Toobin: Cohen’s guilty plea has legal perils for Trump

Michael CohenNow that President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, what kind of legal trouble does that mean for the president? Writing in The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin outlines how Cohen’s plea explains a lot about Trump’s fawning over Russian leader Vladimir Putin. As with so many things, Toobin says it comes down to money, particularly how Trump kept seeking permission to build a Trump Tower in Moscow well into 2016. Read more about Toobin’s analysis at The New Yorker.

CNN also has commentary from Toobin, in which he discusses the possibility that Trump may not even finish his first term.

Podcast: How Trump’s legal problems compare to his predecessors

Following Tuesday’s conviction of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of his former lawyer Michael Cohen, the number of legal issues facing President Trump seem to be piling up, especially when you consider that he hasn’t been in office yet for two years. Presidential historian Jon Meacham talked with NPR’s Audie Cornish about how Trump’s growing legal problems compare to previous presidents in this podcast.

Podcast: How Michael Cohen protects Trump by making legal threats

Michael CohenMichael Cohen, an attorney for President Donald Trump, has a reputation for threatening people, especially journalists, to protect his most precious client. Cohen’s facing a lawsuit from adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims Cohen pressured her into signing a non-disclosure agreement about her alleged affair with Trump. As you may know, Cohen has also had his offices and home raided by the FBI. Now, a recording of Cohen threatening a reporter has been released. NPR‘s Tim Mak, who was working for The Daily Beast in 2015, has released a recording of Cohen making legal threats to him. You can listen to them below.





Podcast: How Michael Avenatti is changing his Trump legal strategy

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Michael Cohen, attorney for Donald Trump

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, with whom President Donald Trump is alleged to have had an affair, is broadening his case against Trump. Avenatti has released a report detailing the business affairs of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. As you may recall, Cohen facilitated the payment of $130,000 to Daniels to purchase her silence regarding her involvement with Trump. In this podcast from The New Yorker, Adam Davidson talks with Dorothy Wickenden about Avenatti’s aggressive push beyond the hush money scandal to questions about Cohen selling access to the president.

Video: Former US Attorney says Cohen accepting Russian money wasn’t smart

Michael CohenFormer US Attorney Preet Bharara tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper that it’s odd for Trump attorney Michael Cohen to accept almost half a million dollars from a company linked to a Russian oligarch. Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, made the allegations that Viktor Vekselberg, chairman of Renova Group, routed the money to Essential Consultants, LLC, the company that paid hush money to Daniels to buy her silence about an alleged affair with President Donald Trump. Investigators for Robert Mueller have questioned Vekselberg about the payment. Vekselberg is on a list of Russians being sanctioned by the US for activities including election interference.

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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