Michael Cohen, the personal attorney of Trump, has been described as the “fixer”. The fixer previously issued a statement regarding the Stormy Daniels payment, indicating that it was paid out of personal funds.
Of course Rudi Giuliani,another attorney for Trump, has given a contradictory explanation of that payment.
Cohen has also issued a vehement denial that he was ever in Prague. When that denial was issued it was clear that the veracity of that statement could destroy Trump’s presidency.
That’s because the claim that such a meeting happened is one of the most specific claims in Christopher Steele’s dossier alleging collusion between the Trump team and Russia to influence the 2016 election. Cohen has adamantly deniedtaking any such trip, and Trump’s team has relied on that denial to dispute the dossier’s accuracy. “I have never been to Prague in my life. #fakenews,” Cohen tweeted on January 10, 2017, hours after the dossier was posted.
Yet a new report from McClatchy’s Peter Stone and Greg Gordon claims that special counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Cohen did, in fact, enter Prague through Germany at the height of the 2016 campaign, in “August or early September.” That lie was enough to create a significant credibility issue as to Trump’s collusion with Russia. However recent news of huge payments to Cohen by Russian oligarchs creates even further reason to believe that collusion occurred.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s embattled personal lawyer, once bragged that he was part of the Russian mob, The Wall Street Journal reported.
To make matters worse, in 2015, Cohen was instrumental in the Trump Organization’s effort to secure a Trump Tower deal in Moscow, which ultimately fell through.
Cohen was in touch with a Russian-born businessman, Felix Sater, about the deal in October and November 2015, when Trump was a Republican presidential candidate.
Weeks after Trump signed a letter of intent to pursue the project, Sater and Cohen exchanged a series of emails gearing up to celebrate the Trump Tower Moscow deal. In the emails, obtained by The New York Times, Sater bragged about his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and told Cohen he would “get all of Putins team to buy in” on the deal.
“Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Sater wrote, according to The Times.
- Cohen is currently a subject of two federal criminal investigations, one of which focuses on Trump’s and his associates’ ties to Russia.
- Investigators are known to be focusing on at least three Trump-Russia events that Cohen was involved in.
Cohen is currently in the midst of a legal firestorm as the FBI investigates him for possible wire fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations in connection to his work for Trump.