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Thu Jan 17, 2019, 11:11 AM

Michael Cohen blames Trump for reported poll-rigging efforts

Source: Politico



By CAITLIN OPRYSKO 01/17/2019 09:58 AM EST

Michael Cohen, the former fixer for President Donald Trump, is deflecting responsibility for allegedly paying someone to rig online polls in Trumpís favor, claiming in a tweet Thursday that his efforts were ďat the direction of and for the sole benefitĒ of his boss.

Cohen was responding to a report in the Wall Street Journal that alleged Cohen owed money to the owner of a small tech company for creating a computer script aimed at boosting Trumpís standing in two online polls in 2014 and 2015, before Trump declared his candidacy for president.

John Gauger, the owner of RedFinch Solutions LLC, was unsuccessful in his attempts to push Trump to the top of a CNBC poll about business leaders and a Drudge Report poll measuring support for potential GOP presidential contenders, and he told the Journal that Cohen only paid him about a quarter of the $50,000 he was owed.

Cohen was sentenced late last year to three years in prison for tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations for paying hush money to women alleging affairs with Trump.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/17/cohen-trump-poll-rigging-1107596

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Reply Michael Cohen blames Trump for reported poll-rigging efforts (Original post)
DonViejo Jan 2019 OP
vlyons Jan 2019 #1
TomCADem Jan 2019 #2
dalton99a Jan 2019 #3
Liberty Belle Jan 2019 #4
LeftInTX Jan 2019 #6
standingtall Jan 2019 #5
Harker Jan 2019 #7

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 11:17 AM

1. Nothing surprises me about how Trump and Republicans play dirty politics

Rig the whole process. They constantly leverage all new technologies when possible.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 12:34 PM

2. Trump Spiking Online Polls? What a surprise!

I guess he can now just outsource such work to Russia.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 12:42 PM

3. Trump can only win by cheating and lying.

It is a lifelong pattern

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 01:55 PM

4. I need a legal expert to tell us what laws were broken here potentially.

Are there federal or state statutes against using software programs to rig polls? Can someone cite the statutes?

I am arguing with a prominent conservative who claims no laws were broken and challenged me on social media to show what laws were broken.

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Response to Liberty Belle (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 06:29 PM

6. I don't think they were broken

Unless there is some law about polls or telecom stuff

They have those kind of polls where you can get 100 of your friends to respond. (Like we do on DU)

If these are "real polls" then it would be unethical.

When I see the word, "Internet poll", I never know what to think.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 05:51 PM

5. The poll rigging was part of the strategy to normalize Trump

nt.

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Response to standingtall (Reply #5)

Thu Jan 17, 2019, 08:29 PM

7. Right.

Wouldn't do for a complete outlier to pull off an obviously phony win at any level.

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