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Fox News host Tucker Carlson released an audiotape Wednesday of CNN host Chris Cuomo coaching disgraced former Trump attorney Michael Cohen on what to say during a then-upcoming interview with one of Cuomo’s colleagues at CNN.
Before playing clips from the tape, Carlson prepared his audience by warning them that CNN, top boss Jeff Zucker and host Cuomo are all “frauds.”
“Zucker and Cuomo … are frauds, just like the channel they work for. Despite its name, CNN is not a cable news network; it is a slickly produced propaganda loop,” he said.
“Every topic CNN covers has been chosen for its political effect. Every word its anchors speak has been curated to manipulate you. Nothing winds up on CNN by accident. The whole thing is a scripted drama written for the benefit of the Democratic Party. That’s not an overstatement; tonight we have proof.”
Listen via Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight“:
The proof, he continued, comes courtesy an audiotape of a conversation between Cuomo and Cohen that occurred sometime in 2018 amid the controversy surrounding Cohen’s payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.
“Cohen wanted Cuomo to prepare him for an interview he’d been asked to do on CNN. As Michael Cohen put it, he wanted ‘guidance, as a friend more than anything,'” Carlson said.
“Michael Cohen was worried about doing the interview because he knew he’d get questions about the payments he made to Stormy Daniels. He wanted Chris Cuomo to tell him what to say.”
And Cuomo, despite acting so sanctimonious and holier-than-thou while on TV, ultimately chose to happily oblige to Cohen’s shady request by telling him exactly what to say when asked why he’d made those payments.
“I did it for him, for Donald Trump. My relationship has always been for him. I’ve always said I don’t speak for the campaign; I speak for him as his attorney,” he reportedly told Cohen, emulating what he thought the disgraced attorney should say.
“And to the question of motive, the response would have to be, ‘You can speculate as to why you think I did it all day long, but the only answer is my answer, and I just told you why I did it. You don’t get to speculate, because if you can’t prove that I got paid back by Trump or the campaign, it is slander and defamation for you to say that I did.'”
Keep in mind Cohen is supposed to be the trained attorney, and Cuomo’s supposed to be the trained “journalist” …
Also, keep in mind that Cuomo’s advice called for Cohen essentially threatening his colleague …
“I think the way this conversation goes is almost exactly the way we’re having it right now, which is where I say, ‘this looks shady,’ and you say, ‘it looks shady to you because you’re coming in with a specific intention,'” Cuomo reportedly continued.
The CNN host then reportedly explained to Cohen how best to “dodge questions” related to a shell corporation he’d formed.
“He then told Cohen how to dodge questions about a shell corporation he had used to make the Daniels payments. Quote: ‘I’m not being shady,’ Cuomo instructed Cohen to say. ‘I was being legal, and I did it my right way. You’re wrong about the LLC. I’ve used it for other things. I have tons of LLCs. I did not form it just to do this. And even if I had, my whole point would have been to keep it quiet. But that happens to just not be true.’ End quote,” Carlson said, reading from the audio tape’s transcript.
The Wall Street Journal reported on this LLC in January of 2018.
“Cohen initially had planned to make the $130K payment using an entity called Resolution Consultants LLC… On the morning of Oct. 17, 2016, he created Essential Consultants, according to state records. 2 minutes later, he dissolved Resolution Consultants… It isn’t clear why.” https://t.co/SE5pB1Smb3
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 18, 2018
“Michael Cohen … established Essential Consultants LLC, on Oct. 17, 2016, just before the 2016 presidential election, corporate documents show. Mr. Cohen, who is based in New York, then used a bank account linked to the entity to send the payment to the client-trust account of a lawyer representing the woman, Stephanie Clifford,” the paper reported.
Stephanie Clifford is Daniels’ real name.
“Mr. Cohen’s decision to establish the company in Delaware offered him privacy and simplicity, hallmarks of a state that has attracted more than one million business entities. Unlike some states, Delaware doesn’t require companies to publicly disclose the names of their managers,” the Journal’s report continued.
According to Carlson, the audio “goes on like this, and on, and on, and on, Chris Cuomo writing the script for a live interview on his own network that hasn’t yet taken place. He gives it his all, he tries his hardest, he plumbs the depth of his legal well.”
“But in the end,” he added, “Chris Cuomo clearly still senses that his friend Michael Cohen could be in serious legal trouble anyway, so he offers to get the big guns involved.”
How? By making phone calls to certain unnamed people. Who are these people, and what exactly did Cuomo ask them? Nobody knows, though if any real journalists still existed in the mainstream media, perhaps they’d be interested in finding out.
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