ABC reports Cohen has been abandoned by his lawyers, and is likely to flip.
The law firm handling the case for Cohen is not expected to represent him going forward. "Cohen, now with no legal representation, is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, sources said. This development, which is believed to be imminent, will likely hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard."
UPDATE: CNN reports Cohen has found a new lawyer.
UPDATE: What Cohen is likely to know:
Among other things:
1) Who else Trump has paid hush money to;
2) What pay-for-play deals (if any) were offered;
3) What international business deals the Trump Organization had pursued and how much the company knew about these partners’ records and reputations;
4) What Don Jr and Ivanka knew about these internal deals, and when they knew it.
5) What Trump knew about the Don Jr/Russia meeting and when he knew it.
Will this nightmare of having a cartoonishly evil super villain president soon be over?
There is something very satisfying about him being so fucked that his lawyers - who are likely very good and highly paid - straight up abandoning him. Frankly it's even more satisfying than him flipping.
EDIT: As other comments have pointed out, this is not actually how it works. Rick Gates dropped all his lawyers in favor of one that could work out a plea deal for him, and this is more likely what is going on. The idea of him getting straight up abandoned though is still supremely satisfying. Could you imagine your own lawyers telling you "you're fucked" and storming out?! That would be comedic gold.
Are the Republicans finally going to jump on the impeachment band wagon? Fuck no. And they aren’t drawing this out and expecting it to end with Trump and everyone else involved facing the music. They expect this will end with the fall of the representative democracy and any notion of checks and balances.
We still have miles to go, but now is a good moment to revisit this .
Justice is coming.
new indictment was returned by prosecutors with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III this afternoon in federal court in Washington, according to court papers. Details are expected imminently
New charges against Manafort: Conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, and false statements
*KONSTANTIN KILIMNIK INDICTED BY ROBERT MUELLER WITH 3 COUNTS. He's a Russian-Ukrainian political consultant with ties to Paul Manafort.
Even better. If they're pardoned, then they can't plead the 5th on the matters pardoned. Subpoena them and get them to squeal!
I can’t find the link now... but I saw somewhere that trump is already talking about pardoning maniford and cohen.
At the federal level.
The southern district of New York New York Attorney General could charge them and send them to a New York state penitentiary.
You know what concerns me about all of this? Manafort has been involved in all kinds of crap for years without being touched. It was only his association with the Trump campaign that brought him to light. How many others are out there flagrantly breaking the law and allowing the US government to be influenced by and for foreign governments but not having the spotlight shined on them? I'm guessing hundreds -- maybe thousands.
Of course, they're building up leverage to pressure Manafort, so they are likely throwing more into the pot than others might be accused of, but there is little doubt that there is a lot going on under the radar that undermines the US.
Trump’s team had 75+contacts with Russia-linked operatives.
Number of meetings (including Skype calls) with Russia-linked operatives: 22
Number of high-level campaign officials and Trump advisors, including the three successive people who ran Trump's campaign, who were aware of contacts between the Trump team and Russia: 23.
Number of Trump campaign officials who revealed to federal law enforcement that the Russians were seeking to interfere with the election: 0
Number of blanket denials of contacts with Russia: 15
Number of these denials which have been proven false: 15
Source: The Moscow Project
AT&T Met With Ajit Pai in Barcelona Shortly After Cohen Payment
I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this but this came out a few days ago. Apparently Pai met with the AT&T executive who hired Cohen soon after AT&T began paying Cohen. Of course AT&T neglected to mention this when discussing the payment.
Betsy DeVos kills Education Department investigations team, freeing herself and many of her recent hires from some scrutiny of for-profit colleges which scammed vulnerable people
This is what the deep state looks like.
This is so fucking corrupt.
This is what a banana republic looks like.
This has always been her goal.
Clarence Thomas' wife is spreading a conspiracy meme about a Soros-backed “coup”
Her views should not be automatically imputed to her spouse. Yet these public stances raise a legitimate concern under the federal recusal statute -- particularly if Trump fights a Mueller subpoena to testify and the case goes to the Supreme Court.
Trump again tweets legal threat to Mueller team
Trump admits payments to Stormy Daniels, confirming that he previously lied about having no knowledge of them
Can we keep track as Cambridge Analytica morphs into Emerdata?
Just like how Blackwater, Eric Prince's mercenary military company that got in trouble for raping and murdering their way across the Middle East on the dime of the American taxpayer, changed its name to Xe and then changed it to Academi.
Fun fact: Prince has his hand in Emerdata as well
And his sister is an unqualified person serving in the president's cabinet.