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    Two men, including the suspected gunman, are dead and another man hurt after gunfire erupted late Wednesday at an Alabama IHOP, authorities said. Authorities said the customer and two employees began arguing at the restaurant, near Huntsville's Parkway Place Mall, on Wednesday night, WAFF reported. The customer went to his car, came back with a handgun and opened fire about 9:50 p.m., police said.  >> Read more trending news  Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill identified the slain IHOP employee as Roy Brown, 56, WHNT reported. The suspected gunman was identified as Roderick Turner, 25. It was not immediately clear who shot Turner, AL.com reported. Another employee was hospitalized with 'non-life-threatening injuries,' WHNT reported. In a statement released to WAFF, IHOP spokeswoman Stephanie Peterson said the restaurant chain was working to understand the details surrounding Wednesday’s shooting. “For now, the priority is on taking care of the guests and team members who were there,” Peterson told the news station. “The restaurant team is working closely with and assisting authorities to piece together the events that unfolded. The restaurant is currently closed pending an investigation. This is a heartbreaking situation and our thoughts at this time are with the individuals and the families of those involved.”
  • Police are investigating after a baby girl was discovered dead in the bathroom of an Amazon fulfillment center in Arizona on Wednesday. >> Read more news stories  Police said the infant girl’s body was found in a women's bathroom after someone called authorities around 8:30 p.m. from the facility on West Lower Buckeye Road. Officials said the baby was inside a garbage can, KNXV reported. The cause of the baby’s death was not immediately clear.  Phoenix police Sgt. Vince Lewis said at a news conference Thursday that police had located the infant’s mother and that she was cooperating with investigators. He declined to say how long officials believe the baby was in the bathroom before she was found, telling reporters Thursday that she was placed there Wednesday but that “it had been some time.” “It is a death investigation at this time, so it is still unfolding,” Lewis said. “We’re still working through evidence and so forth.” In a statement released to KTVK, Amazon company officials called the incident 'terribly sad and tragic.' 'We are working with local authorities to support their investigation,' the statement said. 'The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority.
  • In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, paid a small technology company thousands of dollars to raise his profile and attempt to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. >> Read more trending news In a meeting in early 2015 at Trump Tower, Cohen handed John Gauger, owner of RedFinch Solutions LLC, a Walmart bag filled with between $12,000 and $13,000 in cash and a boxing glove that Cohen claimed had been worn by a Brazilian mixed-martial arts fighter, the Journal reported. Gauger told the newspaper he had agreed to try to rig online polls to benefit Trump in exchange for $50,000, though he said he never received the rest of the expected payment from Cohen. >> Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to publicly testify before Congress Gauger told the Journal that Cohen twice asked him to attempt to manipulate online polls in Trump’s favor. In January 2014, Cohen asked him to boost Trump’s ranking in an online CNBC poll of the nation’s top business leaders, a goal he attempted to accomplish by writing a computer script that repeatedly voted for Trump, the Journal reported. Gauger’s efforts failed to get Trump into the top 100 candidates for the poll, the newspaper reported. In February 2015, three months before Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Cohen asked Gauger to lift Trump’s ranking on a Drudge Report poll of possible GOP presidential candidates, according to the Journal. The poll ended with Trump in fifth place. >> Michael Cohen testimony before Congress: What time, what channel, how to watch Gauger told the Journal that Cohen also had him create a Twitter account, @WomenForCohen, that was managed by a friend of Gauger’s. On the account, which remains live Thursday, Cohen was described as “strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented, and ready to make a difference!” In a statement to the Journal, Cohen denied having paid Gauger in cash, telling the newspaper, “All monies paid to Mr. Gauger were by check.” In a statement released on Twitter, he added, “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,” he wrote. Cohen asked in early 2017 for the Trump Organization to reimburse him $50,000 for payments made to RedFinch, despite not fully paying Gauger, according to the Journal. Cohen said the expenditure was for “technology services,” but he never detailed the charges for Trump Organization executives and they did not ask, the Journal reported. >> Michael Cohen says Trump knew hush money payments were wrong Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told the newspaper that Cohen’s decision to ask for full reimbursement, despite his failure to fully pay Gauger, showed Cohen was a thief. “If one thing has been established, it’s that Michael Cohen is completely untrustworthy,” Giuliani said. Cohen, who once famously claimed he’d take a bullet for Trump, broke with the president last year after agreeing to cooperate with federal investigators probing allegations of Russian election meddling and its possible ties to Trump and his campaign officials. Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said last month that Cohen has provided “credible information” related to the probe. >> More on Robert Mueller's investigation A judge in December sentenced Cohen to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges including multiple counts of tax evasion, lying to Congress and arranging illicit payments to silence a pair of women who posed a risk to Trump’s presidential campaign. Federal law requires that any payments made “for the purposes of influencing” an election must be reported in campaign finance disclosures. >> Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison, Trump responds on Twitter Cohen is set to publicly appear next month for testimony before the House Oversight Committee.
  • In a Wednesday interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rudy Giuliani claimed he has never said 'nobody' involved with President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russia – just that Trump himself did not. >> Watch the clip here >> Jamie Dupree: Pelosi suggests delay for Trump State of the Union due to shutdown 'I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign,' said Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney. 'I have no idea.' 'Yes, you did,' Cuomo interjected. >> Jamie Dupree: Mueller not involved in ‘witch hunt’ over Russia probe, Barr says 'No, I did not,' Giuliani said. 'I said the president of the United States. There is not a single bit of evidence the president of the United States committed the only crime you could commit here – conspired with the Russians to hack the DNC.' >> Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani: 'Collusion is not a crime' 'First of all, crime is not the bar of accountability for a president,' Cuomo replied. 'It's about what you knew, what was right and what was wrong, and what did you deceive about. Those are the major considerations.' >> Read more trending news  'The president did not collude with the Russians,' Giuliani said, claiming that Trump never said 'nobody' in his campaign colluded with Russia. 'He said he didn't,' Giuliani said. 'He actually did say that, Rudy,' Cuomo said. According to the Washington Post, Trump frequently has denied that his campaign colluded with Russia. 'The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion,' Trump tweeted in February 2018.  >> See the tweet here Six months later, he tweeted: 'Russian Collusion with the Trump Campaign, one of the most successful in history, is a TOTAL HOAX.' >> See the tweet here Additionally, Trump wrote in December that 'Democrats can't find a Smocking Gun (sic) tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey's testimony.'  >> Read it here Giuliani appeared to back similar statements in a July interview with Fox News' Guy Benson, the Post reported. 'Is it still the position of you and your client that there was no collusion with the Russians whatsoever on behalf of the Trump campaign?' Benson asked Giuliani. 'Correct,' he said, according to the Post. Read more here.
  • A star athlete at a high school in Douglas County, Georgia, is being held in jail without bond after police arrested him on murder charges. >> Watch the news report here Police arrested Jalen Morgan, 17, on the Alexander High School campus last week because they said he was part of a conspiracy to commit murder in May of last year. Investigators said seven people were involved, and Morgan, along with his cousin LeAndrea Morgan, acted as the lookouts for the crime. “Two of these individuals had pre-existing issues with each other, and they showed up in an attempt to commit this act,” said Sgt. Jesse Hambrick, with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. WSB-TV’s Tyisha Fernandes learned that the intended target for the crime was not the person shot and killed. The documents say that during the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot at the intended target – Kenneth McClary – but McClary shot back and killed the suspect. Now, all seven suspects are being held in jail without bond. >> Read more news stories  Police arrested the suspects just a few weeks after the slaying, and last week they arrested the Morgan cousins. They've wrapped the case. “These last two were the last two that they expect, and they’re ready to move forward from there,” Hambrick said. Each suspect is facing several charges, and one is accused of being a gang member. Investigators said he's part of the Bloods. They're saying he committed the crime with the intent to maintain and increase his status as a known gang member.
  • A Tennessee schoolteacher is accused of sex crimes involving a teen. >> Watch the news report here Jasmine Edmond, 24, was arrested Monday. She is charged with sexual battery by an authority figure. Edmond, who is a teacher at Power Center Academy High School in Memphis, began working at the school in August 2018, according to a letter sent to parents. She taught several different math classes. The alleged incident happened in November 2017, prior to Edmond’s employment with PCA High. She was employed by Shelby County Schools at the time, according to the letter, which was written by PCA High Principal Antonio Ryan. >> On Fox13Memphis.com: Man accused of attacking woman he forcibly held into prostitution, police say Ryan said the school completed a background check on Edmond, but it didn’t show anything about the alleged crime. Edmond is accused of engaging in sexual contact with someone between the ages of 13 and 17. At the time of the unlawful sexual contact, she 'had supervisory power over (the victim) by virtue of her occupational status and used the power to accomplish sexual contact,' according to the indictment. Edmond was released from jail on bond. WHBQ reached out to both Gestalt Community Schools – which operates PCA High – and Shelby County Schools for comment.  SCS confirmed Edmond was placed on administrative leave on March 27, 2018, to conduct an investigation into the allegations. She did not return to the district.  >> Read more news stories  Below is the statement given by SCS officials regarding her arrest: 'Following the reported allegations, the employee was placed on administrative leave on March 27 so that the District and law enforcement could conduct a thorough investigation. This is standard District procedure. The employee did not return to the school for the remainder of the year and is no longer employed by the District.' Gestalt Community Schools also responded with the following statement: 'We were shocked and disappointed when Jasmine Edmond was arrested. She was a new teacher at Power Center Academy, and we performed a thorough background check last summer, which showed no indication of such behavior. She is currently on administrative leave from Gestalt Community Schools pending further investigation. Although we have no knowledge at this time that her behavior impacted any of our scholars, we are doing our own internal due diligence. We will fully assist the Memphis Police Department with their investigation.' Read more here.
  • Three people are dead in Washington state in what investigators are calling a murder-suicide. >> Read more news stories Update 1:30 p.m. EST Jan. 16: The bodies of a couple and their adult son were found Tuesday during a welfare check at the couple’s home in Sammamish. Police said the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, but they stopped short of saying who was responsible. >> See the latest on KIRO7.com Authorities said the victims died of gunshot wounds and that a weapon was recovered inside the house. Neighbors told KIRO-TV that the couple’s adult son lived in the home with them and that he worked at Microsfot. Friends and neighbors identified the female victim as Lorraine Ficken, 68. She was a realtor for Coldwell Banker Bain who was well-liked by n “She was the sweetest woman in the world. Just so sweet,” neighbor Jennifer Eiken said. “She would do anything for you. Anytime I would go outside we would have a conversation, you know, for a long time. Just a really nice, nice person.” Lorraine Ficken’s husband, 72-year-old Robert E. Ficken, was the acclaimed author of several books on the history of Washington State. Their son, 34-year-old Matt Ficken, was a longtime software engineer. “(He) was very kind of reclusive,” Eiken said. “I knew he had a great job working for Microsoft. He worked from home.” Relatives in Oregon called Sammamish police after the family's phones went unanswered for several days. The King County Sheriff’s Office said there were no recent calls to police from the home before Tuesday. “We checked the records,” Sgt. Ryan Abbott said. “(Deputies) haven’t been here any time, at least recently, that we found, and aid hadn’t been here, either.” Original report: According to Seattle's KIRO-TV, two men and a woman were found dead from gunshot wounds in a Sammamish home during a welfare check Tuesday. The King County Sheriff's Office described the woman and one of the men as 'elderly,' while the other man appeared to be in his 30s. Authorities do not believe there are any suspects outstanding.  The house is located in the 23900 block of SE 42nd Place. The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump on Wednesday to postpone his State of the Union address as the partial government shutdown that started Dec. 22 continues. >> Read more trending news Earlier this month, Pelosi invited Trump to deliver the annual State of the Union address on Jan. 29. However, the California Democrat said Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service -- the agency tasked with coordinating and implementing security for certain special events, including the State of the Union address -- have not been paid for 26 days. >> State of the Union 2019: What day, what time, who will be there? “Given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi said. She noted that State of the Union addresses were routinely brought to Congress in writing up until the presidency of Woodrow Wilson in 1913.  >> Who is Nancy Pelosi? California Democrat elected as House speaker 'Since the start of modern budgeting in Fiscal Year 1977, a State of the Union address has never been delivered during a government shutdown,' Pelosi said. In a statement posted Wednesday on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the shutdown would not affect security for the address. “The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union,” Nielsen said. Several federal agencies have been closed and thousands of government employees have been compelled to wok without pay since last month, when lawmakers failed to approve of a budget to keep the federal government running. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Coast Guard misses paychecks as partial shutdown reaches Day 25 At issue is funding for a proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that Democrats have opposed. Trump has signaled that he’ll refuse to sign any budget passed by lawmakers that fails to include $5.7 billion to build the wall.
  • Police in California are hoping the public can help them identify a toddler found dead nearly 15 years ago. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's 'Help ID Me' page, hikers discovered the remains of the boy, known as 'Baby Doe,' in May 2004 near the Rancho Bernardo Community Park in San Diego. >> Read more trending news  'The remains were found by two hikers who noticed a green padded winter-type coat lying over a green and white duffel bag,' read the Facebook post shared Tuesday. 'When they removed the coat and looked in the bag, they saw a human skull and bones.' The 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-year-old boy likely died at least a year before he was discovered, authorities said. He had been 'wearing red warm-up pants, gray-tan socks, a blue vest and two sweatshirts,' the Facebook post said. Investigators also released sketches of what the child may have looked like. >> See the images here Forensic tests showed that the boy's mother 'likely spent time in the Southeast while pregnant and may have lived in Texas shortly after the child was born before ultimately moving to the southern California area,' the post said. >> Watch the video here If you have information about the case, please call 1-800-THE-LOST.
  • You know the phrase, “No good deed goes unpunished?” In this case, it was true. >> Watch the news report here A good Samaritan stopped to help when he witnessed a fiery crash Monday night on I-95 in Volusia County, Florida. To his surprise, one of the crashed drivers stole the good Samaritan’s truck and drove away, authorities said. >> On WFTV.com: Fugitive reportedly leaves 'I'm not here' message on mattress for Florida deputies A sheriff’s deputy at the scene issued a countywide alert for the stolen truck and its driver, and it wasn’t long before the suspected thief, Zachary Searls, 27, was found, authorities said. Deputies ran the crashed vehicle’s tag and found an address in Daytona Beach registered to the car, investigators said. When they arrived, deputies saw the stolen truck parked in the driveway, authorities said. Searls exited the house and walked toward the truck, but upon seeing the deputies, he turned around and went into the house, investigators said. Searls was taken into custody. >> Click here to watch body camera video from the scene The victim was brought to the home, where he identified Searls, authorities said. Deputies said they also spoke with Searls’ roommate, who said he had allowed Searls to borrow his father’s car. >> Read more trending news  Searls was taken to the Volusia County Jail where he remains on $6,000 bail. He is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, not having a valid driver’s license and resisting an officer without violence. The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the crash. Officials said the other driver involved in the crash was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with injuries considered non-life-threatening. 

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  • Two men, including the suspected gunman, are dead and another man hurt after gunfire erupted late Wednesday at an Alabama IHOP, authorities said. Authorities said the customer and two employees began arguing at the restaurant, near Huntsville's Parkway Place Mall, on Wednesday night, WAFF reported. The customer went to his car, came back with a handgun and opened fire about 9:50 p.m., police said.  >> Read more trending news  Madison County Coroner Tyler Berryhill identified the slain IHOP employee as Roy Brown, 56, WHNT reported. The suspected gunman was identified as Roderick Turner, 25. It was not immediately clear who shot Turner, AL.com reported. Another employee was hospitalized with 'non-life-threatening injuries,' WHNT reported. In a statement released to WAFF, IHOP spokeswoman Stephanie Peterson said the restaurant chain was working to understand the details surrounding Wednesday’s shooting. “For now, the priority is on taking care of the guests and team members who were there,” Peterson told the news station. “The restaurant team is working closely with and assisting authorities to piece together the events that unfolded. The restaurant is currently closed pending an investigation. This is a heartbreaking situation and our thoughts at this time are with the individuals and the families of those involved.”
  • A day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested that President Donald Trump delay his State of the Union Address because of unresolved issues surrounding a partial government shutdown, the President retaliated by scrapping plans by the Speaker to use a military jet to take a group of lawmakers on an overseas trip to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan, saying it would be better for Pelosi to stay in the U.S. and negotiate a deal on a border wall. “In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate,” the President wrote in a letter to the Speaker. “Obviously, if you would like to make your journey by flying commercial, that would certainly be your prerogative,” the President added, as he took the unprecedented step of pulling military travel support for what are known as “CODEL’s” – bipartisan Congressional Delegation trips around the globe, often to visit U.S. soldiers and diplomats. A day after she all but disinvited him from delivering the State of the Union address, Trump tells Pelosi he is canceling her trip to Belgium, Egypt and Afghanistan, citing the shutdown. The executive branch traditionally provides military transport for congressional trips. — Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) January 17, 2019 Earlier in the day, the Speaker had told reporters she had not yet received a response from the White House to her suggestion of a postponement of the State of the Union. “I’m not denying him a platform at all,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly news conference. “I’m saying let’s get a date when the government is open.” During her time as Speaker and House Democratic Leader, Pelosi has been well known for her extended travels around the globe, as the military provides the support and security for such lawmaker travel. The details of Pelosi's planned travel to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan — particularly those destinations — had not been previously announced. Earlier today her aides asked news organizations not to report that the trip would take place, citing national security. — Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) January 17, 2019
  • Police are investigating after a baby girl was discovered dead in the bathroom of an Amazon fulfillment center in Arizona on Wednesday. >> Read more news stories  Police said the infant girl’s body was found in a women's bathroom after someone called authorities around 8:30 p.m. from the facility on West Lower Buckeye Road. Officials said the baby was inside a garbage can, KNXV reported. The cause of the baby’s death was not immediately clear.  Phoenix police Sgt. Vince Lewis said at a news conference Thursday that police had located the infant’s mother and that she was cooperating with investigators. He declined to say how long officials believe the baby was in the bathroom before she was found, telling reporters Thursday that she was placed there Wednesday but that “it had been some time.” “It is a death investigation at this time, so it is still unfolding,” Lewis said. “We’re still working through evidence and so forth.” In a statement released to KTVK, Amazon company officials called the incident 'terribly sad and tragic.' 'We are working with local authorities to support their investigation,' the statement said. 'The safety and wellness of our team is our top priority.
  • For the eighth time in two weeks, Congress on Thursday went through a familiar round of arguments as the House approved a bill to re-open federal agencies which lost funding before Christmas, with Democrats demanding that Senate Republicans consider those measures to end a partial government shutdown, while GOP Senators said they would not act until there was an agreement on funding for the border wall backed by President Donald Trump. “What a stupid way to run a business,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, as Democrats accused Senate Republicans of abdicating their constitutional responsibilities. “The House of Representatives is in a perpetual cycle of Groundhog Day,” said Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), as Republicans again said until Democrats give wall funding to the President, there is no reason for any votes on bills to end the partial government shutdown. “This is all just theater, this is all just political theater,” said Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), as Republicans remained steadfast in saying they would not vote to re-open the government until the President had his wall money, while Democrats said they would not negotiate on border security funding until the government was open again. Democrats continued to partly blame Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the impasse, imploring him to allow the House-passed government funding bills to be considered on the Senate floor. Again and again the @HouseDemocrats have put forward bills to reopen the gov only to have the Senate GOP block them because they would rather back Trump than let workers receive the pay that they’ve earned. This level of obstruction is absurd. Stop choosing politics over people. https://t.co/Rfw3j9RCWb — Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) January 17, 2019 Off the floors of the House and Senate, there were no indications in the hallways of the Capitol of any developing negotiations between Democrats and the White House, as after 27 days of a partial shutdown, it was obvious that the standoff would go into the weekend, and into next week. “Almost everybody wants to secure the border, almost everybody wants to open up government,” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL). “What can’t it happen?” Democrats said the reason was in the Senate, where after two weeks of the 116th Congress, no funding bills had yet been brought to the floor, even as over 800,000 federal workers missed one paycheck last week, and were in danger of missing another on January 25. “The people want the wall, the people want border security,” said Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), as there was no evidence that GOP lawmakers were going to break from the President, leaving the stalemate in place, with federal workers around the country – some working, some not – waiting to be paid. “I’m not for a wall,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, as Democrats showed no evidence of any split, either. “I’m concerned about workers not having any paychecks.” The President and Republicans are asking for $5.7 billion for border security—just one-tenth of 1% of the federal budget. — Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 17, 2019 Meanwhile, the Trump Administration called back more workers on Thursday at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to work on needed paperwork for farmers around the nation. “Not knowing when I go back to work is starting to get a bit old,” one idled federal worker told me. And for now, it looks like the shutdown is not going to be over anytime soon. . @SpeakerPelosi: “I’m not for a wall. I’m not for a wall. I’m not for a wall.” pic.twitter.com/TTqMPoOUai — CSPAN (@cspan) January 17, 2019 “A wall has to be built,” the President said in a speech at the Pentagon.
  • In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, paid a small technology company thousands of dollars to raise his profile and attempt to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. >> Read more trending news In a meeting in early 2015 at Trump Tower, Cohen handed John Gauger, owner of RedFinch Solutions LLC, a Walmart bag filled with between $12,000 and $13,000 in cash and a boxing glove that Cohen claimed had been worn by a Brazilian mixed-martial arts fighter, the Journal reported. Gauger told the newspaper he had agreed to try to rig online polls to benefit Trump in exchange for $50,000, though he said he never received the rest of the expected payment from Cohen. >> Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen to publicly testify before Congress Gauger told the Journal that Cohen twice asked him to attempt to manipulate online polls in Trump’s favor. In January 2014, Cohen asked him to boost Trump’s ranking in an online CNBC poll of the nation’s top business leaders, a goal he attempted to accomplish by writing a computer script that repeatedly voted for Trump, the Journal reported. Gauger’s efforts failed to get Trump into the top 100 candidates for the poll, the newspaper reported. In February 2015, three months before Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Cohen asked Gauger to lift Trump’s ranking on a Drudge Report poll of possible GOP presidential candidates, according to the Journal. The poll ended with Trump in fifth place. >> Michael Cohen testimony before Congress: What time, what channel, how to watch Gauger told the Journal that Cohen also had him create a Twitter account, @WomenForCohen, that was managed by a friend of Gauger’s. On the account, which remains live Thursday, Cohen was described as “strong, pit bull, sex symbol, no nonsense, business oriented, and ready to make a difference!” In a statement to the Journal, Cohen denied having paid Gauger in cash, telling the newspaper, “All monies paid to Mr. Gauger were by check.” In a statement released on Twitter, he added, “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,” he wrote. Cohen asked in early 2017 for the Trump Organization to reimburse him $50,000 for payments made to RedFinch, despite not fully paying Gauger, according to the Journal. Cohen said the expenditure was for “technology services,” but he never detailed the charges for Trump Organization executives and they did not ask, the Journal reported. >> Michael Cohen says Trump knew hush money payments were wrong Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told the newspaper that Cohen’s decision to ask for full reimbursement, despite his failure to fully pay Gauger, showed Cohen was a thief. “If one thing has been established, it’s that Michael Cohen is completely untrustworthy,” Giuliani said. Cohen, who once famously claimed he’d take a bullet for Trump, broke with the president last year after agreeing to cooperate with federal investigators probing allegations of Russian election meddling and its possible ties to Trump and his campaign officials. Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said last month that Cohen has provided “credible information” related to the probe. >> More on Robert Mueller's investigation A judge in December sentenced Cohen to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges including multiple counts of tax evasion, lying to Congress and arranging illicit payments to silence a pair of women who posed a risk to Trump’s presidential campaign. Federal law requires that any payments made “for the purposes of influencing” an election must be reported in campaign finance disclosures. >> Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison, Trump responds on Twitter Cohen is set to publicly appear next month for testimony before the House Oversight Committee.