Trump really thought he'd beaten Alvin Bragg — because he lives inside his own head: Michael Cohen

In the immediate days before he was indicted in New York for his $130,000 hush payment scheme to adult film star Stormy Daniels, former President Donald Trump really thought he had defeated Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and his public offensives had gotten him off scot-free.

That's what Michael Cohen, the former Trump attorney who went to prison over his role in the scheme and later cooperated against his former boss, told MSNBC's Joy Reid on Friday.

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Trump's attorneys are sounding like fascists — as they accuse everyone else of fascism: former prosecutor

Following former President Donald Trump's indictment by a Manhattan grand jury over hush payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels, his attorney Joe Tacopina made the rounds on TV news and compared the situation to one you would see in fascist regimes — a comment echoing Donald Trump Jr., who last night compared Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin and Pol Pot.

"We shouldn't pick the person and try to find the crime," said Tacopina on CBS Mornings. "If you read the prosecutor's book, what he said was, they had Donald Trump, they despised and loathed him. He was looking for a crime to fit the person. That's Nazi Germany, that's Communist China. We don't do that in this country."

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'Squealing like a pig': Paul Begala flattens conservatives whining that Trump indictment is 'political'

Democratic strategist Paul Begala fired back at GOP campaign adviser Alice Stewart on CNN Friday morning after she complained that the indictment of Donald Trump by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg looks like a "political" stunt designed to derail his third presidential bid.

Sitting on a panel with host Jim Sciutto, Stewart said she didn't want to defend Trump but said the indictment nonetheless looks partisan.

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Michael Cohen buries Trump's 'clown show' attorneys after indictment

During an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America," former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen cast doubt on the abilities of the two attorneys who will be deeply involved in defending the former president in a Manhattan courtroom after he was indicted on Thursday.

Focusing on attorneys Robert Costello and Joe Tacopina, Cohen, who already served time for lying to investigators about paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election at Trump's behest, claimed Trump's newest legal team is nothing less than a "clown show."

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Trump facing 'ultimate humiliation' by finally getting ensnared by criminal charges: Al Sharpton

Donald Trump and his allies insist his indictment will only help his 2024 election chances, but two people who've known him for years think he's humiliated to finally face criminal charges.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who knew Trump long before he entered politics, said his indictment on charges related to the hush money payoff to porn actress Stormy Daniels have already dented the former president's confidence.

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Former Trump employees secretly cheering 'wonderful news' of his indictment: Maggie Haberman

Former President Donald Trump's political allies say they're furious about his indictment on criminal charges by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, but New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman says people who have long worked with him are having a very different reaction.

Appearing on CNN, Haberman said that several former Trump Organization employees were "cheering" on the fact that their one-time boss has now been indicted for making illegal hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

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Ex-NYPD commissioner predicts large anti-Trump protests at his arrest

During an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," former NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton told the hosts that, when Donald Trump is finally arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom after his Thursday indictment, he expects most people who will take to the street won't be there to support the former president.

Speaking with host Joe Scarborough, Bratton made the point that the former New York businessman has more enemies than friends in his former hometown before he decamped to Mar-a-Lago.

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'Almost crying' Lindsey Graham ridiculed for Trump indictment meltdown

Hours after it was announced that a Manhattan grand jury handed down a bill of indictment against Donald Trump, a very-red-eyed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on Fox News to rage about the injustice of it all, cursing, and asking for money for the former president.

In a clip shown on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Graham lamented, "They're trying to destroy Donald Trump because they fear him at the ballot box. To the conservatives out there, make sure you vote if you got friends, make sure they vote. If you don't have any friends, go make some friends but you need to help this man, Donald J. Trump. They're trying to drain him dry; he's spent more money on lawyers than most spend on campaigns. They're trying to bleed him dry. -- go tonight, give the president some money to fight this bulls--t."

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'Dystopian future': Democrat calls out GOP lawmakers for voting to completely defund Missouri's 399 public libraries

In a blatant act of retribution, Missouri House Republicans this week voted to completely defund the entire state's public libraries, after librarians filed a lawsuit with the ACLU over a new law that they say violates their First Amendment rights.

Should the bill pass Missouri's Republican-majority Senate and be signed into law by Missouri's Trump-endorsed Republican governor Mike Parson, all 399 of the state's public libraries would receive $0 in state funding, a cut of $4.5 million.

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This was the last case Trump wanted to be indicted on — despite his bravado: CNN's Kaitlan Collins

Former President Donald Trump has vowed to defeat the charges secured by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Thursday. And some analysts have argued that of all the criminal investigations into the former president, including the federal January 6 case, the classified documents probe, and the Georgia election interference investigation, the Stormy Daniels probe was the least consequential of them all.

But contrary to all of that, CNN's Kaitlan Collins argued, this is the case he most desperately wanted not to be litigated in public.

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Republicans know Trump indictment dooms him in the general election: CNN analyst

Former President Donald Trump is expected to continue with his 2024 campaign for president despite being indicted in the Stormy Daniels investigation — and he and his allies are boasting that the prosecution, which they characterize as a political hit job, will backfire and help him gain support among voters.

But according to CNN political analyst Gloria Borger on Thursday, Republican strategists privately believe just the opposite.

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‘Just like anyone’: Attorney says Trump will surrender for fingerprinting after indictment

Alina Habba, an attorney for Donald Trump, revealed that her client would travel to New York City to be processed and fingerprinted.

Habba spoke to Fox News anchor Bret Baier on Thursday after Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury.

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Watch: Plaintiff in Gwyneth Paltrow lawsuit compares actress to Jeffrey Epstein

The plaintiff in a lawsuit against Gwyneth Paltrow on Wednesday hurled an incendiary allegation at the star in an apparent Jeffrey Epstein reference.

Terry Sanderson, the retired 76-year-old optometrist, is suing Paltrow for $300,000 in connection with a 2016 skiing accident. Paltrow is countersuing for $1, plus legal expenses.

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