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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

While the Michael Cohen raid came as a referral from Mueller's team, it was not officially part of his investigation. It was executed by the office of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. And the man running that office, interim U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman, is a Trump appointee whom the president personally met with. Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Berman to the job in January.

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He donated $5,400 to Trump's presidential campaign. Berman also met personally with Trump when he was up for the job, according to CNN.

Obviously just another Democrat(sic) plant who pulled the wool over Donald's eye when probably asked for personal loyalty over adherence to that pesky Constitution and the Rule of Law, now causing the President and his co-conspirators so much trouble.

All Americans should be proud that during an investigation so vitally important to this nation the Department of Justice (even one led by Trump-toadie and ethically-compromised Jeff Sessions) faithfully undertakes its charge largely - without biased leaks and disclosures - even under the withering assault of its potential target, the sitting POTUS.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-04-10 07:54 AM | Reply

"He donated $5,400 to Trump's presidential campaign. Berman also met personally with Trump when he was up for the job, according to CNN. Trump fired the previous U.S. attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, just three months into his presidency. Bharara rejected Trump's overtures to establish a direct line of communication, and he told the White House he did not find the contact appropriate."

So, basically, he bought his job.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-04-10 07:59 AM | Reply

#2

He passed Trump's peculiar muster. Berman also worked in the same law firm as Rudy Giuliani before becoming interim USA.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-04-10 08:09 AM | Reply

Bharara said that he has confidence that if his old office is handling the investigation into Cohen, it won't be the partisan hit job the president is trying to claim it is.

"If the reporting is true, particularly the part about this being approved by the Southern District of New York Attorney's Office, which I used to lead, are all people who are Republican, and all people who have basically been handpicked by Donald Trump," Bharara said.

If you don't want to be a part of a witch hunt then maybe you shouldn't surround yourself with witches....

Just a thought.

#4 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-04-10 08:16 AM | Reply


... interim U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman, is a Trump appointee whom the president personally met with ...

At the time, there were a lot of concerns about Pres Trump effectively personally screening the US Attorney candidates who would be presiding over the home court of the Trump organization, with many expressing concerns about a "loyalty requirement."

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-04-10 08:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#1 | Posted by tonyroma

You joke but there are a lot of knuckledraggers out there that will be saying EXACTLY that. And things like "he is just a democrat who fooled them", etc. So as Ron White says - You can't fix stupid.

As much as I despise the man, I think Sessions knows seeing this investigation through to it's conclusion is almost inevitable now. If they kill it they will with certainty lose the midterms and likely see the impeachment and trials of many. If they win the midterms who knows. If they win the midterms I will lose my faith in American's intelligence as a whole.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-04-10 09:29 AM | Reply

"as Ron White says - You can't fix stupid."

The two most abundant elements in the Universe.

Hydrogen and stupidity.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-10 11:13 AM | Reply

There won't be any love lost when the GOP completes its ouster of Trump to install Pence.

Sessions and Rosenstein had to have been briefed and given the green light.

#8 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-10 11:27 AM | Reply

Preet Bharara @PreetBharara

If SDNY is truly in charge of this Michael Cohen investigation, that will continue whether or not Mueller is fired.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-10 11:46 AM | Reply

Rudy is playing it pretty low key; nothing to see here:

Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a friend of Trump, called the Cohen raids "a little heavy-handed."

"Is this surprising? Yes," said Giuliani, also a former U.S. attorney. "Is it extraordinary? No. This is the way prosecutors get information -- sometimes to convict and prosecute, sometimes to exculpate."

Criticizing Mueller for veering into "highly personal issues," such as the alleged Daniels encounter, Giuliani added, "The only thing that's happening, perhaps, is that Mueller is trying to compel the president to testify."

www.washingtonpost.com

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-10 11:47 AM | Reply

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NYT says Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud.

Lemme get this straight: Cohen borrows against his house, doesn't tell his client (or, more importantly, his wife) he is doing this, wires the loan proceeds to a questionable account, then has it sent to Ms. Hotenstormy to settle a claim against his client. Uh HUH. If he didn't tell his wife, and if the collateral for the loan is in both their names (or, she has dower and has to sign the loan docs) and he signs her name as well as his, that's a problem. Like 15-48 months in some pokey, far from New York City. And, in Cohen's case, the possible revocation of his law license.

Now. Someone is going to show Mr. Cohen the light, and ask him if he has anything to say about his client, one Dotard J. Trump, before sentencing. Anything to say. Anything at all...

#11 | Posted by catdog at 2018-04-10 12:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Search warrant in Cohen raid sought info on taxi medallions

The search warrant behind Monday's raids on the office and hotel room of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, included a request for documents related to Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.

www.cnn.com

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-10 12:31 PM | Reply

Berman pulled a Sessions and is recused from Cohen investigation:

Jonathan Karl ‏@jonkarl

SCOOP: ABC News has learned Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is recused from the Michael Cohen investigation. He had no role in raid of Cohen's office. Another recusal that will make @realDonaldTrump unhappy.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-10 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#13

It seems to be a trend. Personally, I have recused myself from Trump's presidency from the start.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2018-04-10 01:22 PM | Reply

"Search warrant in Cohen raid sought info on taxi medallions"

Background on this:

In 1992, he [Cohen] began working as a personal injury lawyer in New York and eventually opened his own practice. He and his family also began buying taxi medallions, purchased through companies with names like Sir Michael Hacking Corp and Mad Dog Cab Corp. He and his wife, Laura, acquired more than 30 New York City taxi medallions, once worth millions of dollars, and he owned 22 more in Chicago, according to public records.

Several of the men he associated with in business dealings over the years faced legal problems of one sort or another. His boss at his first law firm, a personal injury practice, pleaded guilty to bribery in an insurance scheme. His father-in-law, who once also owned taxi medallions, pleaded guilty to tax-related charges more than two decades ago. Two of his partners in the taxi business have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and settlements for various violations. Mr. Cohen, though, has avoided legal troubles.

www.nytimes.com

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-10 01:24 PM | Reply

Also:

Evgeny "Gene" Freidman, dubbed the "Taxi King," was arrested this week for allegedly skipping out on paying $5 million in taxes.

In April, the Taxi and Limousine Commission ruled that Freidman could no longer manage the 800-plus taxi medallions he's controlled for several years. Freidman previously managed medallions owned by Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney.

therealdeal.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-10 01:48 PM | Reply

Where to start? The president's own executive branch of the government has such overwhelming evidence of criminality that they felt compelled to seek and were able to obtain the consent of the judicial branch of the government to raid the office, home, and hotel room of Trump's personal lawyer, Mr. Fix-It and consigliere, Michael Cohen. And part of what they were authorized to seize were communications between Cohen and Trump that would ordinarily be protected by attorney-client privilege. In other words, they had strong evidence that Cohen and Trump have engaged in a criminal conspiracy or conspiracies.

Is that a good beginning?

Needless to say, nothing like this is ever supposed to happen. Under ordinary circumstances, there is no chance in hell that warrants like this would be sought, let alone authorized by a long list of people from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (who was appointed by Trump), to the acting head of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department, to the Deputy Attorney General (who was also appointed by Trump), to the U.S. District Court judge. Authorizing raids on the president's lawyer that seek his presumptively privileged communications is a sure-fire career-ender, and anyone in the chain of this process could and would have put an end to the idea if it wasn't on the most irrefutably sound foundation.

That this happened at all isn't just glaring evidence that a huge crime is about to surface but also an indication of just how furious the Justice Department and the FBI is with the behavior and rhetoric of the president. They are not going to tolerate it.

Martin Longman

#17 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-04-10 04:12 PM | Reply

Given that Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is recused from the Cohen investigation, here the #2 in that office:

Robert S. Khuzami, who led the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission for four years during the Obama administration, was named on Friday as the deputy United States attorney in Manhattan ...

The United States attorney's office in Manhattan has traditionally been one of the most aggressive pursuers of cases involving white-collar and Wall Street crime, and Mr. Khuzami's background means he could become one of the country's top financial watchdogs.

But don't let that reference to the Obama administration fool you.

Mr. Khuzami spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention, in defense of the Patriot Act and in support of President George W. Bush's re-election. washingtonmonthly.com

Just another Republican DOJ official out to get Donald Trump....

#18 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-04-10 04:27 PM | Reply

Just another Republican DOJ official out to get Donald Trump....
#18 | POSTED BY TONYROMA

That deep state is real deep; and a bitch.

#19 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-04-11 07:30 PM | Reply

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