Oh Lordt, there are tapes!

Oh Lordt, there are tapes!

First off, shingles suck.

As such, I slept in today as part of my recuperation. Imagine my surprise when I came across this as I wiped the sand from my eyes.

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, secretly recorded a conversation with Mr. Trump two months before the presidential election in which they discussed payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump, according to lawyers and others familiar with the recording.

The F.B.I. seized the recording this year during a raid on Mr. Cohen’s office. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. Cohen’s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about Mr. Trump ahead of the 2016 election. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Mr. Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.

The recording’s existence further draws Mr. Trump into questions about tactics he and his associates used to keep aspects of his personal and business life a secret. And it highlights the potential legal and political danger that Mr. Cohen represents to Mr. Trump. Once the keeper of many of Mr. Trump’s secrets, Mr. Cohen is now seen as increasingly willing to consider cooperating with prosecutors.

That's right, people. Paranoid pseudo-billionaire hires paranoid low-rent Ray Donovan, who tapes every damned thing. News at 11.

One can assume that Cohen taped everything. Trump should be making fudge patties in his pants right about now. The FBI has it all.

And make no doubt: this leak is a message to Trump. Its meaning is clear: We have you. We have you by the balls. You have very few options left. Even if you resign, we'll get you.

Today is a good day for patriots. Savor it.

This is your open thread.



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Weekend self-care open thread—Ella Fitzgerald, Live at Montreaux, 1969

Weekend self-care open thread—Ella Fitzgerald, Live at Montreaux, 1969

Of course he always knew

Of course he always knew

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