Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has now testified twice in front of Congress. The second time he appeared, he told lawmakers, “The last time I appeared before Congress, I came to protect Mr. Trump. Today, I’m here to tell the truth about Mr. Trump.”
In the ex-lawyer’s blistering second testimony, he told Congress that his former boss committed crimes before and after becoming president. He also admitted that he had been dishonest about the parameters of the Trump Tower Moscow project.
While Cohen claimed that Trump did not verbally tell him to lie about the project, other members of his family did not want to be named. Vanity Fair has uncovered emails from Ivanka’s lawyer to Cohen’s lawyer asking to minimize her role in the tower project.
The emails were sent to Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan in October, 2017 by Ivanka’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell. Lowell, who had access to Cohen’s opening remarks, asked for four things to be said:
- [Ivanka] was not involved in the backs and forths with FS [Felix Sater] and MC [Michael Cohen].
- She did not know FS was involved in the possible project in that country.
- She was not in any meetings or calls with people putting it together (esp. from that country).
- And maybe that, by then, MC knew she was at least skeptical about him.
After a number of back and forth emails, Ryan did make the changes to Cohen’s opening remarks.
In Cohen’s February 2019 testimony, however, he claimed that Ivanka was involved in the project. He told the House Judiciary Committee, “he briefed the Trump family, including Ivanka, on the project on ‘approximately 10’ occasions.”
The initial Moscow plans also included a “Spa by Ivanka Trump.”
The now Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee has requested documents from 81 Trump associates. Ivanka Trump, though, was not among them. This new report however, is likely to be looked into by the body.