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Trump accuses ex-lawyer Michael Cohen of ‘lying to reduce his jail time’ in wake of BuzzFeed bombshell

  • President Trump accuses his former lawyer Michael Cohen of “lying to reduce his jail time” in the wake of a bombshell report from BuzzFeed News that said the president himself directed Cohen to lie to Congress.
  • BuzzFeed cited two federal law enforcement officials involved in the investigation. Neither NBC News nor CNBC has confirmed the BuzzFeed report.

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President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump on Friday accused his former lawyer Michael Cohen of “lying to reduce his jail time” in the wake of a bombshell report from BuzzFeed News that said the president himself directed Cohen to lie to Congress.

Trump did not directly address the BuzzFeed article in his tweet, but added, “Watch” Cohen’s “father-in-law!”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Kevin Corke, @FoxNews “Don’t forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently as this week, the Wall Street Journal has suggested that he may have stolen tens of thousands of dollars….” Lying to reduce his jail time! Watch father-in-law!

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BuzzFeed reported Thursday night that Trump directed his former personal lawyer and fixer to lie to Congress about talks regarding a possible Trump Tower project in Moscow.

BuzzFeed’s report did not rely on Cohen’s claims, but rather attributes the information to two federal law enforcement officials involved in the investigation. It also cites “multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents” related to Trump’s reported directive that were found by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators.

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced for Stormy Daniels case, Russia project and other crimes
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced for Stormy Daniels case, Russia project and other crimes  

Confronted with such evidence, Cohen acknowledged that he received the instructions from Trump during his interviews with the special counsel’s office, BuzzFeed said.

Neither NBC News nor CNBC has confirmed the BuzzFeed report.

The president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., called the story “the usual clickbait BS” and “textbook #fakenews” in a tweet.

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Here we go again… another CNN/Buzzfeed “bombshell” with no evidence. The usual clickbait BS… and when it fails as all the others have there will be ZERO coverage. Textbook

Jack Posobiec ??

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Buzzfeed reporter just admitted on CNN they haven’t actually seen any evidence that confirms their story

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“I’m not going to give any credence” to Cohen, “who’s a convicted liar,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Fox News minutes after Trump’s tweet.

A lawyer for the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. Rudy Giuliani, who represents Trump in the Mueller probe, told The Washington Post: “If you believe Cohen, I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.” He made a similar remark to NBC News.

Later on Friday, Giuliani said in a statement that “any suggestion – from any source – that the President counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false.”

“Today’s claims are just more made-up lies born of Michael Cohen’s malice and desperation, in an effort to reduce his sentence,” Giuliani added.

Lanny Davis, who represents Cohen, said the former Trump fixer declined to comment on the BuzzFeed article. A spokeswoman for Davis did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Trump’s tweet.

Trump has previously suggested that he has knowledge of damaging information about Cohen’s father-in-law.

Cohen’s father-in-law, Fima Shusterman, reportedly loaned at least $20 million to a Chicago taxicab mogul whose name appeared in documents related to FBI raids on Cohen’s home, office and hotel room in April.

In a telephone interview on a Fox News program on Saturday, Trump slammed Cohen as a “rat” and said he “should give information maybe on his father-in-law, because that’s the one that people want to look at.”

Mueller, a former FBI director under President George W. Bush, is investigating Russia’s attack on the 2016 election and potential coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. Trump has repeatedly denied collusion and obstructing justice, while labeling the Mueller probe a “witch hunt.”

Cohen talked to Senate and House investigators in October 2017about the Moscow real estate negotiations.

Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Trump, pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, which never came to fruition. Prosecutors said Cohen gave congressional investigators the false impression that talks about the possible tower ended in January 2016, just as the presidential primary season was kicking off. Cohen later admitted he had actually talked about it as late as June 2016.

Cohen has cooperated extensively with Mueller, according to court filings.

In August, Cohen had pleaded guilty to several charges in a case brought by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. He said Trump had directed him to commit campaign finance violations by coordinating payoffs to two women who had said they had sexual interactions with Trump more than a decade before he ran for president.

Former FBI Director James Comey slams Republicans
Former FBI Director James Comey slams Republicans  

The White House has denied the president engaged in the purported trysts.

In December, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, and is due to begin his term in March. Trump has called Cohen a “weak person” and a “rat.”

Cohen is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 7.

BuzzFeed’s story came after The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen had made a failed attempt to rig online polls — including one conducted by CNBC — in 2014 “at the direction and for the sole benefit of” Trump when he was thinking about making a run for the White House.

Cohen addressed that story directly in a tweet Thursday morning, lamenting his “blind loyalty to a man who doesn’t deserve it.”

AG nominee Barr’s obstruction answers scrutinized in wake of BuzzFeed report

AG nominee: Coaching witness to lie is obstructing justice 02:01

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee Bill Barr’s take on what constitutes obstruction of justice is under renewed scrutiny following an explosive BuzzFeed report that the President told his personal lawyer to lie to Congress.

BuzzFeed’s report states Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie about a project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, citing “two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.”
Though the report comes after Barr’s confirmation hearing, he was pressed on what constitutes obstruction of justice based on an unsolicited memo he wrote last year as a private citizen. In it, Barr concluded that Trump’s publicly reported interactions with ex-FBI Director James Comey could not constitute obstruction of justice, and for special counsel Robert Mueller to pursue that theory would be “fatally misconceived.”
BuzzFeed: Sources say Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about proposed Moscow project
Barr was asked by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, if he would consider it obstruction of justice if the President concealed evidence or “tried to coach somebody not to testimony or testify falsely.”
Barr said “yes, under an obstruction statute, yes.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, directly asked Barr whether persuading anybody to commit perjury would be obstruction of justice. Barr said “yes,” adding, “any person who persuades another” would do so.
Klobuchar’s questions focused on the portion of Barr’s memo that said it “appears” Mueller is investigating a possible obstruction case based on Trump asking Comey to drop his investigation of then-national security adviser Michael Flynn and later firing Comey. Barr then suggested Mueller’s obstruction inquiry “would have potentially disastrous implications” and said that the special counsel “should not be permitted to demand that the President submit to interrogation about alleged obstruction.”
“Obviously, the President and any other official can commit obstruction in this classic sense of sabotaging a proceeding’s truth-finding function,” Barr wrote then. “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.”
“The President, as far as I know, is not being accused of engaging in any wrongful act of evidence impairment,” he added.
The law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed that Trump directed Cohen to claim negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended months earlier than they actually did. The law enforcement sources told BuzzFeed that Cohen confirmed to Mueller’s team that Trump issued the order to lie to Congress. CNN has not corroborated the BuzzFeed report.
Senator: The public needs to know
Mueller’s office learned Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization, internal company emails, text messages and other documents, BuzzFeed reports.
During Tuesday’s confirmation hearing, Barr reiterated what he said in his memo to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in June 2018 — that a president could commit obstruction.
Barr also said that firing Comey and Trump’s statement asking the former FBI director to let go of the federal investigation into Flynn was not an “adequate predicate” for an obstruction inquiry.
The nominee repeatedly sought to assure senators that he, a former attorney general for President George H.W. Bush, would lead an independent Justice Department and would not interfere in Mueller’s investigation.
Barr noted his 30-year friendship with Mueller and said he did not think Mueller would lead a “witch hunt,” Trump’s preferred moniker for the probe.

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