What If the FBI Raid on Michael Cohen Was Opposition Research?

FBI Opposition Research: After violating attorney-client privilege, suddenly an embarrassing story is leaked to the media!

The pretense that the FBI raid of Trump’s attorney is about impartial justice and that it is not opposition research is such an insult to our intelligence! FBI agents had to go through EVERYTHING they found. Who believed they could keep it secret?

So now the Wall Street Journal suddenly knows about a new Trump/GOP scandal that involves Michael Cohen’s work with a client. The timing is not a coincidence! At best, the FBI raid was to gather a cache of material to be leaked to embarrass Trump. At worst, it is going to be used to attempt to blackmail the President.

Yes, it would be great if the Republicans weren’t so immoral that some of them have to hide parts of their lives. But that doesn’t excuse this criminal conspiracy to acquire opposition research masquerading as an investigation.

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The Wall Street Journal reports, “Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Negotiated $1.6 Million Settlement for Top Republican Fundraiser.

President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer negotiated a deal in late 2017 to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy model who said she was impregnated by a top Republican fundraiser, according to people familiar with the matter.

Michael Cohen, whose office, home and hotel room were raided by federal agents this week, arranged the payments to the woman on behalf of Elliott Broidy, a deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee with ties to Mr. Trump, the people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Broidy, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, works on the Republican committee with Mr. Cohen, who is also a national deputy finance chairman.


“I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate,” Mr. Broidy said in a statement provided by a spokesman. “At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period.”

Mr. Broidy, 60, and Mr. Cohen were appointed to the posts of RNC national deputy finance chairman in April 2017. Mr. Broidy was a vice chairman for the Trump campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party during the 2016 presidential campaign, helping it raise more than $108 million. He gave more than $160,000 last year to the Republican National Committee, the Journal previously reported.


The woman claimed that she became pregnant and that Mr. Broidy was the father, but the contract states that matters relating to the alleged pregnancy and paternity of the alleged child are excluded from the claims resolved in the agreement, the person familiar with the matter said. The woman declined to provide proof that she was pregnant with Mr. Broidy’s child, the contract says, according to the person familiar with the matter.


In his statement, Mr. Broidy apologized to his family. “It is unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen’s involvement,” his statement said.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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