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Michael Cohen tweeted a photoshopped picture of Trump behind bars after New York prosecutors announced a criminal investigation into Trump Organization
  • Michael Cohen tweeted a doctored image appearing to show his former boss, Donald Trump, in jail.
  • It was a response to the New York AG's announcement that the Trump Org. faces a criminal probe.
  • Cohen is Trump's former lawyer and fixer. He started cooperating with prosecutors in 2018.
Michael Cohen tweeted a photoshopped picture showing his former boss, Donald Trump, peering out from behind bars after the New York Attorney General's office announced it was investigating the Trump Organization "in a criminal capacity."

"As more documents are reviewed by the #NYAG and #NYDA, it appears that the troubles for Donald #Trump will keep on coming! Soon enough, Donald and Associates will be held responsible for their actions," Cohen tweeted on Tuesday night.

Cohen previously served as Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, and started working with prosecutors to testify against Trump in 2018.

The Tuesday announcement from the New York Attorney General's office compounds Trump's legal woes.
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Trump says the January 6 Commission is a 'Democrat trap' and tells Republicans to refuse to comply with it
  • Donald Trump told Republicans not to approve the "Democrat trap" of a commission into the Capitol riot on January 6.
  • "Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left," Trump said.
  • The House is due to vote on a commission into Trump's role in the riot on January 6.
Former President Donald Trump told Republicans not to approve the "Democrat trap" of a commission into the Capitol riot on January 6, during which a mob of his supporters breached the building in an attempt to overturn the certification of President Joe Biden's election victory.

"Republicans in the House and Senate should not approve the Democrat trap of the January 6 Commission," he said in a statement posted to his website.

"It is just more partisan unfairness and unless the murders, riots, and fire bombings in Portland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Chicago, and New York are also going to be studied, this discussion should be ended immediately."

"Republicans must get much tougher and much smarter, and stop being used by the Radical Left. Hopefully, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy are listening!"

His comments came after the Problem Solvers Caucus, a key bipartisan group of 58 lawmakers, endorsed the creation of a commission on Tuesday. More than 75% of the group voted in favor of the proposal, Insider's Charles Davis reported, which they said could help "to ensure an attack like January 6th can never take place again."

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, had just hours before announced his opposition to the bill that would establish a commission, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced in February.

McCarthy said Pelosi had "refused to negotiate in good faith on basic parameters," despite the fact she had agreed to most of his demands.
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Trump releases 909-word statement complaining about New York's criminal investigations into his business
  • Trump released a lengthy statement ranting about NY's criminal investigations into his company.
  • The 909-word statement is the longest Trump has released since he left office in January.
  • He accused the NY attorney general and Manhattan district attorney's office of political persecution.
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Obama called Trump a 'corrupt motherf---er,' a 'racist, sexist pig,' and a 'f---ing lunatic': book
  • Obama turned his congenial nature on its side in slamming Trump behind the scenes, according to a new book.
  • The former president reportedly called Trump a "corrupt motherf---er," a "madman," and a "f---ing lunatic."
  • Obama and Trump have long had a notoriously testy relationship.
Former President Barack Obama has been known for his affable nature, and after leaving office in 2017, he largely continued the presidential tradition of not speaking out against his successor, former President Donald Trump.

However, by the time the 2020 presidential campaign came around, the gloves were off.

With President Joe Biden in the throes of a campaign to unseat an incumbent president, Obama made several high-profile campaign appearances for his former vice president where he slammed Trump. He also voiced plenty of R-rated criticism of Trump.

According to an upcoming book, "Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats' Campaigns to Defeat Donald Trump," written by Edward-Isaac Dovere, a staff writer at The Atlantic, Obama reportedly let loose on Trump behind the scenes. The Guardian provided early excerpts from the book.

In conversations with donors and political advisors, Obama called Trump a "corrupt motherf---er," a "madman," a "racist, sexist pig," and a "f---ing lunatic."

Obama's comments about Trump will likely elicit a strong reaction from the former president, as both have publicly revealed their distaste for one another.
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Obama said the right-wing Tea Party movement consisted of 'racist motherf---ers,' new book says
  • Obama described the right-wing Tea Party movement as a group of "racist motherf---ers."
  • That's according to an upcoming book from the journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere.
  • Obama also had some choice words for Trump, who he called a "f---ing lunatic" and "corrupt motherf---er."
Former President Barack Obama said in 2017 that the right-wing Tea Party movement consisted of "racist motherf---ers."

That's according to "Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats' Campaign to Defeat Trump," an upcoming book by the journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere.

Obama made the comment near the end of the year, after the Obama Foundation's holiday party in Chicago, the book said. He and his staff were winding down after the event, and they were picking his brain about the latest hurdles the Democratic Party was facing as well as other episodes he was writing about for his memoir, which was released earlier this year.

The former president's staff "got him going by asking what it was like, after coming in working with Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein and other big bankers, to be made out as an anticapitalist by the Republicans," the book said, referring to the chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase and former chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs, respectively.

"Obama gave a long, reasoned answer," Dovere wrote. "As for the Tea Party, Obama said, well, they were 'racist motherf---ers.'"

Dovere's book, which details the Democratic Party's years-long effort to take down former President Donald Trump, contains several revealing anecdotes about what Trump's predecessor thought of him.

"He's a madman," Obama once said of him. "I didn't think it would be this bad."

In another instance, he said, "I didn't think we'd have a racist, sexist pig." Other times, he would send emails to aides containing links to articles with the line, "Can you believe this?" He also referred to Trump as a "f---ing lunatic" and called him a "corrupt motherf---er" when it surfaced that Trump sometimes had phone calls with foreign leaders without any aides listening in.
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The New York Attorney General's announcement about a 'criminal' Trump Organization probe could flip more witnesses
  • The New York AG's office said its investigation into the Trump Organization is criminal in nature.
  • The unusual announcement could help shake out more cooperating witnesses, legal experts say.
  • By working closely with the Manhattan DA, the NYAG signaled a low chance of legal turf fights.
It's not clear whether the Manhattan DA or New York AG will bring charges and, if they do, what those charges may be. Prosecutors could charge Trump personally; charge only the Trump Organization; charge certain executives; or they may not bring charges at all.

In a 909-word statement Wednesday, Trump derided the investigations as illegitimate and politically motivated.

The announcement of closer cooperation between the two offices could make it harder for Trump or the Trump Organization to evade litigation, however.

Defendants often try to dismiss or delay court proceedings based on jurisdictional issues. Vance's office may have the authority to bring certain charges that James's office doesn't, and vice versa.

It's common for defendants to argue the prosecutor who brought a case doesn't have the authority to do so, and ask a judge to dismiss the case on those grounds. Prosecutors also sometimes try to take credit for major cases by claiming they have the sole authority to bring charges.

But the announcement that James' office is working with Vance's suggests they've worked out jurisdictional turfs between themselves, Zelin told Insider, making it less likely that Trump or his company can tie up their potential cases in the courts.

"There are times when there's a clash of egos. And there are times when egos get put aside and there's enough for everyone," Zelin said. "I think here — when you're talking about going after the former president of the United States, which in and of itself is going to be a daunting task — the agencies are very happy to say, OK, let's divide and conquer here."
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A rapper is facing federal charges after his album cover featured a photo of him posing on a SWAT truck during the Capitol riot
Bugzie the Don
  • A Virginia rapper "Bugzie the Don" faces federal charges after he used a photo of himself at the Capitol riot on an album cover.
  • Antionne DeShaun Brodnax released his album cover, which features him sitting on a SWAT car in front of the Capitol.
  • He was charged on four counts, including unlawful entry and misconduct.
A rapper is facing federal charges after his album cover featured a photo of him posing on a SWAT car during the Capitol riots.

Antionne DeShaun Brodnax, whose artist name is Bugzie the Don, released his album called "The Capital," sharing photos of the cover on Twitter on February 8 and posting a photo on Instagram earlier in May.

The artwork on the cover featured Brodnax with a cigar in his right hand and an American flag behind him while he sits on a SWAT car. The blurred background captures pro-Trump supports storming the US Capitol as lawmakers voted to certify President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election.
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Michael Cohen said he believes Trump will 'flip on all of them,' including his children, in the New York investigation into his company
  • Michael Cohen said he believes Trump will "flip" on everyone as NY investigators probe his company.
  • The state attorney general and Manhattan district attorney's office are conducting a criminal inquiry into the Trump Organization.
  • "I think Donald Trump is going to flip on all of them, including his children," Cohen told MSNBC's Joy Reid.
"I think Donald Trump is going to flip on all of them, including his children," he said, adding, "I really believe that Donald Trump cares for only himself and he realizes that his goose is cooked."

... During his MSNBC appearance Wednesday evening, Cohen said Trump will try to shift blame for any wrongdoing to everyone but himself, adding that the former president will blame Weisselberg, his accountant, his appraiser, and even his own children.

"This is the problem, it's never ever Donald Trump. It's always somebody else," Cohen said.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.