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Hard News: The remarkable rise of Michael Avenatti

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  • nzlemming,

    Today reminds me of the Eagles song "New York Minute" - Somebody's going to emergency, somebody's going to jail

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Avenatti on CNN with Anderson Cooper

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to nzlemming,

    Today reminds me of the Eagles song “New York Minute” – Somebody’s going to emergency, somebody’s going to jail

    ...and that reminds me of Tom Waits' Small Change got rained on

    And someone will head south until this whole thing cools off, 'cause
    'Cause small change got rained on with his own thirty-eight, yeah,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • Rob S,

    Would you play poker against Avenatti?
    Has this been the plan all along to use Stormy Daniels as a stalking horse to open up Trump's corruption? How much more has he got?
    If this is what a porn stars lawyer can unearth what can Mueller access?
    Is Cohen singing?
    How good is his protection?
    I generally don't like conspiracy theories but this seems to be more than a porn star after more exposure, - sorry.
    As a Kiwi I can say pass the popcorn but if I was a U.S. citizen I'd be weeping.
    One last thought, imagine what Fox news et al would be like if they had shit like this on Clinton.

    Since Apr 2010 • 121 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Rob S,

    I generally don’t like conspiracy theories but this seems to be more than a porn star after more exposure, – sorry.

    She was a dark and stormy knight...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7630 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Avenatti gently teasing Sam Nunberg

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Chris Hayes is not my favourite reporter, but this is interesting. US newspapers are confirming Avenatti's document from separate sources (?) and the companies named are confirming payments and that Cohen was promising access to Trump.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Also, Mueller interviewed these companies last November .

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    Chris Hayes is not my favourite reporter, but this is interesting. US newspapers are confirming Avenatti’s document from separate sources (?) and the companies named are confirming payments and that Cohen was promising access to Trump.

    And the consistent pattern is that the actual amounts paid into the slush account are multiples of what Avenatti reports.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    Oh, and worse yet since Avenatti’s Sunday drop:

    Michael Avenatti’s Mother’s Day bombshell, explained

    So … Avenatti (or his clearly very good researchers) have found images of Cohen, Michael Flynn and Ahmed al-Rumaihi, who runs QIA, Qatar’s big sovereign investment fund, at Trump Tower, just two days after the Steele dossier had QIA buying 19% of the huge Russian oil company Rosneft with a nice little “brokerage bung for Trump himself.

    Independently, another current lawsuit – taken against al-Rumaihi by Ice Cube! – has provided testimony that al-Rumaihi bragged about successfully bribing Flynn and trying to bribe Steve Bannon.

    This would be deemed too unlikely as a TV plot.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    For the longer and care complicated version, there's a Seth Abramson Twitter thread.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    This would be deemed too unlikely as a TV plot.

    Pretty much describes the whole Trump campaign and presidency.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    For the longer and care complicated version, there's a Seth Abramson Twitter thread.

    "But it gets worse" is such an awesome refrain.

    EDIT Holy crap, that's an awesome thread! And Mueller's managed to keep the leaks to zero. Wherever Avenatti is getting his stuff, it won't be the Special Counsel. The Trump Tower photos are a hell of a get on their own.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

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    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 774 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    More ramifications in the WaPo Russia-linked company that hired Michael Cohen registered alt-right websites during election

    Whoa.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    And today … Trump’s compulsory financial disclosure confirms that he did pay Cohen back, and chose to leave that information out of last year’s disclosure.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    And a hell of a story from Ronan farrow.

    He interviewed the government official who leaked the Cohen SARs – who says he did so because he was alarmed that they'd disappeared from a federal database where they should have been.

    It starts to look less like leaking as such and more like whistleblowing. Far out.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    A highly recommended read;

    Yeah, this dangerous dispensationalist Christian craziness has been present in successive Republican administrations since Reagan. But it does seem even more dangerous with Trump in office.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22403 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And today … Trump’s compulsory financial disclosure confirms that he did pay Cohen back, and chose to leave that information out of last year’s disclosure.

    In other words, Trump released some information after he was caught out.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yeah, this dangerous dispensationalist Christian craziness has been present in successive Republican administrations since Reagan. But it does seem even more dangerous with Trump in office.

    I thought Jeanine Pirro was going to have an orgasm as she reported "live from Jerusalem"

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Yeah, this dangerous dispensationalist Christian craziness has been present in successive Republican administrations since Reagan. But it does seem even more dangerous with Trump in office.

    It's all good fun until someone loses an eye for an eye.

    The lunatics have control of the asylum, and they want to burn it down.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2868 posts Report Reply

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