The ex-attorney of US President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, has provided information, according to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, about Trump’s activities in Russia, especially about a planned high-rise project. Cohen has “made considerable efforts” for the investigation, it sounds in a Friday published document. Cohen admitted to having lied about the construction project in Moscow, possibly to defy Trump.
Cohen has “made considerable efforts” for the investigation, it sounds in a Friday published document. Cohen admitted to having lied about the construction project in Moscow, possibly to defy Trump.
New elements in the Democrats cast a vote to relieve Trump from his office. California congressman John Garamendi was one of the first to formulate that demand. Trump sees it differently. “This pleads the president completely free,” he wrote on Twitter.
Cohen would also have testified about Russia’s attempt to get in touch with Trump and his campaign team. Cohen’s information is “credible and true”. “Cohen provided the Special Prosecutor’s Office with useful information on certain Russian-related matters that are central to the investigation, which he obtained through his regular contacts with business representatives during the campaign”, it says in the document.
In essence, the researchers try to find out whether Trump continued to defend his business interests in Moscow until well into the electoral campaign. For example, he may have been politically blackmailable. At the same time, according to the American intelligence services, there was large-scale interference from Russia during the presidential elections. Cohen admitted that he lied about this during an interrogation in Congress.
For example, during the electoral campaign, Cohen had contact with Russians who wanted to arrange a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump. They argued that this could not only be political, but also business-like.
In another procedure of the Public Prosecution Service in New York, Cohen risks a prison sentence of four to five years for, among other things, illegal campaign financing. This includes the payment of taciturn payments to former porn star Stormy Daniels and other women who claim to have had an affair with the president. The silence money served to keep the chances for the presidency.
The required sentence is not much less than what is customary in the facts that are charged to Cohen. However, Cohen had pleaded guilty and promised to cooperate in exchange for punishment reduction. Perhaps this means that the researchers find that Cohen does not cooperate sufficiently.
Finally, in another document, Special Prosecutor Mueller accuses Trump’s ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort, of several lies. However, several important passages have been made illegible in that document.