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The Current President: "Cohen claims 'regular contact' with Trump legal team when crafting false statement to Congress"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: December 01, 2018 09:49AM
Chapter 8 building to a grand finale.

Cohen claims 'regular contact' with Trump legal team when crafting false statement to Congress
[www.politico.com]
President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said Friday he was in “close and regular contact” with Trump’s White House staff and legal team when he prepared a statement for Congress that he now says falsely downplayed Trump’s effort to land a Trump Tower Moscow deal during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In a filing seeking a lenient sentence, Cohen’s attorneys say his false statement to Congress — which Cohen pleaded guilty to on Thursday — was based on Trump and his team’s efforts to “portray contact with Russian representatives” by Trump, his campaign or his company “as having effectively terminated before the Iowa caucuses of February 1, 2016.”

“Seeking to stay in line with this message, Michael told Congress that his communications and efforts to finalize a building project in Moscow on behalf of the Trump Organization, which he began pursuing in 2015, had come to an end in January 2016, when a general inquiry he made to the Kremlin went unanswered,” Cohen’s lawyers Guy Petrillo and Amy Lester write.

But “Michael had a lengthy substantive conversation with the personal assistant to a Kremlin official following his outreach in January 2016, engaged in additional communications concerning the project as late as June 2016, and kept [Trump] apprised of these communications,” they wrote. “He and [Trump] also discussed possible travel to Russia in the summer of 2016, and Michael took steps to clear dates for such travel.”

They also say Cohen kept Trump “apprised” of his contacts with Russia during the campaign.
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Re: The Current President: "Cohen claims 'regular contact' with Trump legal team when crafting false statement to Congress"
Posted by: deckeda
Date: December 01, 2018 10:05AM
Normally I'd say that an Administration would have treated a guy like Cohen as anathema and rejected all offers to talk to him prior to his Congressional testimony, making yesterday's claim total B.S.

But then I remember which Administration this is, and that back then Cohen also thought he'd be in the clear.

So much #winning
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Re: The Current President: "Cohen claims 'regular contact' with Trump legal team when crafting false statement to Congress"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: December 01, 2018 10:19AM
modification of comment:
Special Counsel's coming to town.
He sees you when you're lying
He knows that you're a fake.
He knows that you're been bad, not good
so resign for goodness sake.


Jolly

runs busy workshop
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Re: The Current President: "Cohen claims 'regular contact' with Trump legal team when crafting false statement to Congress"
Posted by: Acer
Date: December 01, 2018 10:37AM
It's interesting how untrustworthy people are so trusting of their untrustworthy friends. How could they think they could pull this off without someone letting it slip or if nothing else coming clean to save their own butt?
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Re: The Current President: "Cohen claims 'regular contact' with Trump legal team when crafting false statement to Congress"
Posted by: steve...
Date: December 01, 2018 10:57AM
Were the Russians in on the coordinated responses too? Sure seems like it.




Northern California Coast
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Re: The Current President: "Cohen claims 'regular contact' with Trump legal team when crafting false statement to Congress"
Posted by: $tevie
Date: December 01, 2018 01:16PM
Last night Rachel Maddow neatly wove all the threads into one big blanket of Russian collusion. And this without her having access to what Mueller knows. Trump is so screwed.



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