Michael Cohen says he’s willing to testify that Donald Trump is lying about his knowledge of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russian operatives offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton

Remember that suspicious June 9, 2016 meeting that took place at Trump Tower between senior members of the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., and a delegation of Russians with ties to the Kremlin? And remember how, prior to that meeting, Donald Trump, Jr. had been told that these Russians would be coming to discuss the transfer of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, to which he replied, “I love it“? And do you also remember how, after the news broke about the meeting, which even Steve Bannon referred to as being “treasonous,” the White House came out with a firm statement about how the President hadn’t known anything about it?

Well, it’s being reported this evening that Donald Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, is now willing to go on the record with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, stating under oath that Trump not only knew about the offer of assistance from the Russians, but encouraged his son, son-in-law, and campaign manager to take the meeting. And, what’s more, Cohen is apparently saying that he’s willing to name others who can corroborate that Donald Trump was aware.

So it looks as though Donald Trump didn’t just oversee the coverup, ghostwriting Don Jr.’s laughably pathetic letter to the press attempting to explain the Trump Tower meeting as having been about international adoption policy, but also knew ahead of time that the Russians were coming to offer ill-gotten “dirt” on Clinton.

Here’s video from CNN.

And here’s an excerpt from CNN’s accompanying story.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.

Cohen’s claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.

Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians’ offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen’s account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources…

If true, this would certainly seem to indicate an intent to collude on the part of the President, who, this evening, sent his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, out to discredit Cohen in the press. “He has lied all his life,” Giuliani said of Cohen on CNN, adding he’s “an incredible liar.”

Adam Schiff, for one, doesn’t seem so willing to just take Giuliani’s word. “If (the) allegation Trump OK’d June 9 meeting is true, it means he not only publicly appealed to Russia for help, but privately approved receiving it,” said the Congressman in a tweet, “…the conspiracy case may have just gotten stronger.”

Oh, and if this does prove to be true, it also means that Donald Trump, Jr., who told the the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath on May 6 of this year that his father didn’t know about the meeting, could be going to jail for perjury.

update: Donald Trump has responded.

“Sounds to me like someone is trying to make up stories in order to get himself out of a jam.” Yes, yes it does sound like that, doesn’t it?

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9 Comments

  1. iRobert
    Posted July 27, 2018 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    I really appreciate this service you provide, Mark. It’s nice to have someone else endure the pain and disgust of reading through the news, and then put it into these short summaries for us. It’s sad sometimes to see what it’s doing to you, but better you than me, I always say.

  2. John Brown
    Posted July 27, 2018 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    If the stress of coexisting with millions of bigots has got you down, go see Abdul with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sunday 3:30pm at the Brown Chapel AME on Michigan Ave, Ypsi. Your faith in humanity will be restored, at least a little bit!

    https://go.abdulformichigan.com/event/action/2201?source=map&akid=

  3. Anonymous
    Posted July 27, 2018 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    Giuliani on Cohen, May 6, 2018: “The man is an honest, honorable lawyer.”

  4. Bartelby
    Posted July 27, 2018 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    It must be exhausting to be Trump. What constitutes a justified true belief in his noggin? And how does he keep the JTB’s separate from their inversions – the unjustified false beliefs? ‘

    Mueller will help him with sorting them out.

  5. Kat
    Posted July 27, 2018 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I think Mr. Cohen has given up on the idea of a pardon.

  6. Diane Feinstein
    Posted July 27, 2018 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    If reports are true that President Trump knew in advance of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, it would suggest that Donald Trump Jr. may have misled Judiciary Committee staff when he was interviewed. It further demonstrates why he must come before the committee to answer questions.

  7. Lynne
    Posted July 30, 2018 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    I still find myself wondering what will be the tipping point in terms of congress going along with the president.

  8. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted July 30, 2018 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    This is finally gonna be it! I can feel it. Gettin’ scared over here!!!

  9. stupid hick
    Posted July 30, 2018 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    HW: “This is finally gonna be it! I can feel it. Gettin’ scared over here!!!”

    We all know, you’re a true believer. Your mind about Trump is not going to change no matter how full of shit Trump is, or whether he conspires with foreign spies and lies about it, or if he obstructs justice, or launders money for the Russian mob, or performs fellatio on Putin while Stormy Daniels spanks him. As long as he says the magic word, “Hillary”, you will slavishly love him. Hillary Clinton is your bond.

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