The “bombshell” plea was linked to ‘new revelations’ that Cohen admitted to Mueller’s prosecutors that he lied to congressional committees regarding the timeline of a proposed Trump Tower business deal in Moscow a few years ago. Initially, Cohen told Congress that the project was terminated in January 2016, but he now claimed that the project was actually discussed into June 2016, around the time POTUS was set to lock up the presidential nomination.
Mind you, the project never got off the ground and the president has said that he would have been free to continue to do business deals while running for president because he was still a private citizen.
However, as investigative journalist Paul Sperry notes in a report for Real Clear Investigations, the most important aspect of this story isn’t an unsuccessful real estate and business deal in Moscow but rather what Mueller left out of his court filings:
The nine-page charging document filed with the plea deal suggests that the special counsel is using the Moscow tower talks to connect Trump to Russia. But congressional investigators with House and Senate committees leading inquiries on the Russia question told RealClearInvestigations that it looks like Mueller withheld from the court details that would exonerate the president. They made this assessment in light of the charging document, known as a statement of “criminal information” (filed in lieu of an indictment when a defendant agrees to plead guilty); a fuller accounting of Cohen’s emails and text messages that Capitol Hill sources have seen; and the still-secret transcripts of closed-door testimony provided by a business associate of Cohen.
Sperry notes that on page seven of the document, which is related to but separate from Cohen’s plea agreement, Mueller noted that the former Trump lawyer attempted to send an email to the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin on two occasions: Jan. 14, 2016, and Jan. 16, 2016.
But Mueller, who signed the criminal information document, failed to include the fact that Cohen was using a public email contact for Putin, not a direct email to the Russian president, so hence, Cohen (on behalf of Trump) did not have a direct line to the Kremlin. (Related: It’s now abundantly clear that rogue Robert Mueller will not end his Gestapo-like rampage until someone stops him.)
Sources who have seen the emails note that Mueller’s omission undercuts the narrative that POTUS and his team had a “back channel” to Putin, “and thus the special counsel’s collusion case” in general, Sperry writes.
There’s more, Sperry notes. On page two there is additional exculpatory evidence that clears the president, sources told him.
That page quotes an August 2017 letter from Cohen to the Senate Intelligence Committee in which he noted that the president “was never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me.” Unlike other portions of Cohen’s initial testimony to congressional intelligence committees, Mueller is not disputing this particular segment. Sources tell Sperry that means prosecutors have vetted that portion for truthfulness and have determined that it is accurate.
The criminal information document also doesn’t challenge Cohen’s assertion that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”
Cohen may not have been truthful about dates, a congressional investigator told Sperry, but “it’s clear from personal messages he sent in 2015 and 2016 that the Trump Organization did not have formal lines of communication set up with Putin’s office or the Kremlin during the campaign.
“There was no secret ‘back channel,’” the investigator stated, according to Sperry.
As if it was needed, this is just more evidence that Mueller’s probe is political in nature, designed to ‘get’ the president, not find any proof of Russian “collusion” or other nefarious activity by Moscow committed in conjunction with the 2016 Trump campaign.
Hillary Clinton just lost because she was a terrible candidate.
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