READ: Michael Cohen Plea Deal Reveals He Spoke With Putin’s Office About Moscow Trump Tower Project
Court documents have been released in connection with Michael Cohen‘s guilty plea on Thursday, and they suggest that he lied to Congress about President Trump‘s real estate projects and business dealings with Russia.
Last year, Cohen told the House and the Senate Intelligence Committees that the Trump Organization tried to secure a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, but the project was discontinued in January 2016. However, court documents allege that Cohen continued discussions on “the Moscow Project” beyond that point, and that he also communicated with Vladimir Putin‘s office about the matter after saying he did not.
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) November 29, 2018
COHEN did recall that in or around January 2016, COHEN received a response from the office of Russian Official 1, the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, and spoke to a member of that office about the Moscow Project.
i. On or about January 14, 2016, COHEN emailed Russian 1’s office asking for assistance in connection with the Moscow Project. On or about January 16, 2016, COHEN emailed Russian Official 1’s office again, said he was trying to reach another high-level Russian official, and asked for someone who spoke English to contact him.
ii. On or about January 20, 2016, COHEN received an email from the personal assistant to Russian Official 1 (“Assistant 1”), stating that she had been trying to reach COHEN and requesting that he call her using a Moscow-based phone number she provided.
iii. Shortly after receiving the email, COHEN called Assistant 1 and spoke to her for approximately 20 minutes.
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