Trump claims Cohen 'lying to reduce' jail time

Clay Curtis
January 21, 2019

Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress in 2017 to cover up that he was negotiating the real estate deal in Moscow on Trump's behalf during the heat of his presidential campaign.

He added, "Note that the general thrust of Cohen lying to Congress "in accordance with" or "to support and advance" Trump's agenda (per Cohen's legal memo) is not in dispute". Cohen, the report said, then subsequently acknowledged that directive.

"No, I've not seen it personally, but the folks we have talked to - two officials we have spoken to are fully, 100 percent read-in to that aspect of the special counsel's investigation", BuzzFeed reporter Anthony Cormier told "New Day".

"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", spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

President Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, is now undergoing confirmation in Congress.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney, said in a statement on Friday that "any suggestion - from any source - that the president counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false".

The website reported that Cohen told special counsel Robert Mueller that he provided details about the Moscow project to the president and his eldest two children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.

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KEITH: And my guess is that the silence of the Mueller team will resume and that we will be left to wonder why they are just disputing aspects of the story or whether they are saying the entire premise of the story is incorrect. There have been a few stories that have attracted a lot of attention, but the overarching claims have gotten little to no corroboration or confirmation from other news organizations. Manafort and Assange quickly issued unequivocal denials, and the story did not gain more traction.

Trump made no immediate public remarks following the statement from Mueller's office, though he shared tweets from supporters declaring BuzzFeed's report "nonsense" and "FAKE NEWS". Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and contacts with the Trump campaign.

Cohen, who also paid Gauger to create a social media account to promote himself, confirmed the main elements of the Journal story. It's unclear how extensively Russian Federation will be discussed at the hearing, though, as House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., has said there will be "parameters" so the committee doesn't interfere with Mueller.

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SMITH: You know, I don't think.

'Kevin Corke, @FoxNews "Don't forget, Michael Cohen has already been convicted of perjury and fraud, and as recently as this week, the Wall Street Journal has suggested that he may have stolen tens of thousands of dollars....", He tweeted. You know they're working hard to get it; you know that collectively they're sourced to the gills in all sorts of government offices.

BuzzFeed spokesman Matt Mittenthal said the publication stands by its reporting and urged readers to "stay tuned" as they worked to determine what Mueller was denying. We stake our credibility on it.' Special Counsel: "'Turns out Buzzfeed has no credibility'". "If [Trump] had any discussions with [Cohen], they'd be about the version of the events that Michael Cohen gave them, which they all believed was true", he said.

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