Update # 3 - letters to Passantino & Dillon
Well that certainly did NOT take long. Chairman Cummings dispatched a letter requesting Passantino appear for a transcribe interview on March 18, 2019 before his committee and committee investigators.
By way of reference see archived twitter thread re Passantino & Sherri Dillion. Found here. Chairman Cummings fired off the following letter a few moments ago. The reason the name Stefan Passantino name should ring a bell is he recently left the White House Counsel’s office and upon his resignation the Trump Organization hired him. The issue here isn’t Trump being a serial philanderer it’s about Federal Election Laws. Lying to Investigators and falsely filing OGE Financial Disclosures.
The Committee on Oversight and Reform requests your appearance for a transcribed interview on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., in room 2247 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
President Donald Trump's financial disclosure reporting and the reimbursement of Michael Cohen for payments to silence women alleging affairs before the 2016 election.
Chairman Cummings, concurrently sent a letter to Sherri Dillon requesting her appearance on March 19, 2019 (the day after Passantino interview)
None of this should surprise you, given on February 15, 2019 the Oversight Committee released newly provided documentation from the OGE staff concerning the communications and any coordination between Trump and his personal attorneys as it relates to his potential unlawful Campaign Hush Money payments.
And then because Chairman Cummings is having none of Gymbo Jordan’s nonsense he also received a four page letter from the Chairman
The four page letter, just excoriates Jordan. And is likely the most professionally written point by counterpoint, we the people see exactly what you’re doing Gymbo and it is gross. I don’t understand why you’re so emotional Gymbo. Is there something you need to tell us? Because your “performance” today was both hilarious and sad. And let’s just be real for a moment, if a woman engaged in the over the top histrionics that you and Rep Meadows did, you’d have some pithy response of: gosh why are you so emotional...maybe you need to go see your doctor? The two of you made a mockery of the US House of Representatives today. But know this one truth, when the history books are written your legacy will be the two most grotesque obsequious enablers that put a morally bereft conman ahead of your own party and above your country. History will not be kind to either one of you and that delights me.
Update # 2 Cohen’s Closing argument:
If you watch anything of Cohen’s hearing, his closing statements are both compelling, heartbreaking yet oddly hopeful. It is weird that I almost feel bad for Michael Cohen and his family. They have lost everything
Silence and complicity in face of the face of the daily destruction in of our basic norms and civility to one another, will not be one of them...
I blindly followed his demands. My loyalty to Mr Trump, has cost me everything...my family’s happiness, friendships, my law license, my company, my livelihood, my honor my reputation and soon my freedom...and I will not sit back and say nothing and watch him do the same thing to our Country...
Given my experience I fear that if he loses the 2020 election there will never be a peaceful transition of power
We honor our Veterans even in the raid
You don’t disparage our Generals
You don’t vilify people based on the God they pray to
this behavior is churlish and it denigrates the office and you
Michael Dean Cohen...
Off the top, we should just go ahead and acknowledge the pissed off elephant sitting in the room. As in we should just acknowledge that Michael Cohen is a convicted felon and as of February 26, 2019 Michael D Cohen has been officially by the Appellate Division, First Department’s grievance committee in Manhattan. This comes after Cohen’s December 2018 guilty pleas to federal felony charges.
One thing that I notice and might be overlooked is the Panel post-dated the Panel’s official decision. I do not know if it’s intentional or if this is standard protocol for this Committee. But I did find it rather curious that the original reporter iis “newish” af the New York Post and they were the first to tweet out the news shortly after 1:17PM.
BREAKING: Michael Cohen has been officially disbarred, per new docs released by the Attorney Grievance Committee. Story shortly.— Emily Saul (@Emily_Saul_) February 26, 2019
“ceased to be an attorney upon his federal conviction of making false statements to the United States Congress” and his “name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law in the State of New York.”
Mr Cohen’s disbarment really should not come as a surprise. Unlike some I do not take any pleasure in gloating that Mr. Cohen is “officially” no longer allowed to practice law.
I found it rather curious that Mr. Cohen did not file a response to the inquires and subsequent notifications. Although it is probably safe to assume Cohen may have been standing in the eye wall of the litigious shit-tornado and was otherwise preoccupied.
The five Judge panel consisted of; Justices Dianne Renwick, Sallie Manzanet-Daniels, Angela Mazzarelli, Jeffery Oing, and Peter Moulton. Who unanimously found Cohen’s guilty pleas to tax evasion, campaign finance law violations, and lying to Congress meet the criterion of “serious crimes”. Under New York State Law, such egrious actions of an “officer of the Coirt” require he disbarred and his name/bar-number be removed from the State’s Rolls.
“A conviction of a federal felony triggers disbarment by operation of law if the offense would constitute a felony if committed under New York law,”
Upon Cohen’s release from serving his term of imprisonment, Cohen must “show cause” , “why a final order of...disbarment should not be made” pursuant to State Laws. I could be way off base, based on the following factual observations:
- The Committee oddly stayed clear of the FEC hush money payments
- Heavy emphasis on “Cohen lying to Congress”
- The post dating of this determination is vexing
Michael Cohen and atonement?
Page 1, last paragraph, Cohen bringing actual documentation..
“...some of you may doubt and attack me on my credibility. It is for this reason that I have incorporated into this opening statement documents that are irrefutable, and demonstrate that the information you will hear is accurate and truthful”
Trump and his close surrogates are going to lose their ever loving minds. This will go down in history as the bestest of be best. Holy. Shit. Balls. At this moment the rage tweets sustain me...
Not only did Cohen bring actual receipts. He has clearly run out of Fs. Sweet Mother of GAWD this is delicious. I don’t think we knew that Trump wrote checks from his personal accounts to Cohen
Copies of financial statements for 2011 – 2013 that he gave to such institutions as Deutsche Bank;
Copies of letters I wrote at Mr. Trump’s direction that threatened his high school, colleges, and the College Board not to release his grades or SAT scores.
As expected Cohen is filling in a bit of background but this part of his written statement made the hair on my neck stand up. The problem for me is this sentence and “in Russia” is Cohen stating he was physically in Russia (during the 2016 Campaign? Or is Cohen using “in”
In conversations we had during the campaign, at the same time I was actively negotiating in Russia for him, he would look me in the eye and tell me there’s no business in Russia and then go out and lie to the American people by saying the same thing. In his way, he was telling me to lie.
And then just like that Cohen plainly answers the lingering question, what did Trump know about the Trump Tower Moscow and did he or Counsel(s) help draft and edit Cohen’s previous Congressional Testimony...magic eight ball says:
You need to know that Mr. Trump’s personal lawyers reviewed and edited my statement to Congress about the timing of the Moscow Tower negotiations before I gave it.
For YEARS Trump tried to muscle his way in to the extremely elite NFL team owners club. He franchised a football team in the “not NFL”, that football league was as successful as Trump’s Steaks. The fact Michael Cohen handed over three years of Trump’s financials...when Trump was trying to buy the Buffalo Bills and Forbes is absolutely bonkers. Trump has always been insecure about his “standing” in the billionaires club. I personally think deep down inside Trump knowns he’s a complete fraud and a proven conman.
This portion of Cohen’s Testimony is largely known but the new detail is Cohen “owned” more precisely Cohen identified himself as the el Jefe henchman. The plethora of facts in the public domain (especially in various County, State and Federal Court Systems) affirms three assertion that Trump acts like a mob boss, using his enforcer to “shake down” Trump has left a long trail of devastation.
Testimony starting now....
We have been seeking answers for months about the nature and extent of these hush money payments. Today #MichaelCohen will be before our Committee to answer our questions on the matter.— Oversight Committee (@OversightDems) February 27, 2019
WATCH LIVE NOW: https://t.co/AtIOMAjYID
UPDATE # 1 with Exhibits
Exhibits to Cohen Testimony
August 2017 check drawn from Trump’s personal account, this could be problematic given the OGE disclosures and Trump’s signature on his OGE disclosures. Notice the difference in the March and August checks to Michael Cohen?
2016 Wire Transfer to Stormy Daniels
The March 2017 Check was drawn from Trump’s Revocable Trust (of which Trump Jr & Weisselberg are trustees)
The August 2017 Check was drawn from a separate Trump Account.
Trump’s 2011 to 2013 Financial Statement sent to Deutsche Bank, 17 pages in all.
2012 Trump Financials.
2013 Trump Fiancials:
There appears to be a dramatic bump in both liabilities and network. Which makes me wonder did Trump’s accountants get their degree from Trump University?
This isn’t a good look for Trump or Cohen, at all.
And then the House Trump Sycophants Mark Meadows and Gym Jordan attempted to derail the hearing. I swear to God these two obsequious Trump Loyalist all but play Trump’s skin flute at every chance they get...
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