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EXCLUSIVE: Is this the smoking gun? Letter from Michael Cohen claiming Donald Trump did NOT reimburse him for hush money paid to Stormy Daniels appears to fly in the face of the star witness's grand jury testimony​

  • Bombshell document, exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, could cripple prosecutors' pursuit of criminal charges against Trump
  • Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, is the star witness in the case over which Trump reportedly faces imminent arrest for campaign finance violations
  • But in a February 2018 letter Cohen’s attorney wrote that ‘Mr. Cohen used his own personal funds’ and that ‘neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign reimbursed Mr. Cohen'
Apparently, Trump never compensates people he owes money to....
 
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Ex-Trump aide Mark Meadows, others ordered to testify in Capitol attack probe: Report
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Published Mar 24, 2023 • 1 minute read

WASHINGTON — A U.S. judge has rejected former President Donald Trump’s bid to prevent ex-aides, including former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, from testifying before a grand jury probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, ABC reported on Friday, citing sources.


The federal grand jury is investigating failed efforts by Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 election, one of two probes into the former president being handled by Special Counsel Jack Smith.


Republican Trump, who is running for president in 2024 and calls the investigations politically motivated, has sought to claim executive privilege to prevent former aides from testifying. He also faces inquiries in Georgia and New York.

Citing multiple sources, ABC reported that U.S. Judge Beryl Howell denied Trump’s claim of executive privilege for Meadows and other former aides in a sealed order last week.

A Trump spokesperson told ABC the Justice Department had stepped “far outside the standard norms in attempting to destroy the long-accepted, long-held, constitutionally based standards of attorney-client privilege and executive privilege.”


ABC, citing sources briefed on the matter, reported Trump would likely appeal the judge’s ruling. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did lawyers for Trump or Meadows.

The former aides ordered to testify include former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, former top Department of Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli, and former advisers Stephen Miller, Nick Luna and John McEntee, ABC reported.

A lawyer for Miller declined to comment. Reuters was not immediately able to reach the other former aides or their lawyers.

Special Counsel Smith, who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland in November, is also investigating Trump for the unlawful retention of national defence information at his Florida estate.
 

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Newly fired Fox News producer seeks to recant testimony in Dominion lawsuit
Author of the article:Reuters
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Jonathan Stempel
Published Mar 27, 2023 • 2 minute read

NEW YORK — A newly fired Fox News producer is seeking to recant testimony she said network lawyers coerced her into providing as Fox defends against Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit.


Abby Grossberg said Fox’s lawyers left her feeling she “had to do everything possible to avoid becoming the ‘star witness’ for Dominion or else I would be seriously jeopardizing my career at Fox News.”


The former producer for Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday morning show and later Tucker Carlson’s prime-time show made the accusation as she filed amended lawsuits in Manhattan federal court and Delaware Superior Court accusing Fox of discrimination, retaliation, sexism and misogyny.

Grossberg said Fox fired her on Friday, four days after she originally sued and was put on administrative leave.

She also filed complaints against Fox on Monday with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York City Commission on Human Rights.


Fox, part of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Corp, said Grossberg “ignored” its warning that she might lose her job if she revealed privileged communications with lawyers.

It also said it would defend against Grossberg’s legal claims, which were “riddled with false allegations against Fox and our employees.”

Fox has also said its coverage of election claims was protected by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

The network is defending in the Delaware court against Dominion’s lawsuit accusing the network of repeatedly and knowingly airing false claims linking its voting machines to widespread fraud in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

Grossberg wants to correct or add to 31 statements from her Sept. 14 deposition in that case that she said were tainted by Fox lawyers’ “impermissible coaching and coercion.”


She said she suppressed her view that Fox executives tracked ratings closely, and Fox would make more money by appealing to more viewers who “agree with what they are watching.”

Grossberg also wants her deposition to better reflect Fox’s alleged vetting of on-air guests.

Her proposed testimony said David Clark, a senior network executive “keyed into what content the top brass” wanted, would typically step in to keep unsubstantiated content off the air.

“That did not happen with respect to Dominion-related reporting which was allowed to receive significant airplay without any evidence implicating them in any way,” Grossberg said.

A prominent Trump supporter, Rudolph Giuliani, got special treatment, with Clark letting the former New York City mayor and Trump lawyer stay on air because he was “cleared on a corporate level to keep appearing on TV unfiltered,” Grossberg said.

Clark is among the defendants in Grossberg’s Manhattan lawsuit.

The cases are Grossberg v Fox Corp et al, Delaware Superior Court, No. N23C-03-180; and Grossberg v Fox Corp et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 23-02368.
 

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Trump N.Y. grand jury hears from former National Enquirer publisher again
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Karen Freifeld
Published Mar 27, 2023 • 2 minute read

A former National Enquirer publisher testified on Monday before a Manhattan grand jury hearing evidence about former President Donald Trump’s role in a hush-money payment to a porn star, said a person familiar with the matter.

David Pecker, who testified in January, came back for about 45 minutes on Monday, the person said. Pecker could not immediately be reached for comment.


The grand jury’s proceedings are shrouded in secrecy and the timing of a grand jury vote is unclear. If indicted, Trump would become the first U.S. president to face a criminal charge in court.


Pecker had offered to help Trump in the run-up to the November 2016 presidential election by buying rights to unflattering stories and never publishing them, a practice known as “catch and kill.”

The grand jury could indict Trump over a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, the porn star, which she said was to buy her silence about their sexual encounter in 2006 while he was married to his current wife Melania. Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has said he made that payment at Trump’s direction.


Trump has denied an affair took place, and lawyer Robert Costello, who met with Cohen in 2018, has said Cohen told him he acted alone.

Costello testified before the grand jury last week. Cohen, who testified the previous week, pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal charges stemming from the payoff and went to prison for campaign finance violations, among other crimes.

In 2018, American Media Inc (AMI), then publisher of the National Enquirer, acknowledged paying $150,000 to a former Playboy magazine model to prevent her from going public ahead of the 2016 election.

Federal prosecutors said, as part of a deal to cooperate and avoid charges, AMI admitted the payment to Karen McDougal was made “in concert” with Trump’s presidential campaign. Cohen pleaded guilty for his role in that transaction, too.

Trump falsely claimed on March 18 that he would be arrested last Tuesday in the New York case. Since then Trump has warned of potential “death and destruction” if he faces criminal charges, repeatedly attacked Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, and posted an online picture of himself holding a baseball bat next to a photo of the New York prosecutor.

Trump faces several other criminal investigations, including one tied to the Jan. 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol. He is mounting a comeback bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
 

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Trump N.Y. grand jury hears from former National Enquirer publisher again
Author of the article:Reuters
Reuters
Karen Freifeld
Published Mar 27, 2023 • 2 minute read

A former National Enquirer publisher testified on Monday before a Manhattan grand jury hearing evidence about former President Donald Trump’s role in a hush-money payment to a porn star, said a person familiar with the matter.

David Pecker, who testified in January, came back for about 45 minutes on Monday, the person said. Pecker could not immediately be reached for comment.


The grand jury’s proceedings are shrouded in secrecy and the timing of a grand jury vote is unclear. If indicted, Trump would become the first U.S. president to face a criminal charge in court.


Pecker had offered to help Trump in the run-up to the November 2016 presidential election by buying rights to unflattering stories and never publishing them, a practice known as “catch and kill.”

The grand jury could indict Trump over a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, the porn star, which she said was to buy her silence about their sexual encounter in 2006 while he was married to his current wife Melania. Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has said he made that payment at Trump’s direction.


Trump has denied an affair took place, and lawyer Robert Costello, who met with Cohen in 2018, has said Cohen told him he acted alone.

Costello testified before the grand jury last week. Cohen, who testified the previous week, pleaded guilty in 2018 to federal charges stemming from the payoff and went to prison for campaign finance violations, among other crimes.

In 2018, American Media Inc (AMI), then publisher of the National Enquirer, acknowledged paying $150,000 to a former Playboy magazine model to prevent her from going public ahead of the 2016 election.

Federal prosecutors said, as part of a deal to cooperate and avoid charges, AMI admitted the payment to Karen McDougal was made “in concert” with Trump’s presidential campaign. Cohen pleaded guilty for his role in that transaction, too.

Trump falsely claimed on March 18 that he would be arrested last Tuesday in the New York case. Since then Trump has warned of potential “death and destruction” if he faces criminal charges, repeatedly attacked Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, and posted an online picture of himself holding a baseball bat next to a photo of the New York prosecutor.

Trump faces several other criminal investigations, including one tied to the Jan. 6th assault on the U.S. Capitol. He is mounting a comeback bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
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