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Trump Ex-Lawyer Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Russian Negotiations

Negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow continued during the primaries, he now says.

Michael CohenANDREW KELLY/REUTERS/NewscomMichael Cohen, former lawyer for President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty this morning to lying to Congress about the timeline and the extent of discussions between people in Trump's business organization over a potential real estate deal to build a hotel in Moscow.

Cohen had testified to both House and Senate intelligence committees that the Trump company's efforts to negotiate with Russia over the "Moscow Project" ended in January 2016, before the Iowa caucuses. Cohen also testified that he had not discussed the decision to end project negotiations with Trump or his family, had never considered traveling to Russia or asking Trump to travel to Russia to negotiate a deal, and had never been contacted by any Russian officials about the deal.

Today, in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, a charging document by Special Counsel Robert Mueller says that Cohen's statements were lies and that Cohen's plea today is an admission of guilt. According to the new charges, Cohen and individuals within Trump's company were still trying to get the Russian government's approval for a hotel as late as June 2016, and Cohen had in fact been briefing Trump and members of Trump's family about the efforts. Cohen had discussed internally the possibility of traveling to Russia in May 2016 to meet several Russian officials at a forum in St. Petersburg, including possibly Russian President Vladimir Putin himself. (That trip ultimately did not happen.) And Cohen did, in fact, have a lengthy phone call detailing the Moscow Project with a Russian official connected to Putin's office.

Trump responded to today's news by calling a Cohen "weak person" who is lying to get a reduced sentence. Cohen has previously pleaded guilty to tax evasion and illegal campaign contributions (also connected to Trump), but he has not yet been sentenced.

These new charges come with a maximum possible sentence of five years and a fine of up to $250,000. But the plea agreement estimates a likely sentence of zero to six months and a fine of up to $9,500, assuming that Cohen is cooperative and there aren't any more surprise bombshells or crimes he's concealing.

Putting this all into appropriate context is a challenge, given that there's still a lot we don't know. Arguably the biggest deal here is the possibility that Trump was still negotiating with Russia to build a hotel while running for president, and the possibility that this attempt at a business relationship played a role in Russia's attempts to influence the election.

The timeline and Cohen's previous denials of contacts with Russian officials are particularly relevant because they were used in a House Intelligence Committee report that concluded there was no collusion between anybody in Trump's election campaign and the Russian government. If Cohen lied to Congress about the timeline, that conclusion is now potentially compromised as well.

Trump had been planning to meet with Putin at the G20 summit in Argentina this weekend, but this morning he announced he was canceling that plan, giving Russia's recent aggression against Ukraine as the reason.

Read Mueller's charging document here. Read the plea agreement here.

Photo Credit: ANDREW KELLY/REUTERS/Newscom

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  • Jerryskids||

    Cohen is a shitty shyster lawyer, weak and dumb and a lying coward.

    Trump picks the best people, doesn't he?

  • John||

    Guilt by association is a totally valid and rational way to judge someone.

    Maybe we should just throw Trump in the Potomac and see if he floats.

  • Jerryskids||

    I'm not judging Cohen by his association with Trump, I'm just repeating what Trump said about him. And Trump's the one who has bragged about his ability to pick the best people. It's why he picked Steve Bannon and that Omarosa person and Jeff Sessions and Reince Fucking Priebus right out of the gate. The best people are retarded incompetent sycophants who can always be counted on to tell Trump he's the smartest man in the room and Trump can take one look at them and know they're telling the truth. Somebody less thin-skinned with a less-fragile ego than that whiny little bitch who's always crying on Twitter about how unfair it is that all the mean girls are picking on her and always stamping her tiny little feet and bawling that it's her party and everybody needs to do what she says might have the confidence to pick people more competent than herself to do their jobs, delegate them the authority to do their jobs and stfu and let them do their jobs. But if you're a weak little coward with an inferiority complex you pick sad pathetic little turds as your underlings simply so you can publicly belittle them and humiliate them and sneer about how much better you can do their job than they can. If you've got a lick of sense, you'll stay as far away as possible from shitty bosses like that.

  • John||

    Maybe Cohen is a good real estate lawyer. Last I looked have shadey morals is not exactly a handicap for people involved in real estate development.

  • Benitacanova||

    Trump called him a shyster?

  • Fred G. Sanford||

    So was Roy Cohn, so it must be a prerequisite to be hired.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Well at least someone is being punished for lying to Congress.

  • Nerþuz||

    Christine Ford certainly got away with it.

  • Liberty Lover||

    Not only got away wit h it but got rich from it. Over $600,000 from Go Fund Me. Hey I will accuse Trump of raping me 30 years ago if there are no consequences and I get 600 grand!

  • BigT||

    20 years too late. See Clinton, Hillary.

  • Remember to keep it all polit||

    I'm sure not going to get excited about the possibility of either Trump or Putin thinking a Moscow hotel is a good bribe for ... what? That Putin would try to throw an election just to get a hotel which would probably be built anyway? Or Trump trying to pretend he would only build a hotel if he won? Or even not build it if he won, ha ha?

    Anyone who believes this crap has pretty low standards.

  • The Last American Hero||

    And yet there was nothing wrong at all with the Uranium One deal. Because something something a candidate might build a hotel is somehow more scandalous than outright bribes to people that are actually in office.

  • John||

    Anyone who believes this crap is either lying or a complete moron. Why would Putin give a shit if Trump built a hotel in Moscow? If anything, wouldn't Putin not want Trump to do that so that his cronies could build it?

    And why would Trump offer anything to build it when as you say it will likely get built anyway and if not, he can use the money to build somewhere else. It is not like Russia is some uniquely great market.

  • grb||

    Ya know, I could point-out Clinton had no involvement in the Uranium One decision.

    Or I could point-out the State Department was a bit player in a multi-cabinet process, and nobody else had any concern over the deal either.

    Or I could point-out the Russians didn't give a damn about Uranium One. Their aim was East European holding of the same Canadian company which bought Uranium One. The US decision, btw, was exclusively whether U-One's sale would affect national security.

    That in mind, I could point-out it doesn't. The U-One holdings are low-grade ore, useless for military applications. Also, the Russians would need an entirely separate license if they wanted the ore (which they don't)

    Or I could point-out the "bribes" were to a charitable foundation the Clintons received zero personal benefit from, aside from the glory of it's impressive accomplishments of course. There is that as motive.

    But why bother? Because the most imbecilic thing about your fantasy is this : Around 99% of your "bribes" came from the man who sold U-One to the Canadians. The "bribes" came about two years before the Russians proposed the deal, and from a man who had no stake in the company when the deal was proposed.

    Of course you didn't know that, but ignorance is no excuse…..

  • John||

    Ya know, I could point-out Clinton had no involvement in the Uranium One decision.

    Yeah sure she didn't. The Russians just gave the Clinton Foudation all the money out of kindness.

  • Tony||

    You're a goddamn piece of work. Are you even real? Have you just been a troll this whole time?

  • John||

    It just sucks to point out facts that don't fit the narative.

  • Moo Cow||

    You really got a bad case of Trumptardation.

  • grb||

    What Russian donations to the Clinton Foundation? Look, I'm getting the impression you don't have the slightest clue about any of this. All you know is soundbites from your handlers, and they have you pegged as a fool. The common number for the "bribes" is 140 million. As I noted above, a mathematical 99% of that number came from one man, Frank Giustra. But as Shep Smith of Fox News reported, Giustra, "sold his stake in the company back in 2007," three years before the uranium/Russia deal and "a year and a half before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state." The money was given years before the deal, by a man who had no stake in the company when the deal was proposed. Also, Guistra is not Russian. Nor were the remaining Foundation donors.

    The deal was approved by a committee of representatives from State, Treasury, Justice, Energy, Defense, Commerce, Homeland Security, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. No one had any objections to the sale. No person or politician raised any issue about it at the time. No group or organization had any concerns, be they public or private. The person representing State was some under-under-secretary. He said Clinton had no input on the decision, and made no effort to influence the decision.

  • DesigNate||

    Because, as we all know, when you sell your stakes in a company or leave the employment of the government, you NEVER use your friendships/relationships to influence future dealings.

  • Dillinger||

    admitted liar totally believable. yes.

  • Leo Marvin||

    That's no way to talk about the President.

  • Bubba Jones||

    They always get these tools for lying about stuff that isn't actually a crime.

    Why was he lying about if and when Trump wanted to build a hotel?

  • John||

    Either they are all stupid and lie when they don't need to or maybe prosecutors are the ones lying and these people are taking plea deals just to get the government to leave them alone and so they can avoid bankruptcy or worse.

    I am thinking option two is pretty likely.

  • Echospinner||

    I think option one. This guy is no genius.

  • JesseAz||

    The lie they got him in was saying negotiations broke down in January 2016 instead of June 2016. Both dates well before the primaries had ended when the media gave him a 10% chance if winning. Truly scandalous stuff.

  • Leo Marvin||

    By June, all but five of the primaries were over, and Trump was the presumptive nominee. So there was in fact a huge difference between January and June. Are you saying with a straight face you didn't know that?

  • Benitacanova||

    Oh so the russians helped him win the primaries too?

  • Arcxjo||

    Why should I be concerned about another country "trying to influence" an election when Reason told us yesterday that foreign citizens even VOTING IN OUR ELECTIONS has n discernible effect on anyone or anything?

  • Dillinger||

    toes.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They always forget about the toes.

  • John||

    Just because you can't do it doesn't mean he can't. Fuck off Hihn.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    I assume he uses his toes to write on the walls with his own feces. Like you do Hihn.

  • buybuydandavis||

    They're keeping you jacketed now? Sad.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Okay, guys, say it. You know you want to. "We've REALLY got Trump this time!!!"

  • John||

    Lying to Congress is a big deal. If you don't believe me, just ask Jack Clapper, John Brennen, or Eric Holder.

  • John||

    Fuck off Hihn. Google selective prosecution you fucking retard.

  • Sevo||

    Fuck off, Hihn.

  • Still Curmudgeoned (Nunya)||

    Because David Nolan - Elias Wyatt = gazillions

  • Juice||

    The men you mention were all government officials at the time they were questioned. As part of their job they should be subject to questions by Congress under oath pertaining to their jobs. If they are caught lying they should lose their clearance and/or jobs and only under some special circumstances be prosecuted. I don't believe this Cohen guy is a government employee, much less a government official and is totally a private citizen. No private citizen should not be subject to being summoned, subpoenaed, or questioned under oath by Congress for any reason. We are not their subjects.

  • John||

    I don't believe government employees should be immune from the law and allowed to lie under oath to protect their bosses. And frankly, I can't believe you do either.

    Come on. Brennen lied under oath about the NSA spying on the entire country. If that secret was so important, he should have just refused to answer the question or referred it to the President. Holder lied about Fast and Furious. He was lying to cover his own ass.

    If the employee lies to protect war plans or the names of foreign agents, I can see where you might have a point. But if they lie, as these people did, to cover for their own misconduct, they need to go to jail just like everyone else.

  • Juice||

    I don't believe government employees should be immune from the law

    Obviously that depends on what the law is. If it's a law against a government official lying under oath to Congress, then the penalty should be losing your job and/or clearance, but not jail. Hell, bar them for life from ever holding another government job while you're at it.

    Come on. Brennen lied under oath about the NSA spying on the entire country. Holder lied about Fast and Furious. He was lying to cover his own ass.

    And they should have lost their jobs over it.

    But if they lie, as these people did, to cover for their own misconduct, they need to go to jail just like everyone else.

    No. No one should go to jail for lying, especially not "everyone else."

  • John||

    So you don't think perjury is a real crime. Sorry but I don't share your view. The entire system depends upon people telling the truth when asked. Lying under oath is just as much of a crime as anything else.

  • DesigNate||

    I don't believe testifying to congress should ever be treated like a court of law. Because they are the legislature, not the judicial branch. And like juice said, they work for us so fuck them very much for treating us like subjects.

  • John||

    There is no way you believe that government employees who lie under oath to cover up their own misconduct are not committing a crime and should just be fired. You are just allowing your TDS to cloud your brain.

  • John||

    And every person has the right to take the 5th and refuse to answer questions to Congress. Congress has every right to ask people questions and they have every right to refuse to answer. But once they do choose to answer, lying to Congress should be a crime just like lying to any other official body should be a crime.

  • JesseAz||

    Jesus fucking christ dumbass. The charge is for lying to Congress.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Well, maybe he has a few alters who DON'T agree. So it's important for him to let the knees who do all post. I could see that. Since he is a huge nut job.

  • JesseAz||

    Lying to the FBI too. Ask Comey, cheryl mills, Huma, the Platte rivers guy.

  • grb||

    Since no one knows what Mueller has, all we can do is consider the basics :

    (1) The Russians chose Trump as their man. Now by itself, this proves little. Maybe they thought they had leverage or influence over Trump. Maybe they just wanted an ignorant buffoon leading the United States.

    (2) From their perspective, it was advantageous Russian Intelligence make the Trump campaign aware-of or (ideally) complicit-in their efforts. Obligation or (ideally) guilt would be a useful and powerful tool later. But this required the Russians be certain of the Trump campaign's reaction when informed.

    (3) We know of one time the Trump's campaign (in the form of Junior) was directly told the Russian government offered assistance. His response was unrestrained glee.

    (4) A normal presidential candidate would recoil at personal enrichment or political assistance from a hostile foreign power clearly seeking election influence. With Trump's history and character however, no one can be certain he holds those ethical qualms

  • Shirley Knott||

    Re point 4 — you're joking, right?
    Or we haven't had a 'normal' presidential candidate since maybe Eisenhower.

  • Dillinger||

    >>point 4 — you're joking, right?

    grb = OBL only other possibility

  • grb||

    Really? What are your counterexamples? There are the stories Nixon sabotaged the Vietnam peace talks and Reagan convinced the Iranians to delay a hostage release. But the Nixon story is maybe at best and Reagan's isn't very probable.

    Of course Nixon may define normal to you. Given you probably voted for Trump, who knows what kind of freakish standard you follow? I think my definition of normal is more historically correct, but will listen to your evidence otherwise......

  • JesseAz||

    Clinton foundation.

  • JesseAz||

    Clinton foundation.

  • JesseAz||

    3) do you know what the word directly means?

  • Sevo||

    "(1) The Russians chose Trump as their man. Now by itself, this proves little. Maybe they thought they had leverage or influence over Trump. Maybe they just wanted an ignorant buffoon leading the United States.
    (2) From their perspective, it was advantageous Russian Intelligence make the Trump campaign aware-of or (ideally) complicit-in their efforts. Obligation or (ideally) guilt would be a useful and powerful tool later. But this required the Russians be certain of the Trump campaign's reaction when informed.
    (3) We know of one time the Trump's campaign (in the form of Junior) was directly told the Russian government offered assistance. His response was unrestrained glee.
    (4) A normal presidential candidate would recoil at personal enrichment or political assistance from a hostile foreign power clearly seeking election influence. With Trump's history and character however, no one can be certain he holds those ethical qualms"

    I'll have what he's smoking.

  • John||

    Yeah, you are a raving lunatic who needs to get help before you harm yourself or others.

    Fuck off Hihn. No one is going to engage you. You are too crazy and stupid. They banned you for a good reason.

  • Pastor Arthur M. Kirkland||

    Hang in there, Hihn. People like us need to stick together. The Reason comments section is a breeding ground for privilege and pro-Trump cruelty. But libertarians like us raise the collective IQ with our commitment to combating the racial animus that permeates the right-wing propaganda machine!

  • John||

    Hihn is stealing your act. There is no way to imitate much less satirize his kind of crazy.

  • Matthew Chalice||

    I'm relatively new. Is this Hihn the real Hihn from Liberty Issues, or a guy stealing his name? It's obviously not the real David Nolan, who's been dead for eight years.

  • Matthew Chalice||

    The first comma is unnecessary. Just realized that.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    It's someone who pretends to be Hihn. Some moronic deranged troll.

  • John||

    No one knows. Someone posted as Micheal Hihn who appearently has a followed blog. No one knows if it was really that Hihn or someone using his name. Whoever it was, threated to dox a bunch of people and got banned and now returns under various sock puppet accounts like this one and "John Galt" and a few others. It is easy to tell it is him because they are all show really strange twists of logic the same wierdo talking points like "right left = zero" whatever the hell that means.

  • Matthew Chalice||

  • John||

    If so, then he is really nuts. Of all of the trolls on here, Hihn is the one that I think might someday do something awful. He is just not all there.

  • Matthew Chalice||

    Did they really ban him? I thought Reason prided itself on not patrolling the comments.

  • John||

    They banned him. Even reason has its limits and threatening to dox people is one of them.

  • Still Curmudgeoned (Nunya)||

    I think someone broke Hinh. Or it had a stroke.

  • Matthew Chalice||

  • Matthew Chalice||

    Oops.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    No one thinks Arty is you, faggot. Just like we know you aren't PB, or Tony. We're all well aware he was washed in here when the Volokh Conspiracy moved over to Reason.

    It must kill you to not be able to take credit for your vapid bullshit directly. Especially when I have so much power over your life.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    You're proving my point for me. Such a predictable Hihnbitch.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    I don't bother with socks, but you should definitely commit suicide.

  • tgrondo||

    Ellis Wyatt....

    This the SWAMI YOGI Arthur M Kirkland...I am proud to announce the creation of the fabulous...
    HIHN FRANCHISE ...!!!!!!
    Yes, that's right...One day there will be a HIHN RANT EMPORIUM on every corner of the internet..!

    You're Welcome....

  • cja||

    I fell out of my chair I laughed so hard.
    Keep it up sport. Every blog needs a comedian.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    No, but you're here.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Yes, feel my power! You are consumed by it!

  • Freelancelot||

    Why do they let Flat-Earthers like you through the door?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    If Mueller had anything, it would have come out before the midterms.

  • Pastor Arthur M. Kirkland||

    It's Mueller time!

    Once Trump is removed from office and Putin's grip on American democracy is diminished, we'll be able to anoint a new leader who'll finally put the clingers in their place, unleashing a new era of progress, reason, and inclusion.

  • Rat on a train||

    Trump and Pence. Then Pelosi can be President, make Hillary her VP, then resign. 2016 is fixed!

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    I don't know, they almost seem like two nuts in a sack.

  • buybuydandavis||

    Ellis Wyatt is a Deep State shill.

  • TxJack 112||

    What will the President be removed from office for doing? Talking about talking to people is now a crime? Did Cohen say the President was involved or did he say people in the Trump organization? So you think he will be impeached and convicted for someone talking about having a meeting with Russians about a potential real estate deal. Just talking to Russians about a complete legal endeavor is a crime in you little warped and demented world?

  • mamabug||

    I, for one, am absolutely shocked that an international business was negotiating to build something in another country.

    I've come to truly detest the 'lying to law enforcement' charge. Given how obsessed the founding fathers were with reigning in BS, politically motivated prosecutions, you would think that at least one of the amendments could be read as protecting a person's right not to tell the truth about stuff that isn't a crime.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    He's guilty of mean, crass tweets, and denying Hillary HER TURN.

  • cja||

    After all the hyperventilating, after all the havoc and destruction this caused- and doing it under the 'umbrella' of counter-intelligence because there was no crime, - all they have is a handful of indictments on lying?
    Seriously?
    This is it?
    This is all there is?
    It might make a good song but it's a shameful excuse of justice

  • Sevo||

    Hey!
    They got at least three for un-paid parking tickets and a couple for jay-walking!
    Do I have to connect the dots for you? Obviously, Trump should be in jail!

  • John||

    When the feds raided Cohen's offices, Ken Dopehat White wrote in the NYT that he was certain that they must have had evidence of something really serious or else they wouldn't have done it. No kidding. Get this

    What does this tell us? First, it reflects that numerous officials — not just Mr. Mueller — concluded that there was probable cause to believe that Mr. Cohen's law office, home and hotel room contained evidence of a federal crime. A search warrant for a lawyer's office implicates the attorney-client privilege and core constitutional rights, so the Department of Justice requires unusual levels of approval to seek one. Prosecutors must seek the approval of the United States attorney of the district — in this case the office of Geoffrey Berman, the interim United States attorney appointed by President Trump...

    Third, the search suggests that prosecutors most likely believe that Mr. Cohen's clients used his legal services for the purpose of engaging in crime or fraud

    http://www.nytimes.com/2018/04.....-raid.html

    And her we are six months later and all they get him for is some bullshit lying to Congress charge. So much cop and DA bootlicking there. But Dopehate is a real "libertarian".

  • Tony||

    Oh John. What's it gonna be? Are you so emotionally invested in the most obviously corrupt president who could ever possibly serve in the job that you're going to simply break down when the final shit hits the fan? Or are the walls around your emotions that constitute your vast bias so strong that you'll simply move on to the next lost cause, pretending like you never really liked Trump anyway?

  • John||

    Keep digging tony. I am sure there is a pony in there somewhere. I shouldn't derrive so much pleasure out of your despaire and sad delusions but you make it really hard not to do so.

  • Tony||

    Desperate, sad delusions are what were victimizing you when you thought Hillary Clinton's email server was the worst crime since Hitler. Are you so saturated by right-wing bullshit media that you don't get how bad things are, or are you just pathetically trying to convince yourself?

  • John||

    And Trump continues to be President and you continue to get even dumber because of it. It is a beautiful time to be alive.

  • Tony||

    Is this the old "He's not in prison yet, therefore he didn't do anything wrong" line?

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    One could say the same thing for your beloved Hillary.

  • Tony||

    Her investigation is over. His is just getting to the good part.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    His investigation leads to her. Euler has selectively avoided this. Unless the whole thing is a long con against the Clintons to finally lock them all up.

  • TxJack 112||

    No this is the old "just because you say something does not make it true". Cohen claims people within the Trump organization wants to meet with Russians. He has not said the President wanted to meet with Russians about the deal. You cannot impeach a President using guilt through association. To be impeached he must commit an actual criminal act related tonhis official duties. In addition, the 1st amendment guarantees freedom of association. Unless the meeting with these Russians was intended to be a discussion about criminal activities, speaking to them is not illegal. They could have negotiated a deal to build a tower in Russia and as long as the President and his administration remain uninvolved, that is not a crime. You are so desperate to find anything to charge the President with, now everything is a crime. There has to be proof of a crime to charge someone and again, talking to people, even Russians is not a crime.

  • Freelancelot||

    She does belong in prison...

  • Tony||

    You people are sick. You need to be deprogrammed. You want someone in prison because of the political party she belongs to. You clearly don't care about a just application of law and order here.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Hillary is definitely guilty of a number of crimes. Including her possession and transmission of classified materials with regards to her private server. There is no question she did those tings. And despite anything Comey had to say, intent is not a component of the crime. Therefore she is factually guilty.

    The only reason she is not yet criminally guilty is that Comey and Lynch protected her.

  • Sevo||

    Trump has done nothing wrong, Hihn.
    And fuck off.

  • Freelancelot||

    " Arguably the biggest deal here is...the possibility that this attempt at a business relationship played a role in Russia's attempts to influence the election."

    Grow. The. Fuck. Up.

  • Freelancelot||

    " Arguably the biggest deal here is...the possibility that this attempt at a business relationship played a role in Russia's attempts to influence the election."

    Grow. The. Fuck. Up.

  • Freelancelot||

    Produce for me one single individual who voted for Trump all because he clicked on a Fakebook ad put up by Russian spies claiming that Hillary is a felonious cunt. Produce even one.

  • Tony||

    You are that person. You believe right-wing conspiracy lies. You are the gullible. You probably think you voted out of principle, but you didn't. You voted (or didn't vote) because some fat man told you to, and you're stupid.

  • Sevo||

    "You are the gullible. You probably think you voted out of principle, but you didn't. You voted (or didn't vote) because some fat man told you to, and you're stupid."

    Projection, Tony be thy name.

  • TxJack 112||

    I am so glad you have such amazing insight to what everyone in the country was thinking when casting their votes. Talk about being an arrogant jackass.

  • buybuydandavis||

    "Trump responded to today's news by calling a Cohen "weak person" who is lying to get a reduced sentence. Cohen has previously pleaded guilty to tax evasion and illegal campaign contributions (also connected to Trump), but he has not yet been sentenced."

    Anything Cohen says that makes Mueller happy should be discounted. Mueller has Cohen's life in his hands under plea deals for *other* issues. It's not that Cohen is necessarily lying, it's that there's no reason to believe him. Cohen is now Mueller's sock puppet.

    I've never understood how people can find coerced testimony credible.

  • buybuydandavis||

    This is why you Don't Talk to the Police
    https://youtu.be/d-7o9xYp7eE

  • PRussell||

    Since when is lying to Congress a punishable offense? I thought that policy was moot since Clapper and Comey perjured themselves.

  • Robert S.||

    Two years and a 6-month wiretap and the only evidence they have is a jailhouse snitch.

  • Arizona_Guy||

    Question, for anyone here:

    Has there been a charge, or even an allegation, that Russians (or anyone) in 2016 committed actual election/voter fraud/tampering?

  • TxJack 112||

    So let me make sure I understand what the article says. Cohen claims that as late as June 2016, people in the Trump organization were discussing having meetings with Russian officials, including possibly Putin but these meetings never actually happened. Cohen was charged with lying to Congress because he testified the conversations stopped in January 2016. Okay for the past 24 hrs, all I have heard is Cohen "has the goods on Trump" and this is the big one which will get him impeached. Clowns are saying the same here. So apparently, now talking about talking to the Russians is a crime even if you never actually talk to them. Just saying you want to talk to them is a crime according to progressives. I am sorry but have you all lost your minds?

  • Arizona_Guy||

    The more I learn about this, the more I think it's a fishing expedition.

    People who work with Trump, may have talked to Russians, at some point in the last few years, about stuff that might not even be illegal, and didn't change the outcome of the election anyway.

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