Michael Cohen Helped Jerry Falwell Jr. Handle “Racy Photos”

U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with Jerry Falwell Jr. during a campaign event in Sioux City Iowa

The court evangelical plot thickens.

It looks like Michael Cohen does not only “take care of things” with Trump’s adult film star lovers, but he also has the back of the president of evangelical Liberty University.  Let’s see how this plays out.

Here is Aram Roston’s reporting at Reuters:

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.

Read the rest at the Reuters website.

36 thoughts on “Michael Cohen Helped Jerry Falwell Jr. Handle “Racy Photos”

  1. Jeff,
    Let’s put it another way and you can tell me what you think.

    Would you “fire” your top-notch automobile mechanic if you discovered he was an alcoholic but never drank on the job?
    Would you find a new meat-cutter who knows exactly how your wife likes things cut but you discovered that he is addicted to pornography?
    Would you find a new tax accountant if your current man belonged to an heretical cult but legally saved you tons of money each year?
    Is your excellent gardener unloving and dictatorial to his wife? (but not a wife-beater.)

    Obviously, these examples might be not totally comparable but the point is that we all obtain goods and services from people who don’t share 100% of our values.

    As far as the specific charges you level at Trump, can you tell me that most politicians don’t rhetorically stretch the truth? I hate to be cynical but they all do it in one form or another and most of them don’t reserve the behavior to campaign rallies. Just tune in to a day or two of random committee hearings which air on C-Span.

    The past adulterous behavior is wrong and hopefully it has ceased, but Trump doesn’t tout it as a part of his portfolio or suggest that public policy should favor whoremongers.

    Finally, the name-calling and the personally insulting remarks are probably not going to cease. I don’t endorse many of the insults but realize that everyone has an idiosyncratic side. At times the remarks are rather humorous but would probably better be left out. If you can’t support Trump for that reason, so be it.

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    • Some of those I would cut ties with. Probably not the alcoholic.

      The things with too many big name Christian leaders is that they didn’t say honestly that they recommended voting for Trump because he would offer better judges and policies than the other candidate.
      They encouraged the personality cult that somehow Trump is a Godly, or God inspired man or something along those lines.
      You analogies are not like the situation of Christian leaders and Trump. They aren’t quietly putting up with him. They are pretending he is better than normal. He isn’t.

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      • Jeff,
        I don’t think all of them are that naive. Perhaps a few are blinded by access to the president, but most of them did not reach the jobs they hold in the Christian world by being gullible.
        James

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        • I don’t think they are gullible. I would feel better if they were gullible.
          I might use a Trump word, “conflicted”.
          Maybe some are power/influence hungry.
          Or maybe some are more interested in the expansion of their brand?

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          • “Or maybe some are more interested in the expansion of their brand?”

            I went to see a popular Christian music group some years ago. During the show they were praising Jesus and thanking God and after the show we hung around and watched them cursing and swearing and making lewd jokes with the roadies.

            Very often what Christian icons do on stage for money and prestige and brand-name recognition is no different than slimeball politicians and entertainers–they know how to pander to a gullible crowd and that’s it.

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  2. Maybe I am confused.
    Are racy photos more embarrassing for a Christian leader than throwing his undying support behind Donald J. Trump?

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    • Jeff,
      The photos, if they indeed exist, would show hypocrisy. Supporting Trump does not. People from all political persuasions are not enamored with two-faced behavior. Of course, there is apparently now only the word of a jailbird that the photo story has merit.

      James

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  3. Heard this one on morning drive-time radio.
    Their exact words were “Jerry Falwell Jr approached Cohen ‘the Fixer’ regarding some ‘racy’ photos…”

    From reading about the escapades of the Big Name Christian Leader CELEBRITY set on various watchblogs, I have to wonder what they meant by “racy”. As in “live boy or dead woman” racy.

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  4. Jim in STL,

    Just because certain sensationalists make their livings promoting conspiracies does mean that history is lacking in conspiracies or that they do not exist.

    I don’t follow Alex Jones and have no idea what he is discussing these days. There may or may not be truth to some of it, but I simply don’t have the time to research it. Please let me know if you find out what he is saying this week; that’s probably the only way I will find out.

    James

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  5. “…once Inspector General Horowitz releases his upcoming report.”

    And you mock the “DEMS.” This seems to have been a big thing with Alex Jones and Infowars in mid 2018. Is this still a thing?

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    • Jim in STL,
      I am not sure what Alex Jones has to come with I.G. Horowitz. The last I heard Mr. Horowitz works for the government in Washington and Mr. Jones is a private citizen in Texas.

      James

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      • Alex and Infowars was playing this up much as you do. But it seems to have fizzled out on their end, at least according to a quick Google search. I was just wondering if you and the Infowars gang are still sitting on the edge of your seats on this one?

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        • Jim in STL,
          I am not on the edge of my seat. In fact, I am laying back with improper posture.

          The Horowitz report is slated to be released within a month. There is also a Huber report in the works.

          James

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  6. So wait… Sean Hannity, Donald Trump, and Jerry Falwell Jr. all worked with the same shady fixer? The swamp is thick with these three.

    Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.

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  7. John,
    I am surprised that you posted a scandalous rumor about another Christian in the absence of firm evidence. If young Falwell has hypocritically hidden personal misdeeds, he needs to explain himself and “fess up.” Yet I would hardly take the word of Michael Cohen who has furnished no real evidence of wrongdoing. Don’t you think it is appropriate to require more than Mr.Cohen’s word on something of this nature?

    By the way other Christian leaders were early to indorse Trump. The late conservative Catholic, Phyllis Schlafley, was a vocal supporter long before the primary season was in full motion.

    James

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    • I don’t treat Reuters as a news outlet that caters in “scandalous rumor.” Not sure what the reference to court Catholic Phyllis Schlafly has to do with this.

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      • The Phyllis Schlafley fact was mentioned because she endorsed Trump early as did Falwell Junior. The Reuter’s calumny implied that Young Falwell’s early endorsement had a tie to the supposed photographs. If that is the case, then what did Cohen have on Phyllis? The whole thing smells of cheap innuendo right now.

        But again, don’t you think that the moral principle in Matthew 18:16 might apply right now? “…that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” Reuters has no firm evidence. If they produce it, I will be the first to say that Falwell, Jr. needs to own up. For the time being, a news wire service is not infallible.
        James

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        • James: After watching the way the court evangelicals suck-up to Trump and his lying and immorality, I think I will side with Reuters here. And yes, its a shame that I am more willing to take the word of a credible new agency that has been around since 1851 over someone who claims to share my faith. This is the world in which we now live and this is the current state of the church. Sad, isn’t it?

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          • John,
            Integrity is in short supply today in many areas, not the least of which is the media. The people who run Reuters today are not cut from the same cloth as the founder of the organization. If they can find firm evidence, they need to print it. Thus far their story is lacking.

            Of course, certain religious leaders are not beyond wrongdoing, but they deserve a fair hearing.
            James

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          • Historically speaking, there was a time when the Protestant Reformation meant rejecting corruption and depravity. And I’m thinking here specifically of Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503), and the Borgia clan (some interesting parallels here).

            How is it that Jerry Falwell, Jr., and the rest of the Trump Evangelicals don’t suspect that trump is the voice of Satan rather than God? I could make a case. Serious question.

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            • I have thought the same thing myself, Jim. As a weak-kneed Calvinist, I am open to the idea that God has something to do with Trump’s election. So why couldn’t He be using Trump to punish America for its sins or wake-up the church? We see through a glass darkly. 1 Cor 13:12.

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              • To go a bit Hebrew OT, why couldn’t God and the Satan be working together to Test the faith of the Church? And I use “church” in it’s broadest and most inclusive sense.

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            • Jim in STL,

              I don’t know anything about your religious views, Jim, but depravity and corruption are found in all denominations. It is a sad but true fact that some professing Christians—be they Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Eastern Orthodox, or independent———don’t always “walk the walk.” When that happens, there are ecclesiastical and Biblical remedies which can address the sins.

              As far as your question on the voice of Satan, I suppose it could be transmitted through a variety of means. It behooves all of us to be diligent. Trump is not a spiritual man, however, and my reading of the Bible leads me to believe that Satan’s man will fill a false spiritual role. I see the relationship between Trump and evangelicals in far more quotidian transactional terms.

              James

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              • “my reading of the Bible leads me to believe that Satan’s man will fill a false spiritual role. I see the relationship between Trump and evangelicals in far more quotidian transactional terms.”

                You say that, but you are a disciple of Trump’s teachings on creation care. Trump is filling a spiritual roll in your life.

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              • “Trump is not a spiritual man, however, and my reading of the Bible leads me to believe that Satan’s man will fill a false spiritual role. I see the relationship between Trump and evangelicals in far more quotidian transactional terms.”

                Uhhhhhh this “quotidian transactional” relationship IS the false spiritual role; getting sponsorship from a wide network of evangelical figureheads IS the false spiritual role of this president. Catering to the religious and cultural fantasies of dogmatic evangelicals IS the false spiritual role. He doesn’t claim to be “spiritual” savior of America, he just surrounds himself with mouthpieces that will do it for him.

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                • Justin,

                  I don’t concur with your analysis. Trump claims none of the powers described in II Thess. 2:3,4,9 or Daniel 9:27.
                  James

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                  • “I don’t concur with your analysis. Trump claims none of the powers described in II Thess. 2:3,4,9 or Daniel 9:27.”

                    You’re looking for a very narrow, very specific, and very idiosyncratic fulfillment of your denominational reading of ancient prophetic texts as part of a complex (convoluted) End Times schema? I didn’t say “Trump is the End Times Antichrist predicted in your religious tradition.” I said Trump is fulfilling a false spiritual role for millions of evangelical Christians; I think you heard something else entirely.

                    Jesus recommends using common sense: “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.”

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        • “The Reuter’s calumny implied that Young Falwell’s early endorsement had a tie to the supposed photographs. If that is the case, then what did Cohen have on Phyllis? The whole thing smells of cheap innuendo right now”

          You sound a little unhinged, connecting implied dots that would make even the conspiratorial Glenn Beck proud.

          Is there no evidence that could shake your faith in the righteousness of your Trumpian cause? Nothing at all that could make you pause and say, “Uh oh maybe I need to reevaluate my allegiances”? Nothing? If the heavens parted and you saw Jesus riding a flaming sheep writing “DONALD IS A LIAR” would that even register with you?

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          • Justin,
            You have been reading my postings for some time. When did I ever state that Trump is righteous? I have stated that certain of his public policies comport with Christian principles.

            In answer to your question, about what “….could shake [my] faith…” in Trump’s policies, I suppose that I might abandon him if he adopted large tenets of the 2016 Democratic Platform.

            Regarding conspiracies, I would ask you to stay tuned to any honest news outlet once Inspector General Horowitz releases his upcoming report. Thereafter, stay tuned to the results of the investigation surrounding the Steele Dossier and the bogus FISA operation which transpired three years ago.
            James

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            • “Regarding conspiracies, I would ask you to stay tuned to any honest news outlet once Inspector General Horowitz releases his upcoming report. Thereafter, stay tuned to the results of the investigation surrounding the Steele Dossier and the bogus FISA operation which transpired three years ago.”

              And after that I suppose you’ll want me to stay tuned for Hillary’s emails? And something something Uranium One?

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              • Justin,

                Her emails were deleted and the drives were bleach wiped. How could I ask you to stay tuned for something which no longer exists? You might have better luck on the Uranium One, but it won’t be first and foremost among the issues investigated, if at all.
                James

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