White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a press briefing on Wednesday and it was a doozy. Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen has found himself plagued with scandals in what appears to be a pay-for-play scheme for companies to gain access to the White House. Still, Sanders claimed it “has nothing to do with the White House.”
Cohen received $500,000 in the months after the 2016 election from a company run by a Russian oligarch with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and he also gained access to as much as $774,000 through two financial transactions during the 2016 campaign, and Cohen received money from a Swiss drug company, Novartis, AT&T, and Korea Aerospace Industries.
Reporters hammered Sanders over the millions of dollars that were paid into the same account that was used to silence adult film star Stormy Daniels over the alleged affair she had with Trump.
Sanders was asked if Trump felt “embarrassed or ashamed” that Cohen offered companies access to Trump in exchange for money and the reporter added that “it seems to be the definition of swampy.”
“I think that would be up to those individuals who make the decision to hire someone,” Sanders said.
Well, Trump did hire Michael Cohen.
She then referred him to Trump’s outside counsel.
“The president promised to drain the swamp,” another reporter said. “So, does he feel it’s appropriate that Michael Cohen, his personal attorney, was selling access to him?”
“I’m not going to weigh into this,” Sanders shot back.
“Based on what you know…you’re the press secretary,” the reporter said. “Based on what you know and what’s been revealed, does the president think it’s appropriate that his personal attorney was selling access to him, given that he promised to drain the swamp?”
“We’re not engaging in this process at all and I would refer you to the outside counsel,” Sanders said.
Speaking of counsel, Robert Mueller contacted Novartis last year about payments it made to Michael Cohen. Mueller is ten steps ahead of these amateurs.
After dodging questions, Sanders said later that “this is one of the most accessible White Houses,” for reporters.
Congratulations to Sarah for going through yet another press briefing without answering questions from reporters.
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