Trump Knew: Michael Cohen Just Provided The Provable Perjury Mueller Needed To Indict Trump
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen has reached a new plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller in which he will offer “potentially damaging” testimony against President Donald Trump.
Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday on new charges and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and admitted to lying to Congress about his pursuit of a Trump Tower real estate deal in Moscow while Donald Trump was president.
ABC News’ sources say that Cohen is now admitting that he lied to Congress in closed-door testimony about contacts that he’d had with Russian nationals during the 2016 presidential campaign. He also revealed that the president was brieffed multiple times on his efforts to secure a deal in Russia.
During Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, we’ve seen time and again that there are only two constants: 1) Mueller already knows what really happened before he questions any given subject or target, and 2) that person will probably lie to Mueller anyway. This has allowed Mueller to keep nailing people for the crime of lying, forcing some of them to cut plea deals. That brings us to Mueller, perjury, and Donald Trump himself.
Trump is surely banking on no one directly involved with these things being willing to sell him out. The three Trump people who attended the Trump Tower meeting are Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort. Two of them are related to him, and Manafort just got caught conspiring with him behind Mueller’s back. So as long as these people don’t give Mueller the truth about the meeting, Trump can lie about it, right? Wrong.
Michael Cohen has accused Donald Trump of having known about the Trump Tower meeting in advance. Can Cohen prove this, beyond his own testimony? We don’t know. But if Cohen was in the room when Trump learned about the meeting, so were other people – and Trump has no way of knowing which of them may secretly have cooperation deals or immunity deals in place with Mueller. Again, Mueller wouldn’t bother asking the question unless he’s sitting on proof of the answer, because that’s how he operates.
Cohen also admitted in his plea that he made the illegal payment “for the purpose of influencing” the 2016 presidential election by covering up the president’s “alleged affairs” at the request of the president.