Comment by Jim Campbell
February 28th, 2019
President Trumps former lawyer had already been convicted of several felonies.
Michael Cohen has already been disbarred for committing perjury while testifying under oath to Congress.
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, leaves federal court in New York on Thursday after a surprise appearance. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
Why in the world would anyone believe he is telling the truth now?
Perhaps he cut a deal for a shorter deal.
In any event, when he gets out of prison he will no longer be seen in the courts, he is finished.
Cohen plead guilty to lying about Russia hotel project (Source)
The Washington Examiner
February 28, 2019
Again. The House Oversight Committee’s ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ended with a statement outlining what he saw as new falsehoods.
Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress in Nov. 2018 after lying to Congress about the timing of the proposed Trump Tower in Moscow.
In his closing statement, Jordan said, “We know Mr. Cohen has been dishonest in the past … that’s why he’s going to prison in two months.”
And then he laid out what he saw as Cohen’s numerous lies in front of Congress today.
Jordan: “He said he never defrauded any bank when he was being questioned by Mr. Comer.
Obviously that’s not true because he’s going to prison for that very offense.” Cohen’s statement that “I never defrauded any bank” was plainly false.
One of his felony convictions is making false statements to a financial institution.
Jordan: “He said today that he was a good lawyer who understood the need to represent his client with legal advice.
But in his written testimony he said that he never bothered to consider whether payments to women were improper, much less the right thing to do.”
Cohen’s prepared statement said he did not think about “whether that was improper,” nor did he think about “whether it was the right thing to do or how it would impact me, my family, or the public.”
While Cohen’s view of his skill as a lawyer might well be inflated, his laxness over the payments was probably not criminal.
Foreign Business Dealings
Jordan: “He attested, in his signed truth and testimony form, that he did not have any reportable contracts with foreign government entities, but earlier he admitted to having agreements with at least two foreign entities owned, in part, by foreign governments: BTA Bank of Kazakhstan and Korea Airspace Industries of South Korea.”
Hush Money Payments
Jordan: “He said to Chairman Cummings that Donald Trump directed him and Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg to, quote, ‘Go back to his office and figure out how to make a $130,000 payment.
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But in his testimony, he says, ‘Mr. Trump directed me to use my own personal funds from my home equity loan line of credit to avoid any money being traced back to him that could negatively impact the campaign.’”
On the face of it, Cohen’s two statements are hard to square.
Women for Cohen
Jordan: “And in response to a question about him paying to set up the fake Twitter account — ‘Women for Cohen’ — that he didn’t direct the commission of that Twitter account.
He says, ‘I didn’t set that up, and it was done by a young lady who works for the firm.’
When, in fact, he did ask the IT firm Red Finch to set it up, according to the owner of Red Finch.”
It’s been widely reported that Michael Cohen hired Red Finch Solutions in 2014.
On this point, Cohen seemed to be evasive at best.
Job with the Trump Administration
Jordan: “Finally, he said he didn’t want a job with the administration, but the attorneys with the Southern District of New York stated that this was a fact.
When asked about this, he said, ‘I wouldn’t call them liars, but that statement is not accurate.’”
Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. both tweeted today that Cohen was lying about not wanting a position with the Trump administration following Trump’s election.
As Cohen has already discovered, lying to Congress under oath is perjury, a felony.
His lawyer Lanny Davis, an ally of the Clinton family, is likely to be scouring the transcript of his more than five hours of testimony to assess whether he has put himself in further legal jeopardy.