Donald Trump Told Michael Cohen to Lie to Congress About Moscow Tower Project
Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier, BuzzFeed News: Donald Trump Told Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About Moscow Tower Project
The special counsel’s office learned about Trump’s directive for Cohen to lie to Congress through interviews with multiple witnesses from the Trump Organization and internal company emails, text messages, and a cache of other documents. Cohen then acknowledged those instructions during his interviews with that office.
This revelation is not the first evidence to suggest the president may have attempted to obstruct the FBI and special counsel investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
But Cohen’s testimony marks a significant new frontier: It is the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia.
If true, this is the biggest story of the year, clear cut evidence of Trump engaging in obstruction of justice, which even Bill Barr can’t categorize as Trump exercising his authority as chief executive. This man can’t be impeached then prosecuted soon enough.