(CNN)President Donald Trump spoke more extensively during the presidential election with his-then attorney Michael Cohen about the proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow than Cohen admitted to Congress last year, Cohen said while pleading guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office… Cohen, who previously said talks about the Moscow project had ended in January 2016, just prior to the Iowa caucuses, said he had lied out of a sense of obligation to Trump.
Cohen admitted he:
- had multiple conversations about the project until June 2016
- briefed members of the Trump Crime Family about those conversations
- agreed to travel to Russia to discuss the project and raise the possibility of Trump doing the same
And of course, Comrade Prznint Stupid has consistently denied he had any bidness in Russia. We turned to the essential Factbase tool to search for Trump saying “I have nothing to do with Russia” and here’s just a few samples of what we found:
Speech is dated July 27, 2016, so about a month AFTER Cohen says that the project stopped.
Speech is dated Oct. 24, 2016
Speech is dated Oct. 26 2016
Speech is dated Oct. 27 2016
Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Speech is dated Feb. 16, 2017
And we can go on and on. Could Cohen be lying to Mueller, well I suppose so – he even has plead guilty to lying — but to what end?
UPDATE 1: BuzzFeed back in May – Trump Moscow: The Definitive Story Of How Trump’s Team Worked The Russian Deal During The Campaign