Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress — and he did
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. …[Trump] 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.
And look — traitor tots are involved!
[E]ven 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 declined comment [to Buzzfeed] — but the law enforcement sources familiar with his testimony to the special counsel said he had confirmed that Trump directed him to lie to Congress, and also that he had provided details of his conversations about the project with the president and Ivanka and Donald Jr.
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.
Does anyone else get the feeling that we are only a few weeks away from major indictments? And do you need another excuse to take the day off on February 7th when Michael Cohen testifies before Congress — even if it is unlikely that anythong Russia might be off limits?
Finally, here is what our favorite law paperwork nerd Spicy Files tweeted. Seems she had the lucky bingo card!
That’s a B I N G O
18 USC § 1622 subornation of perjury
18 USC § 1512 witness tampering
18 USC§ 1505 Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees
And for good measure toss 18 U.S.C. §371 conspiracy
Siri please order 100 boxes of XXL depends for Trump
— SpicyFiles (@SpicyFiles) January 18, 2019