(New York, NY) – A business partner of Michael Cohen is agreeing to work with the government in building a case against President Trump’s personal lawyer. “The New York Times” reports that Evgeny Friedman struck a plea deal in a tax case and agreed to work with investigators in state or federal investigations.
He pleaded guilty to stealing New York state taxes and will avoid jail time under the plea agreement. Friedman was a partner with Cohen for years in New York City’s taxi business. Last month, federal investigators in New York raided Cohen’s office, home and hotel room looking for documents related to business connections.
(New York, NY) – Russia may not have been the only country Donald Trump Jr. looked to for help to get his father elected. The “New York Times” reports the President’s son also held a meeting with an emissary for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia offering to help Donald Trump win.
According to the report, the meeting took place August 3rd, 2016 at Trump Tower and included other Trump campaign officials. The emissary, George Nader, reportedly told Trump Jr. the princes of the countries were ready to help Trump win the election.
(Tehran) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will remain in the 2015 nuclear deal if it can protect its interests. The deal, originally made between the U.S., Iran and five other world powers, offered sanctions relief in exchange for checks on Iran’s nuclear program.
President Trump pulled out of the deal this month, after months of calling it broken.
Rouhani said that Tehran will stay in if the remaining five nations, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K., stick to the agreement.
(Washington, DC) – President Trump vows to put American patients first in the battle to lower prescription drug prices. Speaking at the White House, Trump said his administration is moving to reduce the influence of powerful special interests.
He also noted that regulatory burdens are being reduced. Trump said his administration is banning so-called pharmacist gag rules, which prohibits pharmacists from telling consumers how to save money. He argued that the moves will promote more competition and lead to lower prices.
Meantime, U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar called on pharmaceutical companies to reveal prices of drugs they advertise on TV. Azar is a former executive of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.
(Washington, DC) – Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, reportedly offered his consulting services to Ford Motor Company. “The Wall Street Journal” says the automaker rejected Cohen’s pitch, which was made in January 2017, after Trump’s election win.
Cohen is under scrutiny for his dealings with various companies, in which he presented himself as someone with unique access to the President. AT&T and Novartis both issued apologies for writing big checks to Cohen, who is now under a federal criminal investigation for his business dealings.
(Washington, DC) – AT&T and drug-maker Novartis are issuing an apology for what they call poor judgment after cutting deals with the President’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. The CEO’s of the two companies are both doing damage control as Cohen is now under a criminal investigation for his business dealings.
AT&T and Novartis used Cohen as a political consultant for insights into President Trump’s thinking. Both companies are denying that Cohen lobbied on their behalf.
AT&T paid cohen 600,000 for advice on a $85 billion merger with Time Warner, which required the approval of federal antitrust regulators.Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis hired Cohen to “advise the company as to how the Trump administration might approach certain US healthcare policy matters,” as the company explained in a very embarrassed statement this week. Based on little more than the man’s boasts about his influence, Novartis agreed to pay Cohen, Trump’s conduit to alleged lover Stormy Daniels, $1.2 million per year, in 12 monthly installments.
(Washington, DC) — The President will reveal his decision on the Iran nuclear deal this afternoon. On Twitter, President Trump said he will be announcing his decision from the White House at 2 pm. Trump has been harshly critical of the Iran deal and may pull the U.S. out of the multi-nation accord.
European allies have been trying to convince him to stay in the deal. In an earlier tweet, Trump accused former Secretary of State John Kerry of meddling. Kerry has reportedly been working behind the scenes to salvage the nuclear accord.
Trump said the U.S. “does not need John Kerry’s possibly illegal shadow diplomacy.” Trump argued that the deal was “very badly negotiated” by Kerry. He also called it a big mess.
The agreement signed in 2015 between Iran and six world powers lifts sanctions that crippled Iran’s economy in return for tight limits on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program. Those limits include reducing Iran’s uranium enrichment ability to produce only fuel for nuclear power plants and getting rid of a plant that could turn out weapons-grade plutonium.
The agreement also requires Iran to allow inspectors to monitor its nuclear sites. If Iran violates any of the requirements, economic sanctions would “snap back” into place for ten years.
(Washington, DC) – Rudy Giuliani is walking back claims he made Thursday that the release of three Americans being held in North Korea was imminent. Giuliani, a member of President Trump’s legal team and the former mayor of New York City, on Thursday told “Fox and Friends” that the release was happening that day.
He told reporters Saturday that he doesn’t know the status of the men and the less said about it, the better. He said that it’s being worked on and that he’s reading the newspapers like everyone else.
The White House said that a release would be a sign of goodwill ahead of a planned meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
(Phoenix, AZ) – Arizona Senator John McCain is reportedly planning for his funeral. “The New York Times” reports that the White House has been notified and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend. President Trump will not.
McCain is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer and is preparing the arrangements at Washington National Cathedral. He has disclosed that the memoir he is currently working on, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations,” will be his last.
(Tehran) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country has plans in place if President Trump decides to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal. The deal, struck between Iran and six major powers, grants sanctions relief in exchange for Iran putting the brakes on nuclear development.
Trump has hinted he will pull out of the deal unless what he sees as flaws are fixed by May 12th. In a speech on state TV, Rouhani said that orders have been given to “confront America’s plots” against Iran and that America would regret leaving the deal.
Washington wants to put Iran’s ballistic missile program on the table but Rouhani says the country will continue making as many weapons as it needs to defend itself.