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Day 769





Who would hire this guy? This is still up on the RNC website…

Michael Cohen, National Deputy Chairman

Mr. Cohen is currently the personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump. He served for more than a decade as Executive Vice President Special Counsel to President Trump at the Trump Organization and has sat on the boards of multiple Trump organizations, including Trump Productions, the Eric Trump Foundation, and the Miss Universe Organization. In addition to raising millions of dollars for his campaign, Mr. Cohen has been an active spokesperson and advisor for the President during his interest in seeking office since 2011.


Recess now


A note of solidarity to Michael Cohen from Stormy Daniels, hoping they both can get past this where they were threatened and fearful for their (and family’s) lives and that the truth could finally be told.

(Gregory Wroblewski) #46

The school can’t comment, but it’s interesting that so few of Trump’s classmates have ever weighed in on this. Trump and I were both students at Fordham in calendar year 1966, although he left after the spring semester and I began in the fall. I think I could give you a fairly accurate guess at the GPA of anyone I knew at Fordham, but nobody seems to have anything more than a hazy recollection of Trump’s academic performance. A couple of his acquaintances have said that they think he was a C+ to B student, but that’s the full extent of anybody’s recollections.

(A B average would not be so bad. That was an era before today’s grade inflation, and Fordham had a reputation as a particularly low-marking school. You had to burn the midnight oil to get As, and Trump doesn’t seem to be that kind of guy.)

Surprisingly, none of the people I know from the Fordham community can remember anything about him at all, other than that he was reputed to be an excellent athlete and played on the squash team. (I didn’t even know we had a squash team.) His footprint at Fordham seems to have been minimal.



Interesting that you were at Fordham as well…

Here’s a snippet from The Daily Pennsylvanian (U of Penn newspaper) - Trump transferred mid year to U of Penn…but had some connections to get in. T was not a stellar student, as you suggest as well.

Another biographer, Gwenda Blair, wrote in 2001 that Trump was admitted to Wharton on a special favor from a “friendly” admissions officer. The officer had known Trump’s older brother, Freddy.

In a manner hardly consistent with his outsized personality, college-aged Donald Trump was barely seen around campus on weekends, remained uninvolved in most campus activities and his picture was even absent from the yearbook. While there’s no lack of Trump hotels, casinos and golf courses, no building on Penn’s campus bears his name.

Though he only attended Penn for two years and was not especially active on campus, Wharton’s alumni magazine named him one of their “125 Most Influential People” in 2007.

A Wharton spokesperson said that the leadership of the alumni office and magazine have turned over since the publication of the article, and declined to comment further on Trump. Penn has declined comment to multiple news sources on the topic of Trump’s presidency and attendance at the University.

Another classmate, who did not wish to be identified, speculated that Trump might not have interacted much with his class at Wharton because his late transfer required him to take the core courses that many of his classmates had taken as freshmen and sophomores.

Other students disputed this notion, pointing out that Trump still completed the curriculum in two years — meaning at least some of his credits from Fordham had to transfer over.

Of the 13 classmates who spoke with the Daily Pennsylvanian, only one remembers seeing Trump at all on campus. That student, 1968 Wharton graduate Ted Sachs, remembered a far different Trump than “The Donald” of today.

I liked him. I thought he was a really nice low-key guy,
” Sachs said. “He was very self effacing — he never talked about himself.”

Sachs, retired from a finance and consulting career and now residing in Lake Forest, Ill., sat next to Trump in a finance class. Sachs would get lunch occasionally with Trump, but after their class together ended, he heard less from him. It was only until nearly 10 years after he graduated that Sachs realized that Trump was the son of wealthy real-estate developer Fred Trump.

As Donald Trump assumed worldwide recognition in the 1980s after the publication of “The Art of the Deal,” Sachs began to recognize less of the friend with whom he would eat fried oyster sandwiches outside of class.

“I was lost — I didn’t get it,” Sachs said of Trump’s public persona. “I thought he kept two sides to his life, as some people are capable of doing.”

Seeing the quietly ambitious student grow into the gregarious face of a conservative movement did not leave Sachs completely surprised.

“He sort of had a magnetism about himself. He knew where he was going — that was clear,” Sachs said of Trump. “Looking back, I had that sense: he knew something at that age that I didn’t.”

Other alumni, many of them business leaders in their own right, still have not encountered their famous classmate, who as of Aug. 18, leads the 17-person Republican field with 24 percent of the vote, per a CNN poll.


@matt Which media live blog are you finding the most useful today? How are you ranking stories today? I think your readers would find your process interesting and informative.

reply as you have time


Up next when the hearing coutinues…

The House Oversight Committee hearing where Michael Cohen has been testifying is currently on break.

Each of the 42 committee members gets five minutes to ask questions. There are five Democrats left who haven’t asked questions, and they’ll get their turns when the hearing returns from recess.

Those members are…

  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York
  • Rashida Tlaib from Michigan
  • Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts
  • Ro Khanna from Califronia
  • Jimmy Gomez from California


This is the headline we are going to be seeing a LOT of from here on in. :exploding_head:

Mr. Cohen offered a blistering assessment of the president: “He is a racist. He is a con man. And he is a cheat.”


New Manafort docs reported by Ken Vogel


Interesting that further legal directives needed to be made by Mueller/SCO after the NYT’s article (NYT article Manafort and data to Kilimnik) on the fact that Manafort’s lawyers revealed (by mistake) that there was polling data exchanged.

Looks like Gates keeps telling/conferring with special Counsel very recently 2/15/19 suggesting there is so much ongoing still.

Vogel also points to this article on Kilimnik too.

The full story of what Mr. Mueller has found about cooperation between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election is not known. But Mr. Kilimnik pops up repeatedly as a possible connection, with ties to both sides that are as enigmatic as they are deep.

But in a federal court in Washington, Mr. Mueller’s prosecutors have repeatedly portrayed Mr. Kilimnik as something potentially more nefarious: “a former Russian intelligence officer” who “has ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016.”

Mr. Mueller’s team has focused on what appears to have been another discussion about polling data in New York on Aug. 2, 2016. A partly redacted court transcript suggests that Mr. Gates, who entered a plea agreement with the special counsel that requires his cooperation, may have told prosecutors that Mr. Manafort had walked Mr. Kilimnik through detailed polling data at a meeting that day in the cigar lounge of the Grand Havana Room in Manhattan.

The meeting also included a conversation about one Ukrainian “peace plan,” according to court filings.


The hearing is about to resume


and they’re back…


Here’s some testimony on what Cohen knew of the June9, 2016 which Don Jr created. Also, what T really thinks of his son’s thinking ability. BAD!

And while Cohen does not have proof Trump knew about the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting in advance, he shares what he witnessed that leads him to suspect the campaign did conspire with Russia.

"Questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia. I do not. I want to be clear. But, I have my suspicions.

Sometime in the summer of 2017, I read all over the media that there had been a meeting in Trump Tower in June 2016 involving Don Jr. and others from the campaign with Russians, including a representative of the Russian government, and an email setting up the meeting with the subject line, “Dirt on Hillary Clinton.” Something clicked in my mind.

I remember being in the room with Mr. Trump, probably in early June 2016, when something peculiar happened. Don Jr. came into the room and walked behind his father’s desk – which in itself was unusual. People didn’t just walk behind Mr. Trump’s desk to talk to him. I recalled Don Jr. leaning over to his father and speaking in a low voice, which I could clearly hear, and saying: “The meeting is all set.” I remember Mr. Trump saying, “Ok good … let me know.”

What struck me as I looked back and thought about that exchange between Don Jr. and his father was, first, that Mr. Trump had frequently told me and others that his son Don Jr. had the worst judgment of anyone in the world. And also, that Don Jr. would never set up any meeting of any significance alone – and certainly not without checking with his father.

I also knew that nothing went on in Trump world, especially the campaign, without Mr. Trump’s knowledge and approval. So, I concluded that Don Jr. was referring to that June 2016 Trump Tower meeting about dirt on Hillary with the Russian representative when he walked behind his dad’s desk that day — and that Mr. Trump knew that was the meeting Don Jr. was talking about when he said, “That’s good … let me know.”


AOC is up to bat


I believe this is the report on Trump Links, she is referring.