Michael Cohen Helped Jerry Falwell Jr. Stop ‘Racy Personal Photos’ from Going Public Shortly Before Falwell Endorsed Trump

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Jerry Falwell Jr.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who began a three-year prison sentence this week, helped evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. get rid of “racy personal photos,” according to a recorded conversation obtained by Reuters. Soon after, Falwell endorsed Trump, just before the Iowa caucuses.

Reuters reports: ‘Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept “between husband and wife,” Cohen said in the taped conversation. According to a source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the person who possessed the photos destroyed them after Cohen intervened on the Falwells’ behalf.’

The recording was made secretly by Tom Arnold. Cohen told Arnold in the conversation that he had one of the photos, adding, “It’s terrible.”

Reuters adds: “The Falwells told Cohen that someone had obtained photographs that were embarrassing to them, and was demanding money, the source said. Reuters was unable to determine who made the demand. The source said Cohen flew to Florida and soon met with an attorney for the person with the photographs.”

In related news, this story about Falwell Jr., his wife, and their hotel venture got much more interesting: ‘Jerry Falwell Jr. confirmed that he loaned $1.8 million to a young pool attendant he and his wife had befriended while staying six years ago at a luxury hotel. Buzzfeed News had previously reported on a lawsuit that claimed the evangelical leader and his wife had developed a “friendly relationship” in 2012 with Giancarlo Granda, then 21 years old, at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and Falwell confirmed in a court filing that he helped set up the younger man in business. … Falwell filed an affidavit this month in response to the suit, saying he gave Granda the loan “in exchange for his agreement to serve as local manager.” The filing does not explain why Falwell invested so heavily in the hostel or why Granda was hired as the manager despite having no relevant experience in real estate or hotel management.’

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U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is recalled after becoming a political target – The Washington Post

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U.S. ambassador to Ukraine is recalled after becoming a political target  The Washington Post

Allies of President Trump have been attacking a career Foreign *Service* officer as part of their effort to link Ukraine to Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.


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FBI Chief: No Evidence of Illegal Spying on Trump Campaign – U.S. News & World Report

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FBI Chief: No Evidence of Illegal Spying on Trump Campaign  U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray says “spying” is not the term he would use for court-authorized surveillance conducted by the bureau.


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As Far Right Rises, a Battle Over Security Agencies Grows – The New York Times

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As Far Right Rises, a Battle Over Security Agencies Grows  The New York Times

A struggle in Austria over control of sensitive institutions of the state, including its intelligence agency, threatens to redefine Europe’s postwar democracies.


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Deutsche Bank Takes ‘No Position’ on Trumps’ Bid to See Subpoena – Yahoo News

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Deutsche Bank Takes ‘No Position’ on Trumps’ Bid to See Subpoena  Yahoo News

(Bloomberg) — Deutsche Bank AG said it takes “no position” on a request by President Donald Trump, his family members and several of his businesses, to see …


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Today’s Headlines and Commentary

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The U.S. State Department is opening three new counterterrorism training centers in Southeast Asia and Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported. Two such centers in the Middle East already train and equip local forces to respond to terrorist threats in their own countries.

Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin rejected Congress’s request for President Trump’s tax returns, said the New York Times. Read the Mnuchin’s full letter.

U.S. officials have said that the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the Middle East over the weekend was made in response to specific intelligence reports about threats from Iran to U.S. forces in the Middle East, according to the Journal.

Hundreds of former federal prosecutors who worked under Democrats and Republicans have signed a letter stating that Special Counsel Mueller’s findings against Trump would have led to an obstruction of justice charge if Trump were not the president, said the Washington Post. Protect Democracy, the group organizing the letter, stated that the letter has more than 650 signatories. (Disclosure: Protect Democracy represents Lawfare editors Benjamin Wittes, Jack Goldsmith, Scott Anderson and Susan Hennessey on a number of separate matters.)

Trump administration economic advisers have accused China of not honoring trade commitments, reported the New York Times. Advisers said the president will increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products on Friday.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Yuval Shany explored what may happen next now that Israel is likely to annex the West Bank.

Bobby Chesney analyzed reports of an Israeli Defense Force strike against a Hamas cyber facility.

Mikhaila Fogel shared the draft contempt citation for Attorney General Bill Barr being considered by the House Judiciary Committee. Fogel also shared Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s letter to Congress, in which he refuses their request for Trump’s tax returns.

Matthew Kahn shared a Lawfare Podcast bonus episode, in which Jack Goldsmith discusses “Of Privacy and Power, The Transatlantic Struggle Over Freedom and Security” with the book’s authors, Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman.

Quinta Jurecic shared the International Criminal Court’s decision in the appeal of Omar al-Bashir.

Stewart Baker posted the latest episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, in which the group discusses facial recognition software, privacy regulations in the EU and California and more.

Email the Roundup Team noteworthy law and security-related articles to include, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for additional commentary on these issues. Sign up to receive Lawfare in your inbox. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings on our Job Board.


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Utah Rep. Chris Stewart: Investigation into Russian investigation needed – Deseret News

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Utah Rep. Chris Stewart: Investigation into Russian investigation needed  Deseret News

There were abuses by officials at the FBI and Department of Justice in their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election that need to be …


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mikenov on Twitter: At least 2 people injured, two suspects in custody after shooting at Colorado STEM school NBCNews.com trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/p/all-saved-st… #trump #news #maga #twitter #potus #usa #america #gop #gay #Mueller #Barr #FBI #mayorPete #Congress #Bernie2020 #politics #ImpeachTrump

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At least 2 people injured, two suspects in custody after shooting at Colorado STEM school NBCNews.com
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At least 2 people injured, two suspects in custody after shooting at Colorado STEM school – NBCNews.com

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State Department pushed ‘false connection’ for Trump-Russia investigation, Andrew McCarthy says – Washington Examiner

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State Department pushed ‘false connection’ for Trump-Russia investigation, Andrew McCarthy says  Washington Examiner

The State Department helped push a false narrative that led to the opening of the Trump-Russia investigation, according to former U.S. Attorney Andrew …


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Palmer Report: Trump regime sets up last ditch meeting with the Russians one day before Robert Mueller’s testimony

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Donald Trump can yell and whine all he wants about Robert Mueller’s upcoming public testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, but there is literally nothing that Trump can do to stop it from happening. Instead it appears he’s running to the Kremlin for help with some counter programming. Mueller’s testimony is tentatively set for May 15th. So naturally, the Trump regime has set up a last ditch meeting with the Russians for the day before.



In a development that’s equal parts stunning and predictable, Donald Trump’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced today that he’s blowing up an upcoming meeting with Angela Merkel in Germany, citing nonsense reasons. Meanwhile, Kremlin-controlled Russian media outlets are reporting that Pompeo is instead heading to Russia to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and that they might be joined by Vladimir Putin.



That’s right, Trump’s most personally loyal diplomat is blowing off a crucial summit so he can instead run to Moscow and huddle with the Russian government a day before Robert Mueller is set to publicly testify about the Trump-Russia scandal. We don’t know what they’ll discuss or plot during this meeting, but there’s not much mystery as to why they’re meeting.


So what is this last ditch Trump-Russia treason meeting likely to accomplish? We’ll see. Maybe they’ll try a distraction, or try announcing some phony new scandal about the Democrats. The one given, though, is that there is no way for them to stop Robert Mueller from testifying – and it’ll be one of the biggest television events of the decade.



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Police Seek Man for Assault with Glass at GYM Bar in NYC’s Chelsea Neighborhood: WATCH

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Police are seeking a man captured on surveillance video smashing a glass into another man’s face at GYM bar in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The assault took place last Friday night May 3 when the bar was packed and was the result of a dispute over a chair, Gothamist reports. Videos show the man entering the bar, as well as the assault, from two separate angles.

Police described the suspect as 25-30 years old and 5’8″ with Mohawk hair style, wearing a dark colored sweater, a light colored shirt, gray pants and black sneakers.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Tobias Harris’ best skill is dominating when he doesn’t dominate the ball

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That’ll make him a coveted free agent in the summer, but before then, the 76ers need him to show his versatility more often.

In the blink of an eye, Tobias Harris rattled off 29 points in Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets. Before you knew it, he was a perfect 6-of-6 from three. At times, it feels like the Sixers only have three stars on the floor: Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler. But once you lose sight of Harris, he finds the quickest way to make you pay.

The biggest concern when the Sixers dealt for Harris at the trade deadline was whether he would fit into a star-laden starting lineup. With one ball and three scorers, the Sixers went all-in for the Clippers’ star.

“When you have Joel, when you have J.J., when you have Jimmy, and you have Ben, there are mouths to feed, so to speak,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said after the Game 3 win over Brooklyn. “And because [Harris] is inherently selfless, at times, his mindset to put his thumbprint all over a game and grab it is challenged.”

That makes Harris the most interesting candidate for a max contract when his current deal expires on July 1. Harris can dominate a game without dominating the ball. He is the ebb and flow. He forces nothing.

Traditional max players are asked to put the team on their back, and Harris has had mixed results in the playoffs when he’s attempted to do so. His game is his game, which is why he’s seamlessly fit into the league’s second-best starting lineup. Dominance for him has a different meaning. It’s being himself, at all times.

“He plays at his own pace and gets to his shots whenever he wants,” T.J. McConnell told me. “That’s what great players do. He’s getting others involved, he’s letting the game come to him and playing the right way.”

The positives of that approach were on display in the first round against the Nets. There were two different versions of Tobias Harris on display in Brooklyn: the one who dominated while Joel Embiid sat Game 3, and the one who complemented in Embiid’s return for Game 4.

In Game 3, Harris was aggressive, scoring 11 of his 29 points in the second quarter. He rarely took shots outside of his comfort zone. Even his pull-up three in transition was under control.

“It’s no secret [that] when you lose Joel Embiid, you lose some firepower offensively,” Brown said. “I give Tobias credit. He recognized we needed some place to go to to get points.”

In Game 4, Harris didn’t make a single three. Instead, he picked Brooklyn apart in the mid-range, one meticulous basket at a time.

On one possession with 7:35 remaining in the first quarter, Harris grabbed a defensive rebound and pushed the ball up the floor. D’Angelo Russell met him outside the three-point line. Harris had the clear advantage, both in height and in weight. So he began posting Russell at the wing, backing him all the way into paint.

The help came, as Harris expected, but he re-positioned himself on the low block on Russell, accepted a screen from Russell, took two dribbles toward the foul line, and calmly net an open jump shot.

He could have shot over Russell the first time he touched the ball, or shot over him again when Embiid gave it back. Instead, he got to his sweet spot, where he’s made the same shot time and time again.

Games 3 and 4 against Brooklyn were a microcosm of Tobias Harris at his best. In these moments, he is the NBA’s Many-Faced God: He can be the offense or support the offense. By the time you realize which one he is, it’s already too late.

“The way that we look at him as a player, he’s just as capable offensively as anyone in this league,” Brooklyn’s Joe Harris said. “He’s just a tough matchup because he can do it from all three levels. He can get it going with his back-to-basket, he’s an excellent mid-range player, but then he can also shoot from three.”

“His shooting piece is really what helps them spread the floor,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson added. “You can’t leave him out there, or he’ll make you pay.”

Harris came into the NBA not knowing what position he played. Then, he received advice from a coach that changed his life: “He said I had to be able to score off the catch, and shoot or drive in three or less dribbles. It’ll make your life a lot easier,” he told me.

Harris has tried to embody that message ever since. He averages just 2.11 dribbles per touch, and each of his touches last just an average of three seconds, according to data from Second Spectrum. Of players to average at least 18 points per game who hold the ball at least three seconds per touch, Harris averages the fewest dribbles.

This is when he’s able to thrive alongside other high-usage player. Brown called him the perfect teammate.

“I think that’s the difference in my game compared to some other guys,” Harris told me. “I just believe in playing in the flow of the game, playing the right way with ball movement. It’s the times when we don’t have that good ball movement that it goes a little sideways.”

But when things break down, when the ball isn’t moving, and when Harris doesn’t have that flow, performances like Game 4 against the Raptors come about. Harris has yet to have a signature game in the second round. In Game 4, he shot just 7-of-23 from the field and 2-of-13 from three. For the series, he’s shooting below 35 percent.

The Raptors are much more solid than the Nets on both ends of the court, but this is Harris’ biggest test. He must dominate in his role, while at times shouldering a heavier one.

If he does — and even if he doesn’t — Harris will earn a payday despite not having the game of a traditional max-level player. Outside of the best of the best, dazzling isolation scorers are going out of style. Instead, the league is trending toward players who can score in the flow of an offense, who can have an impact on the game without needing the ball in their hands to do so.

Harris can score one-on-one, but he prefers the ball move around. This is how he crafted his game. He’s one of the more versatile offensive weapons available in the league, and now he needs to show it to push Philly past Toronto.

He’s more than capable. Harris was the best player on the Clippers before they traded him to the Sixers, after all. He has since become the self-proclaimed “connector,” uniting the Sixers as they chase an NBA championship.

That versatility is why Harris will receive max contract consideration from every team that can offer it. Those teams include the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Nets, Kings, Magic, Pacers and Hawks. The list also includes Philadelphia, which can exceed the salary cap to re-sign Harris. They can do so with Butler, as well, securing four stars for at least the next four years.

“I mean isn’t that the holy grail of a team? When you can find personalities and spirits and just a good person that can play?” Brown said. “Wow, like what am I missing? That’s a perfect teammate. And [Harris] has all that.”


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In Search of Stonewall: A Discussion at the ONE Archives

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The year was 1994. It was the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and, as luck would have it, the year in which a new magazine called The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review was publishing its first issue (Winter 1994). The fact that The G&LR‘s first year coincided with Stonewall’s 25th forever joined its fate with […]

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