Exclusive: Trump fixer Cohen says he helped Falwell handle racy photos

  
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Exclusive: Trump fixer Cohen says he helped Falwell handle racy photos

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Exclusive: Trump fixer Cohen says he helped Falwell handle racy photos



973af590-e89a-11e6-b294-9bc8096ac008_reu By Aram Roston,Reuters 14 hours ago 


Trump fixer Cohen says he helped Falwell handle racy 'personal' photos
















By Aram Roston

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

The Falwells, through a lawyer, declined to comment for this article.

Cohen, who began a three-year prison sentence this week for federal campaign violations and lying to Congress, 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 enlisted Cohen’s help in 2015, according to the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the year Trump announced his presidential candidacy. At the time, Cohen was Trump’s confidant and personal lawyer, and he worked for the Trump Organization.

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.”

Cohen would later prove successful in another matter involving Falwell, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Cohen helped persuade Falwell to issue his endorsement of Trump’s presidential candidacy at a critical moment, they said: just before the Iowa caucuses. Falwell subsequently barnstormed with Trump and vouched for the candidate’s Christian virtues.

Reuters has no evidence that Falwell’s endorsement of Trump was related to Cohen’s involvement in the photo matter. The source familiar with Cohen’s thinking insisted the endorsement and the help with the photographs were separate issues.

Cohen’s connection to the Falwells sheds light on the formidable alliance between Trump and a man who, through his university, is one of the most influential evangelical figures in America. Falwell’s backing helped galvanize evangelicals and persuaded many Christians concerned about Trump’s past behavior to embrace him as a repentant sinner.


Falwell’s support for Trump has not wavered throughout the New York celebrity-politician’s own tribulations, including the Access Hollywood recording of Trump talking about grabbing women’s genitals and payoffs made by Cohen to hide Trump’s extramarital affairs. This past weekend, Falwell tweeted that “Trump should have 2 yrs added to his 1st term” to make up for the two years of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Falwell’s endorsement of Trump, however, did surprise some students and staff at Liberty University, the school in Lynchburg, Virginia, founded by Falwell’s father, Jerry. It was at Liberty where fellow Republican presidential candidate and major Trump rival Ted Cruz had chosen to launch his campaign the previous year. Cruz’s father was an evangelical preacher, much like Falwell’s father; Trump has been married three times and divorced twice. For years, prior to running for president, Trump boasted of his sexual exploits and supported a host of social positions, such as abortion rights, that run counter to beliefs espoused by Falwell.

Although Falwell declined interview requests for this story, he has said repeatedly that he endorsed Trump because Trump was the strongest candidate, had significant experience running a business, and had the right vision for the country.

The connection between Trump and Falwell goes back years. In 2012, Trump gave the convocation at Liberty University. One link between Trump and the couple appears to have been Cohen, a now-disbarred New York lawyer who formed a close bond with the Falwells.

During the campaign, Cohen worked closely with Liberty University to help promote Trump’s candidacy. It was around that time that Cohen heard from the Falwells about the photographs, said the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking.

The Falwells told Cohen that someone had obtained photographs that were embarrassing to them, and was demanding money, the source said. Reuters was unable to determine who made the demand. The source said Cohen flew to Florida and soon met with an attorney for the person with the photographs. Cohen spoke with the attorney, telling the lawyer that his client was committing a crime, and that law enforcement authorities would be called if the demands didn’t stop, the source said.

The matter was soon resolved, the source said, and the lawyer told Cohen that all of the photographs were destroyed.

Months later, in early 2016, Trump faced what seemed like an enormous challenge. The Iowa caucus was coming up, and Cohen -- then deeply loyal to Trump -- was concerned about how Trump would fare, the source said. Cohen felt Trump “was being slaughtered in that community,” and “didn’t want to see him embarrassed or, you know, without support,” said the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking. Cohen repeatedly reached out to Jerry Falwell, and pleaded with him to back Trump, the source said.

Soon after, according to this account, Falwell made his historic announcement. “I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States,” Falwell was quoted saying in a statement issued by the Trump campaign. “He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”

(Reporting by Aram Roston. Edited by Blake Morrison.)









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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    3 months ago

Wow!  I imagine it was Falwell being banged by a male prostitute.  

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1  MUVA  replied to  Tessylo @1    3 months ago

Hope or imagine?

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    3 months ago

Or maybe Falwell was watching his wife being banged by a male prostitute and he was taking photos.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.1  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @2    3 months ago

Gosh, and all along progressive liberals have been telling us that what happens in the bedroom isn't anyone's business.

I guess it changes if the person is a Republican, so obviously different rules will be applied by the progressive left minions.

Bunch of freaking hypocrites!

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Texan1211 @2.1    3 months ago

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.'

I wonder who came into possession of these photographs?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.1    3 months ago

I want to know what these "racy" photos are.

Falwell and the Mrs in swimsuits?

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.3  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @2.1.2    3 months ago

I'd love to know too.  I wish Cohen would have said but it would probably be some kind of violation of a NDA or something like that.  

Although I would imagine it's way worse than that or else why would he be so desperate to cover it up?

 
 
 
Ender
2.1.4  Ender  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.3    3 months ago

Weird how it all plays out. So Cohen has the only pic left in his possession and wants Falwell to endorse trump...

 
 
 
Texan1211
2.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.1    3 months ago

Why don't you ask Cohen, since he is the one claiming that this happened?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.1.6  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.3    3 months ago
I wish Cohen would have said

But Tess, Cohen has committed perjury!

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.7  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.6    3 months ago

'But Tess, Cohen has committed perjury!'

About the faux 'christian' Falwell, Jr.?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.1.8  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.7    3 months ago

Do you trust Cohen?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3  Vic Eldred    3 months ago

Cohen is now in prison?  I think I'll really enjoy this day!  Thanks for the good news.  As for Falwell, he also seems to be a poor judge of character.

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    3 months ago

Yes indeed Falwell is a poor judge of character - he endorsed the turd 'president' after all.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3.1    3 months ago

You seem to be an expert on turds

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1.2  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.1    3 months ago

I know a turd when I see it.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.1.3  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.2    3 months ago

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Vic Eldred
3.1.4  Vic Eldred  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.3    3 months ago

Perrie, please explain it to me.

Tess gets to call the President a turd in just about every seed she is on, yet I get deleted for asking her what she thinks of democrats?

 
 
 
Tessylo
3.1.6  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.4    3 months ago

That's 'president' turd

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.1.7  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.6    3 months ago

Now, now, Tess, don't make me do it again!

 
 
 
luther28
4  luther28    3 months ago

Should this prove true, it will be just another example of a so called Christians hypocrisy.

 
 
 
Texan1211
4.1  Texan1211  replied to  luther28 @4    3 months ago
Should this prove true, it will be just another example of a so called Christians hypocrisy.

Well then, it all evens out with the secular progressive left's hypocrisy about how the bedroom is private business, right?

 
 
 
luther28
4.1.1  luther28  replied to  Texan1211 @4.1    3 months ago

Not here it should be private, I'm not the guy that decided to photograph my private business, he should've thought that one out.

 
 
 
Tessylo
4.1.2  seeder  Tessylo  replied to  luther28 @4.1.1    3 months ago
'Not here it should be private, I'm not the guy that decided to photograph my private business, he should've thought that one out.'

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Texan1211
4.1.3  Texan1211  replied to  luther28 @4.1.1    3 months ago

Do you really think he photographed it for public consumption? 

Really?

SMDH

 
 
 
luther28
4.1.4  luther28  replied to  Texan1211 @4.1.3    3 months ago

Why would one want to photograph it at all (short term memory loss?), whatever it may have been ( not that I care ).

In this day and age everything leaks out, if you do not want it to, then keep it to yourself.

 
 
 
Texan1211
4.1.5  Texan1211  replied to  luther28 @4.1.4    3 months ago

I agree to keep it to yourself, and I suspect that is what happened until someone stole or hacked the picture.

 
 
 
Tessylo
5  seeder  Tessylo    3 months ago

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Texan1211
5.1  Texan1211  replied to  Tessylo @5    3 months ago

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Trout Giggles
6  Trout Giggles    3 months ago

Hmmmm.....something that should be kept between husband and wife? Photos of the two them swimming nekkid?

Yeah...I agree...I don't want to see any photos of Falwell's white, fat, ass

 
 
 
Ender
6.1  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @6    3 months ago

Yeah, I will take a pass.

Somehow I picture him in a swing with the Mrs wearing a strap-on.

It always seems the most repressed are the biggest freaks behind closed doors.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
6.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @6.1    3 months ago

You're disgusting...I like it

ROFL!!!!

My imagination is pretty poor, I never would have thought of something like that

 
 
 
Ender
6.1.2  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.1.1    3 months ago

Haha.  I had help with that one though. There was nothing on tv last night and I was bored so I actually watched the housewives of Beverly Hills. (Sad I know)

They were talking about sex and Camille Grammer said her ex (Kelsy Grammer) Liked for her to put one on. Said he was a freak.

 
 
 
luther28
6.1.3  luther28  replied to  Ender @6.1.2    3 months ago
There was nothing on tv last night and I was bored so I actually watched the housewives of Beverly Hills.

If I ever become that bored, I will self lobotomize:)

 
 
 
Ender
6.1.4  Ender  replied to  luther28 @6.1.3    3 months ago

Yeah, Watched it one time and could feel my brain shrinking.

I also could have lived life without knowing about Kelsy Grammer.

It was amusing hearing Denise Richards say she had a massage with a happy ending.

 
 
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