A Playboy model payoff? Is that all Mueller has?
The latest news in the Democratic Party's nonstop effort to bring Russia, Russia, Russia to us, is in this story, reported by the Washington Post:
Two months before the 2016 election, longtime Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen secretly taped a conversation with the then-GOP presidential nominee about whether to purchase the rights to Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal’s account of her alleged extramarital affair with Trump, according to three people familiar with the conversation.
The recording, which Cohen made surreptitiously in Trump Tower in early September 2016, was seized by federal agents who are investigating Cohen for potential bank and election-law crimes, according to multiple people familiar with the probe.
Trump and Cohen’s discussion came a month after AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer, bought the rights to McDougal’s story for $150,000, then shelved it.
In the 90-second conversation, Cohen can be heard urging Trump to consider buying the rights to McDougal’s claims to better “control” the story, according to people familiar with the exchange.
Well,whoop dee doo. It's a ridiculous story, tawdry, silly, and unimportant, of interest only to the tabloid crowd. What did this tape have to do with collusion with the Russians, and what would have been illegal about it anyway?
In other words, why does Special Counsel Robert Mueller, charged with investigating how President Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the election from Hillary Clinton, care about this tape? Wouldn't a private conversation between Trump and his attorney be privileged and private?
And more important, why is this being leaked to use now?
The Democratic Party's employment agency (the Mueller team) must be running out of Russian information to leak, because this story was all the product of leaks, and the result is piddly.
Maybe there are no more pretend charges against Russians and Trump loyalists to hand out anymore. Is Team Mueller desperate? That's what it looks like, with this the best they now have.
Thank goodness Washington Post writers never have to do their own research, instead relying on leaks from anti-Trumpers.
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