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From Medallion Mogul to Presidential Fixer: Michael Cohen's Rise and Fall

April 18, 2018: By now, you’ve probably heard of Michael Cohen. Cohen is most famous today as President Trump’s personal lawyer and all-purpose fixer. He paid off Stormy Daniels through a shell company to quash allegations of a sexual liaison. And recently it was revealed in open court that Cohen has Fox New pundit Sean Hannity as a client. That information was disclosed subsequent to a raid of Cohen's offices by the F.B.I. earlier this month. But long before President Trump, Michael Cohen was working with shady lawyers like Simon Garber, the first in a long and unlikely career that begins in a small taxi cab law office in Queens, and goes all the way to the president of the United States. The Takeaway traces Cohen's storied career and service to the president. Plus, we look at a new investigation by Reveal documenting possible labor violations by car-maker Tesla, which denies the allegations; closing arguments in the trial of three Kansas men charged with plotting to bomb a Somali mosque; the roots and legacy of Islamophobia in America; and the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

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