One person probably who causes Donald Trump and his family the most insomnia is his former personal attorney and self-described fixer Michael Cohen. Each day seems to bring more credibility to the guy going to prison for lying to Congress. On his fourth day of testifying before the legislators, Cohen was seen walking in with three rolling carts of evidence and a thick file that piqued observers’ interest.
The news about Cohen has been boiling out nearly on an hourly basis. It appeared that four days of testimony was not enough for Congress. Instead, it just whetted legislators’ appetites for more witnesses to testify. The Senate Intelligence committee has called for Donald Trump Jr. to return, even though he appeared to testify before, in 2017.
The attorney has an agreement with the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign’s conspiracy with Moscow and the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
This has given the former fixer ample incentive to be honest. If Cohen should even lie about something inconsequential, his will activate charges on all the crimes he commited and the jail time that goes with them. Conversely, POTUS’ son has an incentive to lie — trying to earn his father’s respect and love.
Bipartisan efforts have begun to emerge. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is a member of the Intelligence committee. She spoke about the president’s eldest son, but did not give away any other witnesses, according to The Associate Press (AP). The senator told CNN:
‘(Donald Trump Jr.) clearly need to re-interview some witnesses whose accounts (Cohen) contradicts.’
Cohen indicated during his earlier testimony that he had given the president’s son updates on the status of the Moscow Trump Tower plan about 10 times. The commander-in-chief’s eldest son testified before the Senate Judiciary committee has was just “peripherally aware” of the project in 2017.
Next, news about Cohen suing the Trump’s company came to light. The man in the Oval Office’s former fixer just sued the Trump Organization to pay his legal fees. At this point, it is unknown whether Trump and Cohen had a written agreement. However, the two men had some sort of agreement That became apparent when the media uncovered evidence that the business paid Cohen’s legal fees in 2017 in the amount of $137,000. This will serve as establishing a precedent in his current lawsuit.
Finally, there has been some controversy over whether Cohen asked Trump for a presidential pardon. He testified:
‘I never asked for, and would not accept a pardon from Trump.’
Cohen’s current attorney tasked to deal with the media. Lanny David. released a statement to that effect. It appeared at first glance to contradict his client’s earlier testimony. Davis said that after the FBI raided Cohen’s home, hotel rooms, and even his bank safe deposit box, the fixer told his attorney to explore the possibility of a pardon The Wall Street Journalreported:
‘(Cohen was) open to the ongoing “dangling” of a possible pardon…(Cohen) directed his attorney.’
Basically, this is a semantic issue, that will likely be quickly resolved.
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