Published: Сб, Марта 02, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Our Reporting on Michael Cohen

Our Reporting on Michael Cohen

During an interview broadcast on Thursday's edition of the Fox News Channel's "Hannity", President Trump said his former attorney Michael Cohen "lied about so many things", and "might as well lie about" Russian collusion as well, "but he said no collusion".

Cohen appears to believe that his compulsive lies - which earned him a three-year prison sentence - don't really make him a liar, and that President Trump is actually the one responsible for Cohen's misdeeds.

I found Michael Cohen's testimony to the House Oversight Committee troubling and laughable and distasteful.

The president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump's family members in multiple crimes in his public testimony on Wednesday.

In Cohen's August 2017 written testimony to the House and Senate Intelligence Committee, he reportedly told lawmakers Mr. Sater's Moscow-based development company was the go-between for the Trump Tower project.

The president did not address any of Cohen's specific, explosive allegations about his decade of working with Trump. One of the checks was signed by the president himself, while the other was signed by Trump Jr and Weisselberg. The committee reportedly plans to interrogate the Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg, after Michael Cohen repeatedly mentioned him in various Trump flashpoints, from possible insurance fraud to the Stormy Daniels payoff.

"This point-Mr. Cohen's culpability for bank fraud-materially affects the Committee's assessment of his credibility", they wrote. He also served as treasurer of the Trump Foundation, and he managed the Trump family's household expenses at times as well.

"I can say on a number of topics he testified about yesterday we were able to go into great detail, but we've also covered a number of items and issues that were important to us that were not part of the hearing yesterday", he said.

House Financial Services Chairman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said she also wanted to investigate another allegation by Cohen: that Trump had directed a $15,000 speaking fee, owed to him personally, to his foundation instead.

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Two of Trump's most vocal defenders, GOP Reps. "Mr Cohen testified truthfully before the House Oversight Committee...."

President Trump holds a news conference after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 28.

Mr Weisselberg's name came up at least 30 times on Wednesday, as Mr Cohen accused him of participating in schemes to repay hush money, mislead Mr Trump's investors and lenders, and skirt campaign-finance laws.

KHANNA: And do you know if this criminal financial scheme that the president, Allen Weisselberg, and Donald Trump Jr. are involved in is being investigated by the Southern District of NY?

Indeed, Cohen flatly confirmed that Weisselberg is the go-to person on this sort of thing.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a banking institution, one count of causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of excessive campaign contributions. "There are other instances in which Mr. Cohen's statements to the Committee were immediately contradicted by witnesses with firsthand knowledge of the subject matter". Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia said on CNN Thursday of bringing in Trump's children for public interviews.

Of course, this narrative of Cohen's actions has always been discredited by the state attorney's office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), whichstressed that Cohen often exhibited an "instinct to blame others" for his illegal acts.

In other tweets Friday, Trump suggested Democrats were using Cohen to investigate his business dealings and finances because a two-year investigation into possible coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign "has fallen apart".

"I wouldn't use the world "colluding", Cohen testified.

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