(National Sentinel)Â Yawner: On FridayÂ The New York Times published yetÂ another leak from the disgustingly leaky Mueller investigation that it no doubt believed was going to be a scorcher — and maybe evenÂ the story that spells the beginning of theÂ end of POTUS Donald Trump’s presidency.
The Times reported that former longtime Trump personal lawyer Michael CohenÂ taped a conversation he had with the then-presidential contender regarding a payment to Playboy modelÂ Karen McDougal, who has claimed a year-long affair with POTUS that allegedly began shortly after first lady Melania Trump gave birth to the couple’s son, Barron.
Oh, no! A tape?
The Times reported:
The F.B.I. seized the recording this year during a raid on Mr. Cohenâ€™s office. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. Cohenâ€™s involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about Mr. Trump ahead of the 2016 election. Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Mr. Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.
The recordingâ€™s existence further draws Mr. Trump into questions about tactics he and his associates used to keep aspects of his personal and business life a secret. And it highlights the potential legal and political danger that Mr. Cohen represents to Mr. Trump. Once the keeper of many of Mr. Trumpâ€™s secrets, Mr. Cohen is now seen as increasingly willing to consider cooperating with prosecutors.
The former model, Karen McDougal, says she began a nearly yearlong affair with Mr. Trump in 2006, shortly after Mr. Trumpâ€™s wife, Melania, gave birth to their son Barron. Ms. McDougal sold her story for $150,000 to The National Enquirer, which was supportive of Mr. Trump, during the final months of the presidential campaign, but the tabloid sat on the story, which kept it from becoming public. The practice, known as â€œcatch and kill,â€ effectively silenced Ms. McDougal for the remainder of the campaign.
Well,Â that’s it, then. Trump’s toast! Cohen hasÂ all the goods.
He’s gonnaÂ spill the beans and it’ll beÂ over, Rover, for the president.
Cue the ‘screeching halt’ soundtrack.
The Times went onto reportÂ this:
Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trumpâ€™s personal lawyer, confirmed in a telephone conversation on Friday that Mr. Trump had discussed payments to Ms. McDougal with Mr. Cohen on the tape. He said the recording was less than two minutes long and claimed that the president had done nothing wrong.
Mr. Giuliani said there was no indication on the tape that Mr. Trump knew before the conversation about the payment from the Enquirerâ€™s parent company, American Media Inc., to Ms. McDougal.
â€œNothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance,â€ Mr. Giuliani said.
The men discussed a payment from Mr. Trump to Ms. McDougal â€” separate from the Enquirer payment â€” to buy her story and ensure her silence, Mr. Giuliani said. That payment was never made, Mr. Giuliani said, adding that Mr. Trump had told Mr. Cohen that if he were to make a payment related to the woman, to write a check rather than send cash, so it could be properly documented.
Now think about it: If you were trying toÂ hide something, would you have your lawyerÂ write a check “so it could be properly documented?”
Do you think it’s a coincidence that the Times put that important little nuggetÂ near the end of the story?
And another thing — why does the establishment press continue to believe that tawdry, unproven sex allegations are going to separate POTUS Trump and his supporters, when they haven’t yet?
WhyÂ The New York Times continues to allow itself to be prostituted out to the Deep State is anyone’s guess, but it’s obvious the paper’s management team enjoys it. If this qualifies for a Friday bombshell, we’ve got some oceanfront property in Montana to sell them.