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Fox PoliticsDec 14, 2018
Former FEC commissioners: Trump-Cohen 'hush' payments not necessarily a violation
Michael Cohen's guilty plea and subsequent sentencing for campaign-finance violations and other crimes revived speculation about President Trump's potential legal exposure -- but some former Federal Election Commission members say neither of them necessarily committed a violation with hush-money payments to purported Trump paramours. 

CNN PoliticsDec 14, 2018
Michael Cohen says Donald Trump knew hush payments were wrong
President Donald Trump's former attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen admitted that he knew what he was "doing was wrong" when he arranged payments during the 2016 election to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump and that Trump was "very concerned" about how revelations of the affairs may impact the election.

Fox PoliticsDec 14, 2018
Cohen says Trump knew hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal were wrong
President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen said the then-candidate knew it was wrong to make hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal in the weeks leading up to the election.

The Daily BeastDec 14, 2018
How Jared Kushner Replaced Michael Cohen as Trump's National Enquirer Connection
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily BeastShortly after the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was handed a task considered critical to the president's operations. In addition to serving as a senior adviser in the White House, he would also be playing the role of the main conduit between Trump and his friend David Pecker, the National Enquirer publisher and chief executive of AMI, which prosecutors said on Wednesday admitted to making a $150,000 hush-money payment "in concert with" the Trump campaign.

During the early months of the Trump era, Kushner performed the task admirably, discussing with Pecker various issues over the phone, including everything from international relations to media gossip, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Pecker, for his part, bragged to people that he was speaking to the president's son-in-law and, more generally, about the level of access he had to the upper echelons of the West Wing, two sources with knowledge of the relationship recounted.

The relationship underscored both the wide breadth of responsibilities that Kushner was given in the White House—a portfolio that saw him serve as a point person on some of the most critical government functions and as a chief protector of the Trump family image—as well as the degree to which Trump continued to value the relationships he'd built up with key media figures during his time in New York real estate and reality TV.


The Daily BeastDec 14, 2018
Cohen: Mueller Has ‘Substantial' Evidence to Back Up My Story
Michael Cohen, President Trump's former fixer, says the candidate personally directed him to pay off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal because he thought it would help him to win the election.

Trumpworld allies have tried to suggest the president ordered the secret payments for personal reasons—to keep Melania Trump in the dark about his affairs—rather than for electoral gain, which would potentially violate campaign-finance laws.

Speaking for the first time since he was sentenced to three years imprisonment, Cohen told ABC's Good Morning America early Thursday that Trump knew exactly what he was doing: "[He] was very concerned about how this would affect the election."

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BBC Talking PointDec 13, 2018
Brexit: Theresa May asking EU for backstop 'assurances'
The prime minister also says she will not lead the Conservatives into the next general election.
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