance violations to lying to Congress about the Trump Organization’s plans to build a Trump Tower Moscow in Russia (a project that was abandoned in 2016). Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison and is due to begin his sentence in May.

Cummings has also spoken out on Trump’s lawsuit against Congress. The House Oversight Committee chairman stated that Trump “has a long history of trying to use baseless lawsuits to attack his adversaries, but there is simply no valid legal basis to interfere with this duly authorized subpoena from Congress. This complaint reads more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief, and it contains a litany of inaccurate information.”

Judge Andrew Napolitano, legal analyst at Fox News, discussed Trump’s lawsuit on Monday. The libertarian judge, who often parts company with his colleagues at Fox when he feels it’s appropriate, explained that Congress must show that it has a specific purpose for subpoenaing a president’s financial records—and that Congress cannot do so simply because Trump is the president. But for Congress, demonstrating that it has a legitimate reason for demanding information, Napolitano stressed, has a “low threshold.” And the judge predicted that if Congress could show it had a legitimate purpose for demanding Trump’s financial records, the House’s subpoena will be allowed to “go through.”

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Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist

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In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.

As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."

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Black Londoner explains George Floyd protester support with story of how cops murdered his brother

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In an interview with MSNBC's Molly Hunter, a Black Londoner explained why he turned out for a protest near Trafalgar Square in support of Americans who have hit the streets in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis police officers.

According to the man -- identified as Daniel and who was wearing a COVID-19 mask and a New York Yankees hat -- his brother was also murdered by police and the cops walked free.

"You've been marching all day," Hunter began. "Look, I have two questions for you: what was it like watching the U.S. this week from London? Does it resonate?

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Denver cops busted for doing drive-by shootings of anti-police brutality protesters

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In a video posted to Twitter, a young Denver man protesting the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minnesota police officers, found himself on the receiving end of an attack by police himself as he filmed them riding on the side of a truck -- only to have his phone hit by a fired police projectile while still in his hand.

According to Rachelle D'nae, a staff writer at Slate, her brother went to the Denver protest and was filming the officers when the incident occurred.

"My older brother went to a protest in Denver last night. as the police were leaving, one of them shot him with a pepper pellet that smashed the back of his phone and exploded in his face. they were ~30 feet from each other and it looks like the officer aimed directly at his face," she wrote before adding in a second tweet, "when my brother told me he was going I prepared for the worst. I made sure he had my number memorized so I could bail him out if I needed to and I sat up until he made it home, trying not to cry as he told me he had been tear-gassed."

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