Morning Notes: Cohen, Privatization, Butina, David Pecker, the new Attorney General in New York

Morning Notes:

  • Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison.  He is likely to serve about 85% of that.  It is still possible for him to agree to cooperate with prosecutors.  It appears that he was willing to provide information about other people’s crimes, but not willing to talk about his own.  The Southern District of New York requires cooperators to reveal all crimes, not just those selected by the defendant.
  • Mariia Butina has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.  I have no idea what that means since they are evidently planning to deport her back to Russia.  I can’t imagine that she would provide useful information and then go back to Russia.  The Russians, including Putin, tried to claim that they didn’t have any idea who Butina was, but the Russian embassy had a lot of contact with her while she has been incarcerated.
  • Robert Reich is warning that the Republicans are going to try to force through privatization of more government services before they leave office.
  • If Teresa May is rejected by her party, there will be a new prime minister.
  • A non-prosecution agreement has been reached with David Pecker, the National Enquirer guy who agreed to hide Trump’s affairs by buying and burying the stories.
  • The incoming New York Attorney General has announced that she plans to launch investigations about Trump and his activities.  butina

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