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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:09 AM

Trump's campaign to discredit Michael Cohen is already underway

By Callum Borchers
June 14 at 6:30 AM

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The president and his allies seem to be taking no chances. They have a ready-made, public-relations strategy to deploy if Cohen caves. In fact, they began rolling it out weeks ago.

Trump tweeted in April that “most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories.”

“I don't see Michael doing that,” Trump added, but the message to voters was clear: In the event that Cohen does trade dirt on the president for leniency, don't believe anything Cohen says.

The apparent plan is to discredit Cohen by arguing that whatever compromising information he might share about Trump is a lie, concocted to please Mueller's band of witch hunters and save his own skin.

Alan Dershowitz, a retired Harvard Law School professor who defends Trump on television and serves as an informal adviser, has sought to cast doubt on the reliability of Cohen's potential testimony. Here's part of his April op-ed in the Hill:

It is doubtful that Cohen would cooperate, even if he has anything on his client. But prosecutors often try to get lawyers to “sing” against their clients — to become “canaries” — in order to save their own feathers. Some flipped witnesses will tell prosecutors anything they want to hear in order to earn a “get out of jail free card.” They know that the “better” their story, the more leniency they will earn. So, in addition to singing, they “compose” by making up incriminating details.

I have seen this on many occasions.


Also in April, the National Enquirer took aim at Cohen's credibility by publishing a cover headline that read, “TRUMP FIXER'S SECRETS & LIES!”

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/06/14/trumps-campaign-to-discredit-michael-cohen-is-already-underway

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Reply Trump's campaign to discredit Michael Cohen is already underway (Original post)
DonViejo Jun 2018 OP
muntrv Jun 2018 #1
meow2u3 Jun 2018 #2
Demsrule86 Jun 2018 #3
fleur-de-lisa Jun 2018 #4
Demsrule86 Jun 2018 #5
fleur-de-lisa Jun 2018 #6
Demsrule86 Jun 2018 #7
fleur-de-lisa Jun 2018 #8
Dulcinea Jun 2018 #9
Demsrule86 Jun 2018 #10
KayF Jun 2018 #11

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:11 AM

1. Like Gotti discrediting Gravano?

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Response to muntrv (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:13 AM

2. That's about the size of it nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:13 AM

3. He has tapes Trump...and no doubt knows where the bodies are buried...you are so going down...and

Alan won't save you...hard to believe how low he has gone.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:29 AM

4. Yep. And I am sure Mueller has both Cohen and Trump on tape . . .

collected LEGALLY through the use of FISA warrants. When those dumb asses decided to commit crimes with foreign entities, they opened themselves up to legal surveillance by the FBI.

Thank DOG they are incompetent criminals. Smart crooks would have been harder to catch.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:42 AM

5. Yep, and if Cohen was in Prague as has been reported,Trump is screwed...paying of the hackers would

show that Trump ordered the hacking which is illegal and no different than what Nixon did when his henchmen broke into Democratic headquarters...modern Watergate.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:44 AM

6. I call it "Stupid Watergate".

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:54 AM

7. That is a great term...Can I borrow it?

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:59 AM

8. Sure. Not really my idea. I found it on Twitter months ago.

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:01 AM

9. That's what John Oliver calls it. nt

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 10:21 AM

10. I really like it...thanks.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 05:45 PM

11. more details from the Onion!

https://politics.theonion.com/president-s-lawyers-move-to-discredit-michael-cohen-by-1826842082

WASHINGTON—Claiming that such an obviously corrupt and dishonest individual could not be trusted to provide accurate testimony, the president’s lawyers reportedly moved to discredit Michael Cohen Thursday by pointing out his long history of committing crimes for Donald Trump. “We’re talking about a man who has threatened and slandered multiple women that Trump slept with, so how are we supposed to believe anything he says?” said attorney Rudy Giuliani, telling reporters that Cohen’s decades-long track record of wire fraud, tax evasion, and brokering shady real estate deals at the behest of the Trump Organization suggested he would likely tell investigators anything they wanted to hear in order to save his skin. “This isn’t just someone who made a few mistakes—whether it was laundering Ukrainian money through Trump properties in the early ’90s or violating campaign finance laws to benefit Trump during the 2016 election, Cohen has proven time and again that he is an inveterate liar and scofflaw. And these are only the crimes we know that he carried out for Trump. In the weeks ahead, we expect many more illegal practices to surface, which will only confirm Michael Cohen’s complete lack of morality.” Giuliani added that Cohen’s felonious conduct was evident from his known association with high-profile criminals including Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr.

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