Ex-Trump Lawyer: Rigging Polls ‘Was at the Direction of’ Trump

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Michael Cohen, a former lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Thursday he paid a firm to manipulate online polling data “at the direction of and for the sole benefit of” Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen had paid the data firm Redfinch Solutions to manipulate two public opinion polls in favor of Trump before the 2016 presidential campaign.

“As for the @WSJ article on poll rigging,” Cohen said on Twitter on Thursday, “what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS. I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.”

The attempts to influence the polls ultimately proved largely unsuccessful but does shed a light on the tactics of the Trump campaign and Cohen’s role within it. On the campaign trail, Trump frequently referred to his polling numbers to help fuel his candidacy.

Last month Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump’s 2016 campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia

The Journal said Cohen commissioned John Gauger, who runs RedFinch Solutions, to write a computer script to repeatedly vote for Trump in a February 2015 Drudge Report poll on potential Republican candidates. The move came as Trump was preparing to enter the 2016 presidential election race, the newspaper reported.

Trump ranked fifth in the Drudge Report poll, with about 24,000 votes or 5 percent of the total, according to the Journal.

Cohen also commissioned Gauger to do the same for a 2014 CNBC online poll identifying the country’s top business leaders, although Trump was unable to break the top 100 candidates, the Journal reported.

“The president has no knowledge of the polls being rigged,” Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in an interview with Reuters. RedFinch Solutions did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Makini Brice and Tim Ahmann; Additional reporting by Karen Freifeld and Nathan Layne; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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WellHungChad
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Rueters forgets the tax cheating that got Cohen’s ass in hot water. After that, why should we believe in anything this a*hole has to say?

For that matter, Trump’s opponent, Hillary (remember her?), paid Perkins-Coie to pay Fusion GPS, who in turn paid Gary Steele and Russian agents to gin up a fake “dossier” which the FBI later used to frame Trump.

So what’s your point, Reuters, other than proving to be another purveyor of “fake news ” that we don’t believe or give a sh!t about?

Rocky Drummond
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So, if Trump was willing to skew opinion polls in his favor, what influence did he have on the outcomes of his beauty contest?

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