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Pierce writes: "This is quite a crew of miscreants we have running things these days."

Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels. (photo: Getty Images/Pinterest)
Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels. (photo: Getty Images/Pinterest)

Stormy Daniels Is Running Rings Around Trump's Lawyer

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

12 March 18

Michael Cohen strikes back.

his is quite a crew of miscreants we have running things these days. If they'd planned the Great Train Robbery, they’d have left the money behind and taken the coal from the engine. If they’d burgled the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, they’d have left the Rembrandt and made off with the fire extinguishers and the Men’s Room sign.

Take it away, NBC News.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney used his Trump Organization email while arranging to transfer money into an account at a Manhattan bank before he wired $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence. The lawyer, Michael Cohen, also regularly used the same email account during 2016 negotiations with the actress — whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford — before she signed a nondisclosure agreement, a source familiar with the discussions told NBC News. And Clifford's attorney at the time addressed correspondence to Cohen in his capacity at the Trump Organization and as "Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump," the source said.

Remind me not to hire this guy to set up my money-laundering operation in the Caymans. Or to help me with my parking tickets, for all that.

In a statement last month, Cohen said he used his "personal funds to facilitate a payment" to Clifford, who says she had an intimate relationship with Trump a decade ago. "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," Cohen said in that statement. But an email uncovered in the last 24 hours and provided to NBC News by Clifford's current attorney, Michael Avenatti, shows First Republic Bank and Cohen communicated about the money using his Trump company email address, not his personal gmail account.

If the Benny Hill theme is running through your head right now, you’re not alone.

That Cohen is the bozo in this little dunk-tank exercise is an occasion for unmistakable schadenfreude. Cohen was the most prominent faux tough-guy in an entourage full of them. Now, it turns out the big-time Manhattan mouthpiece has managed to bungle himself into legal jeopardy regarding a scandal involving the president*’s canoodling with an adult-film actress. If the Republic is saved just because the people trying to steal it are dumb, I’ll take it. your social media marketing partner


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+47 # Jim Young 2018-03-12 09:28
What new distraction will they create to try to divert attention from this?

Perhaps suggesting we follow Duterte's lead in murdering drug users?

Do these distractions seem to be getting worse,whether accidental or on purpose?
+25 # EternalTruth 2018-03-12 11:39
This is the distraction
+12 # Pikewich 2018-03-12 17:53
Exactly. This is the distraction. This is to draw attention away form the activity bent on dismantling our regulatory protections and paving the way for deepening the inequality.

1% owning more than the other 99% is not enough for them. (According to Oxfam)
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-13 11:49
I actually think that this is not a distraction. I've read that Mueller is looking into it. Remember Ken Starr finally got Bill Clinton for lying about an affair. Very likely Trump has lied about this affair. Mueller may have the one charge that has the chance of getting Trump impeached. All he needs is to prove that Stormy did the blowjob thing.

We all knew that Mueller would end up with the blowjob caper sooner or later. That is pretty much the only way to get a politician out of office. Stormy is claiming that she has photos and videos. Mueller has probably already looked at all of them several times. Peter Stzrok has probably seen them over and over. Mueller will next ask Trump what happened. If Trump lies -- as you know he will -- then Trump will be toast. This is how we knew it would end from the start.

This is not a distraction. This is it.
+2 # Jim Young 2018-03-13 12:50
I think it is the distraction from another distraction, ad nauseam, to you get to the massive efforts to destroy the progress made by all preceding administrations since Buchanan's.

Since the suggestion to murder drug users came after the idea that finally one of his NDA's might not hold up, I have to think Trump is more afraid of breaking the dam on all his other NDAs.

I don't believe he is any where near as serious about murdering drug dealers as he is about making sure his NDAs keep the world from proving how badly he has been behaving.
+6 # opinionaire 2018-03-13 19:01
The distraction is the proposed talk with North Korea.
+4 # Jim Young 2018-03-13 23:59
It's getting complicated enough for Trump to move his stunt double, hard talking, Pompeo in, and Tillerson out.

Perhaps he is planning to be part of a more effective tag team creating distractions faster than he can by himself, and taking turns in or out of the ring.

In the old wrestling matches the one outside the ring would distract the ref while the one in the ring put on a dirty fighting show.
+6 # Michaeljohn 2018-03-12 19:10
[quote name="Jim Young

Perhaps suggesting we follow Duterte's lead in murdering drug users?

Trump started down that trail on Saturday in Pennsylvania when he stated that drug dealers in the US should get the death penalty. I'm waiting for the first report of a vigilante death squad hit.
+42 # indian weaving 2018-03-12 10:00
Picture your own family life if you were Trump being sued by a hooker. Peace and harmony at home? Spouse still talking to you, or having already filed ... This is the state of Trump's family life: shot to hell. Up next: his political life shot to hell (what'll it take, anyhow?).
-14 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-12 11:00
Are non-disclosure agreements illegal? I don't think so. They are used quite often in court or out of court settlements. It is true that the people who buy someone's silence look pretty bad for doing it. I wish someone would buy my silence. I'd take a $130k non-disclosure agreement and I would not even disclose who sent me the money

(are you listening Eric, Farafella, Robbee, and more. If I use parentheses, that means I did not disclose)
0 # Lgfoot 2018-03-12 13:11
STFU you traitors' apologist. No one is interested in your Russian whitewash blurbs.
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-13 08:47
Looks like Largefoot has got his foot in his mouth again. He just can't seem to recognize satire. Actually, I think the whole thing is just silly. Stormy wants out of her agreement because the story is now worth much more than $130K. She'll sell it to someone and it will be published in all the details that will have people with largefeet cavorting and cutting capers in the air.
-1 # Kiwikid 2018-03-12 13:35
Let's put the hat around RR.
+8 # RMF 2018-03-12 15:45
RR --

The right question is validity -- not "legality."

And yes, NDAs, as with any other agreement, are invalid ab initio if the terms or any part therein are unlawful, or require unlawful acts, which in turn renders the agreement unenforceable at law.

In short, if a contract's terms involve or dictate violation of law then the contract is invalid, and not enforceable by either party. See "Merchant of Venice."

A hypothetical example would include a contract for prostitution, for tax evasion, or any other performance required under the contract that is either unlawful or against public policy. (An example of the latter would be a bequest or gift that required the payee not to remarry -- such a contract would be invalid ab initio as against public policy.

The issue is ENFORCABILITY -- and that is what makes a writing a "contract." Not all agreements are contracts, and in those cases of invalidity they aren't worth the paper they are written on, or the legal fees paid in execution thereof.
+16 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-03-12 17:30
Of course, NDA's are not illegal. More than that many corporations use them with their management and finance and other critical personnel. Legality of the NDA is not the point.

The point is that the sitting President had his attorney make a payoff to silence a woman to hide that P had had sex with her (on an ongoing basis for awhile). And the President's representative in the matter is such a bungle-head that he put Trump's name all over the payoff communications.

Mostly just more evidence of what a scumbag AND terrible businessman the pResident is.

Of course, we are all also learning on a daily basis that he has the disposition of the most spoiled rotten and out-of-control five year old.
+3 # Pikewich 2018-03-12 17:54
That is one way to look at it. Another way is to question why there is a need to cover up something nefarious.
+17 # sbessho 2018-03-12 19:50
It's the president, Roddy. If you believe this is the only NDA Trump has arranged, then you are as big a fool as he is. The point is that all of this behavior opens the president up to blackmail, as does his alleged shady financial dealings. The duty of public servants like the president is to come clean with the public on their tax returns, affairs and whatever else so that nobody holds a sword over the office and thus over the government. We have good people in this country; we have to pay attention to the people who run for office and keep SOBs like Trump out. And if they get in, we should force them out.
+4 # mill valley maven 2018-03-12 13:52
"intimate relationship?"
Just call it "sex."
+2 # MikeAF48 2018-03-12 17:42
Democrat Conor Lamb will by 21 points over Republican Rick Saccone
-9 # 2018-03-12 19:16
Personally, I'm wondering why anyone cares who Trump diddled a decade ago...or even last month.
His diddling of the American public during his term in office is the only thing that counts.
As for Clifford, she's just another money-grubbing bitch trying to make a big score because she screwed a high profile John...and was, probably, well compensated at the time.
Time to get on with important matters...
+5 # barryg 2018-03-12 23:39
As rorty on says, there's plenty of nondisclosure agreements and court settlements. So, the issue isn't legality in this case. And since the whole thing is been exposed this no threat of blackmail.

So it's really a political exercise. And I don't think the Trump lovers will care about it. It won't change their opinion of you in any way. They have already sold their morals and ethics down the drain.
+18 # Elroys 2018-03-13 10:31
Yet another distraction by "dear corrupt leader". His minions are dismantling decades of forward movement legislation, trump continues the destruction and thievery, and yes, the guy is indeed the F***ing moron that Tillerson pointed out, and we do nothing.

Will anyone with any intelligence tell your children that the president of our nation is a role to be admired? That his character and behavior should be part of our DNA? If so, you are a dead soul.
Barak and Michelle Obama are models of good character, of good family people who care deeply about and truly love and cherish each other, and their daughters.

Now, look at the Trump "family". Can you think of a more disfunctional, hate-filled, soul-less 'family" Can you imagine what Barron and the grandchildren must be feeling? This is sick.
And the truly sick part is that we have the entire Repugnant party in Congress who sing this guy's praises - who support all of his madness.
We have a president and his party who are low lifes that care only about their own jobs and their own wealthy donors. If you believe these people care about you and your family and community, you are a either a moron yourself or you are simply unwilling to look at yourself and reality in the mirror. Voting for anyone with an "R" in front of their name makes you complicit in the destruction of America.
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-13 13:35
Elroy -- "the guy is indeed the F***ing moron that Tillerson pointed out, and we do nothing.

We are not doing nothing. We are organizing and mobilizing for the elections in 2018 and 2020. Trump will be shut down by true progressives getting out and voting and helping others to see the wisdom for voting for true progressives.

The people doing nothing are the establishment democrats and their fellow travelers who want Mueller and the congress to do something. They can't and won't. Trump won't be impeached. And he can't be indicted. What a fucking waste of time all of these investigations are. But they do provide cover for the Clinton right-wing democrats so they won't have to change. They want the democratic party to remain exactly as it has been for 25 years. Those are your "do nothings."

Get behind true progressive candidates for 2018. Follow what Sanders is doing. He's on the right track. He's doing a lot.
+9 # ktony 2018-03-13 13:15
I believe that one of Ms. Clifford's arguments is that Trump's attorney had already talked publicly about the whole mess.

In any case,I find tm7devils39's attack on Ms Clifford misogynistic and highly offensive.

Let us consider that both Trump and Stormy are entertainers. Why is it wrong for her to provide us with even more amusement? Besides, there was outright criminal activity involved in the payoff. That deserves and requires exposure.
+2 # GreenBee 2018-03-14 19:02
Yes, it appears, if Ms. Daniel's' attorney is correct, that Roy Cohn committed a misdeameanor in filing an arbitration in California where he is not licensed and without Ms. Daniel's knowledge. He could get disbarred. I am getting my popcorn ready!!
+2 # p4136bl 2018-03-15 00:32
I find it sad to think of what torture this black hearted man and his soul less family live in deep inside. They may only be aware of it in their unconscious daily knee jerk reactions that ultimately come from lack of real love, morality, empathy. The whole family - they are an American tragedy. The full catastrophe. Don't get me wrong I hope he dies in jail and soon. But the bigger problem is the Russians-I mean Republicans, whose greed and immorality stems from that same void as the Rumps.
0 # JTC jr 2018-03-19 12:45
Please play Denesen's theme song AS A BACKGROUND THEME each time he Twitters.. The song of course is STORMY WEATHER.

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