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Sunday Show: Carter Page Goes to Bat for…Carter Page

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Former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page and the FBI’s surveillance of him was all the rage on the Sunday talk show circuit.

Trump championed Judicial Watch’s conclusion that the DoJ misled the court in order to attain a FISA surveillance warrant (please see here).

Rubio delivered a considerably different message on CNN (covered here).

Lindsey Graham backed Trump, and then some.

But what of Carter Page himself?

Page guested on CNN’s State of the Union to throw his hat into the ring of opinion.

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His hat was fairly clear, as expressed to Jake Tapper:

“This is so ridiculous, it’s just beyond words.”

Repeatedly referencing the “spin” of the story, Page admitted he partook in the Group of 20 Russian summit five years ago, but he insisted his involvement has been greatly exaggerated.

“It’s really spin. I mean, I sat in on some meetings. But to call me an advisor, I think, is way over the top.”

Pressing Page, Tapper pointed out that the former Trump campaign advisor had referred to himself as an “informal advisor” in a written letter before the Group of 20 event.

Page shrugged it off:

“This is really nothing. Just an attempt to distract from the real crimes that are shown in this misleading document.”

That seems a bit dismissive of a pretty important question with international implications.

When further asked about his involvement with Moscow, as related to substantially-redacted documents released by the DoJ Saturday, Page said he’d want to “see what they’re referring to, specifically.”

Those documents don’t look good for Page, indicating the FBI “believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government…to undermine and influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election in violation of U.S. criminal law.”

However, surely the FBI’s use of the Steele dossier — a collection of documents which was partly funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the assertions of which have been labeled as unfounded allegations of Trump ties to Russia — in order to attain the warrant has called into question the legitimacy of the surveillance for many observers.

Oh, and this: the FBI didn’t tell the court about the Hillary thing.

Major…uh…oversight.

Perhaps the strongest statements about the documents Sunday came from North Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham. He called the warrant “a bunch of garbage.”

“If the dossier is the reason you issued the warrant, it was a bunch of garbage. The dossier has proven to be a bunch of garbage.”

Graham delivered this to CBS’s Face the Nation:

“The warrant on Carter Page was supported mostly by a dossier that came from Michael Steele, who was being paid by the Democratic Party to do opposition research. And the dossier was collected, I think, from Russian intelligence services. And if you ask the FBI today, ‘How much of the dossier has been verified,’ almost none of it.”

That the Justice Department left out such an important detail doesn’t fare well for an organization that’s supposed to be unbiased yet has appeared somewhat out to get Trump (see here and here).

Politics is a dirty business. And the Department of Justice — perhaps once thought to be strictly a law enforcement organization — is certainly, contemporarily, a political player.

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Euros Are Getting the Vapors About President Trump’s Statements On NATO But They Have Made A Terrible Discovery

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a news conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Thursday, July 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

There has been a lot of anxiety in some quarters over President Trump’s attitude to both the EU and NATO. He’s termed the EU as a “foe” in regards to their, in Trump’s opinion, trade practices. In the same breath he also termed China a foe. I don’t particularly disagree with him on that. The EU is nothing more than an excuse for rapacious bureaucrats to grab power via their ability to generate regulations. There is some truth in Trump’s critique of NATO. While there is no doubt that NATO is possibly the most successful alliance in world history–it faced down a nuclear armed USSR over the space of four decades and prevailed without firing a shot–it has been recognized since the mid-90s that the current NATO may have outlived its usefulness.

Today the Los Angeles Times had a story that tried to criticize Trump but, in reality, made his point if in a backhanded way: Trump’s attacks weaken transatlantic security relationship, but Europe has few alternatives.

Deeply alarmed at President Trump’s attacks on NATO and the transatlantic relationship, European governments are rethinking their reliance on the United States as a strategic ally against Russia, but they are unlikely to make regional security arrangements independent of Washington.

Trump has forced the reassessment in recent days by calling the European Union a “foe,” expressing reservations about defending other NATO members, and blasting Germany and other allies — comments he said were aimed at strengthening the U.S.-European alliance but that raised concerns across the continent.

But European allies bewildered by Trump’s seeming hostility for NATO must confront a sobering reality: They have few good alternatives for protecting themselves against Russia or other potential adversaries.

This isn’t true, they have a very good alternative. They could all start spending 4% of their GDP on defense. They could de-unioinize their militaries. They could focus on actually training. Instead of playing bullsh** games and counting bridge and road and rail construction and maintenance as their NATO contribution, they could actually recruit and equip and train a military. The fact is that Europe chooses not to do these things because that would require something called “work.”

The whole article seems like more of an attack on Trump by the Euro-weenie mafia. On the one hand we have:

“We can no longer fully rely on the White House,” Heiko Maas, Germany’s foreign minister, said Monday, a position echoed by other senior European officials and diplomats. “The first clear consequence can only be that we need to align ourselves even more closely in Europe.”

And yet:

Trump signed an agreement at the July 12 NATO summit in Brussels, for example, that again condemned Russia’s seizure of Crimea and reiterated the alliance’s bedrock mutual defense provision, which says an “attack against one Ally will be regarded as an attack against us all.”

And despite widespread concerns in NATO that Trump would start to remove American troops, he has continued to send regular rotations of U.S. troops to Central Europe, where NATO is reinforcing its defenses.

The article pooh-poohs Trump’s concern that NATO might make smaller states overly aggressive in their dealing with Russia and precipitate a crisis.

Trump’s scenario under which the U.S. could be dragged involuntarily into a European war with Russia is far-fetched, not least because Montenegro is smaller than Connecticut and has fewer people than Washington, D.C.

No one thought Serbia could drag the world into war until July 28, 1914.

I think that NATO is a good thing in this current era of Russian meddling and aggression. Russia knows how pathetically weak it is militarily and is extremely unlikely to directly challenge a NATO which includes the US. Furthermore, Trump’s rhetoric aside, there is virtually zero chance that a Russian military operation would be acquiesced to by the US. Trump’s cabinet would not tolerate it, the Congress wouldn’t tolerate it and I don’t believe the American people would tolerate it either. This goes back to the bleating by various Euros and their bootlicks being nothing more than fodder for the left and NeverTrump.

When one looks at the condition of European armies–no I don’t care about their contribution of forces to Afghanistan– and their unwillingness to contribute to their own security one can’t but conclude that we have become mercenaries hired to defend Europe against a purely European threat…but the kind of mercenary that has to arm and equip and supply himself with no real help from the people being defended. That has to stop.

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Marco Rubio Goes Against Trump on CNN Over Carter Page Surveillance

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On Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, claiming a “different view” than the President with regard to whether or not the Department of Justice illegally spied on Trump’s campaign.

Trump conveyed his opinion earlier in the day (he wasn’t for being spied on).

Press pause — Dance break!

Now we’re back, with Rubio–

“I don’t believe that them looking into Carter Page means they were spying on the campaign. I also don’t believe it proves anything about collusion. … He was a guy that was on their screen even before the campaign. … I don’t think it’s part of any broader plot. The only plot here is the plot to interfere in our election by the Russians.”

As covered here, the DoJ released documents Saturday which indicate the FBI’s belief that Carter acted in cahoots with the Russians, thereby somewhat substantiating surveillance.

Republicans have criticized the surveillance, asserting warrants were granted due to the Steele dossier, which was funded in part by Hillary Clinton campaign. Moreover, it contained baseless accusations regarding Trump’s Russian alliance.

According to members of the GOP, the Justice Department neglected to inform the court of the dossier’s origin when they petitioned for a warrant.

Oops!

Nonetheless, as Rubio told CNN, Page — like a bigmouthed character in a mafia movie that you just know is gonna get whacked — had been open in conversation about his ties to Russia.

Therefore, as Rubio sees it, everything’s totally cool:

“I don’t think they did anything wrong. There was a lot of reasons unrelated to the dossier why they wanted to look at Carter Page.”

Strategically, in this situation, it appears that Rubio and others are making a mistake to voice their opinions when they clash with those of Trump. Democrats would never do this.

I’m glad to see that Republicans are sometimes less plastic than the other side of the aisle, but in this case, it seems that silence would be advantageous. Then again, congressional Republicans have fewer than four months to remind voters who they are so they can be reinstated at the polls.

But which is more beneficial — to stand out with respectful disagreement on issues of one’s own side’s foreign collusion, or to present a united party front? The Democrats will leverage intraparty dissent.

Rubio seems unwise. Furthermore, the issue about which he is speaking doesn’t seem clear-cut on his side. He’s risking being wrong, while at the same time risking weakening the party. To me, that seems like a risk not worth taking.

What do you think? Is Rubio doing the right thing? Please let me know.

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Lindsey Graham In Epic Understatement Says Carter Page FISA Warrant Is Based On “Garbage”

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Yesterday, the Department of Justice released a heavily redacted version of the FISA warrant used to put former Trump campaign staffer Carter Page under electronic surveillance. There is a lot we don’t know about the warrant but what we do know does not build confidence in the process.

At a minimum, in regards to the use of the dossier, the FBI used open source news articles by people who had been briefed on the dossier by Christopher Steele to validate the allegations Steele had made in the dossier. At a minimum, the FBI did not discloses to the federal judge that Steele was being paid to do opposition research at the behest of the Clinton campaign.

And none of this has escaped the eye of the Twitterer-in-Chief

Earlier, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was on Face the Nation and he was asked about the released FISA warrants.

MARGARET BRENNAN: This morning the president is again accusing the Justice Department and the FBI of misleading courts and illegally surveilling his campaign. He’s pointing to these documents that were just released about Carter Page who was a campaign associate and has admitted to having advised the Kremlin at one point. You sit on Senate Judiciary. Is the president wrong?

SEN. GRAHAM: No I think that the whole FISA award process needs to be looked at. The warrant on Carter Page was supported mostly by dossier that came from Michael Steele who is being paid by the Democratic Party to do opposition research and the dossier was collected I think from Russian intelligence services and if you ask the FBI today how much of the dossier on Trump has been verified. Almost none of it.

MARGARET BRENNAN: But you do say mostly. Not entirely. Therefore was the surveillance justified?

SEN. GRAHAM: No not at all in my view. If the dossier is the reason you issued the warrant it was a bunch of garbage. The dossier has proven to be a bunch of garbage.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So the president is correct?

SEN. GRAHAM: In my view that the warrant, the FISA warrant process needs to be looked at closely about Congress. The main reason they issued the warrant was the dossier prepared by Mr. Steele. They never told the court that he was a paid operative in the Democratic Party. The substance of the dossier to this day is a bunch of garbage.

What this shows and what Graham focuses on, is that the FISA warrant system is broken. Right now, the FISA Court approves 99.97% of all FISA warrant applications. The FISA Court, instead of some hard nosed bulwark of civil liberties has become a rubber stamp for the Justice Department to do whatever it wants to do. If prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, the FISA court will slap mustard on that sandwich before allowing the FBI to put it under surveillance.

Unless there is something earth shattering in the unredacted parts of the warrant, and there is really no reason to suppose it is anything more than what has been revealed, then the FISA warrant on Carter Page has much more to do with Strzok’s “insurance policy” than it does with any legitimate intelligence or law enforcement function. The fact that Page still hasn’t been indicted for anything speaks volumes for the corrupt nature of the FBI’s warrant application.

This is the whole Lindsey Graham interview

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Despite Putin and Cohen, Trump Takes No Questions as He Leaves for the Weekend

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Despite the week of nightly protests outside the White House (covered here) and the rush among congressional Republicans to pass damage-control legislation (seen here) in response to Trump’s fumbling at — and after — Monday’s summit with Putin (recounted here), the President took no questions as he left for the weekend.

In addition to Putin-related issues, The New York Times reported Friday that DT’s lawyer previously secretly recorded a discussion with Trump regarding paying off a former Playmate with whom he frolicked (read more here).

As he headed for the (really big!) presidential helicopter, reporters attempted to collect answers.

But tough stuff!

As for the story concerning Playboy girl Karen McDougal — who allegedly had a big fat affair with The Donald — The Washington Post claimed Thursday that the payment discussed on Cohen’s recording went to American Media Inc., which bought the rights to McDougal’s story.

The affair was first reported before the 2016 election, at which time then-spokeswoman Hope Hicks dismissed the notion.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told the Times the Cohen tape was “powerful exculpatory evidence.”

According to Cornell Law School:

exculpatory evidence = Evidence, such as a statement, tending to excuse, justify, or absolve the alleged fault or guilt of a defendant.

Giuliani thinks it’s no big deal:

“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of [the payment] in advance.”

Trump is now at his New Jersey golf course, where, soon, he’ll be able to walk outside and see this.

What do you think of the President’s exit? Should he have entertained reporters? He’s been known to do so outside the White House from time to time. Also, what’s your view of the Cohen tape? Please let me know in the Comments section below.

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Trump and McDougal: Michael Cohen Tape Points to Playmate and Payoff

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And…we’ve got another affair.

And…we’ve got another tape.

Geez.

Michael Cohen — President Trump’s longtime attorney — secretly recorded a discussion with The Donald two months before the 2016 election. The topic of conversation? Paying off another chick Trump used his wiley ways to seduce. Or maybe it was just his money. Fame doesn’t hurt either — just ask Billy Bush.

Either way, the FBI has heard the tape.

This, as per The New York Times Friday.

Purportedly, Trump and Cohen talked of hush money to Playboy playmate Karen McDougal — who, in my opinion, looks quite a bit happier than Stormy Daniels.

If the Times is to be believed, Trump engaged in the affair for about a year, beginning a short time after he married Melania.

Additionally, The Washington Post claims the FBI took took possession of the tape.

The money — $150,000 — was paid to American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer. AMI also owns the rights to McDougal’s story.

As per the Post, Trump and Cohen tossed around the idea of buying the story from the publisher.

The Prez’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed the existence of the two-minute tape, which he said does not in any way incriminate Donald Trump.

“Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance.”

Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis — good friend, all you trivia buffs may want to know, of G. Gordon Liddy (about whom I recently told a story here) — addressed the tape in a statement:

“Obviously, there is an ongoing investigation, and we are sensitive to that. But suffice it to say that when the recording is heard, it will not hurt Mr. Cohen. Any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape.”

After raids on Cohen’s home and office, aides of Trump asserted the lawyer made a habit of secretly taping conversations.

How very Nixon of him.

According to Giuliani, Trump told Cohen to write a check in order to document the payment.

Spokeswoman for Trump during the presidential campaign, Hope Hicks, denied the affair’s existence.

Guess she was wrong.

If CNN can be trusted — and let’s face it: that’s an “if” the size of a Mount Everest — Trump is stunned by the idea of Cohen’s Nixonishness:

Whatever else is found on Cohen’s tapes, let’s all hope this doesn’t end the way Nixon did.

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It’s a Party! Opera, Mariachi, Auctions, and Sam Micelli — Weeklong Protest Night at the White House

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On Friday night, a former adviser of Hillary’s showed up at the White House for a fifth night of protest.

To spice things up, Adam Parkhomenko brought dancers and a hip hop band.

Yes — it’s that goofy.

The event — known as “Occupy Lafayette Park” — stands in opposition to Monday’s Helsinki summit with Russia.

Check out some video, complete with “Treason” signs.

**”Treason” has a meaning, but why take into consideration the meaning of words (like this and this)? Just say stuff that sounds bad about Trump! #Resist!**

Believe it or not, it’s actually the most incredible thing ever:

I will say — that guy is a really good singer. That high note: HOLY COW.

On the first night of the outcry, hundreds appeared to “welcome” the President upon his return from meeting his alleged world-destroying accomplice, Vladimir Putin.

Saturday night was all set for more dissent. Sadly for — and, perhaps, unbeknownst to — the protestors, Trump left Friday night for his golf course in New Jersey, where soon, he’ll get to see one of these.

On Thursday night, Parkhomenko hosted opera singers, who performed “The Star Spangled Banner” (Did everyone kneel?).

Wednesday’s lineup included an 18-member mariachi band.

Also present:

  • Stormy Daniels’s attorney, Michael Avenatti — That’s no surprise.
  • Adorable Alyssa Milano — I cannot deny her. Even when she makes a fool of herself (like this), Samantha Micelli — who I believe is well-intentioned — gets a little bit of a pass.
  • Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro

Parkhomenko is looking for more performers for the extravaganza — puppeteers, bagpipe players (I’m sorry, but it’s the most annoying instrument in the world), and an auctioneer.

The auction theme will be used to suggest Trump is selling out America.

“I am looking for a professional auctioneer that can verbally reenact outside the White House everything important Trump is giving away to the highest bidder. If you have recommendations let me know!”

Nice.

I have a recommendation: stop the goofiness.

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Great News! Guns and Family Detention Are No Longer a Problem (Neither is Anything Else but Russia)

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Ring the bells! I have great news!

Guns and family detention are no longer crises in America!

Not long ago, according to politicians and pundits on CNN and MSNBC, these were life-defining issues.

But not now!

Even the Supreme Court opening is old news. And that was the fight of our lives! Just ask Elizabeth Warren:

I guess now our lives have no meaning.

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But no — we have Russia this week. Now, subpoenaing the interpreter is the fight of our lives.

Or something like that.

But thank God all these other things have passed. Why, last year, we went through Armageddon. Literally. The world ended. Take it from Nancy Pelosi:

But shew — now everything’s hunky dory!

Oh wait — I forgot about Russia: the President of the United States, aka Satan, conspired against the world Monday with his hideous partner in evil crime, Vladimir.

Vlad! That was Dracula’s name!

Still, maybe this is better than what happened almost two years ago: Hitler was elected President — you know, that guy who murders everybody? Yet somehow we’re still alive.

You would almost think that the cries of the Left must be ridiculous.

Almost.

Can you think of other issues since the advent of President Donald Trump which stopped the world from spinning, and then magically disappeared at the reset of our 17-minute news cycle? Sound off in the Comments section below.

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Right Back Where We Began: The NFL Rescinds its Kneeling Policy, and Trump Blows His Whistle

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On Friday, President Trump tweeted a missile aimed at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in order to compel him to discipline any players who kneel during “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Donald referenced the commissioner’s $40 million job, saying Goodell has to “make a stand” and drop the hammer: Trump said kneelers should be suspended.

“The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again – can’t believe it! Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”

Of course, the issue began quite a long time ago, launched by former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, in order to protest an epidemic before finding out if it, in actuality, existed. Unfortunately for Kaepernick, it did not.

In the process of spreading ignorance like the flu, Colin took down the NFL and lost his career. In return, the league took him down (according to him). He’s now suing, and wants to subpoena Trump (please see here).

(Please check out my previous NFL deconstruction, here.)

In the spring, the league announced players would be fined for kneeling, as it gave everyone the opportunity to remain in the locker room until after the national anthem (please see the story here). The Donald wasn’t psyched about that wimpy move:

On Thursday, the NFL dropped the springtime policy. The move came, at least in part, in response to a battle between the league and the players union (NFLPA).

The league released a statement:

“In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.”

Then the league said some crap about everybody being a hero:

“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice. Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

Is this really what we’ve come to? Players have to be fighters for justice and social superheroes, according to the baloney of prepared statements?

How about this: sports is just supposed to be about playing a game. Not politics.

You know — a game? Like hide and go seek? Like that.

I’d like to remind the world what football is:

A bunch of dudes get dressed up in matching clothes and run around in the grass. Some guy tells them the patterns to run. As they run, they throw a ball around and grab each other. Sometimes they kick the ball into the air. Sometimes they all end up lying in the grass on top of each other.

While they do this, a few dudes who wear matching shirts with vertical stripes run around with them and blow on whistles. Tweet Tweet! Tweet Tweet!

That’s football. Until a matter of decades ago, it only existed in vacant lots and backyards.

Play on, boys.

In the meantime, some extra Tweets are gonna come from the President. As players kneel, and people probably stop watching again.

Fail.

 

 

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Trump: Cohen’s tapes of me “inconceivable … perhaps illegal”

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The Michael Cohen tape bombshell finally showed up in Donald Trump’s Twitter timeline almost a day after it landed in the media, and the president still seems stunned by the revelation. Trump insisted that the tapes would show that he did “nothing wrong,” but called the notion that a lawyer would tape a client “inconceivable.” Trump also suggested that it might be illegal:

We’ll get to “inconceivable” in a moment, but the more pressing question is whether it’s legal and whether it can be used in evidence by prosecutors. That depends on where the recording took place. Most states have “one-party consent” laws, where only one party has to be aware and willing to have the recording be legal and admissible in evidence. Twelve states have “two-party consent” laws, a bit of a misnomer as they require all parties to consent to recording, but in this instance would mean that both Cohen and Trump would have had to consent to recording conversations.

Unfortunately for Trump, neither New York nor Washington DC require all-party consent for recording. Assuming that the conversation didn’t take place when Trump was in one of the twelve states with all-party consent laws (the location of each party matters), then the recording is legal and usable by prosecutors in court. Even if Trump was on his private jet at the time, federal laws apply, and the federal law allows for one-party consent, too. And if Trump was in one of those states at the time, we’d likely never have heard about the tape(s) at all, as they would be useless to prosecutors.

So it’s likely not illegal, but is it “inconceivable” for a lawyer to tape a client? Not only is it not inconceivable, it’s conceivable enough that the American Bar Association ruled in 2001 that it doesn’t violate legal ethics to do so, at least in certain circumstances. The New York County Lawyers Association recommended dispensing with a previous ban on taping conversations in general as far back as 1993. Clearly the issue has been “conceivable” for a significant amount of time.

Besides, in this instance there does seem to be some question as to whether Trump was a client at all. This point came up in the earlier raid on Cohen’s offices (which Cohen himself acknowledged was handled professionally), when Alan Dershowitz proclaimed that “attorney-client privilege is dead.” The privilege cannot be applied when the attorney takes part in the alleged crime, however, and that appears to be what Robert Mueller’s team suspects happened with Cohen.

The question of when Trump was a client and when he was a partner in other business is what occupies a special master at the moment, assigned to look through the records seized from Cohen in the earlier raid. Trump later claimed that Cohen was his attorney on the Stormy Daniels affair, but it’s not clear that the claim will stand there if Cohen took part in an illegal act. The same applies to the machinations around Karen McDougal’s claims. The leak of the news of the tape, likely by Trump’s legal team, suggests that the special master is putting this in the “Unprivileged” bin, which in turn suggests that Cohen wasn’t legitimately acting as Trump’s attorney on this matter. (That is, however, a matter which can still be litigated.)

Does that mean Trump’s in trouble? It depends on what Cohen taped Trump saying, but it’s not inconceivable that it’s either exculpatory or inculpatory. But it’s certainly not inconceivable that someone assigned to make arrangements to keep embarrassing stories out of the media might have taken out a little recorded insurance to be kept from being made the fall guy.

As for Trump’s use of the term, The Princess Bride said it best: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

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