Russia

Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty. Again.

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's longtime attorney and legal thug Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress early this morning.

More specifically, Cohen admitted that he lied about his work to secure a Trump Tower real-estate project in Moscow. Cohen originally testified that work on the project ceased in January of 2016, but this morning he admitted that work continued far beyond that time.

Cohen's plea marked the first time that Trump and his private business dealings in Moscow were named in open court as part of Mueller's investigation into Russia's ties to the Trump campaign. Trump had said during his campaign in 2016 that he had no business interests in Russia, but Cohen, 52, said in his plea that those business interests were not severed and in fact continued into the summer of 2016.

Prosecutors said Cohen lied in order to minimize links between Trump and his Moscow building project, and to give the false impression that the project had ended before the Iowa caucuses, which took place in February of 2016.

According to Cohen's new version of events, negotiations for the Moscow project continued until at least June of 2016. June of 2016 is also when Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met a group of Russians at Trump Tower in Manhattan; Russians who promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

This is just the latest revelation that directly implicates Trump himself, but I believe this also places Donald Trump Jr on the hot seat. Donny Jr and his brother Eric run the Trump Organization and they would have known about Cohen's continued negotiations with the Russians about a major real-estate project when Don Jr agreed to meet the Russians at Trump Tower.

Cohen's guilty plea says he briefed Trump himself and his children about his negotiations, or as the court document spells out: "Individual 1 and their family"

Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to charges filed by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York earlier this year, but today's charge was filed by special prosecutor Robert Mueller. The information Cohen has dished out has been spread among too many different federal offices and the public record to disappear it at this point. Even Trump must realize that this is has already gone too far for him to bury it.

Once Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in January, Republicans won't be able to make this go away.

  • Georgie

    Wasn’t there something about this about this in the Steele Dossier, lol

  • Badgerite

    I have to think that the gop leadership, McConnell and Ryan for sure, made a corrupt bargain as well and that bargain is that trump will be their front man and try to sell their bullshit tax robbery bill to the gullible who bought the public persona created for trump by network TV in exchange for them obstructing any kind of legal accountability for his self dealing while in office and for any accountability as to any illegal conspiracy he entered into to get into office. Corsi’s ridiculous claims and lawsuit, which trump has parroted, seems to me to be a precursor to a claim that Mueller can be fired by trump for cause. And now you have Senator Lee blocking any legislation to protect Mueller, probably to take the heat off McConnell.
    The gop is even worse then I thought. And I thought they were pretty bad. They are worse.

    • katanahamon

      I know..me too. It’s like, you think you know there’s corruption, and greed, and people taking advantage, but..when you see it’s even worse than what you could imagine, you realize that these “people” are in an entirely different league…

      • Badgerite

        Entirely.

  • muselet

    I guess Michael Cohen got tired of waiting for that presidential pardon Donald Trump kept dangling in front of him.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Maybe Rump tweeted a pic of all his rivals behind bars because he doesn’t realize it’s actually himself that’s behind bars…

    • Draxiar

      HA!