Fox News Expert Says Cohen Testimony Reveals Trump May Have Committed Several Felonies
Andrew Napolitano, a legal expert for Fox News, suggested that President Donald Trump could be facing several felony counts against him if testimony from his former lawyer Michael Cohen was true.
“If Cohen is being truthful and if the government can corroborate what he said, there’s at least four potential felonies of which he has accused the President of the United States,” Napolitano said.
A big problem for Trump could be perjury, as his written answers to special counsel Robert Mueller submitted last year may contradict evidence that Cohen has given to the Russia investigation.
“If the conversation [Cohen] says he overheard with Roger Stone is true, then the president lied under oath, because the president swore to the accuracy of his answers to the written questions from [Special Counsel Robert Mueller], one of which was, ‘Did you speak to Roger Stone about Julian Assange?’ Answer: No,” Napolitano explained.
Trump also potentially “lied under oath” to Mueller’s team about the Trump Tower meeting that took place in the summer of 2016, because “he told Bob Mueller he didn’t know about it,” Napolitano said.
ANOTHER WAY COHEN HURT TRUMP: The former fixer's testimony provided evidence for the claim that TRUMP, in omitting the @StormyDaniels hush $ reimbursement arrangement, knowingly falsified his 2017 financial disclosure statement, which would be a felony. https://t.co/fOjQ90MqmA
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) February 27, 2019
That meeting involved Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., as well as son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign head Paul Manafort meeting with a Russian lawyer with deep Kremlin ties in order to get “dirt” on Trump’s opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
A separate felony, Napolitano pointed out, could involve Trump’s alleged “hush money” payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Cohen initially paid the actress hundreds of thousands of dollars during the end of the presidential campaign in 2016 to stay silent, and Trump reimbursed him for that payment, the former lawyer alleged according to reporting from Business Insider.
Napolitano warned that his insights all required “big ifs,” particularly if Cohen was telling the truth on Wednesday or not. However, reporting from CNN indicated in December that comments from Cohen, after he flipped on his former boss, have been mostly truthful.
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