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Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen will ‘fold like a cheap deck of cards,’ Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says

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Meanwhile, Trump tweeted twice early Tuesday, writing that “attorney–client privilege is dead” and “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!”

The New York Times, which was the first to report the search of Cohen’s New York City office, said it involved several other topics besides the Daniels payment. The FBI and federal prosecutors sought and executed the search warrants in coordination with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Several law enforcement officials told NBC News that the case involves a matter that the Mueller team came across, and concluded it does not fall under its mandate and passed it on to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said that Cohen paid her $130,000 in October 2016 — just days before the presidential election — not to talk about what she describes as a one-time sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

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Cohen has tried to put daylight between the president and the porn star, saying that the payment came from his personal funds and the agreement was simply between his company and Daniels. While he has acknowledged making the payment, he has repeatedly declined to tell NBC News what it was for.

Daniels filed a civil lawsuit last month in Los Angeles, alleging that her “hush agreement” is invalid because while both she and Cohen signed it, Trump never did.

In a new court filing Monday, she claimed that she always believed Trump was a party to her non-disclosure agreement and would not have accepted the payment from Cohen if she knew Trump wasn’t going to sign off.

 Adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives at the Deja Vu Showgirls club on February 24, 2018 in the North Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Patrick Fallon / Zuma Press file

Trump, who has not publicly addressed the alleged relationship, told reporters last week that he was not aware that Cohen paid her and didn’t know where the money came from.

Cohen’s own lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said in a statement Monday that the FBI’s “investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”

Avenatti told “The Beat” that he believes Cohen will be made to take the fall.

“If Michael Cohen has put himself in this position, or the president has put him in this position, a part of me feels sorry for him, frankly,” he said.

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Boris Johnson urged to punish EU if Brussels miss trade deal deadline – 'Enough is enough'

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THE EU has still not ratified the post-Brexit trade deal agreed with the UK as MEPs refuse to name a date for a vote to take place before the April 30 deadline set by Downing Street. And Boris Johnson has been urged to punish the bloc if they miss the deadline.

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Hard-right Republicans forming new caucus to protect ‘Anglo-Saxon political traditions’

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WASHINGTON — A group of ultra-conservative House Republicans, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, are discussing launching an “America First Caucus” that would protect “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told reporters on Friday that he’s “looking at” joining.

“There is an America First Caucus,” he said, confirming that Greene is involved.

The formation of a caucus could be another sign of an emboldened faction of House Republicans who are known for nativist ideas and have been criticized by Democrats as racist.

A seven-page organizing document that includes the group’s name and a logo, first reported by Punchbowl News, says: “America is a nation with a border, and a culture, strengthened by a common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”

It adds that “societal trust and political unity are threatened when foreign citizens are imported en-masse into a country, particularly without institutional support for assimilation and an expansive welfare state to bail them out should they fail to contribute positively to the country.”

The document also backs infrastructure projects — a topic currently being debated in Congress — as long as they befit “the progeny of European architecture, whereby public infrastructure must be utilitarian as well as stunningly, classically beautiful, befitting a world power and source of freedom.”

Greene spokesman Nick Dyer confirmed that a platform is being written but complained about “dirty backstabbing swamp creatures” who leaked the document, and did not confirm or deny its authenticity.

“Be on the look out for the release of the America First Caucus platform when it’s announced to the public very soon,” Dyer said.

Gohmert said the group will focus on issues, “that will sustain us for the future,” but added that he hadn’t seen the platform language about Anglo-Saxon traditions.

“It’s not supposed to be about race at all. We’re stronger as diversified. But there are some things that help make us strong. Slavery nearly destroyed us,” he said.

He compared it to putting on one’s mask on an airplane before helping others: “If we let our country go without taking care of America and making sure we’re viable for the future, then we’re not going to be in a position to help the other countries.”

The term “America First” was used as a campaign slogan by former President Donald Trump, but received criticism because it was also used during World War II by those who opposed intervention in Europe to help stop German advances, even amid reports that Nazis were committing genocide against Jewish people.

Greene has advocated for extreme positions and dangerous conspiracy theories, including the QAnon conspiracy movement. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has condemned her for spreading “loony lies” and the Democratic-controlled House removed her from committees in February.

Punchbowl News reported that Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., is also involved with the group. His office didn’t return a request for comment.

Rep. Barry Moore, R-Ala., was reported as a potential recruit.

His office said Moore “will not agree to join any caucus until he’s had an opportunity to research their platform, which he has not had the chance to do so with the America First Caucus and therefore has not joined.”



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Keir Starmer's Labour Party plummets as Boris Johnson doubles lead in new poll

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THE TORIES have doubled their lead over Labour in the latest YouGov poll as Boris Johnson’s party continues to enjoy favourable ratings thanks to the huge success of the Covid vaccine rollout.

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