REVEALED: Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Used Trump Organization Email To Arrange Payoff To Stormy Daniels

NBC News reports:

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney used his Trump Organization email while arranging to transfer money into an account at a Manhattan bank before he wired $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels to buy her silence. The lawyer, Michael Cohen, also regularly used the same email account during 2016 negotiations with the actress — whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford — before she signed a nondisclosure agreement, a source familiar with the discussions told NBC News.

And Clifford’s attorney at the time addressed correspondence to Cohen in his capacity at the Trump Organization and as “Special Counsel to Donald J. Trump,” the source said. “I think this document seriously calls into question the prior representation of Mr. Cohen and the White House relating to the source of the monies paid to Ms. Clifford in an effort to silence her,” said Avenatti, who is representing Clifford in a lawsuit against Trump. “We smell smoke.”

  • Pollos Hermanos

    I didn’t have sex with Trump.

    Where is my $130,000?

  • Kelly Lape

    Hilarious

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    I bet anything trump paid for an abortion. Why else would he be so desperate to hide this? Who’s with me?

    Oh and the Evangelicals will give him another mulligan

    Edit: the NDA covers paternity issues

    • Gustav2

      Or any discussions of paternity issues.

      Is that about Barron? What did Donnie tell Stormy?

    • VodkaAndPolitics

      I hadn’t even thought of that.

    • Devon Rodriguez

      AGREED…$130,000 seems like a lot of money for 5 minutes of sex…

      • Tatonka

        Bwa-ha-ha-ha. “5 minutes of sex…” Oh, you.

        • MT YVR

          “The ‘longest’ part of sex with him was the time I had to fake it. Five whole minutes.”

      • JT

        And something she barely noticed.

        • Maura Hart

          well, needle dick the bug fucker springs to mind

    • Ninja0980

      They’ll forgive him like they have MLK’s right wing niece who had two abortions.

    • Neely OHara

      Interesting theory — how likely is it that a professional sex worker experiences an unexpected pregnancy?

      Just askin’…

      • The_Wretched

        accidents happen or trump pays extra for the full experience of preg risk sex.

        • ChrisMorley

          That’s what the ‘morning after pill’ is for.

      • kareemachan

        I think you could look at it in a more female physiology point of view. Condoms can break or leak. The Pill isn’t 100% effective. The body can be VERY good at getting pregnant sometimes. Unless she was on the Pill, using a condom, and then using a spermicide afterwards (gawd knows, I would), she could conceivably get pregnant.

        Sorry, I just realized that was a bad pun….

        • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

          She said he wasn’t wearing a condom. Don’t know if she was usuing a contraceptive she could’ve been trying to get pregnant

      • Maura Hart

        perhaps a stained blue dress?

        • HanyBaal

          DNA could be on a dress or in form of fetus

    • JWC

      that and the mention of “paternity” why would that be there

      • The_Wretched

        The most favorable to Trump / Cohen reason is that Cohen is a terrible lawyer and just use cut/paste to create the document. He then failed to go through and edit out useless stuff and to fix grammar.

        I’ve seen low tier or overworked or flatly stupid attorneys do the same.

        As such, take the contract language with a grain of salt.

    • jm2

      Lawrence O’Donnell brought up a point most are missing about a ‘paternity’ question written into the agreement. May not be a far stretch about either an abortion or a possible ❤️child!

      as far as the Evangelicals, they’ve declared Trump has “divine right” to be preznit and no matter what he does it is okay with them… 😜

      • Tom G

        If she has his child it’d be worth a lot more than 130k

    • Marides48

      A life time of Mulligans?
      He’ll need them!

  • JWC

    what a dumb dork

  • Moebym of the Returners

    A non-disclosure agreement that Trump failed to sign. IANAL, but I’ve worked with enough contracts to know that a contract’s not legally enforceable until all parties sign…

    • Bob Black

      My Attorney-Mother says his not signing will fall into a “grey area” because Stormy cashed the check. If she (or her attorney) were concerned that the agreement was not properly executed they should have refused the funds until it was. Taking and spending the money, in the opinion of some judges, will indicate that she was just fine with the lack of his signature and will be bound by the agreement. This is not as cut and dried as some would have you think.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Oral contracts have also found enforcement in court, even though they weren’t signed by anybody.

      • Moebym of the Returners

        I wasn’t aware that she’d already spent it. That makes sense.

      • John30013

        If I were her, I’d spill the beans anyway. Let’s see Trump take her to court, go through depositions, and have everything come out.

        I don’t think he’ll do it.

        Also, Daniels’ smokin’ hot attorney has won some very big judgments against some very high profile defendants. He doesn’t seem like the kind to take a case he doesn’t think he’s got a good chance of winning.

      • CPT_Doom

        Her attorney is also arguing the arbitration clause is so onerous that it renders the NDA null and void. Seems like that might be a better tack – and might destroy all of Donnie’s NDAs. That would be something.

  • Joe in PA

    The best people!

  • rcdcr

    Interesting. I imagined all of this would have been arranged through each of their Ashley Madison accounts.

    • The_Wretched

      Noone got hook ups with through them. it was 100% straight guys and a small number of company created faked women accounts.

    • Joe in PA

      Or ReaganBook DM.

      • PickyPecker

        BRING BACK REAGANBOOK!!

        • Snarkaholic

          Anne T. Kriest demands it!

          • PickyPecker

            Jenny Talia agrees.

  • matrem

    “But God put him in office to rescind icky gay marriage and abortion. So it’s fine.” – evangelicals

    • William

      What if Stormy had to have an abortion?

      • John30013

        At this point I think his supporters (including the hypocrite “evangelicals”) would give him a pass on just about anything. We’ll see if abortion is a bridge too far for them, but I’m not holding my breath.

      • matrem

        “Mulligan.”

  • PickyPecker
  • MikeBx2

    …and the thunder rolls. lol

  • Lazycrockett
  • Lazycrockett
    • Todd20036

      Does full reset mean he’s going to fire everyone?

      And yes, I know what defenestrate means. I do watch the Simpsons…

      • Joe in PA
        • Wisterley

          My favorite event in history (actually it was pretty terrible) is the Second Defenestration of Prague.

          • Joe in PA

            Not sure if I should up vote that comment. 🙂

          • Wisterley

            You have to admit it’s a sublime phrase. The fact that no one knows what it means exactly makes it even better. BTW, I saw the window in question.

          • paganguy

            I had to look that up. 🙂

      • Tulle Christensen

        Who says TV shows are not educational

    • Lizard

      What, he wasn’t going “full MAGA” before?

      • MaryJOGrady

        He was– Making Attorneys Get Attorneys.
        (I forget who I stole that from.)

    • MT YVR

      I keep inserting an N in there… I keep seeing it as going full MANGA

      And really. It kinda makes me giggle every day when I see it.

      • kareemachan

        I’m waiting for him to go full magma.

    • Tulle Christensen

      we are all gonna die

    • ColdCountry

      “Trump is going for a clean reset, but he needs to do it in a way that’s systemic so it doesn’t look like it’s chaos.”
      Uh, little late to worry about that, Donnie Boy.

  • Todd20036

    This is what happens when good lawyers won’t work for you anymore because you won’t pay the bills.

    • Gerry Fisher

      mmm-hmmm!

  • Vinnie NYC

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4143b426a2baba48d38f65d1a74aed078637bf5bc68d3b4e97aee042c1dd7e02.jpg

    He’s so smooth, he could talk all day to me. I’m in deep like of him.

  • MikeBx2

    Out of curiosity, I actually watched a Stormy Daniels video. She’s…something. How ironic that if it hadn’t been for white Evangelicals electing Trump, I’m likely to have never seen such debauchery. 😉 😉

    • Joe in PA

      Have you bathed since then? [shudders]

    • The_Wretched

      I watched a part of one and found it boring / regular.

  • LiberalDeacon

    So Donnie and crew were outwitted by a porn star. They used official campaign email to pay her off, and now we’re going to send him into a closed room with Kim Jong Un to discuss their nukes.

    What could possibly go wrong?!

    • Stubenville

      VX nerve agent

  • MT YVR

    That picture at the top… if there was EVER the physical embodiment of the trombone sad “Whaa whaaaaaa”, that would be it.

  • Thorn Spike

    Wow. He is lawyr smrt.

  • another_steve

    I recently read an in-depth discussion/description of Michael Cohen – his background and his personality.

    Wow… This guy is hardcore mobster.

    We’re talkin’ “The Godfather – Part 12” here.

    • The_Wretched

      The part that bothers me is that it’s not new information. Trump should have been shackled to Cohen in the primary and general and prosecuted well before all this. I can’t imagine the noise we’d have had were Clinton so deep in with the Mob.

      • tbj5

        Only real explanation is that the Fourth Estate is also corrupted.

        The narratives we were fed in 2016 couldn’t have happened organically.

        • The_Wretched

          I think I’ve been saying that for a while. It doesn’t have to be an explicit quid pro quo either. The corp masters of the Fourth Estate want the same general outcomes and politics as the ruling oligarchs. In deed there’s overlap in who those people are as individuals.

          Even MSNBC, the “liberal” station has a clear muzzle on it’s hosts (including Maddow) from being too vocal.

    • Helen Damnation™

      No link? You’re no fun today. God damn teaser, you. Cough it up. Please.

    • ChrisMorley

      The clue is in his face.

  • TK

    Says who? Says when? Says where?? Such an arrogant – and stupid – POS.

  • Snarkaholic

    O/T: Has Pharma Douche been sentenced yet? As of 1:50 pm EST, I can’t seem to find an update.

  • tbj5

    Of course there’s smoke.

    Cohen started this sortie by lying and saying the payoff for what was essentially blackmail never happened. And that they didnt have an affair.

    Every denial from Cohen since then has also been a lie.

  • worstcultever

    This guy has the most prominent philtrum* I’ve ever seen on a face.

    (*snot trough thingy below nose)

    That said – GO STORMY! She is seriously fucking up Trumpco’s shit with the greatest of ease. Tempted to put up a poster of her on my bedroom wall next to main dreamboat Mueller!

  • HZ81

    Another evil genius, super-villain move from a Trumper.

  • evanedwards

    The only way he passed the bar is if he ate one.

  • bkmn

    The best people…

  • BeaverTales

    Stupidity is gratuitous and free, but it’s also expensive, which is why rich people should learn to do their own damn dirtywork themselves…

    Trump should fire Cohen for stupidly not learning from the Hillary scandal that Trump helped create and fully exploited, as everyone knows. Fuck,dude…. the only thing they talked about on Faux News was “but her emails” for like 6 fucking months!

    Michael Clayton and other good Hollywood-style “fixers”…er, crisis management consultants would have not made such a rookie mistake as using a Trump 2016 email address…

  • kareemachan

    I said this about Kobach and his nimblenuts lawyers, and I’ll say it about this guy: Why is he SOOOO stupid?

  • Jalapeño Business

    O/T Kathy Griffin just announced three June 2018 US show dates. Two in Boston and one in San Francisco.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Sounds like she’s getting a head.

    • worstcultever

      Good! If she comes to my town I will go see the hell out of her!

    • Dazzer

      She’s just come back from an incredibly successful and challenging world tour.

      I think she’s suddenly seen that a world exists outside of America and she doesn’t need to prove herself in America in quite the same way she did before she embarked on exploring the rest of the world.

      • Jalapeño Business

        She needs to have successful US tour dates to fully overcome the issue with the photo. She’s still being blackballed here. These are her first three since the original us tour dates were cancelled.

        • Dazzer

          Yes.

          I agree with that about how she has to cope with all her American demons.

          But she’s got an entirely different audience in terms of her international tour. She’s not an entirely anti-Trump comedinne. All the woman stuff she was doing in |America as comedy is being used as comment in the rest of the Anglosphere.

          It’s just my analysis at the moment, but when she’s not in America, she has to work harder for her laughs because she can’t just use a phrase to let the audience reach the punchline.

          Griffin is an artist in flux.

          I know of at least one student at the Royal College of Art in London who wants to use Griffin as an icon in terms of how she used the Trump head.

          The thing that hurt her as an American artist is making her a commentator-of-interest on a global stage.

          From her own perspective she might need to prove herself on the US stage, but in terms of her professional career, she’s got it sewn up.

          That woman is going to make money.

          • Jalapeño Business

            Kathy herself is billing this is a comeback and in recent interviews she acknowledges the problem with booking US dates.

          • Dazzer

            I don’t think she’s sorted herself out mentally or emotionally where she is in the US.

            I doubt she’ll ever win back America – and that’s just something she’ll have to get her head around.

            After this world tour, she’ll always make more money outside of America than she will inside the country.

            If she’s sensible, she’ll follow Joan Rivers’ career plan. Whenever her star fell in the US, Joan Rivers had already set up a fall back position in the UK and other countries. She might not have been earning money in the US, but the Blessed Joan was always getting paid for her chat shows and appearances outside of America.

            Joan Rivers’ international syndication rights were tremendous. That woman understood that other peoples’ money was just as valuable as the almighty dollar.

            If she plays her cards right, Griffin could do the same. I don’t think she will. She doesn’t understand why Rivers got it right. Joan Rivers was never a victim – she was always the winner.

          • Jalapeño Business

            She has to play this right. The USA comeback also includes the element of fuck you to those in the industry who are keeping her down and the quantitive proof that they didn’t destroy her.

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      She knows “Flyover Country”. I said at the time she could successfully recover. There’s enough liberals in the rest of the country for her to have success. Hell, MS voted 40% for HRC. If 45* can be a “success” with 32% of the US liking him I’m sure Kathy’s odds are better.
      I saw her at the IP Casino here in Biloxi a couple of weeks before the “45* Drama”. She played that crowd very well. Got in a FEW 45* gags, but played to her audience on other topics for the most part. Coastal folk forget she carved a career out of being obnoxious about celebrity and politics BUT knows how to make it work outside the “Blue Bubbles” and has done a metric ass-ton of shows in reddest America.

      • Jalapeño Business

        I agree. She’s on the way back. She also knows she’s being harshly judged and held to a different standard. The most important part of this comeback is the fuck you to all the entertainment industry leaders who are keeping her down.

  • Ninja0980

    The stupidity… it burns.

  • Tom G

    I want every one of these criminals to loathe the day they agreed to help Trump and follow him down the road to the presidency. This must bring them all down.

    • worstcultever

      Your first sentence is my daily prayer. Along with Dump dropping dead, of course.

  • Leo
    • evanedwards

      Pretty much a middle of the road compromise between what the prosecutors and the defense wanted. I’m sure Shkreli is very unhappy, but he probably deserved more time.

    • Stubenville

      Pity.

      /sarcasm

  • Tatonka

    Because I’m a terrible person, I couldn’t help giggling at the fact that Stormy is referred to in the agreement under the alias Peggy Peterson “or ‘PP'”.

    • Dazzer

      Methinks there’s a lawyer somewhere with a sense of humour.

  • worstcultever

    Also – please gods PLEASE let there be a pregnancy and borshin – PLEASE

    • evanedwards

      Peggy Peterson is an anagram of One Preggy Pest.

  • Maura Hart

    that will teach the orange ferret wearing treason weasel to stop stiff his lawyers!

  • hdtex
  • Call me silly, but I expect a higher level of chicanery in my presidential candidates. They make the Keystone Cops look intelligent and skillful.

  • Max_1
  • coram nobis

    A consigliere is supposed to keep his hands clean, antiseptic, when representing the Don and his family — not get involved in the scandal or expose himself with wrongdoing or ethical lapses of his own.

    As usual, the Don is hiring the most inept soldati for his firm.

  • MassageBear

    Is Stormy done having her dress tested for *45’s DNA evidence and does this contested agreement preclude releasing DNA results? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4bfb46c54928ac3fd0bf964d985e248ca4b11e468eae3ba1a4afd9e31e200c91.jpg

  • infmom

    These guys can wet their panties over someone else’s emails but they have no clue what to do with their own. Which is going to provide prime entertainment for years to come.

  • Halou

    Incompetence, or a degree of contempt learned by a lifetime of privileged impunity?

  • coram nobis

    While we’re on the topic of dodgy lawyering, here is a sordid tale of a mass shooting in Orange County, a snitch culture at the county jail, and a runaway DA.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/orange-county-jail-scandal_us_5a833276e4b02b66c512a049

    Scan down the story and you’ll see Kamala Harris and Xavier Becerra, once the courts disqualified the DA and made the state take over. Neither Harris nor Becerra appear in a good light in this story.

  • Paddycakes2001

    Stormy’s lawyers haven’t yet persuaded me that no contract was formed merely because Trump didn’t sign either the main NDA or the side letter. Of course mutual assent is needed for a contract to exist, but Trump could have manifested assent by performing (directing Cohen to pay the $130,000). By taking the money, Stormy accepted that manifestation of assent. Her lawyer stressing here that everyone knew Cohen was representing Trump in this deal actually hurts their case if we ask whether Stormy knew that the money showing up was performance by Trump.

    I’m not certain this is the perspective a court may ultimately take on this case. There’s lots we don’t know yet, and the convoluted denials from the Trump/Cohen side of the deal could, maybe, present them from even making this kind of argument. But the conclusory allegation in the complaint that everyone just knew and expected that the agreement was null and void if not signed by all 3 parties is really weak.

    • Stubenville

      But it makes such delicious 15 second sound bites. =)

      • Paddycakes2001

        Indeed! And for a while to come we can be sure.

  • Stubenville

    Cohen has one serious case of resting bitch face.

    • Gianni

      Very punchable.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    …and further down the rabbit hole we go….

  • JCF

    Ooopsie!