Did Trump Order Cohen To Lie To Congress? update : Mueller calls out Fake Media

Update : Mueller team disputes aspects of BuzzFeed report on Trump, Cohen

The special counsel’s normally tight-lipped operation issued a statement saying there were inaccuracies in a blockbuster report that the president instructed his former personal attorney to lie to Congress. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement. He did not elaborate.

BuzzFeed, citing two anonymous sources, alleges that President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to make false statements to Congress regarding a proposal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and wanted to meet with Putin himself about the proposal.

The Thursday report claims that the president “supported a plan” arranged by Cohen to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election to “jump-start” negotiations on the real estate deal, telling his longtime attorney, “make it happen,” according to two federal law enforcement officials. Further, BuzzFeed’s report alleges that President Trump received 10 “personal updates” regarding the proposed project from Cohen, who according to the unnamed sources, requested that his lawyer tell lawmakers that his involvement in the project concluded earlier than it actually did. The sources also claim the president’s children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump, received updates on the proposed tower.

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, dismissed the report, telling The Washington Post’s Philip Rucker: “If you believe Cohen I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.”

Several Democrats, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), have said they will take action against the president, pending the claims made in BuzzFeed’s report are factual.

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) called for the president to resign or face impeachment — again — contingent upon the report being true.

In an appearance on CNN’s New Day Friday morning, Anthony Cormier, who co-authored BuzzFeed’s report, stood by his story, even though he had “not personally” seen the evidence. Host Alisyn Camerota also pressed Cormier on the “dubious past” of the report’s other author Jason Leopold, who had a story retracted by Salon in 2002 for erroneous reporting. Leopold also wrongly reported in 2006 that Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s chief political strategist, had been indicted.

In November, Cohen stated in a guilty plea that he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on President Trump’s behalf during the heat of the 2016 Republican campaign. He claimed he lied to be consistent with President Trump’s “political messaging.”

Cohen was sentenced December 12 to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to several charges, including campaign finance violations and making false statements to Congress. Prior to his sentencing, Federal prosecutors in Manhattan asked a judge to sentence Cohen to a “substantial term of imprisonment,” arguing that he had been motivated by “personal greed.”

The plea agreement made clear that prosecutors believe that while President Trump insisted repeatedly throughout the campaign that he had no business dealings in Russia, his lawyer was continuing to pursue the Trump Tower Moscow project weeks after his boss had clinched the Republican nomination for president and well beyond the point that had been previously acknowledged.

Cohen said he discussed the proposal with President Trump on multiple occasions and with members of the president’s family, according to documents filed by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. Cohen acknowledged considering traveling to Moscow to discuss the project.

However, there is no clear link in the court filings between Cohen’s lies and Mueller’s central question of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. And nothing said in court, or in associated court filings, addressed whether Trump or his aides had directed Cohen to mislead Congress.

Reacting to Cohen’s plea, President Trump called Cohen a “weak person” who was lying to get a lighter sentence and stressed that the real estate deal at issue was never a secret and never executed. Giuliani said that Cohen was a “proven liar” and that Trump’s business organization had voluntarily given Mueller the documents cited in the guilty plea “because there was nothing to hide.”

“There would be nothing wrong if I did do it,” the president said of pursuing the project. “I was running my business while I was campaigning. There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would have gone back into the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities?”

Cohen is slated to testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7 on his work for President Trump.

source: breitbart.com

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16 Comments

  • Debra Seiveno
    Posted January 19, 2019 5:23 am 0Likes

    Well this ever end? If one rumor doesn’t hurt President Trump. Then within a few days here comes another rumor. What about hilary. Why hasn’t been charged with a crime? For whatever it’s worth. It was Clinton who had colluded with the Russians. And just a few years ago. It wasn’t to long ago just before she was forced to step aside so that obama would be the demo’s nominee. That she was hugging President Trump. And saying He would be a great President for our country. And he really should be nominated. But of course this never happened. All though there’s videos and pictures of this. President Trump was elected by we the people. Because, 1) He wasn’t a politician. But a business man. 2) He knows who to run a business. And our country is one heck of a business. 3) We knew he couldn’t be a puppet to either party or any country. 4) We knew he would start to bring back the jobs that obama and other Presidents pushed out due to high business taxes. President has done just that. And 5) He listens to We The People. That are just 5 of the reasons Trump got elected as our President.

  • Dr Réagan
    Posted January 19, 2019 9:46 am 0Likes

    Trump est une embarassèment aux conservateurs

  • Francisco Rodriguez
    Posted January 20, 2019 12:49 am 0Likes

    I believe that’s a fake news because none clients tell to their lawyers what’s they have to do,a lawyer is a professional that knows what to do and the client put his trust on him and there is an ethics law that they have to obey

  • Keith D
    Posted January 20, 2019 12:56 am 0Likes

    SOURCES tell me that the DEMON RATS are really reaching!!! It’s on every tv cable news network!

  • Randy131
    Posted January 20, 2019 12:59 am 0Likes

    Since Donald Trump entered the political scene with his candidacy for President, the liberal biased mainstream media have proven to be what most American would have never thought them to be, actual purveyors of “Fake News”. They have told so many proven lies since then, that they know that the American people are watching closely for those lies, so now when caught in proven lies, they no longer retract them, because they know they no longer have any type of a credible reputation, so they just double down on their reported lies, because they know many of the public won’t take the time to learn the truth, and may not have heard the proof of their lies, and will then keep on believing those lies, that the media believe will eventually hurt President Trump at the polls, so he won’t be able to get reelected. These liberal media types have proven to be evil and deceitful, untrustworthy and disingenuous, liars and the “Enemy of the People”. Unbelievably realistic that President Trump just keeps being proven right, and ironically it always seems by his most ardent and devout enemies.

  • Taiwo
    Posted January 20, 2019 1:38 am 0Likes

    Democrats are desperate that after two years,nothing. Twenty twenty is around the corner. MAGA. Good Donald Trump.

  • allan
    Posted January 20, 2019 1:45 am 0Likes

    Could it be that Mueller the mule is covering his ass and that two of his crooked investigators purposely leaked the lies ? I wouldn’t doubt it!

  • Richard
    Posted January 20, 2019 1:50 am 0Likes

    . . . having dealt with an uncounted number of organized crime lawyers, prosecutors and judges, the logic apparently attributed to “attorney” Cohen in attempt to implicate a client for anything he subsequently and illegally does as an officer of the court, no matter his client’s wishes or directions, legal or not, escapes me. That is, and correct me if I’m wrong, Cohen was obligated to legally represent his client’s interests, but if illegally doing so, is solely responsible. . . . can he otherwise prove that he advised Trump he was going to violate the law by lying to Congress or to anyone else? Apparently not . . . but if he lied anyway, and was not in any way illegally coerced, his client is shielded from prosecution by reliance that an hired attorney is to do only what’s legal. If not, the client is misrepresented by incompetence . . .

  • Katee
    Posted January 20, 2019 3:36 pm 0Likes

    When Mueller backs off, it is bad! Now the media, in all forms, need to back off!

  • Richard Cunningham
    Posted January 20, 2019 6:40 pm 0Likes

    Reading reports, watching the news and listening to those who call themselves Democrats I can only come to one conclusion. Communists have infiltrated our government and our education system. They masquerade as Democrats but in many cases are finally being called Socialists. They have one goal in life. To overthrow our government and make this once free, successful country a Communist dictatorship. A good example is Nancy Pelosi. By her actions she considers herself the queen of the U.S. and feels she’s running the show, with Chuck Schumer sitting at her right hand. On the other hand, we have a bunch of gutless Republicans and RINO traitors doing little or nothing to fight back. All we hear from them is talk. Well, if they’re going to talk the talk, they’d better learn to walk the walk before it’s too late.

  • Carol Dugan
    Posted January 20, 2019 7:17 pm 0Likes

    How could anyone believe what Cohen says. He lies to try and keep his jail time less. I wouldn’t care if he went to jail for life.

  • JIM
    Posted January 20, 2019 7:19 pm 0Likes

    You get rid of a couple liberal idiots and another Schiffhead shows up to take their place.

  • N
    Posted January 20, 2019 8:32 pm 0Likes

    Swamp News, MSM=Fake News, Fox News.The Pravda Racists Divisive Commie news and their propaganda HATE machine at full throttle! They are destroying the country within! Prosecute these deep state traitors now, Pres Trump!

  • Carole ANNE Quinn
    Posted January 21, 2019 1:35 am 0Likes

    HAVEN’T WE HEARD ENOUGH FROM, AND ABOUT MICHAEL COHEN TO LAST A LIFETIME? CAN THE JERK, THROW HIM IN THE CLINK WITH OTHERS OF HIS KIND.

    HOW MANY MORE RUSSIANS, CRUSHINS, PRUSSIANS, GRUDGINS, WILL WIGGLE OUT OF THE SWAMP WITH MORE UNFOUNDED “TRUMP MUCK” AD NAUSEUM TO CONTINUE TO BORE EVERYONE?

    PELOSI’S SUPERIORS NEED TO TELL HER TO “SHIT OR GET OFF THE POT”….DO HER JOB OR RETIRE…WITHOUT PAY/BENEFITS. SHE, ALONG WITH HILLARY, MUST HAVE SUPER MOB CONNECTIONS THAT ALLOW THEM TO GET AWAY WITH ALL THE LAWLESSNESS THEY ENGAGE IN.

    IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME TILL SOME CONSCIENCE BASED GUARDIAN COMES FORTH AND EXPOSES THEM FOR WHO, WHAT THEY ARE AND IDENTIFY ALL THE DAMAGE THEY’RE DOING TO OUR COUNTRY.

  • Jeffrey Edmonds
    Posted January 21, 2019 3:44 am 0Likes

    LOL oh my God the two morons looking for already commented on this piece or laughable. Where people going to realize that both sides of the aisle are corrupt self-serving greedy money whoring snakes including their president?

    How can people be so ignorant in one sided? Seriously Trump’s as bad as any of the motherfukers.

    I have not heard one republic a mask why is there no wall? didn’t we have full control of Congress and the presidency at the same time for a very long time? Why is there no wall? umm…. Again let me repeat that why is there no wall???

    It’s fucking laughable

  • S. Crot
    Posted January 21, 2019 8:07 am 0Likes

    The business dealings that trump had in Russian are not a new revelation. He licenses his name to some buildings, he doesn’t build them. So, while they may carry the name Trump he doesn’t own them. I saw this on an episode of DIRTY MONEY season 1, episode 6, called the Confidence Man.
    A portion of the episode tells how Trump was negotiating to have a building in Russia, Moscow, I believe, use the name Trump. The deal fell through. That’s it. No big secret there. It’s still on Netflix.

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