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Aired on August 27, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

> GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

IT'S BEEN LESS THAN A WEEK SINCE MICHAEL COHEN PLED GUILTY TO CRIMINAL CHARGES STATING THAT HE BROKE CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS AT THE DIRECTION OF THEN CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP.

IT WAS A POLITICAL BOMBSHELL THAT ROCKED WASHINGTON AND PROMPTED RENEWED CALLS FOR CONGRESS TO BEGIN IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT.

WHILE THAT STILL REMAINS OFF THE TABLE ACCORDING TO CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS, WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT THE INVESTIGATION INTO TRUMP'S FORMER LAWYER HAS BROUGHT FEDERAL PROSECUTORS CLOSE ARE THAN EVER TO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS INNER CIRCLE.

THE STORY OF MICHAEL COHEN'S DOWNFALL AND ULTIMATELY THAT OF THE PRESIDENT HAS A NEW YORK TWIST.

THAT'S THE FOCUS OF A NEW PIECE BY OUR FRIENDS AT CITY AND STATE.

JOINING US TO TELL US ABOUT THAT AND ALSO TO BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN POLITICS IS AT THIS TIME AND STATE EDITOR JOHN LINTZ.

YOU HAD A STORY WHICH BASICALLY MADE THE POINT THAT IF COHEN'S INDICTMENT LEADS TO TRUMP'S IMPEACHMENT COULD BE BECAUSE OF UBER AND LYFT.

A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO THE PAYOFFS FOR ALLEGED AFFAIRS INVOLVING THE PRESIDENT.

MICHAEL COHEN, HIS FIXER AND ATTORNEY WHO FLIPPED ON THE PRESIDENT, A LOT OF HIS WEALTH FOR A LONG TIME HAS BEEN WRAPPED UP IN TAXI MEDALLIONS.

IF YOU PAY ATTENTION TO THE NEWS IN NEW YORK, YOU KNOW THE TAXI INDUSTRY IS NOT DOING WELL.

THAT'S REALLY COINCIDED WITH UBER, LYFT, RIDE-HAILING APPS.

THE TAXIS ARE STRUGGLING.

THE MEDALLIONS HAVE BEEN AN INVESTMENT FOR CERTAIN FOLKS, INCLUDING MICHAEL COHEN.

HE HAD A LOT OF MONEY INVESTED IN THAT.

WHERE THE WRONGDOING COMES IN, IT LOOKS LIKE HE TOOK OUT A LOT OF CREDIT, LOANS AGAINST THIS AS COLLATERAL.

THAT'S PLUMMETED, PUT HIM IN TROUBLE FINANCIALLY.

MAY HAVE LED TO WHERE HE IS TODAY.

THAT'S THE LEVERAGE THE FEDS HAD ON HIM FOR HIM TO FLIP ON THE PRESIDENT.

AS PART OF THAT STORY, THE LONGTIME CFO OF THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION, ALLEN WEISSELBERG, WAS GIVEN AN IMMUNITY DEAL.

BY THE FEDS.

THAT SOUNDS LIKE GETTING THE BOOKKEEPER OF THE MOP.

THAT SOUNDS --

WE WILL PAY ATTENTION TO THAT.

IN ADDITION, DAVID PECKER, THE HEAD OF THE NATIONAL ENQUINQUITE THE 'NATIONAL ENQUIRER,' THE FORMER ADULT FILM ACTRESS, HE IS ALSO COOPERATING TO SOME DEGREE.

STAY TUNED ON THAT.

REALLY CLOSE TO THE INNER CIRCLE.

SPEED CAMERAS AROUND SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK CITY.

THEY WENT DARK ABOUT A MONTH AGO BECAUSE THE STATE SENATE DIDN'T VOTE TO EXTEND THEM.

DURING LAST SESSION.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS ON THAT.

WHAT ARE THEY?

THIS WAS A HOT TOPIC AT THE END OF SESSION.

DIDN'T GET THE DEAL DONE.

THE SENATE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN CRITICIZED FOR NOT PASSING THIS LEGISLATION TO RENEW SPEED CAMERAS IN SCHOOLS.

A LOT OF LIVES SAVED.

CHILDREN PROTECTED.

THE NEW DEAL IS THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL IS TRYING TO TAKE MATTERS INTO ITS OWN HANDS.

THEY ARE WORKING WITH THE GOVERNOR WHO WILL PASS EXECUTIVE AUTHORITY TO ALLOW THIS TO BE RENEWED AS WELL AS BILL de BLASIO IS WORKING WITH THE GOVERNOR --

WOW.

THAT'S BREAKING NEWS.

THEY WANT THESE BACK AND RUNNING WHEN SCHOOL STARTS ON THE 5th.

THAT WAY IF YOU ARE DRIVING THROUGH A SPEED ZONE AND YOU ARE SPEEDING, YOU GET A TICKET.

THE GOVERNOR WILL BE DEBATING CYNTHIA NIXON FOR THE FIRST AND ONLY DEBATE THEY WILL HAVE BEFORE THE PRIMARY SEPTEMBER 13th.

IN 2014, GOVERNOR CUOMO DIDN'T DEBATE HIS OPPONENT SAYING DEBATES CAN BE A DISSERVICE TO DEMOCRACY.

WHAT HAS MADE HIM CHANGE HIS MIND?

I THINK CYNTHIA NIXON HAD A HIGH PROFILE TO BEGIN WITH AS AN ACTRESS AND ADVOCATE.

I THINK SHE'S REALLY STRUCK A NERVE ARE A LOT OF VOTERS ON THE LEFT.

YOU HAVE SEEN ANDREW CUOMO SHIFT TO THE LEFT.

IN THIS ENVIRONMENT, A LOT OF WOMEN ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

A LOT OF LIBERALS AND PROGRESSIVES ARE RILED UP DUE TO DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

IT COULD HAVE BACKFIRED IF HE SEWED, NO DEBATE.

THAT SAID, I THINK IT'S HIS TO LOSE AS LONG AS HE AVOIDS GAFFS.

POLLS SHOW HIM UP 30 OR MORE.

NIXON'S CAMPAIGN SAYS 30 POINTS ARE MISLEADING.

THE POLLS AREN'T REACHING VOTERS COMING OUT FOR HER.

TO THAT POINT, TWO THINGS.

THE RACE AGAINST JOE CROWLEY, THERE WAS LET POLLING.

THERE'S BEEN MORE POLLING AND IT HAS BEEN CONSISTENT.

IT'S THE ENTIRE STATE OF NEW YORK.

I DON'T KNOW IN QUEENS AND BRONX WILL BE REPLICATED IN THE GOVERNOR'S RACE.

GOVERNMENT -- THE GOVERNOR, WHAT'S HE DOING TO GET OUT OF THE HOLE WHEN HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T THAT GREAT.

IF HE SAID SOMETHING LIKE THAT WEDNESDAY, THAT COULD HURT HIM.

APART FROM THAT, HE HAS A STRONG PATHWAY FORWARD.

JOHN, THANKS FOR JOINING US TODAY.

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