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Today Michael Cohen told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that the God-King “was very concerned about how [former mistresses’ stories] would affect the election” – undercutting the God-King’s claim that this was solely a personal matter – and “of course” Trump knew those payoffs were illegal. The Washington Post’s George Conway, Trevor Potter, and Neal Katyal explain why the God-King’s defense was always weak (and dangerous) and Greg Sargent details how Cohen’s interview demolishes that defense.

Also, Vox’s Murray Waas reports that Paul Manafort helped orchestrate the God-King’s “public relations war on the FBI,” and the Post’s Glenn Kessler reveals the biggest lies of 2018. How do you score on the Post’s Fact Checker Quiz?

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