BREAKING: Cohen identified which Trump associate told him to lie, allegedly
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Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former longtime personal attorney, told a House panel during closed-door hearings earlier this year that he had been instructed by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow to falsely claim in a 2017 statement to Congress that negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016, according to people familiar with his testimony.
In fact, Cohen later admitted, discussions on the Moscow tower continued into June of the presidential election year, after it was clear Trump would be the GOP nominee. Cohen is serving three years in prison for lying to Congress, financial crimes and campaign finance violations.
The article goes on to state the following:
House Democrats are now scrutinizing whether Sekulow or other Trump attorneys played a role in shaping Cohen’s 2017 testimony to Congress. Cohen has said he made the false statement to help hide the fact that Trump had potentially hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in a possible Russian project while he was running for president.
The Washington Examiner further reports:
Cohen accused Sekulow of altering his statement to Congress in 2017 during public testimony to the House Oversight Committee in January. He said Trump’s “personal lawyers reviewed and edited my statement to Congress about the timing of the Moscow Tower negotiations before I gave it.”
“There were changes made, addition, Jay Sekulow, for one,” Cohen added.
“Cohen’s alleged statement are more of the same from him and confirm the observations of prosecutors in the Southern District of New York that Cohen’s ‘instinct to blame others is strong,’” attorneys for Sekulow said.
“That this or any Committee would rely on the word of Michael Cohen for any purpose — much less to try and pierce the attorney-client privilege and discover confidential communications of four respected lawyers — defies logic, well-established law and common sense,” they said.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 20, 2019
New from WaPo: Michael Cohen told a House panel during closed-door hearings that he’d been instructed by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow to falsely claim in a 2017 statement to Congress that negotiations to build Trump Tower Moscow ended in January 2016.https://t.co/MbyuppmTvu
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 20, 2019
Michael Cohen told lawmakers Trump attorney Jay Sekulow instructed him to falsely claim that Moscow project ended in January 2016 https://t.co/gqBc7jDT3q
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 20, 2019
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