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Tape Released And Shows Michael Cohen Helped An Evangelical Leader Hide “Racy Photos”



The Trump administration finds new and innovative ways of embarrassing itself every day. As if it was not enough that Michael Cohen is off to jail for three years, a leaked recording has now also revealed what he got up to when he came across some “racy photos” belonging to a high profile evangelical pastor:

Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.’s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters. Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept “between husband and wife,” Cohen said in the taped conversation. According to a source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the person who possessed the photos destroyed them after Cohen intervened on the Falwells’ behalf.

Cohen recounted his involvement in the matter in a recording made surreptitiously by comedian Tom Arnold on March 25. Portions of the recording — in which Cohen appeared to disavow parts of his guilty plea — were first reported April 24 by The Wall Street Journal. The Falwells wanted to keep “a bunch of photographs, personal photographs” from becoming public, Cohen told Arnold. “I actually have one of the photos,” he said, without going into specifics. “It’s terrible.”

The hypocrisy visible through this is quite incredible, although perhaps at this point, we should not be surprised that this is the kind of thing that happens within the top circles of Trump’s cronies. This guy is a spiritual leader, someone who literally makes a living out of telling other people how to live their lives, usually by encouraging them to be more socially conservative in everything they do, and restrict themselves in their life choices, as is the way with these kinds of right-wingers. And yet, it is perfectly clear that he does not comform to those values himself, even in the privacy of his own home.

Of course, it then gets much, much worse. When confronted with what has happened to him, rather than being honest and sincere about the situation, he chose to go behind everyone’s backs and employ someone to make the problem go away. This is the way that people who reside within the right wing Washington establishment deal with everything, and understanding that mentality explains much of the Trump presidency.





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