Michael Cohen acknowledged in congressional testimony it was “plausible” that President Donald Trump had not instructed him through coded language to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, as the former Trump lawyer has claimed.
Cohen has testified he believed Trump implicitly directed him to make false statements about the duration of his negotiations during the 2016 presidential campaign on a failed Trump Tower project in Moscow.
Cohen told the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in 2017 negotiations to build the Trump skyscraper ended in January 2016. In fact, Cohen pursued the ill-fated deal through June 2016. He pleaded guilty in the special counsel’s probe to making false statement to Congress, and is serving a three-year prison term for that and other charges.
Cohen’s belief that Trump told him to lie to Congress rests on an interpretation of what he claims was Trump’s coded language.
Cohen said when Trump told him in a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office to “cooperate” with a congressional request for testimony, he was being instructed to lie. Cohen offered no hard proof to back up his assumption, but he said he had learned how to read Trump’s true instructions after a decade of working with him.
more at the Daily Caller
I dot know whats up with that guy Cohen, Im surprised he wasn’t taken into the DOJ where ethics and truth are really optional.
He told me to “cooperate”, which we all know is double secret code for “lie your ass off.” On what planet is that remotely plausible especially when we have been assured by our betters in the media that Trump is WAY too stupid to speak in plain English, let alone “code.”
So THAT’S what “cooperate” means. I’ve had it wrong all along.
Keep in mind, this is what the “Constitutional crisis” over Trump’s tax returns and demanding witnesses return is all based on… Cohen’s accusations.
Those 1st few days behind bars must have really been something.
And, to think, what with new tariffs on Chinese pork he may not even be able to get Spam sandwiches there any more!
The forward to Michael Cohen’s upcoming book, released a earlier this evening:
Rachel Maddow read most of this lengthy forward on her program this evening.
The book, Disloyal, will be released on September 8th, following which the sh-t is likely going to hit the fan.
@Greg: Written like garbage, its not Don that does not want me to read this, it was reading the first few paragraphs.
There never was anything this ambulance chaser ever had except his squirming to save his own illegal activities and those of his family.
Trump was fully exonerated.
If the forward is any indication, it’s probably going to be a best seller. Cohen is the one guy besides Trump himself that knows everything.
WOW! She DID? Then, like her income tax “bombshell”, it must be TRUE! Even though her attorney argued in court that nothing she says should be assumed to be true, surely we can rely on Madcow!
Do you fear some of us will no longer regard you as a fool unless you constantly reinforce the idea?
You DO realize Cohen went to jail… for LYING. Right?
@Deplorable Me, #8:
What Michael Cohen is saying about Donald Trump is what I had already concluded, based on my own observations.
Why should I care what Trump supporters think about me? They’ve already demonstrated that they’re either incapable of judging character, or indifferent to serious character flaws that they’re fully aware of.
Lying is one of the things Donald Trump hired him to do. Cohen points that out himself. After Trump rewarded years of loyalty by abandoning Cohen to his fate, Cohen turned on him.
Normally any boss who orders a paid minion to commit criminal acts on his behalf is also held legally responsible. Trump is the exception because it is held that his office shields him from being charged, no matter what crime he commits or orders to be committed.
Cohen is right. Trump needs a second term to maintain his immunity and will say or do anything to get it. Without a second term he’ll be looking at criminal charges, prosecution, and likely prison time.
That’s no bogus political “Lock her up!” situation. It’s all entirely real.
Says a guy who will vote for not the dumb and dumber ticket , but the THOT and Thoughless one.
Um… NO. Wrong yet again. In fact, we have evidence that Trump was instructing Cohen to make payments with traceable checks… not untraceable cash. Trump was doing nothing illegal; Cohen was. He tried to lie his way out of jail by lying about Trump… and got caught. But, you support any liar you can find, so you don’t really mind.
And what criminal act did Trump ever order? Your fantasies don’t hold up in court.
@Deplorable Me, #11:
From Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington:
Note how many times Cohen is mentioned. He committed none of these crimes without having been directed to do so. None of them were undertaken because he derived any personal benefit from them:
A number of charges did hold up in court, to the extent that Michael Cohen was found guilty for his part in them and sent to prison.
The only reason that Donald Trump wasn’t charged as a co-defendant is because he had become President by that point, and was consequently deemed to be immune from any and all charges for statutory crimes.
They couldn’t even mention his name. Anywhere Donald Trump figured into the charges or court proceedings, he could only be referred to as “Individual 1”.
Now the left has hitched their wagon to a dirtbag, cohen. Cohen has zero credibility.
Where is the excitement for the harris-biden ticket?
@July 4th American, #13:
The right’s propagandists and echo box certainly seem excited about it, if the time and energy they’re expending trying to discount the importance of her addition to the Democratic ticket is any indication.
Cohen is very credible. Like Trump’s niece, he has seen certain things up close, from the inside. These are first-hand witnesses that couldn’t be ordered to remain silent.
comma-comma chameleon extended the prison time for some inmates to use them for cheap labor. So comma-la is a modern day slave holder.
Excuse me… did you say COHEN was found guilty? Where is the Trump guilt part of the proof? Hmmmm?
He is SO credible that he went to jail for lying. I guess, that’s credible for a Democrat.
Got a reading comprehension problem? Trump wasn’t found guilty because the DoJ holds that a sitting president cannot be charged with any statutory criminal violation.
If he loses the November election, that’s over.
@Greg: You have a legal comprehension problem; he wasn’t found guilty because he isn’t guilty.
Remember: Cohen is a LIAR. Like Obama, Biden, Harris, Rice, Brennan, Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Hillary, Strzok, Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff… etc, etc, etc.
Trump hasn’t been charged. If he doesn’t get another term he likely will be, and he knows it.
Ignore Comrade Greggie. He’s a liar and idiot like his fellow DemocRATS.
Not according to sworn testimony of Mueller, it will just lead to another yuge disappointment like the face plant impeachment.
The scope of Mueller’s investigation didn’t include a laundry-list of potential criminal violations that state and federal prosecutors will be looking into, most of which relate to bank fraud and municipal, state, and federal tax evasion. Trump has used his presidential immunity and powers of office to thwart such investigations. Mueller’s primary concern was Russia.
@Greg: How strange your bubble of delusion is, nearly fascinating how you can believe this fantasy with all the solid evidence to the contrary. How many dominoes must fall before the stupid in you is knocked out, of course if that happens there wont be anything left.
Yeah, that’s what it;s been all about, hasn’t it? Grasping at straws to find SOMETHING that could possibly be used to attack Trump. There’s been no real evidence of any commission of any crime, just probing, looking, hoping, wishing for a crime to find.
Ha. You just can’t keep from stepping on your own dick, can you? Yeah, that was the “concern” though, as we now know, based on the evidence, the testimony before the House, the memos, that Mueller knew before he even began that there was NO evidence of any Trump cooperation with Russia; that all the accusations were based on lies and fantasy. The entire “investigation” was based on accusations known to be invalid and had one purpose; to find SOMETHING of used to the the coup.