Michael Cohen: Trump's loyal fixer

CNN's Gloria Borger investigates President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 2:06 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2018 2:18 PM

It's Tax Day. Woot! You had an extra two days to file. But will you get audited? Here's how to reduce your audit risk. And here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen got some of what he wished for. A federal judge said Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, could review items seized when the FBI raided his home, office and hotel room for material that might be covered by attorney-client privilege. But the judge is still considering letting prosecutors allow independent investigators -- a so-called "taint team" -- also go over the material. Cohen's and Trump's lawyers don't want that.

There was the expected sideshow of Stormy Daniels sitting in the audience for all of this, but there was also the unexpected jolt of Sean Hannity into the case. The Fox News host is Cohen's mystery third client, and there were audible gasps in the courtroom when Hannity's name was revealed. Hannity -- who went berserk over the Cohen raid last week without revealing his connection to the attorney -- said Cohen never represented him and they only talked briefly about real estate. Then, of course, he blamed the media. CNN's Brian Stelter says this is a big problem for Fox.

2. Syria

Chemical weapons experts still can't enter the Syrian city of Douma, the site of the suspected chemical attack on civilians. The UK says Syria and Russia are blocking the UN-cleared investigators, and the US believes Russia has tampered with evidence at the site. A Russian military official said investigators would be allowed to enter the city tomorrow.

Meanwhile, looks like those new Russia sanctions that Nikki Haley promised won't happen anytime soon. The UN ambassador had said over the weekend that new sanctions from the Treasury Department were coming this week, but the White House has reportedly put a hold on that plan because President Trump -- upset with the sanctions rollout -- hadn't signed off on it.

3. Canada & Cuba

Families of Canadian diplomats in Cuba are being sent home because of unexplained health concerns. Some diplomats and their families last year experienced dizziness, headaches and other health woes. The symptoms are similar to what some Americans diplomats reported while working in Cuba. The State Department last year evacuated non-essential personnel and their families from Cuba, believing that a device operating outside the range of audible sound had been used in an "acoustic attack" on US embassy staff.

4. Starbucks controversy

Two black men arrested at a Starbucks in Philly will meet with the coffee chain's CEO. Starbucks wants it to happen this week, while CEO Kevin Johnson is in Philadelphia dealing with the controversy.  A store manager called police because the two men were sitting in the store without ordering. They were arrested for trespassing. Customers said they were waiting for another man to arrive. Video of the arrest caught fire on social media over the weekend and led to accusations of racism and protests. Johnson has apologized, and the manager no longer works at that location. CNN's W. Kamau Bell said he knows how the men feel: He was kicked out of a coffee shop, too.

5. Online sales tax

The battle over online sales tax will be fought at the Supreme Court today. The court will hear arguments in South Dakota v. Wayfair. A 1992 decision by the court requires online retailers to collect sales tax only in states where they have a physical presence. This case could reverse that, meaning all online retailers would have to collect sales tax everywhere. It's an issue that brick-and-mortar retailers insist will provide a level playing field with online competitors and help provide state and local governments with tax revenue.

TODAY'S NUMBERS

11

The number of court cases associated with independent counsel Ken Starr's investigation into President Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky that will largely be made public in response to a request from CNN

125 million

The number of customers who now subscribe to Netflix, which had a blockbuster (ha!) first quarter, even after hiking prices

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Good night, Your Honor

Harry Anderson was a good comedian and magician, but he'll always be Judge Harry Stone, who presided over the wacky "Night Court." He died at 65.

Soggy success

Congrats to Desiree Linden, who battled a cold rain to become the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in more than 30 years.

'DAMN' right

Kendrick Lamar's adding the Pulitzer Prize to his jam-packed trophy case. His politically charged opus, "DAMN," is the first rap album to win the prize.

Just what the doctor ordered

Amazon's reportedly backing away from selling prescription drugs, and you can just hear CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens popping the champagne.

Lights out

Just how bad is the ongoing blackout in Puerto Rico? It's now the second-largest blackout in history.

Night with the stars

Drama students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High teamed up with Broadway and TV stars last night for a benefit concert.

AND FINALLY

Watch closely

These cats watching a Japanese chef prepare sushi is pretty much all of us when we're hungry. (Click to view.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 93012

Reported Deaths: 2040
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin26447926
Ramsey10697319
Dakota7354125
Anoka5935132
Stearns390924
Washington368955
Scott250033
Olmsted236728
Nobles195416
Blue Earth16476
Wright15737
St. Louis148039
Carver13897
Clay134040
Rice13228
Mower13125
Sherburne112514
Kandiyohi9722
Winona86318
Lyon6674
Waseca6128
Steele5332
Freeborn5323
Benton5303
Nicollet52116
Watonwan5164
Todd4872
Crow Wing48118
McLeod4752
Chisago4711
Le Sueur4524
Otter Tail4224
Beltrami4055
Martin37210
Goodhue3519
Pine3090
Itasca30314
Polk2984
Douglas2862
Isanti2790
Becker2642
Carlton2561
Cottonwood2240
Morrison2221
Dodge2180
Pipestone21710
Chippewa2061
Meeker1942
Sibley1863
Wabasha1830
Brown1822
Yellow Medicine1752
Rock1640
Cass1593
Murray1582
Mille Lacs1543
Redwood1541
Unassigned15052
Renville1427
Jackson1411
Faribault1360
Swift1271
Houston1210
Koochiching1213
Kanabec1178
Roseau1170
Pennington1161
Fillmore1110
Lincoln1080
Hubbard941
Stevens941
Pope920
Big Stone760
Aitkin751
Wadena670
Wilkin613
Grant594
Lake580
Norman530
Lac qui Parle501
Marshall501
Mahnomen461
Red Lake421
Traverse290
Clearwater270
Lake of the Woods211
Kittson120
Cook60

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 83644

Reported Deaths: 1294
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk15697261
Woodbury526363
Johnson508627
Black Hawk443688
Linn3941110
Story340517
Dubuque310141
Scott292628
Dallas275138
Pottawattamie206838
Buena Vista197212
Marshall177034
Sioux15043
Wapello131457
Webster121614
Plymouth110420
Clinton109920
Muscatine109154
Crawford10655
Cerro Gordo101821
Warren9486
Jasper81732
Des Moines7647
Marion7536
Tama70431
Henry6854
Carroll6535
Lee6207
Wright5721
Dickinson5086
Boone5008
Bremer4837
Washington45311
Louisa42815
Mahaska39119
Delaware3833
Franklin34618
Floyd3363
Jackson3303
Winneshiek3246
Hamilton3223
Clay3164
Lyon3074
Benton3061
Hardin2951
Winnebago28913
Poweshiek2788
Butler2672
Buchanan2651
Clarke2643
Jones2643
Emmet26010
Shelby2581
Allamakee2566
Kossuth2540
Chickasaw2470
Clayton2443
Sac2440
Guthrie2416
Cedar2381
Cherokee2352
Grundy2193
Madison2122
Fayette2112
Harrison2073
Iowa1981
Mitchell1880
Howard1866
Humboldt1843
Palo Alto1830
Calhoun1793
Hancock1772
Mills1771
Cass1602
Monroe15710
Pocahontas1562
Lucas1536
Page1530
Osceola1510
Monona1451
Jefferson1371
Appanoose1333
Union1283
Taylor1271
Davis1244
Ida1151
Van Buren1131
Fremont1100
Keokuk1051
Worth1040
Greene990
Montgomery905
Wayne852
Audubon811
Adair691
Decatur670
Ringgold492
Adams330
Unassigned40
Rochester
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 62°
Mason City
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 63°
Albert Lea
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 63°
Austin
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 63°
Charles City
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 64°
Tracking more warmth before cooler weather arrives for the weekend
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Community Events