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Jul 13 - Dems reveal new emails showing Cohen "selling access" to Trump White House
 

 

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Senate Democrats said Friday that President Trump's former longtime attorney Michael Cohen had a more extensive relationship with the drug company Novartis than previously reported and that Cohen was "selling a line of access" to the White House.

Democrats on two Senate committees released a report Friday detailing Cohen's extended relationship with Novartis, which they called "longer and more detailed" than what Novartis had reported in a public statement.

Novartis previously acknowledged a $1.2 million agreement with Cohen last year. Cohen allegedly promised the company access to the Trump administration.

Novartis said it ended the relationship with Cohen in March 2017, but Democrats say new documents show communication continued until September.

"These documents indicate that Mr. Cohen and Mr. [Joe] Jimenez - who was still the Novartis CEO at the time - had at least four phone calls, and, between April and September 2017, exchanged multiple emails on substantive issues, including the Trump administration's drug pricing proposals, Novartis's potential investment in a small drug company backed by Columbus Nova, and with regard to opioid lawsuits," according to the report.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who worked on the report, told ABC News that Cohen's relationship with Novartis was evidence of the attorney's efforts to capitalize on the ability to get companies and entities in contact with Trump administration officials.

"What he was selling was a line of access to the Trump administration," Wyden said. "That would be how I would characterize it."



"What troubles me is that it sure looks like what Novartis got out of this deal was a direct line of access to the White House for their priorities," he added. "We still don't know the kind of White House access Cohen was granting to undisclosed clients, or whether Cohen served as a foreign agent."

Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis sharply disputed that characterization in a statement to ABC, and claimed that Cohen merely provided "strategic advice" to Novartis and other clients during the early days of the Trump presidency.

"Mr. Cohen, who never introduced anyone from Novartis to anyone in the administration or Congress, did not 'sell access.' As a consultant, he provided strategic advice to his client," Davis said.



The Democrats' report comes after an employee of Novartis told the news site Stat in May that Cohen "promised access" to the president in his emails and discussions with the company.

"With a new administration coming in, basically, all the traditional contacts disappeared and they were all new players," the employee said. "We were trying to find an inroad into the administration. Cohen promised access to not just Trump, but also the circle around him. It was almost as if we were hiring him as a lobbyist."

Cohen is currently under investigation for bank fraud and possible campaign finance violations. He has denied any wrongdoing, and has not been charged with a crime.

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 8 months ago '17        #2
Naga Sadow 31 heat pts31
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Isn't that kind of, I don't know, illegal?


 8 months ago '18        #3
Lord God 74 heat pts74
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 8 months ago '16        #4
Frankie Needles 80 heat pts80
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So, they're outraged over what hillary was doing to the state department? When she did it we were told it was nothing and perfectly legal

New Abedin Emails Reveal Hillary Clinton State Department Gave Special Access to Top Clinton Foundation Donors
AUGUST 22, 2016

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Crown Prince of Bahrain Forced to Go Through Foundation to See Clinton, after Pledging $32 Million to Clinton Global Initiative

Hollywood Executive Casey Wasserman, Slimfast Mogul Daniel Abraham, Controversial Appointee Rajiv Fernando also among Clinton Foundation Donors Granted Special Favors from Clinton State Department

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.

The new documents included 20 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 191 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department). These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.

The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of “Clinton family matters.”

Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.

From: Doug Band

To: Huma Abedin

Sent: Tue Jun 23 1:29:42 2009

Subject:

Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday

Asking to see her

Good friend of ours

From: Huma Abedin

To: Doug Band

Sent: Tue Jun 23 4:12:46 2009

Subject: Re:

He asked to see hrc thurs and fri thru normal channels. I asked and she said she doesn’t want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel. Also she says that she may want to go to ny and doesn’t want to be committed to stuff in ny…

From: Huma Abedin [Huma@clintonemail.com]

Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:35:15 AM

To: Doug Band

Subject:

Offering Bahrain cp 10 tomorrow for meeting woith [sic] hrc

If u see him, let him know

We have reached out thru official channels

Also included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange in which Band urged Abedin to get the Clinton State Department to intervene in order to obtain a visa for members of the Wolverhampton (UK) Football Club, one of whose members was apparently having difficulty because of a “criminal charge.” Band was acting at the behest of Casey Wasserman, a millionaire Hollywood sports entertainment executive and President of the Wasserman Foundation. Wasserman has donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation through the Wasserman Foundation.

From: Tim Hoy [VP Wasserman Media Group]

Date: Tue. 5 May 2009 10:45:55 – 0700

To: Casey Wasserman

Subject: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

Casey: Paul Martin’s [popular English footballer] client [Redacted] needs to get an expedited appointment at the US Embassy in London this week and we have hit some road blocks. I am writing to ask for your help.

The Wolverhampton FC is coming to Las Vegas this Thursday for a “celebration break.” [Redacted] so he cannot get a visa to the US without first being “interviewed” in the visa section of the US Embassy in London …

I contacted Senator Boxer’s office in SF for help … They balked at the criminal charge and said they “couldn’t help.”

I’m now trying to get help from Sherrod Brown’s office but that’s not going well either. So do you have any ideas/contacts that could contact the US Embassy in London and ask that they see [Redacted] tomorrow?

From: Casey Wasserman

To: Doug Band; Trista Schroeder [Wasserman Media Group executive]

Sent: Tue May 05 2:23:50 2009 [PT]

Subject: FW [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

Can you help with the below [Hoy email], or maybe Huma??? I am copying trista as I am on the plane in case I lose connection … thx.

From: Doug Band

Sent: Tue May 05 7:08:21 2009 [ET]

To: Casey Wasserman; Trista Schroeder

Subject: Re: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

Will email her.

From: Doug Band

To: Huma Abedin

Sent: Tue May 5 7:26:49 2009

Subject: Fw: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

[As per subject line, Band apparently forwarded Abedin material sent to him by Casey.]

From: Huma Abedin [Huma@clintonemail.com]

Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 7:39:38 PM

To: Doug Band

Subject: Re: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

I doubt we can do anything but maybe we can help with an interview. I’ll ask.

From: Huma Abedin

To: Doug Band

Sent: Tue May 05 5:50:09 2009

Subject: Re: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

I got this now, makes me nervous to get involved but I’ll ask.

From: Doug Band

To: Huma Abedin

Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2009 7:43:30 PM

Subject: Re: [Redacted] Wolverhampton FC/visa matter

Then don’t

The Abedin emails also reveal that Slimfast tycoon S. Daniel Abraham was granted almost immediate access to then-Secretary of State Clinton, with Abedin serving as the facilitator. According to the Clinton Foundation website, Abraham, like the Wasserman Foundation, has given between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. The emails indicate that Abraham was granted almost immediate access to Clinton upon request:

From: Huma Abedin

To: H

Sent: Mon May 04 4:40:34 2009

Subject: Danny

Danny abraham called this morning. He is in dc today and tomorrow and asked for 15 min with you. Do u want me to try and fit him in tomorrow?

From: H

To Huma Abedin

Sent: Mon May 04 5:14:00 2009

Subject: Re: Danny

Will the plane wait if I can’t get there before 7-8?

From: Huma Abedin

Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 5:15:30 PM

Subject: Re: Danny

Yes of course

Additional Abedin emails in which the top Clinton aide intervenes with the State Department on behalf of Clinton Foundation donors include the following:

On Friday, June 26, 2009, Clinton confidant Kevin O’Keefe wrote to Clinton saying that “Kevin Conlon is trying to set up a meeting with you and a major client.” Clinton wrote to Abedin, “Can you help deliver these for Kevin?” Abedin responded, “I’ll look into it asap” Kevin O’Keefe donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Kevin Conlon is a Clinton presidential campaign “Hillblazer” who has raised more than $100,000 for the candidate.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, Ben Ringel wrote to Abedin, “I’m on shuttle w Avigdor Liberman. I called u back yesterday. I want to stop by to see hrc tonite for 10 mins.” Ringel donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
On Monday, July 6, 2009, Maureen White wrote to Abedin, “I am going to be in DC on Thursday. Would she have any time to spare?” Abedin responded, “Yes I’ll make it work.” White donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
In June 2009, prominent St. Louis political power broker Joyce Aboussie exchanged a series of insistent emails with Abedin concerning Aboussie’s efforts to set up a meeting between Clinton and Peabody Energy VP Cartan Sumner. Aboussie wrote, “Huma, I need your help now to intervene please. We need this meeting with Secretary Clinton, who has been there now for nearly six months. This is, by the way, my first request. I really would appreciate your help on this. It should go without saying that the Peabody folks came to d*ck [Gephardt] and I because of our relationship with the Clinton’s.” After further notes from Aboussie, Abedin responded, “We are working on it and I hope we can make something work… we have to work through the beauracracy [sic] here.” Aboussie donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
On Saturday, May 16, 2009, mobile communications executive and political activist Jill Iscol wrote to Clinton, “Please advise to whom I should forward Jacqueline Novogratz’s request [for a meeting with the secretary of state]. I know you know her, but honestly, she is so far ahead of the curve and brilliant I believe she could be enormously helpful to your work.” Clinton subsequently sent an email to Abedin saying, “Pls print.” Jill and husband Ken Iscol donated between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton subsequently appointed Novogratz to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.
The newly obtained Abedin emails also contain a memorandum sent to Cheryl Mills from State Department White House liaison Laura Pena revealing that Rajiv Fernando was proposed for his controversial appointment to the sensitive International Security Advisory Board as early as June 2009. Fernando was not actually appointed until 2011, and his appointment raised a firestorm because, according to an ABC News report, “he had no obvious experience in the field.” Fernando donated $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.

The Abedin emails reveal that even U2’s Bono got into the act when former Bill Clinton aide Ben Schwerin, who helped set up the Clinton Foundation, urged Abedin to help the aging rock star broadcast from the international space station. In a May 27, 2009, email with the subject line “Bono/NASA,” Schwerin wrote, “Bono wants to do linkup with the international space station on every show during the tour this year.… Any ideas? Thks.” Bono has been a donor to the Clinton Global Initiative. And in 2011, he gathered top entertainers for “A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation.” According to USA Today, “Some tickets were sold to the public for $50 to $550, and premium seats went for $1,000 to $5,000 on the Foundation website.”

“These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “There needs to be a serious, independent investigation to determine whether Clinton and others broke the law.”

This is the tenth set of records produced for Judicial Watch by the State Department from the non-state.gov email accounts of Huma Abedin. The documents were produced under a court order in a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) requiring the agency to produce “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013, using a ‘non-state’.gov email address.”

In June, Judicial Watch uncovered two batches (here and here) of new Clinton email records through court-ordered discovery. Twice in May, Judicial Watch uncovered new Clinton emails, including emails that show Clinton knew about the security risk of her BlackBerry (see here and here).

Recently, Judicial Watch released other State Department emails (one batch of 103 pages, the second of 138 pages), with newly discovered Clinton emails also going back as far as January 2009.

In March, Judicial Watch released Clinton State Department emails dating from February 2009 that also call into question her statements about her emails. Those emails contained more evidence of the battle between security officials in the State Department, National Security Agency, Clinton and her staff over attempts to obtain secure BlackBerrys.

On August 9, Judicial Watch produced a 2009 email in which Band directed Abedin and Mills to put Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury in touch with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon. Band noted that Chagoury is “key guy there [Lebanon] and to us.” Chagoury has donated between $1 million to $5 million to the Foundation, according to foundation documents. He also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly stated that she believes that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails. In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.” This new email find is also at odds with her official campaign statement suggesting all “work or potentially work-related emails” were provided to the State Department.

 8 months ago '05        #5
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 Frankie Needles said
So, they're outraged over what hillary was doing to the state department? When she did it we were told it was nothing and perfectly legal
Whataboutism 101

 8 months ago '06        #6
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 Naga Sadow said
Isn't that kind of, I don't know, illegal?

Very and it's why Cohen is going to snitching like crazy.

 8 months ago '12        #7
OldBusiness 176 heat pts176
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 Frankie Needles said
So, they're outraged over what hillary was doing to the state department? When she did it we were told it was nothing and perfectly legal
So let's lock them both up


Agreed?

 8 months ago '16        #8
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I wonder what they gonna fund when dems take back the house and start to subpoena all the gop fu*ks for their corruption

 8 months ago '17        #9
Ymmot 13 heat pts13
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 Frankie Needles said
So, they're outraged over what hillary was doing to the state department? When she did it we were told it was nothing and perfectly legal
What does this have to do with trump sh*tting on The Constitution again?

 8 months ago '17        #10
Ymmot 13 heat pts13
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 OldBusiness said
So let's lock them both up


Agreed?
You know that f*ggot doesn't care that Hillary broke the law or that trump is the current president and is currently breaking the law.

 8 months ago '16        #11
Frankie Needles 80 heat pts80
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 OldBusiness said
So let's lock them both up


Agreed?
Agreed....

My issue is that this current crop of democrats want to try to drag the GOP for doing EXACTLY what dems were doing. They sit on this high horse like they aren't both guilty of the exact same thing.

This is no different then when the Democrats were "outraged" of Republicans blocking Obama's Supreme court pick in 2016, but then it came out that they did the exact same thing when Bush 1 was in office. In fact it was Joe Biden who led the charge saying a president shouldn't pick a Supreme court justice during an election year and should wait till after the election was over.

Both sides are guilty of this to me, you can't call someone corrupt for doing something you've done, because you're lowkey calling yourself corrupt.

 8 months ago '16        #12
Frankie Needles 80 heat pts80
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 Ymmot said
What does this have to do with trump sh*tting on The Constitution again?
Kinda everything...if you're point is to charge Trump for violating the law, then you'd also have to charge Hillary which is the point. You can't accuse someone of breaking the law, but you've done the exact same thing, then not expect to get charged yourself.

But of course it's only seen as illegal if Trump did it. When the GOP was accusing Hillary and Obama of selling access to the government, Democrats denied it and said that it was perfectly legal. So how does it all of a sudden become illegal because the person doing it doesn't have a (D) behind their name?

Yeah I know, logic is getting in the way here, and real answer won't get discussed without some sort of racial slur or saying someone is pro-trump. But to clairfy this, it's like a crack dealer calling the cops on a heroin dealer.

 8 months ago '12        #13
LivinProof 1 heat pts
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 Frankie Needles said
Agreed....

My issue is that this current crop of democrats want to try to drag the GOP for doing EXACTLY what dems were doing. They sit on this high horse like they aren't both guilty of the exact same thing.

This is no different then when the Democrats were "outraged" of Republicans blocking Obama's Supreme court pick in 2016, but then it came out that they did the exact same thing when Bush 1 was in office. In fact it was Joe Biden who led the charge saying a president shouldn't pick a Supreme court justice during an election year and should wait till after the election was over.

Both sides are guilty of this to me, you can't call someone corrupt for doing something you've done, because you're lowkey calling yourself corrupt.

When Biden gave that speech, there was no nominee to block, so no the Democrats did not do the same thing. Also, the window Biden gave was the end of Summer, 2-3 months before the election, not a whole year

And even if there was a nominee , the Republicans still did something different. If they did what Biden said, they would have voted on Merrick Garland in November, after the election

 8 months ago '17        #14
Ymmot 13 heat pts13
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 Frankie Needles said
Kinda everything...if you're point is to charge Trump for violating the law, then you'd also have to charge Hillary which is the point. You can't accuse someone of breaking the law, but you've done the exact same thing, then not expect to get charged yourself.

But of course it's only seen as illegal if Trump did it. When the GOP was accusing Hillary and Obama of selling access to the government, Democrats denied it and said that it was perfectly legal. So how does it all of a sudden become illegal because the person doing it doesn't have a (D) behind their name?

Yeah I know, logic is getting in the way here, and real answer won't get discussed without some sort of racial slur or saying someone is pro-trump. But to clairfy this, it's like a crack dealer calling the cops on a heroin dealer.
Great point, except it's not the same thing. Do your research and then get back to me so we can discuss the issue.

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Frankie Needles 80 heat pts80
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 Ymmot said
Great point, except it's not the same thing. Do your research and then get back to me so we can discuss the issue.
We can't discuss anything becaue you're an idiot

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 Frankie Needles said
So, they're outraged over what hillary was doing to the state department? When she did it we were told it was nothing and perfectly legal
This is a false equivalence and a stupid one. It's totally legal to freely choose to meet more often with big donors. Politicians do this all the time. That's why campaign contributions are public.

It's not legal to LITERALLY sell access like Cohen did. You can't sell access. You CAN freely choose to meet more often with people that happen to be big donors, but you can't solicit donations or payments in exchange for any form of access.

Cohen is super dumb for a lawyer, he'd be fine if there were just invoices

 8 months ago '17        #17
Ymmot 13 heat pts13
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 Frankie Needles said
We can't discuss anything becaue you're an idiot
 Boogersugar said
This is a false equivalence and a stupid one. It's totally legal to freely choose to meet more often with big donors. Politicians do this all the time. That's why campaign contributions are public.

It's not legal to LITERALLY sell access like Cohen did. You can't sell access. You CAN freely choose to meet more often with people that happen to be big donors, but you can't solicit donations or payments in exchange for any form of access.

Cohen is super dumb for a lawyer, he'd be fine if there were just invoices
I'm the idiot though...

 8 months ago '07        #18
Ham Rove 3539 heat pts3539
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Drain the swamp tho

 8 months ago '17        #19
Hex 
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 Ham Rove said


Drain the swamp tho
Trump supporters don't care. When half the administration is in cuffs they'll be blaming it on the "deep state." Not the flagrantly stupid decisions all of these corrupt politicians et al. made.


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