Trump Directed Michael Cohen to Obstruct Investigation, By Lying to Congress, According to New Report
Update: 9pm EST:
“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” said Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s office, in a statement.
A bombshell new BuzzFeed report may be the most damning yet for the president. BuzzFeed News has been in contact with two different law enforcement sources involved in an investigation into the events that took place during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.
According to these sources, the president specifically told his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about the deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
To make matters even more damning to Mr. Trump, the sources say that Cohen isn’t the only witness that Mueller has to point to this seemingly clear attempt to obstruct justice. The special counsel’s office reported learned about the president’s attempt to get Cohen to lie from multiple sources working within the Trump Organization, and from internal company texts and emails, as well as other documents they have in their possession.
Additionally, sources claim that Trump supported a trip that Cohen intended to take to Russia during the Presidential campaign in order to meet Vladimir Putin and help complete negotiations on the Trump Tower Moscow deal.
All this was happening as the President repeatedly lied to the public about his lack of dealings with Russia. Meanwhile, according to sources, Michael Cohen was reporting back to the President, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. on a regular basis, filling them in on the progress of the project.
If Mueller can prove that Mr. Trump did instruct his attorney to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow deal, not only would this be clear obstruction of justice on his part, but it also would be a clear impeachable offense.
18 U.S. Code § 1622 – Subornation of perjury
Whoever procures another to commit any perjury is guilty of subornation of perjury, and shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
— (((Greg Siskind))) (@gsiskind) January 18, 2019
This report, if accurate, could also put Donald Trump Jr. in further legal jeopardy, as both sources indicated that he had multiple detailed conversations with Cohen about the Moscow project during the campaign. Trump Jr. had previously told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was only “peripherally involved” in the deal, stating “Most of my knowledge has been gained since as it relates to hearing about it over the last few weeks.”