Wednesday Reads: Such a nice guy…
Posted: February 14, 2018 Filed under: morning reads, open thread, Political and Editorial Cartoons, Republican politics, the GOP, War on Women, Wednesday Hump Day Cartoons, Women's Rights
A card tRump could never send…
Happy Valentine’s Day!
When you got friends…who needs lawyers? Wait, or is that vice versa…
Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Says He Paid Stormy Daniels Out of His Own Pocket – The New York Times
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, said on Tuesday that he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a pornographic-film actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Mr. Trump.
In the most detailed explanation of the 2016 payment made to the actress, Stephanie Clifford, Mr. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he was not reimbursed for the payment.
“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 he made the payment, what the motivation was or whether he had made similar payments to other people over the years.
Mr. Cohen has previously said that Mr. Trump has denied an affair with Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels.
Cohen’s statement about what he called “a private transaction” was the first time that he has acknowledged a role in the payment, which was first reported in January by The Wall Street Journal.
Gee, hell of a guy.
tRump has great lawyers, huh? Remember this?
Trump’s lawyer claims responsibility for president’s problematic tweet – NBC News
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer took responsibility Sunday for a tweet that Trump sent the previous day, in which the president said for the first time that he knew his former security adviser, Michael Flynn, had lied to the FBI before he fired Flynn in February.
The tweet caused an uproar in Washington because it implied Trump knew Flynn had committed a felony — lying to the FBI — when he told then-FBI director James Comey to go easy on Flynn the day after the firing.
Interfering in the FBI’s investigation could be construed as obstructing justice, potentially creating legal jeopardy for Trump. Within a few hours, Trump’s personal lawyer, John Dowd, stepped in to say that he wrote the tweet, not the president.
Dowd told NBC News that he drafted the tweet and then sent it to White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino to publish. When asked for the original email he sent to Scavino, Dowd said he dictated it orally.
Cartoons to the rescue:
Jasper and the First Amendment: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Angelo Lopez
Valentine to Hope: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
Rob Porter: 02/12/2018 Cartoon by Deb Milbrath
02/13/2018 Cartoon by Lisa Benson
Nick Anderson cartoon: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson
02/13/2018 Cartoon by Kevin Siers
02/09/2018 Cartoon by Kevin Siers
Doug Jones rains on Gop parade: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
02/09/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
Trump Bone Spur Salute: 02/08/2018 Cartoon by J.D. Crowe
The Flu: 02/11/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
Deficits: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Adam Zyglis
02/09/2018 Cartoon by Nick Anderson
Clay Bennett editorial cartoon: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Clay Bennett
02/13/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller
02/10/2018 Cartoon by Joe Heller
Media Magnet: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Eric J Garcia
I think the best thing about that cartoon is the dead squirrel on top of tRump’s head.
02/13/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies
02/12/2018 Cartoon by Jimmy Margulies
One Korea: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
Gerrymandered State: 02/12/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
Deficit Apocalypse: 02/11/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
Visitors: 02/13/2018 Cartoon by Paul Fell
Parade: 02/09/2018 Cartoon by Rob Rogers
This next cartoon is from 1941:
And I will end it with that magnificent cartoon from Luckovich…
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