Morning Reads for Tuesday, April 17

It’s tax day! Tax day hasn’t been on April 15 in quite a few years.

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Indypendant
Indypendant

The demise of Sean Hannity is going to be……

Oh.

So.

Sweet.

Noway2016
Noway2016

And that demise will be because of his association with Cohen? As of right this second (808), where is the scandal?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As I mentioned yesterday, people don’t seek out Michael Cohen for legal advice. For starters, he’s not a good attorney. The guy thought marital rape was still legal for chrissakes. Second, he doesn’t really practice as an attorney, but rather as a fixer. He appears to spend most of his time harassing reporters, facilitating hush money payments, and making media appearances. Within the Trump Organization, he’s not the attorney that handles contracts, regulatory compliance, or any other “legal” matters. Maybe Hannity – a guy with a lot of money and access to real, better, attorneys – really did seek out… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

It’s so crazy though. Why would Cohen call him a client if he wasn’t? Has Cohen ever been paid by any of his (three) clients? Why does he get paid $500,000 a year by the law firm whose space he uses when he has no paying clients?

Is this kind of setup pretty unique, or do the wealthy class do this all the time- have lawyers who are separated from them by a layer or two of, what, deniability?

It’s like a Jerry Springer show 24/7/365. Mix in a little John Gotti for flavor.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Wealthy people hire attorneys all the time, that’s not unusual. Hannity has an attorney/agent who represents him in business deals and negotiating contracts with sponsors, networks, etc. Hannity likely has a tax attorney that helps him with his taxes every year and trusts attorney that helps manage his money. I’m sure he’s got a defense attorney in connection with this Seth Rich lawsuit. What is weird is anyone hiring this attorney. Again, Cohen doesn’t really practice law and isn’t particularly skilled at the practice of law. He’s an attack dog that happens to have a law degree.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Why would Cohen call him a client if he wasn’t? Cohen had every incentive to exaggerate his client communications to try and derail the document review. Cohen’s argument against the document review was that he had a robust law practice and that the search warrant swept up a large number of unrelated and privileged communications. The problem is that his argument is a pretty weak one and was poorly presented, which is exactly why they were in the position where they had to disclose Hannity to the Court. If Hannity really was a client, he just got knifed in the… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

And it looks like Hannity stupidly knifed him right back. It should have been easy to say “Yeah, I am his client, and I want all our comms to be protected”. Why would he not do that?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Why would he not do that?

Because Sean Hannity is a deeply stupid person.

This isn’t rocket science. It’s a dumb client retaining a bad attorney.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Keep in mind, Cohen only did the dirt work and some over seas work for Trump and Don Jr and Ivanka. The real Trump lawyer is former Trump Org. V.P. and Chief Legal Officer, Jason Greenblatt, who is some type of international negotiations specialist for the president. He is the lawyer Trump took with him to DC, not Cohen, and in theory now has executive privilege status if questioned by congress.

MikeSilver
MikeSilver

The demise of the Right to Privacy and Right to Counsel is going to lead to us to a place none of us want to go.

The progressive glee at Kimba Wood’s destruction of the Attorney Client privilege in order to overturn the election of Donald Trump is disgusting and dangerous. Seriously. People like me are watching this and how the Democrat-Left-Media Complex and the Deep-State insurrectionists are using violence to silence Conservatives on college campuses, on twitter, baseball fields, etc. are getting angrier and angrier.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s a conspiracy!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Cohen’s attorneys willingly gave up Hannity’s name in open court. Judge Wood didn’t order them to. If Hannity’s privacy is being violated, it’s being violated by Cohen, not by the Justice Department. *Note, Hannity’s complaints about his privacy would be better received if he didn’t peddle the Seth Rich conspiracy long after Rich’s family begged him to stop. Attorney-client privilege is not absolute. Take the word of an actual attorney. That said, there is an incredibly high threshold prosecutors must meet in order to obtain records subject to the privilege. That scrutiny is even tougher when you’re asking for the… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

The whole “Deep-State” thing is a Fox-Right-Media Complex creation. If you’re angry, you should be. You’re being manipulated by it.

John Vestal
John Vestal

Watched the first few minutes of the NYC 1911 video…here’s a challenge:

See how many folks over the age of 10 you can find on the street who aren’t either wearing or carrying some form of headwear.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Well everyone knew that going around hatless was unhealthy. Besides that you could even get a suntan and start looking like a common laborer. Of course this still doesn’t justify the pork pie even at a modern political rally.

I’m eagerly awaiting a full view of recently found footage of a post-quake 1906 San Francisco done by the Miles Brothers. They did a famous film down Market Street only one week before the fire/quake but no one knew about any post quake film by them until just recently.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/us/san-francisco-earthquake-film.html

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The week is off to a big start when last week’s news hasn’t been digested. Cohen’s home and offices raided, and Comey’s book out, the bombing of Syria Friday night diluting that news was indeed “Mission Accomplished”. Was that characterization another Trump “a ha”, like the “prime the pump” phrase that Trump coined? There was also Donald Trump’s new big play to gain negotiating strength against China by announcing that he’ll start negotiating to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the agreement he withdrew from after calling it a “rape of our country.” Hey, it’s Trump’s ego being stoked and the country,… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

24 year old in our office was freaking out during lunch over IRS website being down… “but how can I file my taxes if it wont let me add the direct deposit info? They have to give me an extension or a grace period right?”

Thus begins the Gen X’er showing the millennium how to print out his taxes, find the correct IRS office to address a letter, where to find a stamp in this place and the location of the nearest post office to hand deliver it to them before midnight if the site stays down.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-17/irs-filing-system-has-glitch-as-taxpayers-race-to-meet-deadline

Ellynn
Ellynn

Get ready for the Presidential twitter rage on this one…

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/supreme-court-strikes-down-part-of-immigration-law/

“The court’s 5-4 decision Monday concerns a provision of immigration law that defines a “crime of violence.” Conviction for a crime of violence subjects an immigrant to deportation and usually speeds up the process. Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s first appointee to the court, joined with the four liberal justices in making the decision.”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Gorsuch didn’t side with the liberals, though. Gorsuch’s position was that the law was unconstitutionally vague and he cited Scalia’s opinion in Johnson v. United States in which the Court held that the Armed Career Criminal Act’s use of the term “violent felony” was unconstitutionally vague. This is nothing more than Gorsuch carrying forward Scalia’s reasoning on vagueness. The only thing Gorsuch agreed with Kagan on was the notion that Clarence Thomas is a nutjob. Gorsuch didn’t agree with Kagan’s preference for a categorical approach to crimes resulting in deportations nor did he agree with Kagan’s position that deportation should… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

That NYT story about public classrooms is really interesting.
Thank you Teri.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Stormy’s alleged threatening man looks a lot like OJ’s Real Killer! Lol!

Noway2016
Noway2016

Good Guy with a Gun….
Get you NRA Lifetime Membership. Today.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-stabs-deputy-douglas-county-georgia-sheriffs-office-shot-dead/