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Prosecutors are investigating whether Hope Hicks helped coordinate Trump’s illegal hush money payments: WSJ

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Prosecutors working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York are investigating whether longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks helped coordinate hush-money payments made to silence women who alleged to have affairs with President Donald Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reports that SDNY prosecutors “asked Ms. Hicks about her contacts with Mr. Pecker, the CEO of American Media, publisher of the National Enquirer” and also “asked at least one other witness whether Ms. Hicks had coordinated with anyone at American Media concerning a Journal article on Nov. 4, 2016—days before the election—that revealed American Media had paid $150,000 for the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal’s story of an alleged affair with Mr. Trump.”

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Former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen pleaded guilty last year to making illegal campaign contributions in the form of hush money payments to McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels. Cohen’s guilty plea directly implicated Trump in committing a felony by saying that he had made the payments “at the direction” of the president.

The Journal’s report also reveals that SDNY “has gathered more evidence than previously known in its criminal investigation” of the hush money payments and has also interviewed former Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller about what he knew about the payments.

Additionally, the Journal reveals that prosecutors are looking at “discrepancies” between the testimonies of Cohen and longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, as Cohen has told prosecutors that “Weisselberg had a deeper involvement in the hush payment to Ms. Daniels than Mr. Weisselberg had indicated.”


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Chuck Schumer wants John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney to testify at Trump’s Senate impeachment trial

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants top administration officials to testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the United States Senate.

The House of Representatives is expected to pass articles of impeachment on Wednesday, setting up a Senate trial in the new year.

"In a letter sent on Sunday evening to McConnell, the majority leader, Schumer says Senate Democrats want to hear testimony from four administration witnesses, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton," Politico reported. "There is almost no chance Senate Republicans would vote to subpoena those witnesses without assent from the White House and calling their own preferred witnesses."

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Supreme Court timeline on Trump’s taxes gives time for Manhattan prosecutors to file charges: Former US Attorney

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Former U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah tweeted a recent report that the U.S. Supreme Court would be taking up President Donald Trump's case to keep his taxes away from investigators.

That case between Trump and Congress invokes a 1924 law that says the Ways and Means Committee has the authority to seek tax returns. Rocah mocked the president for being "so shady, so corrupt, so unlawful, that you’re willing to fight the release of your tax returns all the way to the Supreme Court."

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Trump says cough drop in Pelosi’s mouth was her teeth falling out

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi Sunday on Twitter instead of defending himself against accusations of bribery.

Pelosi did her weekly press conference at the end of the week while sucking on either a cough drop or a mint. It wouldn't be shocking if it was the former, as Pelosi was clearing her throat and also drinking water while speaking to the press.

Trump decided it was neither, and instead, it was false teeth falling out of her mouth.

"Because Nancy’s teeth were falling out of her mouth, and she didn’t have time to think!" Trump tweeted in response to a video from the press conference.

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