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Al Sharpton Doesnt Rule Out Running For President …

8:47 PM 08/07/2018

Elias Atienza | Contributor

Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the most visible figures of Black Lives Matter, has not ruled out running for president in 2020.

Sharpton said he wasnt currently exploring a presidential run but did not rule out running,BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday.

I never rule anything out, Sharpton said.

Sharpton was in Florida Sunday leading protests against Floridas stand your ground laws after the death of Markeis McGlockton.Michael Drejka shot and killedMcGlocktonin July.Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieridid not chargeDrejka due to Drejka claiming he feared for his life. (RELATED: Florida Sheriff Tells Reverend Al Sharpton To Go Back To New York. Mind Your Business)

Sharpton has been highly critical of President Donald Trump, calling him a racist at a Sunday rally because Trump stumped for Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida and didnt mention McGlocktons name.

You want to know why we call you a racist? [You] talk like a racist and you walk like a racist and you act like a racist! Sharpton said at the rally, according to BuzzFeed News.

Sharpton also criticized Pastor Darrell Scott, who called Trumpthe most pro-black president that weve had in our lifetime, on Aug. 3.He also argued that black ministers were cowards for not bringing up McGlocktons name when they visited the White House that day.

I wont bow to Pharaoh, and I wont bow to Donald Trump,Sharpton said.

If Sharpton were to run, he would join a crowded Democratic primary. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Vice President Joe Biden are just a few high-profile Democrats who have hinted at running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Sharpton has run for office before. He ran for the Senate three times in the 1980s and 1990s and the presidency in 2004.

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Florida Sheriff Tells Reverend Al Sharpton To Go Back To New …

4:26 PM 08/07/2018

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri from Florida told Rev. Al Sharpton to go back to New York and to mind his own business, during a Tuesday press conference.

Gualtieri was holding the presser for an unrelated investigation, when a reporter asked for comment about Sharptons protests against Floridas stand your ground law, Fox 13reported.(RELATED: ESPNs Jemele Hill Race Baits Donald Trump To Al Sharpton On MSNBC)

Sharpton was present at a Sunday rally in Clearwater for Markeis McGlockton, who was shot and killed by Michael Drejka on July 19. Gualtieri chose not to charge Drejka and cited the stand your ground statute as his reason.

Its a bunch of rhetoric. I dont pay much attention to it, to tell you the truth. I wasnt there, and I dont really care what Al Sharpton has to say, Gualtieri said. Go back to New York; mind your own business.

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Drejka told police he was fearing for his life and that was enough to convince the authorities to release him, without any formal criminal charges. Gualtieri saidSharptonshould hit the books and learn more about the law before he speaks out publicly.

The facts and the law matter, Gualtieri concluded. Learn the facts and learn the law, and then you can opine.

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Al Sharpton talks to Michael Cohen, who says there’s ‘no …

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President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen chatted with the Reverend Al Sharpton for an hour, Sharpton announced on Twitter on Friday morning.

Cohen responded to Sharpton’s tweet minutes later, saying there wasn’t anyone “better to talk to!”

“Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney,” Sharpton, the host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” tweeted Friday morning. “I bet you’re wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned.”

“I have known Rev for almost 20 years,” Cohen responded. “No one better to talk to!”

Cohen is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York into whether he violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank fraud and/or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, or participated in other crimes. The FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room, and office in April, seizing more than 4 million documents.

At the center of Cohen’s troubles is a $130,000 hush-money payment he facilitated weeks before the 2016 presidential election to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her from talking about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. The FBI sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with women.

Trump, Cohen, and the White House denied that an affair took place. Originally, Cohen said Trump did not reimburse him for the payment. In May, Trump admitted to paying back his lawyer for the cost.

Cohen has split with Trump dramatically in recent weeks. During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that was published earlier this month, Cohen said his family “and this country” have his “first loyalty.”

Cohen also split with his legal team and hired a pair of new attorneys. Cohen’s defense will now be guided by Guy Petrillo, a partner at Petrillo Klein & Boxer who has extensive experience in the Southern District of New York and is the kind of lawyer a person would choose if they were seeking to cut a deal with prosecutors, experts told Business Insider. In addition, Cohen brought on Lanny Davis, notable for his work as a lawyer and representative for President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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Michael Cohens Meeting With Al Sharpton Was Intended To …

3:53 PM 07/21/2018

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Former Trump attorney Michael Cohens meeting on Friday with Al Sharpton was intended to send a signal to the president, the civil rights activist says.

Out of all the people he could reach out to, reaching out to me is sending a signal to Mr. Trump and I think, probably, to prosecutors that he was not one who would not deal with someone who has been fighting Donald Trump for decades on social justice issues, Sharpton said in an interview on MSNBC on Friday.

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Sharpton and Cohen met at a restaurant for over an hour on Friday morning, shortly before news broke that months before the 2016 election, Cohen secretly recorded a two-minute conversation with Trump regarding Karen McDougal, a Playboy playmate who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The Washington Post reported that Cohen suggested purchasing the rights to McDougals story from AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer. AMI paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story.

According to The Post, Trump is mostly silent in the recording. At one point he asked Cohen how the payment would be made.

I received a text from him saying he wanted to meet, Sharpton said on Saturday. We met at a public restaurant and we spoke for over an hour. He was very troubled and felt in many ways cast wrongly.

And I feel he was saying that he had been abandoned by Mr. Trump, Sharpton continued, adding: He was adamant that he was opposed to things that Mr. Trump was doing.

Sharpton tweeted about his meeting with Cohen shortly after it ended.

Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trumps former attorney, Sharpton wrote. I bet youre wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned.

Cohen confirmed the meeting, writing that I have known Rev for almost 20 years. No one better to talk to!

Trump blasted his former attorney in an early-morning tweet on Saturday.

Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyers office (early in the morning) almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client totally unheard of & perhaps illegal, he wrote. (RELATED: Perhaps Illegal: Trump Rails Against Cohen For Taping His Private Conversations)

The U.S. Attorneys Office in Manhattan is reportedly investigating Cohen over his business dealings and possible campaign finance violations. Cohens payments to women are reportedly a part of the investigation. Just before the 2016 election, Cohen paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, an adult film star who also allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006.

The FBI raided Cohens home, office and hotel room on April 9.

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Al Sharpton: Cohen is ‘sending a signal’ to Trump

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Donald Trump is definitely my enemy, and hes gotbillions more enemies on this planet.

Good God, Ive never felt so loved.

Of course, if recent reports can be believed, it looks like we all have a new friend in erstwhile Trump fixer Michael Cohen. And Al Sharpton, who has known Cohen for yearsbut islight-years distant from him ideologically, is a new friend of his, too.

Sharpton had a sit-down withCohen recently … at a restaurant in full view of the public. And Sharpton thinksthe encounter was fraught with meaning.

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I received a text from him saying he wanted to meet, Sharpton said. We met at a public restaurant and we spoke for over an hour. He was very troubled and felt in many ways cast wrongly.

And I feel he was saying that he had been abandoned by Mr. Trump,” Sharpton continued, adding: He was adamant that he was opposed to things that Mr. Trump was doing.

Sharpton told [Ali] Velshi that Cohen’s decision to sit down with the MSNBC host known for his work in the civil rights movement was a “signal” to Trump andRobert Mueller’s special counsel investigation that he was not in lock-step with his former boss.

Out of all the people he could reach out to, reaching out to me is sending a signal to Mr. Trump and I think, probably, to prosecutors that he was not one who would not deal with someone who has been fighting Donald Trump for decades on social justice issues,” he said.

Can there be any doubtthat Cohen is ready to flip on Trump?

And if he does, is there any doubt it would be very, very bad for Trump?

Stay tuned. This rigged witch hunt is getting more and more entertaining by the day.

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Rev. Al Sharpton Gave Himself A $437,555 "Bonus" | The …

JUNE 13–The not-for-profit social justice organization headed by Rev. Al Sharpton paid the New York activist a whopping $437,555 bonus–on top of his $250,000 salary–according to the groups most recent tax return submitted to the Internal Revenue Service.

The hefty payment to Sharpton was revealed in a filing by the National Action Network, the Harlem-based group Sharpton founded nearly 25 years ago. The organizations 2016 tax return, which Sharpton signed in November 2017, disclosed the one-time bonus to the 63-year-old civil rights leader.

According to its tax return, the National Action Network works within the spirit and tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and promotes an agenda that includes an equal standard of justice and decency for all people regardless of race. Sharpton, who serves as the groups president and CEO, spends an average of 40 hours a week working for the organization, according to the tax return.

The Christian activist social justice organization has 34 employees and 125 volunteers and reported $5.821 million in revenue in 2016 (the most recent year for which financial records have been made public). Expenses for 2016 totaled $5.817 million.

Sharptons 2016 base salary was $250,000. The bonus payment ballooned his total compensation to $687,555.

In justifying the bonus, the National Action Network–which Sharpton controls–told the IRS that, over the past 25 years, Sharpton had periodically declined compensation to ensure that the organization had sufficient operating funds to fulfill its payroll obligations and maintain ongoing operations. The organization added that it had previously received the services of the President and CEO without fully compensating for his services.

Additionally, the group recognizes that it did not offer any retirement or benefit package to the President and CEO in contrast to most peer organizations that do offer retirement or benefit packages.

In a move to rectify this purported shorting of Sharpton, the organization provided him with a “one-time bonus” of $437,555. This retroactive payout was meant to address prior compensation that was declined or not fully compensated.

The tax return offers no specifics as to how the $437,555 figure was arrived at or whose idea the payment was.

In fact, the organization itself noted that its Board/Executive Committee recognizes that developing a formal approach to compensating the President and CEO…would be an appropriate action to take at this time. To that end, the group reported commissioning a comparability study with regard to the compensation of Sharpton and Michael Hardy, the Sharpton sidekick who serves as the organizations $150,000-a-year general counsel.

Until recent years, the National Action Networks finances were a shambles, thanks to Sharptons mismanagement of the group. At one point, the organization owed federal, state, and city tax authorities nearly $2 million for unpaid payroll taxes and related penalties and interest. Subsequent negotiations with the IRS substantially cut the groups federal debt. In 2015, a payroll tax liability of nearly $800,000 was wiped from the organizations balance sheet.

The organizations finances were once so precarious that Sharpton himself lent the National Action Network hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the 2016 tax return, the groups debt to its founder is now only $4056.

In addition to his compensation, Sharptons hefty expenses–first class air travel, luxury hotels, and a chauffeured car–are covered by the National Action Network. While Sharpton has an office at the groups leased Harlem headquarters, he often works from a midtown Manhattan office rented by the not-for-profit.

Until his August 2015 demotion, Sharpton hosted a daily show on MSNBC. His PoliticsNation program now airs on Sundays at 8 AM. (3 pages)

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Rev Al Sharpton: Democrats ‘too tame to deal with Trump …

Donald Trump is on course to be re-elected in 2020 because those in the current crop of potential Democratic presidential candidates are too tame to deal with an untamed opponent, one of the partys key power-brokers has said.

Speaking to a group of Guardian journalists following a visit to 10 Downing Street and a session with black MPs, the Rev Al Sharpton warned that the likely challengers to Trump are failing to galvanise opposition to the president. Theyve lost the ability to dramatise. He [Trump] understands spectacle and drama and they dont.

What was the civil rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre

Citing the current controversy over migrant parents being separated from their children, the veteran civil rights leader said Democratic would-be candidates should be right there, getting themselves arrested by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

What was the civil rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre. No one would have listened if he just gave speeches.

In a wide-ranging and candid conversation, Rev Sharpton expressed his fear that this lack of leadership could lead to disappointment in the midterm elections in November. Landslide wins for Democrats would take a mobilisation that he had not yet seen, he said. You cant just announce a wave, you have to organise a wave.

As to who might take on Trump in 2020, he said that Oprah Winfrey could beat Trump in a heartbeat, speaking especially to poorer voters: Shes been broke longer than shes been rich, he said. But he suspected the TV star and entrepreneur was not keen to run. Former vice president Joe Biden would enjoy strong black support, Sharpton said, not least because he covered [Barack] Obamas back for eight years.

He noted that Bernie Sanders struggled to win African-American backing in 2016 because he could only see class, not race and class. He said Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, tipped as the possible standard bearer of the Democratic left, might fare better as she was more readily attuned to the racial dimension. But overall, he believed the current Democratic field was lacklustre and too easily distracted by Trumps bizarre and theatrical shenanigans.

Democrats needed to pay less attention to the presidents tweets or the latest twists in Robert Muellers probe into collusion with Russia, Sharpton said, and craft instead a message based on rights, jobs and healthcare. You got to get the message right; then youll get the messenger. He added that waiting for Trump to self-destruct is not a political strategy.

The longtime campaigner and baptist minister also had stern words for the activists of the Black Lives Matter movement. Where are Black Lives Matter now? You gave Obama hell, but where are you all now with Trump?

Warning that civil rights once thought safe were again under threat, he cited Mondays ruling by the Supreme Court in favour of a Colorado baker who had refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds. This was one of the worst civil rights decisions Ive seen in my lifetime, Sharpton said, warning that once homophobic discrimination was allowed, sexist and racist discrimination would be next.

On Wednesday, following a meeting with black MPs, Sharpton visited 10 Downing Street to speak to Theresa Mays adviser on race issues, Nero Ughwujabo. Afterwards, Sharpton praised Mays establishment of a race disparity audit, measuring the effect of ethnicity on life chances in the UK, saying it was an approach he hoped to take back to the US.

But his admiration for the UK was not total. Referring to last months royal wedding, he said the picture of inclusion created by the addition of a woman of a colour to the royal family did not reflect the reality of a country that had also been rocked by the Windrush scandal.

As for Trump himself, Sharpton had concluded that the evidence of the presidents racism was now too overwhelming to dispute. You dont have to keep a white hood under the pillow, he said, citing Trumps baseless claim that Obama had not been born in the US and the presidents praise for neo-Nazi marchers in Charlottesville last year as very fine people.

But he urged opponents of racism and xenophobia in the US, Europe and beyond not to lose heart. My message to the resistance movement globally is, dont panic, but dig in.

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The Rev. Al Sharpton reportedly said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John Trump McCain rips Trump over trade, tells allies: ‘Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t’ Head of Canada’s auto parts industry association mocks Trump’s threat of auto tariffs Dem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement MOREis set to win reelection in 2020 because Democrats are too tame to deal with an untamed opponent.”

Sharptontold The Guardian during a visit to the United Kingdom that Democrats likely to face off against Trump in 2020 are failing to excite opposition to the president.

Theyve lost the ability to dramatize, Sharpton said. He understands spectacle and drama and they dont.

Sharpton said that Democrats should be deliberately getting themselves arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the current controversy concerning the policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the border.

What was the Civil Rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre, Sharpton said. No one would have listened if he just gave speeches.

According to Sharpton, one candidate who “could beat Trump in a heartbeat” in 2020 is OprahWinfreybecause she is capable of speaking to poor workers. Winfrey has repeatedly said she has no interest in a White House bid.

Sharptonalso said black voters would likely support former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDem rips Trump’s call to include Russia in G-7: What does Putin have on him? Top EU figure: Trump is undermining world order the US created Dem lawmaker on Trump calling on Russia to rejoin G-7: He’s ‘loyal’ to country that elected him MORE if he were to run for president because he covered Obamas back for eight years.

Sharpton said Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDNC panel adopts rule requiring candidates to run, serve as a Democrat Democrats ‘Do No Harm Act’ makes attacking religious liberty an election issue Sen. Sanders: Starbucks chairman dead wrong on health care MORE (I-Vt.) failed to get black support during his 2016 Oval Office run because he focused on class and not race. He predicted Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats ‘Do No Harm Act’ makes attacking religious liberty an election issue Overnight Finance: Trump wants Russia back in G-7 | Senators, allies push back | House approves first fiscal 2019 spending bills | Dems want insider trading probe over job tweet Trump says he’ll likely support bill letting states set their own marijuana policies MORE (D-Mass.) could get more support from blacks because she was more attuned to the racial dimension.

Democrats need to get an effective message based on rights, jobs and healthcare instead of going after Trump for his scandals, Sharpton told The Guardian.

You got to get the message right; then youll get the messenger, he said, adding that Democrats cant just wait for the president to self-destruct.

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BY: Alex GriswoldJune 6, 2018 5:33 pm

Unless Democrats toughen up and fight Donald Trump on his own terms, the Republican president could be on track to be reelected, civil rights leader and MSNBC host Al Sharpton said Wednesday.

Sharpton was in London to speak to black parliamentarians and an advisor to Prime Minister Teresa May, when he took questions from a group of Guardian U.K. reporters about his thoughts on the upcoming presidential election.

The Guardian reported the MSNBC host told them “Donald Trumpis on course to be re-elected in 2020” because all the rumored Democratic candidates are “too tame to deal with an untamed opponent.”

“Theyve lost the ability to dramatize,” Sharpton said. “He [Trump] understands spectacle and drama and they dont.”

Sharpton called on Democratic candidates to get arrested protesting U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers where they were housing migrant children. “What was the civil rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre. No one would have listened if he just gave speeches,” he said.

The only candidate Sharpton thought could take on Trump at the moment was a woman who claims she has no interest in running for president: Oprah Winfrey. “Shes been broke longer than shes been rich,” he said, adding she “could beat Trump in a heartbeat.”

Like other Democratic commentators, Sharpton warned the party needed to run on more than just special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation if it wants to beat Trump. He argued Democrats should instead focus on concrete issues like “rights, jobs and healthcare. You got to get the message right; then youll get the messenger.”

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8:47 PM 08/07/2018 Elias Atienza | Contributor Rev. Al Sharpton, one of the most visible figures of Black Lives Matter, has not ruled out running for president in 2020. Sharpton said he wasnt currently exploring a presidential run but did not rule out running,BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday. I never rule anything out, Sharpton said. Sharpton was in Florida Sunday leading protests against Floridas stand your ground laws after the death of Markeis McGlockton.Michael Drejka shot and killedMcGlocktonin July.Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieridid not chargeDrejka due to Drejka claiming he feared for his life. (RELATED: Florida Sheriff Tells Reverend Al Sharpton To Go Back To New York. Mind Your Business) Sharpton has been highly critical of President Donald Trump, calling him a racist at a Sunday rally because Trump stumped for Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida and didnt mention McGlocktons name. You want to know why we call you a racist? [You] talk like a racist and you walk like a racist and you act like a racist! Sharpton said at the rally, according to BuzzFeed News. Sharpton also criticized Pastor Darrell Scott, who called Trumpthe most pro-black president that weve had in our lifetime, on Aug. 3.He also argued that black ministers were cowards for not bringing up McGlocktons name when they visited the White House that day. I wont bow to Pharaoh, and I wont bow to Donald Trump,Sharpton said. If Sharpton were to run, he would join a crowded Democratic primary. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and former Vice President Joe Biden are just a few high-profile Democrats who have hinted at running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Sharpton has run for office before. He ran for the Senate three times in the 1980s and 1990s and the presidency in 2004. Follow Elias Atienza onTwitter

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4:26 PM 08/07/2018 Nick Givas | Media And Politics Reporter Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri from Florida told Rev. Al Sharpton to go back to New York and to mind his own business, during a Tuesday press conference. Gualtieri was holding the presser for an unrelated investigation, when a reporter asked for comment about Sharptons protests against Floridas stand your ground law, Fox 13reported.(RELATED: ESPNs Jemele Hill Race Baits Donald Trump To Al Sharpton On MSNBC) Sharpton was present at a Sunday rally in Clearwater for Markeis McGlockton, who was shot and killed by Michael Drejka on July 19. Gualtieri chose not to charge Drejka and cited the stand your ground statute as his reason. Its a bunch of rhetoric. I dont pay much attention to it, to tell you the truth. I wasnt there, and I dont really care what Al Sharpton has to say, Gualtieri said. Go back to New York; mind your own business. WATCH: litics/buzz/2018/08/06/ron-desantis-adds-to-criticism-of-pinellas-sheriff-gualtieri-over-stand-your-ground/ Drejka told police he was fearing for his life and that was enough to convince the authorities to release him, without any formal criminal charges. Gualtieri saidSharptonshould hit the books and learn more about the law before he speaks out publicly. The facts and the law matter, Gualtieri concluded. Learn the facts and learn the law, and then you can opine. You can Follow Nick on Twitter Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

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Michael Cohen. Brendan McDermid/Reuters President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen chatted with the Reverend Al Sharpton for an hour, Sharpton announced on Twitter on Friday morning. Cohen responded to Sharpton’s tweet minutes later, saying there wasn’t anyone “better to talk to!” “Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney,” Sharpton, the host of MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” tweeted Friday morning. “I bet you’re wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned.” “I have known Rev for almost 20 years,” Cohen responded. “No one better to talk to!” Cohen is the focus of a criminal investigation in the Southern District of New York into whether he violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank fraud and/or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, or participated in other crimes. The FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel room, and office in April, seizing more than 4 million documents. At the center of Cohen’s troubles is a $130,000 hush-money payment he facilitated weeks before the 2016 presidential election to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep her from talking about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. The FBI sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with women. Trump, Cohen, and the White House denied that an affair took place. Originally, Cohen said Trump did not reimburse him for the payment. In May, Trump admitted to paying back his lawyer for the cost. Cohen has split with Trump dramatically in recent weeks. During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that was published earlier this month, Cohen said his family “and this country” have his “first loyalty.” Cohen also split with his legal team and hired a pair of new attorneys. Cohen’s defense will now be guided by Guy Petrillo, a partner at Petrillo Klein & Boxer who has extensive experience in the Southern District of New York and is the kind of lawyer a person would choose if they were seeking to cut a deal with prosecutors, experts told Business Insider. In addition, Cohen brought on Lanny Davis, notable for his work as a lawyer and representative for President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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3:53 PM 07/21/2018 Chuck Ross | Reporter Former Trump attorney Michael Cohens meeting on Friday with Al Sharpton was intended to send a signal to the president, the civil rights activist says. Out of all the people he could reach out to, reaching out to me is sending a signal to Mr. Trump and I think, probably, to prosecutors that he was not one who would not deal with someone who has been fighting Donald Trump for decades on social justice issues, Sharpton said in an interview on MSNBC on Friday. WATCH: Sharpton and Cohen met at a restaurant for over an hour on Friday morning, shortly before news broke that months before the 2016 election, Cohen secretly recorded a two-minute conversation with Trump regarding Karen McDougal, a Playboy playmate who allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006. The Washington Post reported that Cohen suggested purchasing the rights to McDougals story from AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer. AMI paid McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story. According to The Post, Trump is mostly silent in the recording. At one point he asked Cohen how the payment would be made. I received a text from him saying he wanted to meet, Sharpton said on Saturday. We met at a public restaurant and we spoke for over an hour. He was very troubled and felt in many ways cast wrongly. And I feel he was saying that he had been abandoned by Mr. Trump, Sharpton continued, adding: He was adamant that he was opposed to things that Mr. Trump was doing. Sharpton tweeted about his meeting with Cohen shortly after it ended. Just spent an hour w/ Michael Cohen, Trumps former attorney, Sharpton wrote. I bet youre wondering what we could be talking about! Stay tuned. Cohen confirmed the meeting, writing that I have known Rev for almost 20 years. No one better to talk to! Trump blasted his former attorney in an early-morning tweet on Saturday. Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyers office (early in the morning) almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client totally unheard of & perhaps illegal, he wrote. (RELATED: Perhaps Illegal: Trump Rails Against Cohen For Taping His Private Conversations) The U.S. Attorneys Office in Manhattan is reportedly investigating Cohen over his business dealings and possible campaign finance violations. Cohens payments to women are reportedly a part of the investigation. Just before the 2016 election, Cohen paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, an adult film star who also allegedly had an affair with Trump in 2006. The FBI raided Cohens home, office and hotel room on April 9. Follow Chuck on Twitter

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Al Sharpton: Cohen is ‘sending a signal’ to Trump

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Donald Trump is definitely my enemy, and hes gotbillions more enemies on this planet. Good God, Ive never felt so loved. Of course, if recent reports can be believed, it looks like we all have a new friend in erstwhile Trump fixer Michael Cohen. And Al Sharpton, who has known Cohen for yearsbut islight-years distant from him ideologically, is a new friend of his, too. Sharpton had a sit-down withCohen recently … at a restaurant in full view of the public. And Sharpton thinksthe encounter was fraught with meaning. From The Hill: I received a text from him saying he wanted to meet, Sharpton said. We met at a public restaurant and we spoke for over an hour. He was very troubled and felt in many ways cast wrongly. And I feel he was saying that he had been abandoned by Mr. Trump,” Sharpton continued, adding: He was adamant that he was opposed to things that Mr. Trump was doing. Sharpton told [Ali] Velshi that Cohen’s decision to sit down with the MSNBC host known for his work in the civil rights movement was a “signal” to Trump andRobert Mueller’s special counsel investigation that he was not in lock-step with his former boss. Out of all the people he could reach out to, reaching out to me is sending a signal to Mr. Trump and I think, probably, to prosecutors that he was not one who would not deal with someone who has been fighting Donald Trump for decades on social justice issues,” he said. Can there be any doubtthat Cohen is ready to flip on Trump? And if he does, is there any doubt it would be very, very bad for Trump? Stay tuned. This rigged witch hunt is getting more and more entertaining by the day. *** Yo!Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trumpby Aldous J. Pennyfarthingis now available atAmazon!Buy there (or at one of theother fine online retailers carrying it), or be square.

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July 22, 2018  Tags:   Posted in: Al Sharpton  Comments Closed

Rev. Al Sharpton Gave Himself A $437,555 "Bonus" | The …

JUNE 13–The not-for-profit social justice organization headed by Rev. Al Sharpton paid the New York activist a whopping $437,555 bonus–on top of his $250,000 salary–according to the groups most recent tax return submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. The hefty payment to Sharpton was revealed in a filing by the National Action Network, the Harlem-based group Sharpton founded nearly 25 years ago. The organizations 2016 tax return, which Sharpton signed in November 2017, disclosed the one-time bonus to the 63-year-old civil rights leader. According to its tax return, the National Action Network works within the spirit and tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. and promotes an agenda that includes an equal standard of justice and decency for all people regardless of race. Sharpton, who serves as the groups president and CEO, spends an average of 40 hours a week working for the organization, according to the tax return. The Christian activist social justice organization has 34 employees and 125 volunteers and reported $5.821 million in revenue in 2016 (the most recent year for which financial records have been made public). Expenses for 2016 totaled $5.817 million. Sharptons 2016 base salary was $250,000. The bonus payment ballooned his total compensation to $687,555. In justifying the bonus, the National Action Network–which Sharpton controls–told the IRS that, over the past 25 years, Sharpton had periodically declined compensation to ensure that the organization had sufficient operating funds to fulfill its payroll obligations and maintain ongoing operations. The organization added that it had previously received the services of the President and CEO without fully compensating for his services. Additionally, the group recognizes that it did not offer any retirement or benefit package to the President and CEO in contrast to most peer organizations that do offer retirement or benefit packages. In a move to rectify this purported shorting of Sharpton, the organization provided him with a “one-time bonus” of $437,555. This retroactive payout was meant to address prior compensation that was declined or not fully compensated. The tax return offers no specifics as to how the $437,555 figure was arrived at or whose idea the payment was. In fact, the organization itself noted that its Board/Executive Committee recognizes that developing a formal approach to compensating the President and CEO…would be an appropriate action to take at this time. To that end, the group reported commissioning a comparability study with regard to the compensation of Sharpton and Michael Hardy, the Sharpton sidekick who serves as the organizations $150,000-a-year general counsel. Until recent years, the National Action Networks finances were a shambles, thanks to Sharptons mismanagement of the group. At one point, the organization owed federal, state, and city tax authorities nearly $2 million for unpaid payroll taxes and related penalties and interest. Subsequent negotiations with the IRS substantially cut the groups federal debt. In 2015, a payroll tax liability of nearly $800,000 was wiped from the organizations balance sheet. The organizations finances were once so precarious that Sharpton himself lent the National Action Network hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the 2016 tax return, the groups debt to its founder is now only $4056. In addition to his compensation, Sharptons hefty expenses–first class air travel, luxury hotels, and a chauffeured car–are covered by the National Action Network. While Sharpton has an office at the groups leased Harlem headquarters, he often works from a midtown Manhattan office rented by the not-for-profit. Until his August 2015 demotion, Sharpton hosted a daily show on MSNBC. His PoliticsNation program now airs on Sundays at 8 AM. (3 pages)

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June 18, 2018  Tags:   Posted in: Al Sharpton  Comments Closed

Rev Al Sharpton: Democrats ‘too tame to deal with Trump …

Donald Trump is on course to be re-elected in 2020 because those in the current crop of potential Democratic presidential candidates are too tame to deal with an untamed opponent, one of the partys key power-brokers has said. Speaking to a group of Guardian journalists following a visit to 10 Downing Street and a session with black MPs, the Rev Al Sharpton warned that the likely challengers to Trump are failing to galvanise opposition to the president. Theyve lost the ability to dramatise. He [Trump] understands spectacle and drama and they dont. What was the civil rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre Citing the current controversy over migrant parents being separated from their children, the veteran civil rights leader said Democratic would-be candidates should be right there, getting themselves arrested by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What was the civil rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre. No one would have listened if he just gave speeches. In a wide-ranging and candid conversation, Rev Sharpton expressed his fear that this lack of leadership could lead to disappointment in the midterm elections in November. Landslide wins for Democrats would take a mobilisation that he had not yet seen, he said. You cant just announce a wave, you have to organise a wave. As to who might take on Trump in 2020, he said that Oprah Winfrey could beat Trump in a heartbeat, speaking especially to poorer voters: Shes been broke longer than shes been rich, he said. But he suspected the TV star and entrepreneur was not keen to run. Former vice president Joe Biden would enjoy strong black support, Sharpton said, not least because he covered [Barack] Obamas back for eight years. He noted that Bernie Sanders struggled to win African-American backing in 2016 because he could only see class, not race and class. He said Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, tipped as the possible standard bearer of the Democratic left, might fare better as she was more readily attuned to the racial dimension. But overall, he believed the current Democratic field was lacklustre and too easily distracted by Trumps bizarre and theatrical shenanigans. Democrats needed to pay less attention to the presidents tweets or the latest twists in Robert Muellers probe into collusion with Russia, Sharpton said, and craft instead a message based on rights, jobs and healthcare. You got to get the message right; then youll get the messenger. He added that waiting for Trump to self-destruct is not a political strategy. The longtime campaigner and baptist minister also had stern words for the activists of the Black Lives Matter movement. Where are Black Lives Matter now? You gave Obama hell, but where are you all now with Trump? Warning that civil rights once thought safe were again under threat, he cited Mondays ruling by the Supreme Court in favour of a Colorado baker who had refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds. This was one of the worst civil rights decisions Ive seen in my lifetime, Sharpton said, warning that once homophobic discrimination was allowed, sexist and racist discrimination would be next. On Wednesday, following a meeting with black MPs, Sharpton visited 10 Downing Street to speak to Theresa Mays adviser on race issues, Nero Ughwujabo. Afterwards, Sharpton praised Mays establishment of a race disparity audit, measuring the effect of ethnicity on life chances in the UK, saying it was an approach he hoped to take back to the US. But his admiration for the UK was not total. Referring to last months royal wedding, he said the picture of inclusion created by the addition of a woman of a colour to the royal family did not reflect the reality of a country that had also been rocked by the Windrush scandal. As for Trump himself, Sharpton had concluded that the evidence of the presidents racism was now too overwhelming to dispute. You dont have to keep a white hood under the pillow, he said, citing Trumps baseless claim that Obama had not been born in the US and the presidents praise for neo-Nazi marchers in Charlottesville last year as very fine people. But he urged opponents of racism and xenophobia in the US, Europe and beyond not to lose heart. My message to the resistance movement globally is, dont panic, but dig in.

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June 10, 2018  Tags:   Posted in: Al Sharpton  Comments Closed

Al Sharpton: Trump on course to win in 2020 because Dems …

The Rev. Al Sharpton reportedly said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John Trump McCain rips Trump over trade, tells allies: ‘Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t’ Head of Canada’s auto parts industry association mocks Trump’s threat of auto tariffs Dem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement MOREis set to win reelection in 2020 because Democrats are too tame to deal with an untamed opponent.” Sharptontold The Guardian during a visit to the United Kingdom that Democrats likely to face off against Trump in 2020 are failing to excite opposition to the president. Theyve lost the ability to dramatize, Sharpton said. He understands spectacle and drama and they dont. Sharpton said that Democrats should be deliberately getting themselves arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over the current controversy concerning the policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the border. What was the Civil Rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre, Sharpton said. No one would have listened if he just gave speeches. According to Sharpton, one candidate who “could beat Trump in a heartbeat” in 2020 is OprahWinfreybecause she is capable of speaking to poor workers. Winfrey has repeatedly said she has no interest in a White House bid. Sharptonalso said black voters would likely support former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenDem rips Trump’s call to include Russia in G-7: What does Putin have on him? Top EU figure: Trump is undermining world order the US created Dem lawmaker on Trump calling on Russia to rejoin G-7: He’s ‘loyal’ to country that elected him MORE if he were to run for president because he covered Obamas back for eight years. Sharpton said Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDNC panel adopts rule requiring candidates to run, serve as a Democrat Democrats ‘Do No Harm Act’ makes attacking religious liberty an election issue Sen. Sanders: Starbucks chairman dead wrong on health care MORE (I-Vt.) failed to get black support during his 2016 Oval Office run because he focused on class and not race. He predicted Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats ‘Do No Harm Act’ makes attacking religious liberty an election issue Overnight Finance: Trump wants Russia back in G-7 | Senators, allies push back | House approves first fiscal 2019 spending bills | Dems want insider trading probe over job tweet Trump says he’ll likely support bill letting states set their own marijuana policies MORE (D-Mass.) could get more support from blacks because she was more attuned to the racial dimension. Democrats need to get an effective message based on rights, jobs and healthcare instead of going after Trump for his scandals, Sharpton told The Guardian. You got to get the message right; then youll get the messenger, he said, adding that Democrats cant just wait for the president to self-destruct.

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Al Sharpton: Democrats Are ‘Too Tame,’ Could Lose to Trump …

Al Sharpton / Getty Images BY: Alex GriswoldJune 6, 2018 5:33 pm Unless Democrats toughen up and fight Donald Trump on his own terms, the Republican president could be on track to be reelected, civil rights leader and MSNBC host Al Sharpton said Wednesday. Sharpton was in London to speak to black parliamentarians and an advisor to Prime Minister Teresa May, when he took questions from a group of Guardian U.K. reporters about his thoughts on the upcoming presidential election. The Guardian reported the MSNBC host told them “Donald Trumpis on course to be re-elected in 2020” because all the rumored Democratic candidates are “too tame to deal with an untamed opponent.” “Theyve lost the ability to dramatize,” Sharpton said. “He [Trump] understands spectacle and drama and they dont.” Sharpton called on Democratic candidates to get arrested protesting U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers where they were housing migrant children. “What was the civil rights movement if not drama? Martin Luther King was the master of street theatre. No one would have listened if he just gave speeches,” he said. The only candidate Sharpton thought could take on Trump at the moment was a woman who claims she has no interest in running for president: Oprah Winfrey. “Shes been broke longer than shes been rich,” he said, adding she “could beat Trump in a heartbeat.” Like other Democratic commentators, Sharpton warned the party needed to run on more than just special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation if it wants to beat Trump. He argued Democrats should instead focus on concrete issues like “rights, jobs and healthcare. You got to get the message right; then youll get the messenger.”

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