Podcast: Examining the case against Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

Michael CohenAfter sorting through the players in the case against Micheal Cohen, one of President Trump’s personal lawyers, it’s time to take a more thorough examination of the case itself. FBI agents raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room and seized a cache of evidence that is now at the center of a fight over which parts of it may be used in the government’s case. National Public Radio produced this podcast about the case against Cohen.

The players in the Cohen case

Michael CohenWhile Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s work investigating the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia continues, much of the attention has been diverted to the FBI’s raid on Micheal Cohen’s office, home and hotel room. Cohen, you’ll recall, is one of Trump’s personal attorneys, and the man who facilitated a payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, and may have been involved in the National Enquirer’s “catch and kill” of former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal’s story. Who’s who in this unfolding drama surrounding one of the president’s men? The Atlantic has a “definitive guide” to the key players, as this political drama unfolds.

Podcast: The FBI raid on Cohen, explained

cash moneyAfter news stories about another hush money payment to a former doorman who claimed President Trump had fathered a love child, a pattern is emerging that there may have been an operation orchestrated by his attorney Michael Cohen to keep such charges quiet before the 2016 election. According to Vox:

That possibility is this: investigators suspect there was a major, potentially illegal, off-the-books spending operation aimed at making problems for Donald Trump’s campaign go away — and they’re wondering what Trump himself knew about it, or even whether he orchestrated it.

Hear more about what the FBI may have been looking for in the Cohen raid in this podcast from Vox.

Video: Attorney-client privilege 101: A lesson for Trump

attorney clientFollowing the FBI raid of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, the president and some conservative commentators have been bemoaning “the death of attorney-client privilege.” However, certain legal circumstances can circumvent attorney-client privilege. Cohen, you may recall, facilitated the payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels, with whom Trump allegedly had an affair. The Washington Post produced this video on attorney-client privilege 101.

Podcast: Trump calls FBI raid of his personal lawyer a ‘total witch hunt’

President Donald Trump vented his rage after the FBI raided the office of his personal attorney Michael Cohen, calling it “disgraceful,” “a total witch hunt,” and a “whole new level of unfairness,” according to NPR. Meanwhile, Politico reports that the FBI raid of Cohen’s office, home and hotel room would not have been done without serious consideration beforehand. The Washington Post reports that agents would have had to clear “a higher than normal bar” to obtain a warrant for the search. NPR has more on the president’s reaction to the raid:


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The New Yorker profiles NTL Executive Committee member Gloria Allred

Gloria AllredKnown as well outside the courtroom as in, The National Trial Lawyers Executive Committee member Gloria Allred sometimes faces criticism for her deft use of the media. In The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino profiles the well-known champion for women’s rights. In “Gloria Allred’s Crusade,” Allred talks about taking on Bill Cosby, rape law, and Donald Trump.

How protected is the president from lawsuits?

President Bill Clinton claimed in the 1990s that he couldn’t be sued for his actions as a private citizen until after his presidency ended. That comment drew criticism, as Clinton was involved in a legal battle with Paula Jones, who accused the former Arkansas governor of sexual harassment. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the president in 1997. Now, President Trump’s lawyers are asking a New York judge if he should face a lawsuit brought late last year. Matt Ford has more on this story at The Atlantic.