Update on 1/18/19: As per a 1/18/19 CNN report by Caroline Kelly, “Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is disputing a BuzzFeed report that President Donald Trump directed his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the proposed Moscow Trump Tower project.”
“Mueller statement highlights need for an investigation, it doesn’t resolve things. It could be Mueller doesn’t have sufficient evidence Trump ordered Cohen to lie,or it could be about defending his Office’s reputation as a no-leaks place.Stmt mentions SC office 2x. Time will tell”
As per a tweet by Malcolm Vance:
“Shorter Special Counsel statement: ‘Your report may not be precise … but, more importantly WE don’t leak.’
For real, BuzzFeed, based on two federal law enforcement officials, is breaking a story that when it’s proven as per legal standards, is a game changer. What’s described in this blockbuster report amounts to the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III purportedly having evidence that the republican President Donald J. Trump conspired to suborn perjury by specifically having instructed his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen to lie in his testimony before Congress about matters related to the president’s real estate deal to develop a hotel in Russia, the “Moscow Project.”
Here’s a definition of “Subornation of Perjury” as per West’s Encyclopedia of American Law, Edition 2:
The criminal offense of procuring another to commit perjury, which is the crime of lying, in a material matter, while under oath.
“Obviously, the President and any other official can commit obstruction in this classic sense of sabotaging a proceeding’s truth-finding function. Thus, for example, if a President knowingly destroys or alters evidence, suborns perjury, or induces a witness to change testimony, or commits any act deliberately impairing the integrity or availability of evidence, then he, like anyone else, commits the crime of obstruction.”
As per History.com, “On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court rejected Nixon’s claim of executive privilege and ordered him to turn over the remaining tapes. When he refused to do so, the House of Representatives passed the first article of impeachment against Nixon for “obstruction of justice.” On August 5, with the impeachment process already underway, Nixon reluctantly released the remaining tapes.
Now, we get why President Trump’s PR lawyer Rudy Giuliani has recently been doing the TV Cables news circuit, twisting whatever he says into a torrent of confusion as he explains that he never said that there wasn’t collusion between some on the president’s 2016 campaign team and Russians but that the president had nothing to do with Russia’s hacking US officials to help him win the presidency in 2016.
Here is the rest of the story…
On January 18, 2019, Everett Rosenfeld of CNBC penned the following BuzzFeed story, “Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about Moscow project, BuzzFeed report says”
- “U.S. President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the situation surrounding attempts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, a new report from BuzzFeed said, citing two federal law enforcement officials involved in investigating the matter.”
- “Cohen, who served for years as Trump’s personal lawyer, pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia, and the extent of the president’s involvement in and knowledge of that deal.”
- “The report said Cohen told Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team that Trump personally told him to lie in order to hide the real estate mogul’s ties to the Moscow negotiations.”
“The report, published late Thursday evening, cited 2 federal law enforcement officials involved in investigating the matter. NBC News has not independently confirmed the report.”
“Cohen, who served for years as Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about a proposed Trump real estate project in Russia and the extent of the president’s involvement in and knowledge of that deal. The project never came to fruition.”
“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 died before the Iowa caucuses in February 2016, the first contest on the path toward a presidential nomination.”
“At that time, Trump accused his former fixer of lying about his admissions in order to “get a reduced sentence.”
“He’s a weak person and not a very smart person,” Trump said.”
“When Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in December it was for several crimes, including campaign finance violations he said Trump directed him to carry out.”
“According to the BuzzFeed report, the 2 law enforcement sources said Cohen told Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s team that Trump personally told him to lie in order to hide the real estate mogul’s ties to the Moscow negotiations. Mueller is investigating potential links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.”
“As for the BuzzFeed report, the White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC sent late Thursday. The Washington Post quoted Trump’s current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, as saying, “If you believe Cohen I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.”
“The Associated Press received a similar response.”
“Notably, BuzzFeed reported that Mueller’s office learned about Trump’s alleged order for Cohen to lie through “interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents.” Cohen, the report said, then subsequently acknowledged that directive.”
“Lanny Davis, who is Cohen’s legal and communications advisor, declined to comment on the BuzzFeed story “out of respect for Mr. Mueller’s and the Office of Special Counsel’s investigation.”
“Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said in a Twitter post that the allegation against Trump in the BuzzFeed article “is among the most serious to date.”
The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date. We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.
BREAKING: President Trump personally directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in order to obscure his involvement. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonleopold/trump-russia-cohen-moscow-tower-mueller-investigation?bftwnews&utm_term=4ldqpgc#4ldqpgc …