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معركة الإنقضاض على ترمب بدأت واندفاعة سريعة للمحقق الخاص نحو البيت الأبيض

رئيس التحرير
2018.12.18 14:40

 

 أصبح واضحا ان روبرت مولر، المحقق الخاص في التدخل الروسي بالانتخابات الرئاسية يعمل على ثلاثة محاور بغية الانقضاض على الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترمب في نهاية المطاف.

 

اندفاعة مولر السريعة نحو البيت الأبيض، يمكن ملاحظتها من خلال المسارات التي يتبعها فريق التحقيق، والتي تصب جميعها في خانة السؤال عن دور الرئيس في قضايا مهمة كاجتماع برج ترمب أولا، ووثائق ويكيليكس ثانيا، وأيضا الاعمال العقارية التي كان ترمب يتطلع إلى افتتاحها في موسكو، وطفت اخبارها يوم امس الخميس بعد اعلان محاميه السابق مايكل كوهن اعترافه بالذنب بعد تقديمه شهادة كاذبة امام لجنة الاستخبارات في مجلس الشيوخ حول التواصل الذي كان قائما بين منظمة ترمب ومسؤولين روس للتنسيق من اجل البدء باعمال بناء برج ترمب في روسيا.


أبطال التحقيق

 

ولا بد من الإشارة إلى ان لكل مسار يعملُ عليه روبرت مولر وفريقه، اشخاصا معينين، خضع بعضهم للتحقيق، ولا يزال آخرون بانتظار ما ستحمله جعبة المحقق لهم، أما القاسم المشترك بين جميع المسارات الحالية فهو دونالد ترمب وروسيا وما يُحكى عن تواطؤ "مزعوم" خلال الحملة الانتخابية.


مانافورت الخاسر الاكبر

 

وعند الحديث عن اجتماع برج ترمب الشهير صيف 2016، يبرز اسم بول مانافورت الرئيس السابق لحملة ترمب الانتخابية، والذي دفع حتى الآن الثمن الأكبر من التحقيق الحالي بعدما ادانته محكمة الكساندريا في ولاية فرجينيا بثماني قضايا من اصل ثماني عشرة، ولا تزال تنتظره محاكمة ثانية في واشنطن، وتكبد أيضا خسائر مادية ضخمة.

 

الاجتماع الشهير شارك فيه عدد من المواطنين الروس، وثلاث شخصيات من حملة ترمب، نجله دونالد، وجاريد كوشنر، ومانافورت. فريق التحقيق يحاول في هذه القضية اكتشاف ما اذا كان المرشح الجمهوري يومها على علم بالاجتماع الذي نظمه ابنه في محاولة للحصول على معلومات ضارة بمنافسة والده هيلاري كلينتون.


هل سقط الرهان؟

 

ترمب جونيور نفى ان يكون قد أخبر والده بما يخطط له، ولكن تواصله مع رقم هاتفي غير مسجل في نفس التوقيت الذي كان يتواصل فيه مع الصحافي البريطاني روب غولدستون، والمغني الروسي الشهير امين اغالاروف للحديث عن تحديد موعد للاجتماع والمعلومات الخاصة بكلينتون، وبعد فترة قصيرة اعلن ترمب عزمه القاء خطاب شامل في الأيام القادمة، سيتحدث خلاله عن جميع الأمور التي حدثت مع آل كلينتون.

 

حضور مانافورت للاجتماع الشهير مثل فرصة ذهبية لفريق التحقيق للتوصل إلى الحقيقة التي يبحث عنها حول معرفة ترمب بما كان يحدث، وجاء اتفاق التعاون الذي عقد بين رئيس حملة ترمب السابق وفريق مولر ليطرح تساؤلات حول ما سيحصل عليه الأخير من معلومات في هذا السياق مقابل التساهل في توجيه الاتهامات، ولكن الغاء الاتفاق منذ يومين خفض سقف التوقعات.

 

اختراق بريد اللجنة الوطنية الديمقراطية، ونشر موقع ويكيليكس لوثائق تتعلق بحملة كلينتون الانتخابية ومديرها جون بوديستا، يشكلان محور مولر الثاني، وعلى هذه الجبهة يبرز اسم روجر ستون، أحد مساعدي ترمب لفترة طويلة، وصديقه الإعلامي المُحافظ جيروم كورسي وشخصيات أخرى.


ويكيليكس

 

ستون الذي حاول لعب دور البطولة في شهر  أغسطس عام 2016 عندما كان سباقا في نشر تغريدة تتناول بشكل غير مباشر ما سيحدث لمدير حملة كلينتون (تم تسريب رسائل بريده الالكتروني لاحقا)، وجد نفسه عالقا في شباك مولر، ووقع معه كورسي المولع بنظريات المؤامرة، والذي رفض اتفاقا قدمه فريق التحقيق ليعترف بذنبه بالكذب وتقديم شهادة مزورة حول فحوى تواصله مع ستون بعد تغريدته، ومحاولة الأخير الاستعانة به لتزويده بأفكار تساعده على تحوير القصد منها تحسبًا لما قد يحدث.

 

ولم تنفع خبرة ستون الطويلة في عالم السياسة في تجنيبه السقوط في حفرة ويكيليكس التي حفرها بيده، بعدما ادعى سابقا انه التقى جوليان اسانج على العشاء، ثم عاد ونفى حدوث اللقاء معتبرا انه لم يكن يعدو عن كونه مزحة.

 

العين على ستون

 

لكن الجزء الأبرز في هذه القضية يكمن في محاولة فريق التحقيق معرفة ما اذا كان هناك أمر عمليات صدر إلى ويكيليكس يوم نشر فضيحة ما يعُرف بشريط هوليوود لدونالد ترمب للتغطية على ما حدث، فالمعلومات تشير إلى ان الموقع الشهير نشر رسائل تتعلق بحملة هيلاري كلينتون بعد ساعة واحدة من نشر الاعلام الأميركي للشريط المسجل، ورغم انكار ستون معرفته الا ان فريق التحقيق طلب من محامي الرئيس ترمب تزويده بدليل اتصالات وزيارات روجر ستون إلى ترمب تاور.

 

اللافت في ملف ويكيليكس توصل اللاعبين الأساسيين (كورسي وستون) إلى قناعة مفادها ان فريق التحقيق سيوجه اليهما اتهامات، ووصف الإعلامي المحافظ نفسه منذ الآن بأنه سجين سياسي لمولر رفض تقديم شهادة كاذبة.

 

اعتراف كوهن... قنبلة دخانية؟

 

المحور الثالث لمولر كُشف عنه اليوم بعد اعتراف مايكل كوهن بالكذب عام 2017 أمام أعضاء لجنة الاستخبارات في مجلس الشيوخ، الذين سألوه عن مشاريع ترمب العقارية في موسكو، وكشف اتفاق الاعتراف بالذنب ان كوهن قدم شهادات مزورة بشأن توقف الجهود لجعل مشاريع ترمب ترى النور، حيث قال اولا امام المحققين إن الموضوع انتهى في شهر يناير 2017، في حين أنها استمرت حتى يونيو 2016، وكذلك في موضوع التواصل مع شخصيات روسية، وسفره إلى موسكو.

 

Trump at the center of Mueller Russia probe as Individual 1 in Cohen indictment after former attorney admits to LYING about

 

presidents plans to develop Moscow Trump Tower

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  • Presidents formerly loyal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the 2016 timetable for a Trump Tower deal in
  • Moscow
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  • Government information references Individual 1 – which is Donald Trump
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  • The same designation is included in another plea offer submitted to conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi 
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  • Cohen tried to limit the scope of the Mueller probe by telling lawmakers that the project was shelved before the 2016 Republican primaries
  • began

  • In fact he kept it alive, trying to arrange a Trump-Putin meeting and schedule it after the future president became the Republican nominee 
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  • Trump abruptly canceled a sit-down meeting with Vladimir Putin after Air Force One took off for the G20 summit in Argentina as Democrats
  • pointed fingers 
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  • Cohen has already admitted to bank and tax fraud and campaign finance violations, and expects a 4-5 year prison sentence next month 
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  • Trump bashed his former confidant as he left the White House, saying hes making up a story and lying, very simply, to get a reduced
  • sentence  

 

 

A new trail of court documents is for the first time establishing President Donald Trump as a critical figure in the Russia probe – with the conspicuous new legal branding as Individual 1. Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the timetable for a Trump Tower deal in Moscow. The government information for Cohens plea repeatedly references Trump in the jargon of criminal law. He hasnt been charged with a crime, but his inclusion brings him publicly into the the center of the Russia probe. Trump has flatly denied having Russia dealings in July 2016 – even though Cohens information states that he was engaged in conversations about it through June of that year.

A new trail of court documents is for the first time establishing President Donald Trump as a critical figure in the Russia probe – with the conspicuous new legal branding as Individual 1.

Trump is featured in the government information that prosecutors released Thursday in connection with former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohens guilty plea to lying to Congress. 

In the information, Cohen states that he was not truthful when he said he only spoke to Individual 1 – Trump – three times about a proposal to build a gleaming Trump World Tower in Moscow.

The very first paragraph of the information establishes that Cohen was special counsel and attorney for Individual 1. 

The designation, common in government charging documents that seek to keep out the identities of other people who have not been charged with a crime, nevertheless brings the president in closer to the Russia probe, despite his frequent protestations that he did nothing wrong, that there was no collusion, and that special counsel Robert Muellers probe is a witch hunt.

Trump hasnt been charged with any crime, and the courts would have to decide whether he could even be indicted as a sitting president.

Trump also figures in a draft charging document that emerged earlier this week for conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, who is being investigated for his alleged contacts with WikiLeaks. It states that Corsi knew longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone was in regular contact with Trump.

MADE THE FRONT PAGE: Michael Cohens charging document features Individual 1 – President Donald Trump

MADE THE FRONT PAGE: Michael Cohens charging document features Individual 1 – President Donald Trump

Although that document is just a draft and Corsi has not been charged, it raises the prospect that Trump also would feature in a WikiLeaks related indictment. Mueller is investigating alleged contacts between Stone and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. 

Trump has flatly denied having Russia dealings in July 2016 – even though Cohens information states that he was engaged in conversations about it through June of that year.

For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia, Trump tweeted in July 2016, the Washington Post noted.

The president condemned Cohen as a liar on Thursday, less than an hour after his longtime legal confidant pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trumps exploration of a real estate venture in Russia during the entire time he was slicing through the 2016 Republican primary field.

The government information is laced with references to Individual 1 - Trump

The government information is laced with references to Individual 1 - Trump

Prosecutors say Cohen lied to minimize links between Trump and the Moscow project durign the 2016 campaign

Prosecutors say Cohen lied to minimize links between Trump and the Moscow project durign the 2016 campaign

The Trump Tower project in Moscow never got off the ground, but the Trump Organization didnt shelve it until June 2016, long after the future president had locked up the GOPs White House nomination.

The revelation is giving Trumps Democratic adversaries new reasons to trumpet their belief that the president has long maintained ties with Russia that he hasnt acknowledged. 

With Muellers Russia probe appearing to gather steam and House Democrats eager to wield subpoena power when they take over in January, pressures on the White House are intensifying.

An hour after Cohen emerged from a Manhattan courthouse, Trump canceled a planned one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin that was to have occurred during this weeks G20 summit in Argentina. The White House said the move was a reaction to the Russian navy firing on and seizing three of Urkaines ships in contested waters.

One detail inthe Cohen case could be especially damaging to the president: Special Counsel Robert Muellers team charged that Cohen had promised Trump would visit Moscow personally to pitch the building project, but not until after the 2016 Republican National Convention when he would have the security of being the GOPs presidential nominee. 

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The president was combative on Thursday, saying as he left the White House that Cohen is making up a story and lying, very simply, to get a reduced sentence.

Hes a weak person and not a very smart person, Trump told reporters, contending that hes trying to get a much lesser prison sentence by making up a story.

Cohen admitted falsely telling House and Senate Intelligence Committee investigators earlier this year that the Moscow project didnt extend past January 2016.

 

Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump, was in federal court on Thursday to enter his latest guilty plea

President Trump bashed his former confidant as he left the White House, saying hes making up a story and lying, very simply, to get a reduced sentence 

President Trump bashed his former confidant as he left the White House, saying hes making up a story and lying, very simply, to get a reduced sentence 

Trump also abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was to occur at the G20 summit kicking off Friday in Argentina

Trump also abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was to occur at the G20 summit kicking off Friday in Argentina

Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged Cohen with lying to Congress about a plan to build a Trump Tower project in Moscow

Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged Cohen with lying to Congress about a plan to build a Trump Tower project in Moscow

Cohen, seen smiling as he was driven away from court, faces sentencing on Dec. 12 for his guilty pleas, including one involving a hush-money payment to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels at President Trumps directio
 

Cohen, seen smiling as he was driven away from court, faces sentencing on Dec. 12 for his guilty pleas, including one involving a hush-money payment to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels at President Trumps direction

Prosecutors wrote in a charging document that Cohen lied in order to minimize links between Trump and his proposal, and to give the false impression that the Moscow Project ended in early 2016 before the Iowa caucus and the very first primary, in hopes of limiting the ongoing Russia investigations.

Trump said before boarding the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House that even if Cohen were telling the truth, it doesnt matter. Because I was allowed to do whatever I wanted during the campaign. I was running my business. 

He said Im not worried at all about the implications of Cohens actions, and boasted that he would have resumed work on the Moscow undertaking if he had lost the election to Hillary Clinton.

Trumps personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times on Thursday that when the president supplied Mueller with written answers to his questions a week ago, he documented his conversations with Cohen about the Moscow project. 

The president said there was a proposal, it was discussed with Cohen, there was a non-binding letter of intent and it didnt go beyond that, Giuliani said.

CNN correspondent Jim Acosta noted Thursday that Trump and Giuliani have had very harsh words for Michael Cohen, but they are not alone.

I talked with a source close to the White House earlier today who described Michael Cohen as a, quote, rat, adding that inmates hate rats, Acosta said. 

Asked Thursday at the White House why he ever hired Cohen for a top-tier Trump Organization job in the first place, given his recent characterization of the attorney as dishonest, Trump responded: Because a long time ago he did me a favor. 

Cohen helped Trump in 2003 during a dispute with condominium owners in Trump World Tower. He had hiked condo fees by tens of thousands of dollars per unit in order to recoup legal expenses from suing New York City in a case that resulted in $94 million in tax savings for the building. 

Trumps other handing Russsia thread is Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman who faces a decade or more in prison for charges Mueller reportedly used as leverage to encourage him to implicate the president in crimes; The president has said he hasnt ruled out pardoning him

Trumps other handing Russsia thread is Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman who faces a decade or more in prison for charges Mueller reportedly used as leverage to encourage him to implicate the president in crimes; The president has said he hasnt ruled out pardoning him

THREAT? CNNs Jim Acosta reported that a person close to the White House warned that Cohen was a rat, and added that inmates hate rats

THREAT? CNNs Jim Acosta reported that a person close to the White House warned that Cohen was a rat, and added that inmates hate rats

Trump says pardon for Paul Manafort is not off the table
 
 
 
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Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who will take over the reins of the House Intelligence Committee in January, blasted Cohen and Trump on Twitter.

To help Trump, Cohen lied to Congress about Trumps business interests in Russia. The Presidents own denials during the campaign were also false or misleading, and underscore the importance of investigating any financial entanglement between Trump and Russia, Schiff wrote. 

Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that Cohens plea shows that the Trump family did have business dealings in Russia despite President Trumps repeated statements to the contrary.

It raises serious questions about the presidents relationship with Russia and whether he and his family have been honest, she said in a statement.

Democrats also howled on Wednesday when Trump confirmed that a pardon for Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman, is not off the table.

It was never discussed, but I wouldnt take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table? the president said in an interview.

Manafort is awaiting formal sentencing for making millions representing Russian oligarchs and a Ukrainian strongman without registering as a foreign agent in the U.S., and without paying taxes on the income. The crimes occurred years before he and Trump met.

A pardon is thought to be unlikely because some of the crimes Manafort stands convicted of are also covered by state laws in New York and elsewhere. A 150-year-old legal tradition holds that presidential pardons cannot cover state-level convictions because the U.S. and individual states are separate sovereigns.

The Supreme Court could overturn that doctrine in a matter of weeks, however. The high court is weighing the fate of a man who was charged with both state and federal crimes for the same illegal gun possession. Overturning the separate sovereigns tradition could change the equation for Manafort, if not for Cohen. 

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In this courtroom sketch, Michael Cohen, center, read his statement Thursday in a New York City federal courtroom. He pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a canceled project to build a Trump Tower in Russia

In this courtroom sketch, Michael Cohen, center, read his statement Thursday in a New York City federal courtroom. He pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a canceled project to build a Trump Tower in Russia

Trumps current personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that written answers the president sent in response to Muellers questions included one about the Moscow project, and that he had answered truthfully

Trumps current personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Thursday that written answers the president sent in response to Muellers questions included one about the Moscow project, and that he had answered truthfully

Special counsel Robert Mueller charged that Cohen lied to Congress in a written statement that described an ultimately shelved Trump Tower project in Moscow

Special counsel Robert Mueller charged that Cohen lied to Congress in a written statement that described an ultimately shelved Trump Tower project in Moscow

Contrary to his initial written testimony, Cohen discussed the status of the Trump Tower project with the future president ‘on more than three occasions,’ prosecutors wrote

Contrary to his initial written testimony, Cohen discussed the status of the Trump Tower project with the future president on more than three occasions, prosecutors wrote

According to the governments criminal indictment, known as an information, Cohen made false statements in writing to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees about the length of discussions about the project, and about his related conversations with Trump Organization figures.

His false statements included claiming that the deal wasnt discussed extensively, that he never agreed to travel to Russia to promote it and never considered asking Trump to travel there, and that he didnt recall a Russian government response.

The information says Cohen knowingly and deliberately lied.

In truth and in fact, and as Cohen well knew, Cohens representations about the Moscow Project he made to Congress were false and misleading, according to prosecutors.

Cohen discussed the project with the future president on more than the three occasions, briefed Trump and his family members about it, and had multiple discussions with an unnamed person about Trump making a Moscow visit.

That unnamed individual is likely project backer Felix Sater.

In one May 4, 2016 email, Sater wrote that he had a chat with Moscow about the real estate venture and said the question was whether Trump would go before or after the [Republican] convention for a meeting between the big guys.

Cohen responded that he would go before Cleveland, the site of the Republican National Convention, and that Trump would take a trip once he becomes the nominee after the convention.

A May 5 email includes an invitation from Vladimir Putins press secretary, Dmitri Peskov, inviting Cohen to St. Petersburg for an introduction to either the president or prime minister of Russia.

Individual 2, likely Felix Sater, emailed Cohen about the lawyer’s potential visit to Moscow. Cohen responded that his own trip would be ‘before Cleveland’ and Trump’ would go once he becomes the nominee’

Individual 2, likely Felix Sater, emailed Cohen about the lawyers potential visit to Moscow. Cohen responded that his own trip would be before Cleveland and Trump would go once he becomes the nominee

On January 14, 2016, Cohen emailed Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov about the Trump Tower project

On January 14, 2016, Cohen emailed Putin spokesman Dmitri Peskov about the Trump Tower project

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Prosecutors also found proof that on Jan. 20, 2016, exactly a year before Trump took office, Cohen spoke to a Peskov assistant for about 20 minutes.

He requested assistance in moving the project forward, both in securing land to build the proposed tower and financing the construction, the criminal information says.

Sater contacted him the following day to ask about the call, writing that it was about [the President of Russia that] they called.

Cohens courtroom comeuppance on Thursday came after he gave Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team a reported 70 hours of interviews.

They pressed him on Trumps real estate business ties in Russia, possible discussions with the president about pardons, and obstruction of justice.

Cohen appeared outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan with his lawyer Guy Petrillo, who told reporters: Mr. Cohen has cooperated. Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate. Sentencing is set for December 12.

Trump said that even if Cohen were telling the truth, it doesnt matter. Because I was allowed to do whatever I wanted during the campaign. I was running my business

Trump said that even if Cohen were telling the truth, it doesnt matter. Because I was allowed to do whatever I wanted during the campaign. I was running my business

Cohens courtroom comeuppance came after Cohen gave Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team 70 hours of interviews.

Cohens courtroom comeuppance came after Cohen gave Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team 70 hours of interviews.

Cohen appeared outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan with his lawyer Guy Petrillo, who told reporters: Mr. Cohen has cooperated. Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate. Sentencing is set for December 12

Cohen appeared outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan with his lawyer Guy Petrillo, who told reporters: Mr. Cohen has cooperated. Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate. Sentencing is set for December 12

He has already testified in a Manhattan courtroom that he made an illegal hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels, a pornographic actress who claims to have bedded Trump a decade ago, in coordination with, and at the direction of Trump.

Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner told reporters that Cohens admissions were part of a rollout of close Trump allies pleading guilty almost always to their trying to hide their ties with Russia and the Russians attempt to infiltrate the Trump campaign.

Youve got all these close associates of the president one after another pleading guilty, often pleading guilty, about their ties to Russia and Russians. And what are they covering up for?

If anything the president said is true, that theres no there there, why are all his closest associates being found guilty of lying about their ties to Russia? Warner asked.

The latest twist in his saga will come with an attached string of dozens of hours of of testimony that could be criminally damaging to the president.

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Cohens new charge comes from Mueller. His previous ones, bank and tax charges to which he has already pleaded guilty, were lodged by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. 

At issue is Cohens testimony before two congressional panels in September 2017 during the course of their own Russia investigations. At the time, he was still considered a loyal Trump footsoldier.

Some of his testimony related to the construction of a Trump World Tower Moscow, a project that involved the Agalarov family – who was also involved in the effort to set up a Trump Tower meeting with Russians in 2016.

Cohen testified before Congress that the tower project had fizzled, saying the proposal was not feasible for a variety of business reasons and should not be pursued further, Yahoo News reported in May. 

However, Cohens communications with Moscow-born developer Felix Sater revealed that the contacts continued beyond what Cohen admitted during his sworn testimony.

Sater handed over his texts and emails to Muellers investigators. The texts and other communications revealed Cohen and Sater were discussing the project as late as May 2016. 

That puts the high-level talks about a plan to build the tallest building in Moscow well into the Republican nominating process. Trump during the campaign said repeatedly he didnt have business dealings with Russia.

Emails between Sater and Cohen revealed Saters efforts to pitch the skyscraper project to the Trump Organization. Sater said he could get Russian President Vladimir Putin to say great things about Trump.

In a statement released before his closed-door sessions with congressional investigators, Cohen said he had nothing to do with any Russian involvement in our electoral process and never saw anything – not a hint of anything – that demonstrated [President Trumps] involvement in Russian interference in our election or any form of Russian collusion.

Cohen has testified that he paid off Stormy Daniels for her silence with Trumps knowledge and at his direction

Cohen has testified that he paid off Stormy Daniels for her silence with Trumps knowledge and at his direction

He is expected to be sentenced to between four and five years in prison in December for his first federal case. Its unclear if the new guilty plea will involve more jail time.

Cohen has publicly turned against President Trump since the FBI raided his home and offices in April.

Prosecutors deemed the $130,000 Stormy Daniels payment illegal because it was intended to help Trump avoid an embarrassing electoral loss to Hillary Clinton – and was therefore an in-kind political contribution far in excess of the limits of the law. 

Cohens earlier plea also covered his role in arranging an illegal payment from the parent company of the National Enquirer to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claimed to have had a Trump affair.

At Cohens request, American Media Inc. bought the rights to McDougals life story and sat on it without publishing anything, in a practice known as catch and kill.

American Medias chairman and CEO, David Pecker, is a longtime Trump friend. 

The Mueller probe has been a consistent thorn in the presidents side, turning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein into his bête noire for having appointed the special counsel. 

On Wednesday he defended his decision to distribute a Photoshopped image that showed 11 of his foes in a prison cell together, including Rosenstein.

New York Post reporter asked the president, Why do you think he belongs behind bars? 

He should have never picked a special counsel, Trump responded.

President Trump used his Twitter account on Wednesday to forward posts from a fan account, including a graphic that depicted his Democratic opponents in prison, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
 
 

President Trump used his Twitter account on Wednesday to forward posts from a fan account, including a graphic that depicted his Democratic opponents in prison, along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

 
 

This image from The Trump Train includes 9 of Trumps partisan opponents behind bars, and shows Robert Mueller (far left) and Rosenstein (3rd from left, back row) joining them

Trump has long resented Rosenstein for hiring Mueller to investigate the unproven allegation that campaign aides in 2016 colluded with Russian agents to tilt the election in the presidents favor
 

Trump has long resented Rosenstein for hiring Mueller to investigate the unproven allegation that campaign aides in 2016 colluded with Russian agents to tilt the election in the presidents favor

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The president had hours earlier retweeted a series of posts from a fan account, including the cartoonish image that also depicts Special Counsel Robert Mueller joining nine prominent Democrats in lockup.

NOW THAT THE RUSSIA COLLUSION IS A PROVEN LIE, WHEN DO THE TRIALS FOR TREASON BEGIN, its caption reads.

Among the imprisoned Democrats in the collage are former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton; Hillary Clinton, her former campaign chairman John Podesta and top aide Huma Abedin; former Attorney Generals Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder; and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Trump has long resented Rosenstein for hiring Mueller to investigate the unproven allegation that campaign aides in 2016 colluded with Russian agents to tilt the election in the presidents favor.

The special counsel appointment became inevitable after Trump fired Comey last year. That followed a decision by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the matter because he was a Trump campaign adviser and investigators could consider him a witness.

Trump has grumbled publicly and exploded privately about Sessions move, saying he never warned him before he got the job that the recusal would be part of the deal.

كلمة التحرير كتاب واراء مختارات من الصحافة حول العالم لبنان سورية صحة بيئه ابراج نهفة اليوم إعلانات تصويت
بانتشار الكتب الالكترونية في العالم هل ما زلت تفضل قراءة الكتب الورقية؟


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