President Donald Trump’s scandals continue to multiply as his long history of sexual assault and serial philandering is finally catching up with him. Adult film star Stormy Daniels has been dominating the news since she came forward and alleged that she had an extramarital affair with Trump behind his wife Melania’s back. Ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal also claims to have had an affair with Trump.
Now, another name can be added to this growing list. The Daily Mail reports that former Playboy model Barbara Moore claims she had a six-month affair with Trump and had sex with him in front of her friend. It happened while Trump’s then-fiance Marla Maples was pregnant with his daughter Tiffany.
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Moore alleges that she and Trump sneaked around behind Maple’s back, spending time together at Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago.
Daily Mail also managed to get photographs of Moore posing in a bikini at Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago residence as well as one she took of him flexing his biceps. Moore decided to come forward with her stories after rumors of the affair began to circulate online in the wake of a legal filing by Karen McDougal that mentioned her by name.
Moore was also photographed with Trump’s personal chef in the Mar-a-Lago kitchen.
Apparently, Trump failed to tell Moore that he was engaged and she had no idea that Trump was having a child with another woman.
“But at the time I didn’t know he was with someone else, let alone engaged to Marla Maples and it was only recently I learned she was pregnant at the time. This has shocked me, but I don’t hold it against Donald, he was a great lover and I think he’s a great president,” Moore said.
The two of them met in March 1993 at Trump’s Castle Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey where she was doing a fashion show. After the show, she and several other playmates moved to a cocktail party in one of the hotel rooms. After that, Trump invited her back to his suite where they proceeded to have sex.
Moore contends that Trump “didn’t ask me to do anything weird at all,” a surprising statement about a man who reportedly enjoys watching women urinate on each other. After having sex, the two of them cuddled into the morning. Soon after the liaison, Trump invited her to visit Mar-a-Lago.
Later, Moore and her friend visited him at Trump Tower. Trump and Moore ended up having sex in front of her friend.
“We had a couple of glasses of champagne and Donald was laying on his back, on his bed with his arms up and we were just sitting on the corner of his bed talking and chatting. Then he goes ‘come here’ and I just started to hug him and we started kissing and my friend was still there. We just went at it and it was like she just didn’t exist,” claims Moore.
Trump mislead Moore and made her believe that they were developing a serious relationship. She didn’t know that she was simply his latest mistress.
“I definitely felt like our relationship was getting stronger. And, and that’s when he invited me to New York to the Trump Tower and I just thought that, you know, we were an item. I thought that we were dating and I was special,” she said.
Moore says the secret relationship petered out shortly before the birth of Tiffany Trump. Later that year, Trump married Marla Maples. Moore was shocked by the news.
“That made so much sense to me because I was like wondering why was this relationship was getting distant? But I was still shocked when I found out, because he was obviously with her at the same time as he was with me.I never knew. What’s worse is that she was pregnant and gave birth before they married, that I didn’t know until recently,” Moore said.
While Moore is just the latest to come forward with a sordid tale about Trump, it seems unlikely that she will be the last. The president is chronically incapable of being faithful and delights in practicing duplicity. A man of such low moral character doesn’t belong in the White House.
Earlier this month, Trump boasted about sending National Guard troops to protect the southern border. Trump proposed to send nearly 400 troops to the border.
U.S. officials announced Monday, that California is now refusing to send their troops as a resource because the work is too closely aligned with immigration enforcement according to the Associated Press.
Troops would have been a useful resource to perform work such as operating remotely-controlled surveillance cameras, documenting suspicious activity, repairing vehicles, and a host of administrative tasks.
Despite his initial eagerness, California Gov. Jerry Brown pulled back on his support, and said he would not send California troops to work alongside immigration enforcement. Brown, instead wants to focus on criminal gangs and drug and firearms smugglers. The other border state governors in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, are all on board with Trump’s plan.
Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan, a California National Guard spokesman, said the state has not received a formal response from the administration about their position. Spokesman for the governor, Evan Westrup, did not respond to questions about California’s rejection to assist with guard duties.
According to the Associated Press, the state position angered federal officials because it puts a halt in their plans. California was also unclear about what tasks they would or would not do.
Following the raid on Michael Cohen’s office, home, and hotel room — including seizing his cell phone, computers, records, etc., etc., etc. — it has become clear this is the beginning of the end for Trump.
Because Cohen was Trump’s “fixer.” He made unpleasant things go away. He arranged shady things that Trump did not want his fingerprints on. Cohen is a sleaze bag protecting an even bigger sleaze bag and criminal.
And now, with the files in FBI hands, it’s all over.
Much of this hinges on Cohen’s August 2016 trip to Prague, Czechoslovakia, which he denies but which now it appears that he really did make.
I suppose some of you want to know why it will be so consequential if Cohen has been lying about traveling to Prague in 2016. For today it should suffice that the central accusation of the Steele Dossier is that Cohen was the Trump’s campaign’s main contact with the Russians after Paul Manafort was fired, and that he went to Prague because Moscow would have been too obvious. While there, he colluded with the Russians on a host of issues, including on how to compensate Romanian hackers, how to manage the fallout from the Manafort flameout and how to explain Carter Page’s recent trip to Moscow.
Cohen went to Prague because he was heavily engaged in a cover up and damage limitation operation in the attempt to prevent the full details of Trump’s relationship with Russia being exposed.
In pursuit of this aim, Cohen had met secretly with several Russian Presidential Administration (PA) Legal Department officials in a European country in August 2016. The immediate issues had been to contain further scandals involving Manafort’s commercial and political role in Russia/Ukraine and to limit the damage arising from exposure of former Trump foreign policy advisor, Carter Page’s secret meetings with Russian leadership figures in Moscow the previous month.
The overall objective had been “to sweep it all under the carpet and make sure no connections to the Trump campaign could be fully established or proven.”
Cohen had been accompanied to Prague by 3 colleagues and the timing of the visit was either in the last week of August or the first week of September. One of their main Russian interlocutors was Oleg Solodukhin operating under Rossotrudnichestvo cover. The agenda comprised questions on how deniable cash payments were to be made to hackers who had worked in Europe under Kremlin direction against the Clinton campaign and various contingencies for covering up these operations and Moscow’s secret liaison with the TRUMP team more generally.
From the beginning, the central defense against these charges was that Cohen had not traveled to Prague and that he could prove it. He has not been able to prove it.
One of the sources said congressional investigators have “a high level of interest” in Cohen’s European travel, with their doubts fueled by what they deem to be weak documentation Cohen has provided about his whereabouts around the time the Prague meeting was supposed to have occurred.
Trump was not a bystander in the cover story. He publicly claimed that when the Prague story first emerged he was suspicious enough to call Cohen into his office and demand that he produce his passport. He then claimed, falsely, that a different Michael Cohen had been at the meetings with the Russians, as if that would make any kind of sense.
Cohen could have gone to Prague for some innocent reason, but he would have explained his reasoning for making the trip in that case instead of concocting cover stories and claiming that he was in Los Angeles during the times in question.
If he was in Prague, he was there for the reasons the Steele dossier said he was there. And if that is the case, then the case for collusion is proven beyond any shadow of a doubt.
I wonder why Syria or Russia did not bomb us for poisoning the children of Flint, Michigan, with lead-tainted water, or, for gassing the Native Americans at Standing Rock?
By now we all have seen the photos of Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen — a few days after the FBI raided his office, home, and hotel room — seated at an outdoor NYC restaurant, smoking cigars with some men. Who were those men? Russians.
Michael Cohen is spending a lovely 80-degree day with his friends, outside his Manhattan hotel, smoking a cigar. On the right: Rotem Rosen. Rotem Rosen and Alex Sapir accompanied Donald Trump on his 2013 trip to Russia.
The guy in the grey shirt is Dan Elituv, CEO of Gottex Models, Ltd. Elituv bought Gottex in 2009 from Lev Leviev, a Soviet-born oligarch with close ties to Putin. In 2015 Kushner Companies bought a stake in the old New York Times building from Lev Leviev.
Let’s see who else is in that first photo. In the back on the left: Jerry Rotonda, former CFO Deutsche Bank. Rotem Rosen and Jerry Rotonda recently launched a development firm targeting NYC properties with Indian billionaire Anand Mahindra.
Is the raid of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office the beginning of the end?
New Yorker reporter Adam Davidson thinks so. In a new essay titled “Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency,” Davidson draws parallels between the war in Iraq and the financial crisis of 2008. His argument is that people who think that Trump’s dealings won’t change the minds of the people who supported him fail to appreciate the factor momentum plays when the actual facts are laid out—as they can be now that Cohen’s records have been taken by warrant. Davidson says he now feels, “a familiar clarity about what will unfold next in the Trump Presidency.”
“Sure, many people have a vague sense of Trump’s shadiness, but once the full details are better known and digested, a fundamentally different narrative about Trump will become commonplace,” he writes. “Remember: we knew a lot about problems in Iraq in May, 2003. Americans saw TV footage of looting and heard reports of U.S. forces struggling to gain control of the entire country. We had plenty of reporting, throughout 2007, about various minor financial problems. Somehow, though, these specific details failed to impress upon most Americans the over-all picture. It took a long time for the nation to accept that these were not minor aberrations but, rather, signs of fundamental crisis.”
Prosecutors are now looking at the core of Trump’s corrupt business dealings, Davidson says, and that will make all the difference.
“Cohen was the key intermediary between the Trump family and its partners around the world; he was chief consigliere and dealmaker throughout its period of expansion into global partnerships with sketchy oligarchs. He wasn’t a slick politico who showed up for a few months. He knows everything, he recorded much of it, and now prosecutors will know it, too,” he writes.
“[I]t seems likely that, when we look back on this week, we will see it as a turning point,” he writes.