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Kendall Coffey on Manafort and Cohen: Which Case to Follow


There could be some trouble for President Donald Trump after the events that took place in court last week. Although a guilty verdict in Northern Virginia did not implicate the president, the guilty plea in Manhattan that did implicate him is what may be the problem. However, legal experts say it may be challenging to prove that he did anything wrong. Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of tax and bank fraud by a jury in Alexandria, Virginia. But Trump’s real problem is that his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen implicated him in what prosecutors called a campaign finance violation. Former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Kendall Coffey told The Daily Signal, “Manafort and Cohen are completely unrelated to the mission of investigating collusion with Russia,”. He added, “but it’s damaging in the court of public opinion and signals the Department of Justice is moving aggressively against the president.” Coffey doesn’t think Manafort would have let his case go to trial if he had anything to offer prosecutors on Trump, so he believes that the Cohen case is the one to...

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Guilty Verdict: Kendall Coffey on What it Means for Trump and Mueller


White House allies have been vocal about Manafort’s criminal trial in Alexandria, Va. having nothing to do with his involvement in the president’s 2016 campaign and potential ties between Trump associates and Kremlin officials. Instead, the 18-count indictment prosecutors filed against Manafort focus on financial crimes and tax evasion he allegedly committed prior to joining efforts to elect Trump. However, some legal experts say a direct connection to the president wouldn’t be necessary for a guilty verdict to undermine his months-long effort to characterize the special counsel probe as a “hoax.” “It doesn’t affect the argument that this has nothing to do with Russia collusion because the trial, if anything, has verified that at least with Manafort, the case was not connected to allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russia,” former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey told the Washington Examiner. “But what it does do in a very broad sense is provide vindication for Mueller’s...

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Kendall Coffey and Jeffrey Crockett Represent Ugo Colombo in Jet Battle


A Miami Design District developer by the name of Craig Robins was seeking punitive damages against Ugo Colombo, a big name in Miami real estate. The two of them once jointly owned a private jet together and the Third District Court of Appeal denied Robins’ petition after a lower court allowed Colombo to amend his lawsuit against Robins. This is the latest action in this fight that has been drawn out for the last 10 years. Colombo bought the jet with an $18.5 million Back of America loan and Robins became co-owner later the same year. The two of them also signed agreements evenly splitting jet maintenance and dividing operating costs based on usage. But Colombo has accused Robins of defaulting to get out of his contract in an attempt to have Colombo pay Robins’ share. Coffey Burlington partners Kendall Coffey and Jeffrey Crockett represented Colombo on appeal. “The claim is that Craig Robins deceitfully conspired to harm Ugo Colombo, his partner. The trial court found that Colombo’s case presented a reasonable basis for the recovery of punitive damages against Robins personally,” the attorneys said in an emailed statement. “Robins appealed this decision but lost and faces punitive damages in a jury trial.” “Colombo’s counsel’s construction of the opinion is nonsense,” Richard responded. He declined further...

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Kendall Coffey on his Relationship with Brett Kavanaugh


On NBC 6 Kendall Coffey spoke about his relationship with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Coffey is a part of several South Florida legal circles and has had the opportunity to work closely with Kavanaugh. In the interview, Coffey said that he hasn’t spoken to Kavanaugh in years, but they got along well when they did have the opportunity to work together. Coffey added that he knew back then that there was something special about Kavanaugh. When asked if Kavanaugh being a conservative would make him impartial in the court of law, Coffey stated that he believes that he’ll be fair. On the other hand, it is known that he has a conservative philosophy and that philosophy will definitely affect his...

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Kendall Coffey on Impact Kavanaugh will have on the United States Supreme Court


Kendall Coffey sat down to chat with 7News about his former colleague Brett Kavanaugh after learning that he’s a Supreme Court Justice nominee. Kavanaugh is known for having an impact on multiple high-profile South Florida cases, but he’s also considered a Washington insider and is a safe bet for President Donald Trump. Prior to being a Supreme Court justice nominee, Kavanaugh was a federal appeals court judge and also an attorney. Kavanaugh was just recently on Capital Hill, walking the halls, meeting with lawmakers and shaking hands attempting to seek out his confirmation. The White House wants him to be confirmed by October 1st, 2018 because that marks the beginning of the next Supreme Court session and it’s also before the mid-term elections. As of right now, no date has been set for any hearings. Kendall Coffey stated, “One way or another, he’s going to have a huge impact on the United States Supreme...

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Kendall Coffey Chimes in on Michael Cohen Potentially Flipping on Trump


The question of much speculation has been whether Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, would flip on his former boss. It’s been three months since the FBI raided his offices and residences, but it’s still an unanswered question. Cohen finally sat down for his first interview since the federal raid and he offered some compelling clues. Cohen stated, “My wife, my daughter, and my son have my first loyalty and always will. I put family and country first.” This is a very big change for Cohen since he previously stated that he would take a bullet for Trump. Kendall Coffey chimed in on the situation saying, “It’s a barely coded message that he is ready to cooperate. When people that are targets of investigations are talking about doing what’s best for their family, it’s inevitably a code for cooperating and getting the best deal they can from prosecutors.” Cohen recently hired a new attorney, Guy Petrillo, who is a highly-regarded former prosecutor who once led the criminal division of the same U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan that is conducting the criminal investigation of Cohen. There has been a lot of speculation that this decision could be a sign that Cohen could be on the verge of seeking a deal. After Petrillo officially assumes his role as lead counsel, Cohen plans to exit a joint defense agreement he shared with the president and others potentially implicated in federal probes. Coffey says, “Being part of a joint defense agreement generally means your cooperation is with fellow targets and you’re sharing confidential information. Exiting a joint defense agreement generally means you are leaving them behind and your cooperation is now focused on the United States government. The message to the president is: ‘I’m not taking any more...

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President Trump Prioritizing Selecting Federal Judges Who May Challenge the Administrative State


White House Counsel Don McCahn recently announced that President Trump will prioritize selecting federal judges who may challenge the federal administrative bureaucracy sometimes referred to as the “Administrative State.” The spiraling growth of federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency or the Federal Trade Commission may seem unstoppable and yet their growing power raises important legal questions. Some view the question concerning federal agencies such as the EPA as an issue between conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats. But this should not be a partisan political debate. In legal terms, a giant  question has been whether courts or agencies should decide a certain category of legal issues whenever federal statutes do not have clear language. Inevitably, many federal laws have provisions that are not clear or that do not cover all possibilities. Based on the Chevron  decision by the Supreme Court, federal courts are not to decide certain legal issues and instead should allow the agencies headed by the politically appointed to make legal interpretations that may otherwise be made by judges. As a result , this Chevron issue is essentially a question of who decided -of judicial decision-making by independent judges as opposed to agency decision by political appointees concerning the meaning of the law. Supporters of agency legal decision-making may point to the expertise of, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency on environmental issues. Others contend, however, that issues of law belong entirely to the independent federal judiciary. The White House apparently favors having certain legal questions presently being decided by federal agencies instead to be decided by federal judges. Emphasizing respect for the role of federal judges over federal agencies is not a partisan political issue. Instead, it reaches deeply into the fundamental principles of the U.S....

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Kendall Coffey on Russian Interference in 2016 Election


Sam Nunberg spoke about the potential path of Robert Mueller’s investigation on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. In several interviews, he suggests that prosecutors may be building a case against President Trump. At one point, he suggested that Trump knew in advance about the meeting his son held at Trump Tower where he allegedly shared dirt with the Russians about Hillary Clinton. Yet, Nunberg hasn’t been able to provide anything to back up his claims. “Witnesses like this, the more colorful and inconsistent they are, become almost un-usable or very limited, except for the documents they can produce,” said Kendall Coffey, a former U.S. attorney in Miami. “In the case of Nunberg, he has thrown a deck full of wild cards into the investigation.” Read the full article here:...

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Kendall Coffey on His Love for Russian Culture in Miami Me Magazine Interview


Miami Me Magazine interviewed former Federal Prosecutor of the Southern District of Florida, Kendall Coffey. During the interview Coffey went in depth about his love for Russian culture. He thinks Russian is a very complex language, but he has learned some things communicating with friends, taking language courses, and just living in Miami. They also spoke about his contribution to the Russian community in Florida. He revealed that his father served in the ARMY during World War II and the Russian people treated him with great respect because of his courage and strength in the victory over Nazism. So, because of his father’s ties and history with them he’s always valued Russian people. Coffey’s law firm has collaborated with the Podari.Life foundation to help the people of Russia, primarily children. They have done so much charitable work and he is appreciative to be able to continue to help people in both Russia and the...

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Kendall Coffey’s take on the Legalization of Marijuana in the United States and Canada


Canopy Growth is located in Smiths Falls, Ontario and is the largest cannabis company in the world. Jordan Sinclair, director of communications and media believes it is beneficial for Canopy that the United States is operating in a state of federal uncertainty when it comes to legalizing marijuana. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his associates said that they will support the legal cannabis markets. He stated that in California they decided the best decision was to regulate, not criminalize cannabis. They embrace change as opposed to fearing it. They have intentions of enforcing their state laws and protect the state’s interests. Kendall Coffey interjects, saying that the Department of Justice can still arrest marijuana sellers regardless of state laws. He adds, “The U.S. laws remain on the books for AG Sessions to prosecute aggressively if he so chooses. Many, if not most, federal judges and prosecutors will lack enthusiasm but must still follow the law.” Read full article here on Forbes.com:...

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