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Michael Cohen, in Recorded Phone Call, Walks Back Parts of Guilty Plea
Wall Street Journal ^

Posted on 04/24/2019 9:32:05 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Michael Cohen, in Recorded Phone Call, Walks Back Parts of Guilty Plea

Michael Rothfeld 8-10 minutes

Michael Cohen has disavowed responsibility for some of the crimes to which he has pleaded guilty, privately contending in a recent recorded phone call that he hadn’t evaded taxes and that a criminal charge related to his home-equity line of credit was “a lie.”

As he prepares to begin a three-year prison term on May 6, Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, expressed dismay during the conversation that after testifying for more than 100 hours to federal and congressional investigators about his work for Mr. Trump—including the coordination of hush-money deals with two women—he remained “a man all alone.”

“You would think that you would have folks, you know, stepping up and saying, ‘You know what, this guy’s lost everything,’” Mr. Cohen said during the March 25 call, recorded without Mr. Cohen’s knowledge by the actor and comedian Tom Arnold. Mr. Arnold, a vocal critic of President Trump who first made contact with Mr. Cohen in June, provided the recording to The Wall Street Journal for review.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 20190325; actors; cohen; guiltyplea; hollwood; jamescomey; lisapage; michaelcohen; mikecohen; peterstrzok; pleabargain; robertmueller; tomarnold
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But did he lie to his diary?
1 posted on 04/24/2019 9:32:05 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I couldn’t get past the WSJ paywall but here’s a CNBC (sorry) story on what he said.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/24/trumps-ex-lawyer-michael-cohen-says-hes-not-guilty-of-some-crimes.html


2 posted on 04/24/2019 9:36:40 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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And the Trump Curse continues.


3 posted on 04/24/2019 9:36:56 AM PDT by JonPreston ( The GOPe is on board with the North American Union and the European Union.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Cohen is dumber than a box of rocks. Who the hell thinks it’s a good idea to become phone buddies with Tom Arnold?


4 posted on 04/24/2019 9:38:43 AM PDT by irishjuggler
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To: Sub-Driver

Mike, you were warned to keep some distance between you and Tom Arnold. Tom is a Wacko-Bird who cannot be trusted.
You chose all the wrong friends and a lawyer who used to work for Hillary! Not very smart, Mike.


5 posted on 04/24/2019 9:39:58 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: Sub-Driver

“As he prepares to begin a three-year prison term on May 6, Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, expressed dismay”

GOOD! I hope his life for the next three years is “fulfilling!” Isn’t it amazing how a poor business decision (like hiring your personal attorney) comes back to bite you in the a$$!” I will bet you odds, that Trump isn’t going to give this turncoat a pardon either.


6 posted on 04/24/2019 9:40:54 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Menehune56

So, why did he wrongly plea?
Shouldn’t the story be the pressure brought upon him by Mueller’s team? That would create more sympathy maybe
This supports my opinion of Cohen that he is a few bricks shy of a load.


7 posted on 04/24/2019 9:41:12 AM PDT by griswold3
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What do you want from a guy who pleads “guilty” to things that aren’t even crimes.

I wonder if he even knows what his name means: “Michael” (literally, Hebrew for “Who is like God?”) and “Cohen” (Hebrew for “priest”).


8 posted on 04/24/2019 9:42:17 AM PDT by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s real simple, he needs to send himself an email saying “I did everything by the book”. That seems to have worked for Barry’s administration.


9 posted on 04/24/2019 9:42:18 AM PDT by hardspunned
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Thanks Sub-Driver.

10 posted on 04/24/2019 9:44:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Does this mean his congressional testimony was a lie?


11 posted on 04/24/2019 9:56:24 AM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: Sub-Driver

Remind me who his lawyer was.


12 posted on 04/24/2019 9:58:02 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: vette6387

Your post got me wondering. What if Trump DID pardon Cohen? Would Cohen refuse it? (Can a pardon be refused?) What would be the fallout? Would Cohen be better off serving his time, instead? Hmmm.....


13 posted on 04/24/2019 9:58:42 AM PDT by Paul R. (The Lib / Socialist goal: Total control of nothing left worth controlling.)
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Who the hell thinks it’s a good idea to become phone buddies with Tom Arnold?

"I've slept with Arnie!"


14 posted on 04/24/2019 9:59:41 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe)
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He must be related to Josh Steiner.


15 posted on 04/24/2019 10:05:14 AM PDT by mass55th ("Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway." ~~ John Wayne)
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Who the hell thinks it’s a good idea to become phone buddies with Tom Arnold?

Who next, Pamela Anderson.

16 posted on 04/24/2019 10:07:31 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro

Tom Arnold is a lunatic he’s NOT Cohen’s friend, he just wants Cohen to “Dish” any “Dirt” on Trump since Arnold hates Trump with a passion


17 posted on 04/24/2019 10:09:15 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sub-Driver

Mueller had his hand in what the Feds in New York were doing on their case against Cohen. He was under pressure to plead guilty under a lesser charge and agree to talk to the Mueller investigation, or his wife would be dragged into a more serious charge with him. So he lied, to get the deal he was offered.

Frankly I do not think the true object of justice is to get any conviction at all, no matter what. I do not find “deals” ethical, and many are not even “just”. When prosecutors will do anything at all just to get some kind of conviction, you are not dealing with justice, it’s a shakedown.

The entire matter of going after Cohen was NOT about Cohen. It was getting a legal hook on him with which to raid his files to see what dirt on Trump could be found in them. It was 100% a deep state operation trying to serve up something for Mueller et al.

Let’s not forget that Mueller was head of the FBI when the Obama administration started letting FBI & DOJ “contractors” get unredacted unrestricted no FISA warrant U.S. persons data on searches in the NSA database of ALL GLOBAL telecom data. That is what Admiral Rogers ended and later told Trump about shortly after Trump was elected. Trump knew from the day Mueller was made Special Counsel that Mueller was conflicted.


18 posted on 04/24/2019 10:11:50 AM PDT by Wuli
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No wonder Roseanne dumped his sorry a$$. No wonder Richard Cohen’s all alone. He lets his conversations get recorded by Tom Arnold.


19 posted on 04/24/2019 10:12:22 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Depending on what State this happened in Arnold could very well have broken the law by doing this.

L


20 posted on 04/24/2019 10:35:32 AM PDT by Lurker (Peaceful coexistence with the Left is not possible. Stop pretending that it is.)
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