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President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project

Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Jason Leopold

BuzzFeed News Reporter

Anthony Cormier

BuzzFeed News Reporter

Posted on January 17, 2019, at 10:11 p.m. ET

 

 

President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.

 

Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.

 

And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.

 

Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying about the deal in testimony and in a two-page statement to the Senate and House intelligence committees. Special counsel Robert Mueller noted that Cohen’s false claim that the project ended in January 2016 was an attempt to “minimize links between the Moscow Project and Individual 1” — widely understood to be Trump — “in hopes of limiting the ongoing Russia investigations.”

 

Now the two sources have told BuzzFeed News that Cohen also told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.

 

The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.

 

This revelation is not the first evidence to suggest the president may have attempted to obstruct the FBI and special counsel investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

 

But Cohen's testimony marks a significant new frontier: It is the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia.

 

On the campaign trail, Trump vehemently denied having any business interests in Russia. But behind the scenes, he was pushing the Moscow project, which he hoped could bring his company profits in excess of $300 million. The two law enforcement sources said he had at least 10 face-to-face meetings with Cohen about the deal during the campaign.

 

BuzzFeed News first reported last year that Cohen and an associate, Felix Sater, had continued working on Trump Tower Moscow through June 2016. Sater communicated with Russian bankers, developers, and officials connected to the Kremlin. That revelation was confirmed in Mueller’s filings against Cohen in court last November.

 

Attorneys close to the administration helped Cohen prepare his testimony and draft his statement to the Senate panel, the sources said. The sources did not say who the attorneys were or whether they were part of the White House counsel’s staff, and did not present evidence that the lawyers knew the statements would be false.

 

An attorney for Donald F. McGahn II, the former White House counsel who reportedly gave about 30 hours of testimony to the special counsel, told BuzzFeed News: “Don McGahn had no involvement with or knowledge of Michael Cohen’s testimony. Nor was he aware of anyone in the White House Counsel’s Office who did.”

 

After Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the matter, Mueller’s team filed a memo in court saying he had offered them “credible” and “useful” information over the course of seven interviews. The special counsel wrote that Cohen had provided details about his contacts with “persons connected to the White House” in 2017 and 2018 and about how he had prepared his statements to Congress.

 

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Those three members of the Trump family have distanced themselves from the Moscow project, saying that they had little knowledge of the negotiations. But a picture of their deep involvement is now emerging, as FBI agents and prosecutors pore over witness interviews and internal documents from Cohen and other Trump Organization officials and executives.

 

Trump was even made aware that Cohen was speaking to Russian government officials about the deal. The lawyer at one point spoke to a Kremlin aide as he sought support for the tower.

 

Trump also encouraged Cohen to plan a trip to Russia during the campaign, where the candidate could meet face-to-face with Putin.

 

BuzzFeed News has previously reported that text messages and emails show Sater — a real estate developer, convicted stock swindler, and longtime asset for US government intelligence agencies — worked furiously to arrange a trip for Cohen to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, where he was supposed to meet with top Russian bankers and government officials. Cohen told Sater that to advance the deal, Trump himself would also go to Russia, after the Republican National Convention in July 2016.

 

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After Cohen pleaded guilty last November, Trump defended his continued involvement in the Moscow project during the election, telling reporters: “There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would have gotten back into the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities?”

 

Federal agents looking into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election also tried to clarify the roles that Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. played in the Moscow tower negotiations, the sources said.

 

In his plea deal with Mueller’s team, Cohen acknowledged that the conversations he had about the project with Trump exceeded the three short briefings he testified that he gave the president and that he also held more extensive discussions about it with other members of the Trump family. The sources said Cohen gave Trump’s children “very detailed updates.”

 

Ivanka Trump was slated to manage a spa at the tower and personally recommended an architect. She also instructed Cohen to speak with a Russian athlete who offered “synergy on a government level” to get the Moscow project off the ground, in another aspect of the deal first revealed by BuzzFeed News that later was affirmed by the special counsel’s sentencing memo. Cohen rebuffed the athlete’s proposal, which angered Ivanka Trump, according to emails reviewed by BuzzFeed News.

 

A spokesperson for Ivanka Trump's attorney wrote that she was only “minimally involved” in the project. “Ms. Trump did not know about this proposal until after a non-binding letter of intent had been signed, never talked to anyone outside the Organization about the proposal, never visited the prospective project site and, even internally, was only minimally involved,” wrote Peter Mirijanian.

 

Donald Trump Jr., meanwhile, testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 7, 2017, that he was only “peripherally aware” of the plan to build a tower in Moscow. “Most of my knowledge has been gained since as it relates to hearing about it over the last few weeks.”

 

The two law enforcement sources disputed this characterization and said that he and Cohen had multiple, detailed conversations on this subject during the campaign.

 

Cohen will testify publicly before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Feb. 7.

 

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Rock N' Roll Right Winger

:biglaugh:

 

Keep on grasping at those straws! :lol:

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Taggart Transcontinental

Says the guy being pinched by the government for negative testimony. Sorry there is a reason why all testimony from people like this is taken with a heavy dose of salt. They are generally lying to protect themselves. Though you are more than welcome to race down that lemming train of lies and believe it all. It's important for you to believe it. You are so invested in the BS never once realizing if the FBI did this to a black man you would suddenly realize they violated his 4th and 5th Amendment rights simply by beginning the investigation with zero probable cause.

 

https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/probable+cause

 

 

Apparent facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused person has committed a crime, thereby warranting his or her prosecution, or that a Cause of Action has accrued, justifying a civil lawsuit.

 

Probable cause is a level of reasonable belief, based on facts that can be articulated, that is required to sue a person in civil court or to arrest and prosecute a person in criminal court. Before a person can be sued or arrested and prosecuted, the civil plaintiff or police and prosecutor must possess enough facts that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the claim or charge is true.

 

There has never been a provable link to probable cause in any of this. It is illegal for a government law enforcement agency to execute a investigation without probable cause. Hearing that someone may have had a meeting is NOT probable cause. You must have specific information that can prove or lead to proof that someone broke the law. Collusion is not a violation of the law. Having a meeting and discussing something is to collude with them. The US colludes with it's enemies all the time (Iran, China, Russia under Obama, North Korea, Russia and China under Trump), none of that is illegal. So what probable cause do you believe should have allowed the FBI to start violating the civil rights of individuals in this campaign, and allowed them to launch a investigation of that campaign before he was elected to office?

 

 

 

 

 

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Currahee!

And Buzzfeed :blahblah: is is a non-biased source........riiiiiiiiiiight. No agenda there.......riiiiiiiight. Thanks for playing Guy.

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RedSoloCup

:yawn:

 

Figured who the OP was before clicking....

 

:yawn:

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Noclevermoniker

Pissin' in the wind, bettin' on a losing friend

Makin' the same mistakes, we swore we'd never make again

And we're pissin' in the wind, but it's blowing on all our friends

We're gonna sit and grin and tell our grandchildren

 

Watch the troll spin, ladies and gentlemen. Then laugh.

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MontyPython

 

Adam Schiff? No surprise. He's the only person on earth who is even more slimy & dishonest & worthless than Schumer & Pelosi & Hillary & Obama. I wouldn't let Adam Schiff walk my dog (if I had a dog.) What he really intends to do is whatever is necessary to destroy Trump, period, no matter what sort of slimy or dishonest or unethical depths he must plumb.

 

<_<

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Ladybird

Adam Schiff? No surprise. He's the only person on earth who is even more slimy & dishonest & worthless than Schumer & Pelosi & Hillary & Obama. I wouldn't let Adam Schiff walk my dog (if I had a dog.) What he really intends to do is whatever is necessary to destroy Trump, period, no matter what sort of slimy or dishonest or unethical depths he must plumb.

 

<_<

 

IF it’s true, would you still condemn those who want the president to answer for it?

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Mrdirt73

Jason Leopold nailed the Karl Rove conviction during the Bush years, so I'm sure he's correct here too.

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Noclevermoniker

IF it’s true, would you still condemn those who want the president to answer for it?

That’s a big Big BIG IF. But, carry on in your fevered delusions. Help keep your brutha facing into the wind.

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Rock N' Roll Right Winger

Only the special council knows! :lol3:

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MontyPython

IF it’s true, would you still condemn those who want the president to answer for it?

 

That's one gigantic "IF", considering the facts that Schiff has already proven he'll stop at nothing to smear Trump, that Cohen is a proven liar who's in the hot seat and will say anything to turn the heat down, and that the entire left side of politics in America today has proven themselves to be petulant children whose hatred for our president far exceeds their love of truth or country. They're the kind of people who could come in the front door dripping wet and tell me it's raining, and I'd still consider it necessary to look out the window and check for myself. So it would require a credible, reliable source (i.e. not a Democrat) before anything could be considered "proven" true.

 

However, if it was somehow credibly proven true, I would want Trump to answer for it.

 

B)

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USNRETWIFE

Pissin' in the wind, bettin' on a losing friend

Makin' the same mistakes, we swore we'd never make again

And we're pissin' in the wind, but it's blowing on all our friends

We're gonna sit and grin and tell our grandchildren

 

Watch the troll spin, ladies and gentlemen. Then laugh.

I sang that in my head while I was reading it, but if a song ever fit, this is it! Thanks, Jerry Jeff!

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oki

And how many years and millions of dollars later nothing has even gone to court? Better yet how many Federal workers could have been paid because of this fiasco. Or, look at it this way, it could have paid for how many Pelosi trips?

 

Oki

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RedSoloCup
RedSoloCup

Adam Schiffhead! :lol:

 

Zero credibility! :lol3:

 

He's as big of a douche as you are! :biglaugh:

 

Zing!

 

"The answer my friends, is pissin in the wind...."

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oki

Just remember, Rats will eat their own to save themselves.

 

Oki

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gravelrash

Another failed attempt at a coup? Is this a check against Trump's white privilege? Or is little Schiffhead the Inch Worm super butthurt over his cancelled all expenses paid trip to Brussels?

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Junto

Two unnamed officials say a rat-fink lawyer claims he did bad because Trump told him to. It is always unnamed officials. Funny how the left doesn't care when there are named officials and too many named witnesses to count who have witnessed corruption at the highest levels throughout Obama's administration, throughout Hillary and Bill's dealings for the past 30 years. We should all take note and believe these unnamed officials who claim all sorts of things.

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That_Guy

Two unnamed officials say a rat-fink lawyer claims he did bad because Trump told him to. It is always unnamed officials. Funny how the left doesn't care when there are named officials and too many named witnesses to count who have witnessed corruption at the highest levels throughout Obama's administration, throughout Hillary and Bill's dealings for the past 30 years. We should all take note and believe these unnamed officials who claim all sorts of things.

 

FYI - The prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and the Office of the Special Counsel described Cohen's information as "truthful, credible, and useful."

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