Daily Caller: COHEN ADMITTED IT WAS ‘PLAUSIBLE’ THAT TRUMP WASN’T TELLING HIM TO LIE TO CONGRESS.
Michael Cohen acknowledged in congressional testimony it was “plausible” that President Donald Trump had not instructed him through coded language to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, as the former Trump lawyer has claimed.
Cohen has testified he believed Trump implicitly directed him to make false statements about the duration of his negotiations during the 2016 presidential campaign on a failed Trump Tower project in Moscow.
Cohen told the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in 2017 negotiations to build the Trump skyscraper ended in January 2016. In fact, Cohen pursued the ill-fated deal through June 2016. He pleaded guilty in the special counsel’s probe to making false statement to Congress, and is serving a three-year prison term for that and other charges.
Cohen’s belief that Trump told him to lie to Congress rests on an interpretation of what he claims was Trump’s coded language.
Cohen said when Trump told him in a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office to “cooperate” with a congressional request for testimony, he was being instructed to lie. Cohen offered no hard proof to back up his assumption, but he said he had learned how to read Trump’s true instructions after a decade of working with him.
Cohen had at the time been asked to sit for an interview with the House Intelligence Committee. He told Trump he rejected the request, and said Trump had asked him why he did so.
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Daily Caller: COHEN TRANSCRIPTS FURTHER UNDERMINE A KEY POINT IN THE TRUMP-RUSSIA CONSPIRACY THEORY.
Transcripts released by the House Intelligence Committee undermine Michael Cohen’s implication that President Donald Trump may have wanted him to lie to Congress about a potential 2016 real estate deal with Russia.
The former Trump lawyer said he updated Trump about the status of the project numerous times during a key time frame — January through May of 2016. While the conversations themselves were not noteworthy, Cohen noted that “right after” he and the then-candidate would talk about the project, Trump would start talking Russia on the campaign trail.
“What would stick out in my head and be noteworthy is right after I told him that where I’m still waiting for information regarding the property, he would be out in front of the rally talking about witch hunt and that there’s no Russia, there’s no collusion, there’s nothing here, it’s just not real,” Cohen said, according to the transcripts. “There’s no business.”
The problem with Cohen’s statement, as producer Aaron Mate pointed out on Twitter, is that the Trump-Russia conspiracy theory was not in the public sphere during the time frame he is referencing. Trump held dozens of rallies per month between February and June of 2016, but a cursory keyword search of rallies from that time period yielded a single mention of Russia — a criticism of the Iran deal, which he said would allow the country to buy missiles from Russia. more here