Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ attorney, left, watches as Michael Cohen, center, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, leaves federal court in New York, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In what could be a very damning report if confirmed, sources are saying Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence Donald Trump told former attorney/fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.
And that may not be the worst of it.
A new report by BuzzFeed lists two unnamed sources in the Justice Department saying that Cohen has told Mueller about the orders from Trump to lie to Congress, and that his involvement with the Russian government in opening a Trump Organization business there was much deeper than previously claimed by the Trump family.
President Donald Trump directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.
Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations. “Make it happen,” the sources said Trump told Cohen.
And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.
There is a lot to unpack here, and in the rest of the BuzzFeed story, but if it is confirmed, then it does pose a serious legal risk to the President, who fervently maintains he had little-to-no involvement with the project, and definitely wasn’t working with the Russian government.
The story does not confirm that Trump worked with the Russians in order to sway the election, but it does indicate that Mueller may have evidence backing up Cohen’s claims that Trump was more involved in the Moscow tower project that he previously let on.
Cohen faces a public hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government on February 7, where he is likely to face questions on this and other reports stemming from the special investigation.