What's New in the Swamp Trump Created? (5/5/2018)-Lying Liars and Stormy Daniels Edition


 

What's New in the Swamp Trump Created? (5/5/2018)-Lying Liars and Stormy Daniels Edition
 


5 May 2018 at 9:58:54 AM
salon

Nunes didn't read the document that prompted the Russia investigation

Trump's story about the porn star he had sex with has changed more times than his underwear. Honestly, for a man who says he only *hires the best people", his choices for whose in his administration. (It's always interesting to me that the same supposedly moral people that were outraged with Bill Clinton having sex in the white house while married are not only turning a blind eye to this immoral president but some are claiming that he rules by dint of god.
Evangelicalism forsakes holding a sexual predator, an adulterer, a liar and a racist accountable, instead serving as a shield against those who question POTUS’ immorality because of some warped reincarnation of Cyrus. Laying holy hands upon the incarnation of the very vices Jesus condemned to advance a political agenda — instead of rebuking and chastising in loving prayer — has prostituted the gospel in exchange for the victory of a Supreme Court pick.
 
Yeah! hah! ) Anyway, Trump and his newest cohort, Rudy Guiliani, are having trouble keeping the story straight about Trump having unprotected sex with a porn star, and then creating a non-disclosure agreement shortly before the election to keep her from talking about it. Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, lodged a lawsuit against Trump  So, first, what is this lawsuit about? 

Clifford’s lawsuit seeks to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement requiring her to keep secret her sexual relationship with Donald Trump, but the lawsuit itself announces the nature of the relationship in the first paragraph of the suit’s factual background:

Ms. Clifford began an intimate relationship with Mr. Trump in the Summer of 2006 in Lake Tahoe and continued her relationship with Mr. Trump well into the year 2007.

Indeed, the opening of the barn doors surely preceded this lawsuit. Countless news outlets have already reported that Clifford had approached Slate’s Jacob Weisberg in late 2016 with details that match the allegations in the lawsuit. The Wall Street Journal has also reported on the details of a $130,000 payment made by Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to Clifford at the height of the campaign. This payment may have been a violation of federal election law, but the point is that it speaks to how much the public already knows about this supposedly confidential case.

Clifford's lawsuit says that because Trump did not specifically sign the NDA (including not signing as his fake name David Dennison), the NDA is invalid.
Whatever the merits of Clifford’s argument that Trump’s failure to sign the agreement rendered it invalid, it may not ultimately matter because in order for Trump to prevail on the agreement he would have to take Clifford to court and enforce it. For a president of the United States to sue an ex–porn actress for revealing details of their extramarital affair allegedly occurring shortly after the birth of his son Barron would seem to be a politically fraught venture, even for a president as Teflon as Trump has proven to be. 
Here is Trump admitting that he is *David Dennison*. 
 
What does Michael Cohen have to do with all this? He's an attorney that works as a *fixer* for Trump. Michael Cohen said he had spent his own money to pay Stormy Daniels, and was never reiumbursed by Trump (Remember that Trump SAID he never paid any money for this). 
 

“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”

He declined to answer several follow-up questions, including whether Mr. Trump had been aware that Mr. Cohen made the payment, why he made the payment or whether he had made similar payments to other people over the years.

Then Cohen got raided by the FBI on April 9, 2018, with materials seized from his home and office. The FBI was doing a "pen register" of Cohen, logging the phone calls and at least one phone call between Cohen and the White house was intercepted.  Yesterday, some more facts about this from the Wall Street Journal
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, gained access to as much as $774,000 through two financial transactions during the 2016 presidential campaign as he sought to fix problems for his boss, public records show.

Note the timing of the home equity line, which was 9 months before the payment to Stormy Daniels, which occurred SHORTLY BEFORE THE ELECTION.

Trump said he didn't know about the $130k payment to Daniels. But then loose cannon Rudy Guiliani went on teevee and spun a new story.
 

Giuliani shocked many in Washington this week when he told Fox's Sean Hannity that Trump reimbursed Cohen through his retainer fee for the payment that critics have called a campaign finance violation, seemingly negating statements made by both Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“That was money that was paid by his lawyer, the way I would do, out of his law firm funds or whatever funds, it doesn’t matter. The president reimbursed that over a period of several months,” Giuliani said Wednesday.

Trump later suggested that wasn't fully accurate in quotes to reporters at the White House, saying Giuliani "started yesterday" and will "get his facts straight."

On Friday, Giuliani attempted to clarify those remarks, claiming that his "references to timing were not describing my understanding of the president's knowledge, but instead, my understanding of these matters."

 
Oops. The next day, Trump threw Guiliani under the bus, lying that Guiiani "started yesterday" and will "get his facts straight". Actually, it's Trump that needs to get his story straight, he's been caught lying... again. 

Notice that Guiliani said that Michael Cohen had been paid back, contradicting what Cohen had said that he had NOT been paid back. Also, hilariously, Guiliana said the money had been *funneled* Also notice that Donald Trump told reporters they should go back and look at what Trump said. Yeah. Trump answered to a question, which is on video, that he didn't know about the money. And then Guiliani said he did. Trump is a liar.

(As a side note, nutty Guiliani called the FBI "storm troopers". So much for people that claim to be "law and order" people. 

He said look there's two people that know exactly what happened, myself and the President and you'll be hearing my side of the story. And he was obviously very frustrated with what had come out yesterday."

Cohen had said after the news of the $130,000 payment to Daniels, made with a non-disclosure agreement to stop mention of an alleged affair with the future president, that he acted by himself.
 
Also this week, Trump's doctor said he didn't write that 2015 letter about Donald Trump's health but instead Trump dictated it. Well, who didn't know THAT? 
The physician previously denied allegations that he did not write the letter, which was mocked for its boastful language when it was released by the Trump campaign in December 2015. “His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary,” the letter read. “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

“Let me be clear, Mr. President,” Cavuto said. “How can you drain the swamp if you’re the one who keeps muddying the waters?

“You didn’t know about the $130,000 payment to a porn star, until you did,” he continued. “Said you knew nothing about how your former lawyer handled this, until you acknowledged today that you were the guy behind the retainer payment that took care of this. You insist that money from the campaign or campaign contributions played no role in this transaction. Of that you’re sure. The thing is, not even 24 hours ago, sir, you couldn’t recall any of this.”

In other news, another lawsuit against Trump by Summer Zervos is seeking Apprentice outtakes

Zervos sued Trump in January 2017 in Manhattan New York state court claiming that he defamed her when he said she lied about the encounters in which she said he also forcibly kissed her. Zervos, who met with Trump in hopes of securing a job after her ’Apprentice’ appearance in 2005, is one of at least 19 women who have come forward accusing him of sexual misconduct.

“We’re gathering evidence that we believe will prove that the defendant lied when he falsely denigrated Ms. Zervos and when he denied sexually assaulting her,” Wang said in an email.

Zervos claims Trump “ambushed” her on more than one occasion starting in 2007, kissing her, touching her breast and pressing his genitals against her. In March, Justice Jennifer Schecter denied the president’s request to throw out the lawsuit or delay it until he leaves office.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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