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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows was supposed to lead Donald Trump ’s post-election legal and political battle,” but he tested positive for COVID-19. Then Republican operative David Bessie was supposed to do that job, but he got COVID-19 as well.

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was involved briefly with the “stop the count” effort before getting what ? Subsequently, the election-lawsuit ball was picked up and advanced (correction: the election-lawsuit ball was run backward out of the end zone and through an entrance tunnel into a dumpster behind the stadium) by Rudy Giuliani, but on Monday, he was admitted to a hospital because he has COVID-19.

Washington, Sidney Powell, the lawyer who spearheaded outgoing US President DonaldTrump's failed attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election result, has been sued for $1.3 billion by the American corporation that makes voting machines. In the defamation suit filed on Friday, the Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems chronicled some 40 of Powell's public statements that spread “wild” and “demonstrably false” allegations, reports Xingu news agency.

The “viral disinformation campaign” that Powell mounted “to financially enrich herself, raise her public profile, and ingratiate herself to Donald Trump “, deeply damaged the reputation and resale value of Dominion, the suit said. For weeks, Powell claimed that Dominion was established with communist money in Venezuela to enable ballot-stuffing and other vote manipulation, and that those abilities were harnessed to rig the election for Joe Biden.

This article is about the former lawyer of Donald Trump and The Trump Organization. For the lawyer, author, and former Harvard professor, see Michael H. Cohen.

Born (1966-08-25) August 25, 1966 (age 54)EducationPolitical partySpouse(s) (m. 1995)Children2 Criminal information Criminal statusCurrently under house arrest Conviction(s)Fraud ; perjury Criminal charge 5 counts of tax evasion 1 count of making false statements to a financial institution 1 count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution 1 count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate or campaign 1 count of making false statements to a congressional committee Penalty3 years in federal prison;fines; asset forfeiture ; disbarment On May 21, 2021, Cohen was released from prison early due to concerns regarding COVID-19, to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest.

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On July 2, 2021, Cohen was observed dining at a Manhattan restaurant, and on July 9, 2021, was taken back into federal custody after refusing to agree to conditions of home confinement that included a prohibition on communicating with the media. Cohen filed suit complaining his re-arrest was an attempt to prevent him from releasing a tell-all book about Donald Trump.

On July 23 a judge found in his favor and ordered that he be returned to home confinement. Cohen began practicing personal injury law in New York in 1992, working for Melvin String in Manhattan.

As of 2003, Cohen was an attorney in private practice and CEO of MLA Cruises, Inc., and of the Atlantic Casino. In 2006, Cohen was a partner at the law firm Phillips, Niger, Benjamin, Rim & Ballot.

He practiced law at the firm for about a year before joining The Trump Organization. Following his 2018 felony convictions, Cohen was automatically disbarred in New York.

Cohen has been involved in real estate ventures in Manhattan, including the purchase and sale of four apartment buildings between 2011 and 2014. Cohen sold the four properties at above their assessed values, in all-cash transactions, to LCS owned by persons whose identities are not public.

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After this was reported by McCarthy DC in October 2017, Cohen said that all four properties were purchased by an American-owned “New York real estate family fund” that paid cash for the properties in order to obtain a tax deferred (Section 1031) exchange, but did not specifically identify the buyer. In 2015, Cohen purchased an Upper East Side apartment building for $58 million.

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Cohen joined the Trump Organization in fall of 2006. He had purchased several Trump properties and convinced his own parents and in-laws, as well as a business partner, to buy condominiums in Trump World Tower.

In January 2016, according to the Washington Post, Cohen sent an e-mail to Dmitry Peso which was the “most direct outreach documented by a top Trump aide to a similarly senior member of Putin's government.” Several times in response to Kevlar's statement that Trump was behind in all the polls.

The, published in January 2017, alleges that Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2016 with the objective of paying those who had hacked the DNC and to “cover up all traces of the hacking operation”. The dossier contains raw intelligence, and is thought to be a mix of accurate and inaccurate information.

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Cohen denied the allegations against him, stating that he was in Los Angeles between August 23 and 29, and in New York for the entire month of September. According to a Czech intelligence source, there is no record of him entering Prague by plane, but Respect magazine and Politico pointed out that he could have theoretically entered by car or train from a neighboring country within the Schengen Area, for example Italy.

In the latter case, a record of Cohen entering the Schengen zone from a non-Schengen country should exist, if it occurred. However, on April 13, 2018, the DC Bureau of McCarthy Newspapers reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Cohen did travel to Prague during the late summer of 2016, with two sources having confirmed this secret trip.

The evidence is said to show that Cohen entered the Czech Republic from Germany, and since both countries are in the European Union's Schengen passport area, Cohen would not have needed to receive a passport stamp to enter Czech territory. Cohen also said that he didn't travel to the European Union in August 2016.

McCarthy reported in December 2018 that a mobile phone traced to Cohen had “pinged” cellphone towers around Prague in late summer 2016. McCarthy also reported that during that time an eastern European intelligence agency had intercepted communications between Russians, one of whom mentioned that Cohen was in Prague.

However, the Mueller Report states “Cohen had never traveled to Prague and was not concerned about those allegations, which he believed were provably false” :139 In late January 2017, Cohen met with Ukrainian opposition politician Andrey Artemenko and Felix Later at the Loews Regency in Manhattan to discuss a plan to lift sanctions against Russia.

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The proposed plan would require that Russian forces withdraw from eastern Ukraine and that Ukraine hold a referendum on whether Crimea should be “leased” to Russia for 50 or 100 years. Cohen was given a written proposal in a sealed envelope that he delivered to then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn in early February.

In May 2018, BBC News falsely reported that Cohen had received a secret payment of between $400,000 and $600,000 from intermediaries for Ukrainian President Metro Poroshenko to arrange a meeting between Poroshenko and Trump, though Cohen was not registered as a foreign agent. Cohen and the Ukrainian president's office denied the allegations.

The BBC ended up having to state the allegation was untrue, apologizing to Poroshenko, deleting the article from its website, paying legal costs, and paying damages to Poroshenko. In May 2018, Rudy Giuliani announced that Cohen was no longer Trump's lawyer.

In July, seized tapes secretly recorded by Cohen of his conversations with Trump about hush payments to Karen McDougal were disclosed to The New York Times, seemingly contradicting earlier statements by Trump denying knowledge of the payments, and raising questions about campaign finance ethics. Cohen also asserted that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son Donald Jr., and other Trump campaign officials with Russians who claimed to possess information damaging to the Hillary Clinton campaign, contradicting the President's repeated insistence that he was not aware of the meeting until long after it had taken place.

Payment to Stormy Daniels Cohen told The New York Times in February 2018 that he paid the $130,000 to Daniels from his own pocket; he also said that the payment was not a campaign contribution, and he was not reimbursed by either the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign. The Washington Post later noted that, by stating that he used his own money to “facilitate” the payment, Cohen was not ruling out the possibility that Trump, as an individual, reimbursed Cohen for the payment.

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In April 2018, Trump acknowledged for the first time that Cohen has represented him in the Stormy Daniels case, after previously having denied knowledge of the $130,000 payment. On March 5, The Wall Street Journal cited anonymous sources recounting Cohen as saying he missed two deadlines to pay Daniels because Cohen “couldn't reach Mr. Trump in the hectic final days of the presidential campaign”, and that after Trump's election, Cohen had complained that he had not been reimbursed for the payment.

Cohen described this report as fake news “. On March 9, NBC News reported that Cohen had used his Trump Organization email to negotiate with Daniels regarding her nondisclosure agreement, and that Cohen had used the same Trump Organization email to arrange for a transfer for funds that would eventually lead to Daniels' payment.

In response, Cohen acknowledged that he had transferred funds from his home equity line of credit to the LLC and from the LLC to Daniels' attorney. In a March 25, 2018, interview with 60 Minutes, Daniels said that she and Trump had sex once, and that later she had been threatened in front of her infant daughter and felt pressured to later sign a non-disclosure agreement.

On March 26, David Schwarz, a lawyer for Cohen, told ABC's Good Morning America that Daniels was lying in the 60 Minutes interview. Cohen's lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter claiming Daniels' statements constituted “libel per se and intentional infliction of emotional distress” to Cohen.

Cohen initiated a private arbitration case against Daniels in February 2018, based on an October 2016 non-disclosure agreement signed by Daniels in October 2016, in exchange for $130,000. Cohen obtained an order from an arbitrator barring Daniels from publicly discussing her alleged relationship with Trump.

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Daniels subsequently brought a lawsuit in federal court against Trump and Cohen, arguing that the non-disclosure agreement is legally invalid because Trump never signed it, Cohen responded by seeking to compel arbitration, which would avoid public proceedings. In April 2018, Cohen filed a declaration in the court saying that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate himself in the Daniels lawsuit.

On May 18, lawyers for Cohen filed an objection to Daniel's lawyer Michael Avenatti being allowed to represent her in a case involving Cohen, claiming it (the objection) was based on the violations of ethical rules and local court rules, among other issues. After Cohen's August 2018 conviction, Trump stated that the payment to Daniels came from him personally and not from the campaign during a Fox & Friends interview.

Recording of discussion regarding Karen McDougal In 2016, Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, claimed that she and Trump had an affair from 2006 until 2007, a claim that Trump has since denied. The National Enquirer paid McDougal $150,000 for her story but never published it, a practice known as catch and kill.

On September 30, 2016, Cohen created Resolution Consultants LLC, a Delaware shell company, to purchase the rights to McDougal's story from the National Enquirer, though the rights to the story were ultimately never purchased. Cohen had been known to record conversations and phone calls with other people.

According to his lawyer Lanny Davis, “Michael Cohen had the habit of using his phone to record conversations instead of taking notes.” Altogether the prosecutors have been given more than one hundred audio recordings from the material seized from Cohen in the April raid, after the Trump team withdrew their claims of privilege for those items; reportedly only one of them features a substantive conversation with Trump.

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On July 20, it was revealed that Cohen secretly recorded a conversation between Trump and him. The discussion involved a potential hush payment to the publisher of the National Enquirer.

The recording had been classified as a privileged attorney-client communication by the Special Master reviewing the Cohen material, but Trump's attorneys waived that claim, meaning that prosecutors can have it and use it. The conversation in that tape occurred in September 2016, two months before the election and weeks after the Enquirer paid McDougal the $150,000.

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, initially claimed that the tape shows Trump saying “make sure it's done correctly, and make sure it's done by check.” Giuliani also noted that no payment was ultimately made, and asserted that Trump's team waived privilege and allowed the recording to be revealed because it shows no violation of law.

The recording appears to contradict Hope Hicks, then Trump's spokeswoman, who said when the story of the Enquirer payment came out a few days before the election that the Trump campaign had “no knowledge of this”. On July 25, Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis released the actual recording to CNN, which played it on the air on the Cuomo Prime Time program.

On it, Trump can be heard concluding a telephone conversation with an unidentified person and then discussing several items of business with Cohen. Cohen mentions that he needs to “open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David”, interpreted as meaning David Pecker, the head of American Media, which publishes the National Enquirer.

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Later when they discuss financing, Trump is heard saying something about “pay with cash”, to which Cohen responds “no, no, no”, but the tape is unclear and it is disputed what is said next; the word “check” can be heard. A lawyer for the Trump Organization said that any reference to “cash” would not have meant “green currency”, but a one-time payment (“cash”) vs. extended payments (“ financing “), in either case accompanied by documents.

Despite the taped conversation, on August 23, in a Fox News interview Trump stated that he was not aware of the hush-money payments until “later on”: “Later on I knew. He added: “In fact, my first question when I heard about it was, did they come out of the campaign, because that could be a little dicey.

Payment to Shear Be chard In a 2018 court proceeding, Cohen said he had given legal advice to only three clients in 2017: Donald Trump, Sean Hannity, and Elliott Broody. In late 2017, Cohen arranged the $1.6 million payment by Broody to Be chard as part of a nondisclosure agreement requiring Be chard to keep silent about the matter.

Cohen was Broody's attorney and Keith M. Davidson represented Be chard. Davidson had previously been the attorney for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

On July 6, 2018, Be chard filed a lawsuit against Broody, Davidson, and Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti, claiming the three had breached the agreement in relation to the cessation of the settlement payments. Essential Consultants LLC Essential Consultants LLC is a Delaware shell company created by Cohen in October 2016 to facilitate payment of hush money to Stormy Daniels.

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For many months thereafter, Cohen used the LLC for an array of business activities largely unknown to the public, with at least $4.4 million moving through the LLC between Trump's election to the presidency and January 2018. In May 2018, Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti posted a seven-page report to Twitter detailing what he said were financial transactions involving Essential Consultants and Cohen.

Avenatti did not reveal the source of his information, which was later largely confirmed by The New York Times and other publications. The data showed that hundreds of thousands of dollars were given to Cohen, via Essential Consultants, from Fortune 500 firms such as Novartis and AT&T, which had business before the Trump administration.

It was also revealed that Essential Consultants had received at least $500,000 from a New York-based investment firm called Columbus Nova, which is linked to a Russian oligarch. The firm's largest client is a company controlled by Viktor Heidelberg, a Ukrainian-born Russian oligarch.

Heidelberg is a business partner of Soviet-born billionaire and major Republican Party donor, Leonard Blavatsky. A spokesperson for Columbus Nova said that the payment was a consulting fee that had nothing to do with Heidelberg.

Questions were raised about many of the payments, such as four totaling $200,000 that AT&T paid to the LLC between October 2017 and January 2018, while at the same time the proposed merger between the company and Time Warner was pending before the Justice Department. AT&T claimed that the money was paid to the LLC and other firms that were used to provide insights into understanding the new administration, and that the LLC did no legal or lobbying work for AT&T.

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On May 11, 2018, the CEO of AT&T stated that in early 2017 it was approached by Cohen to provide “his opinion on the new president and his administration”. Cohen was paid $600,000 ($50,000 per month) over the year, which its CEO described as “a big mistake”.

Novartis was also approached by Cohen and was offered similar services. Novartis, a Switzerland –based pharmaceutical giant paid the LLC nearly $1.2 million in separate payments.

Novartis released a statement May 9, 2018, that it hired the LLC to help the company understand the “health care policy” of the new administration, but it actually did not receive benefit for its investment. The statement continued that Novartis made a decision to not engage Essential Consultants further, but it could not terminate the contract for “cause”, raising concerns on why the company did not pursue reimbursement.

According to Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti and civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, some recordings may have included participants located in California, which would make the recordings illegal, as California is a two party consent state. Since Cohen is an attorney, the search included the seizure of materials normally protected by attorney-client privilege, which is subject to a crime-fraud exception if a crime is suspected.

Some legal scholars opined that Trump's denial that he had knowledge of the Daniels payment, combined with denials by Cohen and his lawyer David Schwartz, meant both sides had effectively said that matter did not involve attorney-client communications. Cohen and his lawyers argued that all the thousands of items seized during the FBI raid should be protected by attorney-client privilege and thus withheld from the prosecutors.

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U.S. District Judge Simba M. Wood, appointed a special master, former federal judge Barbara S. Jones, to review all the seized materials for attorney-client privilege. The search warrant itself has been sealed, making it unavailable to the public.

The FBI also sought documents pertaining to Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions. Cohen's taxi fleet is operated by Gene Friedman, who is facing legal trouble for alleged tax evasion.

A few days after the raid, McCarthy reported that the Mueller investigation was in possession of evidence that Cohen traveled to Prague in August or September 2016. According to McCarthy's confidential sources, Cohen traveled to Prague via Germany, a passage that would not have required use of a passport due to both countries being within the Schengen Area.

In reaction, Cohen denied having ever been to Prague, as he had done in his January 2017 denial following the dossier's release. Mother Jones reported that Cohen had told them “I was in Prague for one afternoon 14 years ago,” contradicting later statements that he had never visited.

In May 2018, NBC reported that Cohen's phone calls had been monitored by pen register, which logs the origins and destinations of calls but not the contents. The Wall Street Journal reported on July 26, 2018, that longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Heidelberg had been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury regarding the Cohen investigation.

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Cohen officially surrendered to the FBI on August 21, 2018. That afternoon, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges: five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate (Trump) for the “principal purpose of influencing election”.

Davis alluded to Cohen's knowledge that could be used against Trump, and hinted that Cohen had knowledge of whether Trump knew in advance about the computer hacking that was detrimental to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, as well as knowledge of the meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016. He later added that he believed Cohen would agree to testify before Congress, even without immunity.

In his interview to Sky News, Davis said the turning point for his client's attitude toward Trump was the Helsinki summit in July 2018, which caused him to doubt Trump's loyalty to the U.S. The New York Times reported on August 22, 2018, that Cohen court documents revealed that two senior Trump Organization executives were also involved in the hush money payments, and that Cohen “coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls” about the payments.

Cohen said Trump was “the man that caused me to choose the path of darkness” and do “dirty deeds”. Before passing sentence, Judge Paula said, “each of these crimes is a serious offense against the United States.

Mr. Cohen pled guilty to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct.” On November 29, 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to the Senate Intelligence Committee and House Intelligence Committee in 2017 regarding the proposed Trump Tower Moscow deal that he spearheaded in 2015 and 2016.

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Cohen had told Congress that the deal ceased in January 2016 when it actually ended in June 2016, and that he had not received a response about the deal from the office of a senior Russian official when he actually had. Cohen said that he had given the false testimony in order to be consistent with Trump's “repeated disavowals of commercial and political ties between himself and Russia” and out of loyalty to Trump.

This charge was brought directly by Robert Mueller's investigation, rather than the United States Attorney for the Sony, who brought the previous charges against Cohen. In a sentencing memorandum filed the following day, Cohen's attorneys stated he kept Trump “apprised” of the “substantive conversation” Cohen had in January 2016 with a Russian official, and discussed with Trump traveling to Russia to advance the project during the summer of 2016.

The filing also stated Cohen “remained in close and regular contact with White House-based staff and legal counsel” as he prepared to provide false testimony to Congress. According to a BuzzFeed report on January 17, 2019, President Donald Trump personally directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project.

However, a spokesman for the Special Counsel investigation later said the report was “not accurate”, but did not specify “which parts of the BuzzFeed story they were calling untrue”. Cohen's petition against Barr for a writ of areas corpus Cohen's declaration that his incarceration violated his First Amendment rights July 2, 2021, Cohen was pictured dining at a Manhattan restaurant, which according to his lawyer Lanny Davis was not a violation of his prison furlough since he had not transitioned to house arrest.

He also tweeted on June 26 that a recent New York Times article entitled “Inside Barr's Effort to Undermine Prosecutors in N.Y.” had revealed “only a part of the full story,” using the hashtag #WillSpeakSoon. After being sent to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, he was returned to FCI Louisville and held in solitary confinement 23 hours each day, which prevented him from working on his manuscript on prison library computers.

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Cohen denied he refused to sign the agreement, asserting his attorney had simply asked questions about it, at which point US marshals escorted him back to prison. On July 20, 2021, Cohen filed suit against attorney general Bill Barr and two federal prison officials, asserting his First Amendment rights were being violated.

Cohen claimed his return to prison was retaliation “because he is drafting a book manuscript that is critical of the President of the United States.” Cohen requested he is immediately released to home confinement.

The government denied on July 22 that Cohen had been re-imprisoned in an effort to block publication of his book. On July 23, 2021 U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Heller stein ordered Cohen be returned to home confinement because the government had retaliated against him and violated his First Amendment rights.

One week later, the government informed Heller stein it would not challenge his ruling and would remove the restrictive clause from Cohen's home-confinement agreement. Cohen was released from Louisville Prison in New York on July 24, 2021.

Days later, Cohen's attorney informed Heller stein that Cohen hoped to accept a job offer with an unnamed political action committee to consult and make media appearances on its behalf. On January 10, 2019, Cohen agreed to testify publicly before the House Oversight Committee to give a “full and credible account” of his work on behalf of Trump.

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According to former federal investigators, Sherman actually introduced Trump to Cohen. On several subsequent occasions Trump hinted publicly that Cohen's father-in-law, or possibly even Cohen's wife, could be tied to criminal activity.

On January 20 Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani suggested on CNN that the father-in-law “may have ties to something called organized crime”. On January 23, Cohen announced through his attorney that he would postpone his testimony to a later date, citing “ongoing threats against his family from President Trump and Giuliani.

Some legal analysts asserted that these comments by Trump and Giuliani constituted intimidation and witness tampering; House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings and House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said that threatening a witness's family is “textbook mob tactics”. After several scheduling delays, Cohen testified before three congressional committees in late February.

First was a February 26, 2019, closed-door hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The following day, February 27, Cohen gave 10 hours of public, televised testimony before the House Oversight Committee, during which he described Trump as a “racist,” a “con man”, and a “cheat”, and expressed remorse and shame for the things he had done for Trump.

He said the president had reimbursed him for illegal hush money payments, suggested that he should lie to Congress and the public about the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations, and filed false financial statements with banks and insurance companies. Republicans hammered on his previous false testimony, asking why he should be believed now.

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On February 28, Cohen testified behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee for more than seven hours. Cohen returned to that committee for more questioning on March 6.

In the foreword, Cohen characterizes Trump as “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man.” A 2017 New York Times article reported that Cohen is known for having “a penchant for luxury “; he was married at The Pierre, drove a Porsche while attending college, and once owned a Bentley.

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On Trump's behalf, Cohen demanded that The Onion immediately remove the article and apologize. “This commentary goes way beyond defamation and, if not immediately removed, I will take all actions necessary to ensure your actions do not go without consequence,” Cohen wrote, according to a copy of the email provided to Politico.

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Cohen's email marks the most direct outreach documented by a top Trump aide to a similarly senior member of Putin's government he did not recall receiving a response from Peso The email, addressed to Peso, appeared to have been sent to a general Kremlin press account. “The Press Will Learn Nothing From the Russia gate Fiasco”.

In order to further the Trump Tower project-that-never-was, Cohen literally cold-emailed the Kremlin. More than that, he entered the email incorrectly, so the letter initially didn't even arrive.

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