Trump Administration Posts

Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty

Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty, Says Trump Told Him to Pay Off Women: (“Michael Cohen told a federal judge that Donald Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women who said they had affairs with the future president, in an effort to keep their claims from swaying the 2016 presidential election. * * * The stunning admission by Mr. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, directly implicated the president in a federal crime, alleging that Mr. Trump was actively involved in the decisions to try to bury the women’s stories. Mr. Cohen’s plea escalates pressure on a president who has already seen three other associates charged with felonies and a fourth convicted by a jury on Tuesday. * * * Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight criminal charges, including campaign-finance violations, and said he paid $130,000 to adult-film actress Stephanie Clifford, known professionally as Stormy Daniels, and coordinated a $150,000 payment by the publisher of the National Enquirer to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.”)

DC Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh Is SCOTUS Nominee

Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump’s Pick for Supreme Court: (“President Trump on Monday nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation. * * * Presenting Judge Kavanaugh at the White House, Mr. Trump described him as ‘one of the finest and sharpest legal minds in our time,’ and declared him a jurist who would set aside his political views and apply the Constitution ‘as written.'”)

Manafort’s Bond Revoked

Judge Orders Paul Manafort Jailed Before Trial, Citing New Obstruction Charges: (“A federal judge revoked Paul Manafort’s bail and sent him to jail on Friday to await trial, citing new charges that Mr. Manafort had tried to influence the testimony of two government witnesses after he had been granted a temporary release. * * * Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, had posted a $10 million bond and was under house arrest while awaiting his September trial on a host of charges, including money laundering and making false statements.”)

Manafort’s Lawsuit Against Mueller Dismissed

Manafort’s Lawsuit Taking Aim at Mueller Is Tossed Out of Court: (“A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump, that tried to narrow the authority of the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. * * * The judge said that Mr. Manafort’s suit, which argued that the special counsel had exceeded his authorities by investigating Mr. Manafort’s past business dealings in Ukraine, was “not the appropriate vehicle for taking issue with what a prosecutor has done in the past or where he might be headed in the future.”)

Gillibrand to “Blue-Slip” Trump’s Likely Pick for Manhattan US Attorney

Gillebrand Vows to Block Trump’s Likely Choice for US Attorney in Manhattan: (“Senator Kirsten Gillibrand plans to use a prerogative given to home-state senators to try to block the confirmation of Geoffrey S. Berman if he is nominated by President Trump as the United States attorney in Manhattan, her spokesman said on Wednesday.”)

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