I saw this one last night while working out; Stephanie Clifford's "lawyer" has made a bombshell claim that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen received a large payment from Russian sources. Now on the surface, this seems like really big news, but (having learned a few lessons about the media these days) upon about a second's reflection, I'm about 98% sure this is actually bad news for Michael Avenatti and perhaps even Robert Mueller.
How so? Simply consider how on earth Avenatti could have learned this. Barring a sympathetic mole in Cohen's office, his claim is either a lie (and he's in peril of disciplinary action), or his source is in Robert Mueller's office--in which case he and someone in Mueller's office is in peril of being prosecuted.
Ordinarily, I'd approach the Cohen/Avenatti spat about the same way I'd approach a football game between Miami and USC--hoping for injuries on both sides--but it's intriguing how "The Donald" seems to have a knack for making brilliant people make absolutely idiotic mistakes.
Open thread - Suddenly it's busy again. Ran out of time. Fill the space as you deem appropriate.
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