May 12, 2018 - Politics

Giuliani says Trump wasn't aware of Cohen's consulting gigs

Giuliani in Trump Tower. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told HuffPost that the president had no knowledge of the payments Michael Cohen received from companies for insight into the administration's policies, adding that Trump had a role in the Justice Department's decision to block AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner.

“Whatever lobbying was done didn’t reach the president ... He did drain the swamp ... The president denied the merger. They didn’t get the result they wanted.”
— Giuliani to HuffPost

The context: AT&T was one of the companies that paid Cohen. Their $600,000 payment was reportedly intended for Cohen to advise on the Trump administration's view of the merger.

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Honoring Kobe Bryant: Sports stars, politicians and celebrities mourn NBA great

Kobe Bryant on court for the Los Angeles Lakers during the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night, part of 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend at American Airlines Center in Dallas in February 2010. Photo: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Sports stars, politicians and celebrities paid tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed in a California helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others on Saturday. He was 41.

What they're saying: Lakers great Shaquille O'Neal said in an Instagram post of his former teammate, "There's no words to express the pain I'm going through now with this tragic and sad moment of losing my friend, my brother, my partner in winning championships, my dude and my homie. I love you brother and you will be missed."

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Bolton alleges in book that Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigations

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President Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton alleges in his forthcoming book that the president explicitly told him "he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine until officials there helped with investigations into Democrats including the Bidens," the New York Times first reported.

Why this matters: The revelations present a dramatic 11th hour turn in Trump's Senate impeachment trial. They directly contradict Trump's claim that he never tied the hold-up of Ukrainian aid to his demands for investigations into his political opponent Joe Biden.

Impeachment: Then & now

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We are living in a measurably different political and media landscape than when the Senate acquitted President Bill Clinton of impeachment charges in 1999.

The big picture: These dynamics are setting the pace as President Trump’s legal team speeds through arguments to seek a fast acquittal.