When Michael Cohen admitted to lying to Congress about a Trump Moscow, he said he had testified falsely out of loyalty to Trump. When he admitted this summer to lying on campaign finance records about payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal during the campaign, he said it was also at Trump’s direction.
Former Trump campaign officials and aides, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, George Papadopoulos, and Michael Flynn have all lied to cover up various things from financial fraud to their interactions with Russia.
If the special counsel’s investigation has proved anything during its investigation besides that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election — it is that Trump surrounded himself throughout 2016 and early 2017 with people who have been found to lie almost at will.
They lied to federal authorities even when the risk of getting caught was high and even when the consequences for them were severe.
Campaign aides and officials have often repeated Trump’s lies, whilst knowing them to be false.
Sean Spicer, Trump’s first White House Press Secretary falsely insisted that his inaugural crowd was the biggest in history, with all evidence, including photographs proving otherwise.
The stakes in the real estate world are much lower than those of a presidency, and deceptive statements could be dismissed as hardnosed business tactics.
Trump and his closest allies have now found themselves in Mueller’s crosshairs, who has little regard for those who prefer to use “alternative facts.” The Special Counsel’s Office are continuing to methodically and purposefully examine their every word.
In a confidential memo to the special counsel, Trump’s legal team admitted that the president, not his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., drafted a misleading statement about a Trump Tower meeting in 2016 between a Kremlin-tied lawyer and campaign officials.
The president’s legal team has insisted that Trump answer questions only in writing. They delivered replies to some of the special counsel’s queries on November 20 after months of negotiation. If unsatisfied, Mueller could try to subpoena Trump to testify.
Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer, said in federal court that he had misled Congress about the details of the Trump Moscow project because he did not want to contradict the president’s own false characterizations of his business dealings in Moscow.
“I made these misstatements to be consistent with Individual 1’s political messaging and out of loyalty to Individual 1.”
Cohen emphasized that in the weeks before he misled Congress about the deal, he remained in “close and regular contact with White House-based staff,” as well as with Trump’s lawyers.
Cohen’s court filing suggested that Trump at best minimized his knowledge of the proposed venture, both as a candidate and once he had been elected. Nearly two dozen times, Trump has publicly insisted that he had no business dealings in Russia.
Manafort has now been accused of lying after signing his pea deal. Prosecutors said that he continued to lie after he had agreed to cooperate with them, breaching his plea deal. His lawyers insist he told the truth.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has also been investigating Russia’s interference in the election, has referred other cases to the special counsel’s office involving witnesses who may have lied.
Prosecutors are investigating whether Roger J. Stone Jr., conspired with WikiLeaks or the Russian government to enhance Trump’s chances of winning the presidency.
Jerome Corsi, a conservative author, said he had helped Mr. Stone concoct a “cover story” for the message so that it would not appear Stone had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks planned to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign by releasing emails stolen from her campaign. Corsi has now said that prosecutors had now accused him of lying to them about other communications he had with Mr. Stone regarding WikiLeaks. t