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Michael Cohen’s Testimony corners Trump

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Published on March 10, 2019 with No Comments

  • President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen gave the House Intelligence Committee documents that reveal alleged editing to the statement he used to lie to Congress in 2017 about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during presidential election.
  • Cohen testified last week in public before another House committee that Trump’s then-personal lawyer Jay Sekulow  in 2017 had edited the statement before he delivered it to the intelligence committees of both the House and the Senate.
  • Cohen pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress in that statement by falsely claiming the Trump Tower effort was dropped months before Trump locked up the presidential nomination in 2016.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, turned over documents to lawmakers  as he tried to back up his claims that a false statement he delivered to Congress in 2017 was edited by the president’s attorneys. At issue is whether Trump or his lawyers knew that Cohen’s statement to Congress would be false, and whether the attorneys had any direct role in crafting it. Cohen has said he believed the president wanted him to lie, but he also said Trump never directed him to do so. It’s also unclear whether any of the president’s lawyers knew the truth about when the Trump Tower negotiations had ended. Also as per reports, six cheques  were cut by President Donald Trump to his then-lawyer Michael Cohen in order to cover up his alleged extramarital affairs. Trump is reported to have cut 11 checks to Cohen in order to facilitate the covering up of his affairs.  One check for $35,000 was cut on Oct. 18, 2017, the same day that Trump accused Rep. Frederica Wilson of lying about his phone call to the widow of Sergeant La David Johnson, met with senators to promote his tax cut bill and lost a major legal battle over his Muslim immigration ban. Another check was cut on the same day that he allegedly met with former FBI Director James Comey and urged him to drop his investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Trump also cut checks after meeting with a foreign leader, discussing legislation and traveling overseas.

Sekulow has flatly denied ever editing any statement about the duration of the project. “Testimony by Michael Cohen that attorneys for the President edited or changed his statement to Congress to alter the duration of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations is completely false,” Sekulow said in a statement . In his public testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week, Cohen was asked about his false statement by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md. “You said you lied to Congress about Trump’s negotiations to build his Moscow Tower because he made it clear to you that he wanted you to lie,” Raskin, said. “One of the reasons you knew this was because ‘Mr. Trump’s personal lawyers reviewed and edited my statement to Congress about the timing of the Moscow Tower negotiations before I gave it.’ Raskin, noting that “this is a pretty breathtaking claim,” then asked, “Which specific lawyers reviewed and edited your statement to Congress on the Moscow Tower negotiations and did they make any changes to your statement?”

“There were changes made, additions,” Cohen answered. “Jay Sekulow for one.” Cohen said that “several changes” were made, “including how we were going to handle that message, which was — the message of course being the length of time that the Trump Tower Moscow project stayed and remained alive.”

 

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