Trump Org CFO subpoenaed in Cohen probe

Glen Norman
July 30, 2018

President Donald Trump's eldest son changed his account of the meeting he had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign over the weekend, saying Sunday July 9, 2017, that Natalia Veselnitskaya told him she had information about Clinton.

CNN cited anonymous sources saying Cohen was willing to share his information with Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Rudy Giuliani, one of the president's personal attorneys in the Russian Federation investigation, jumped on that when he began responding to the CNN report: Not only does Cohen not have anything to back up his story, and not only is he in a serious jam with federal investigators in New York City, but he also doesn't tell the truth about anything - he's the "liar in chief", as Giuliani told NPR.

Giuliani called Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, "honorable" and truthful on several occasions before an audio recording of a discussion between Cohen and Trump about buying rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump took part in became publicized.

"The idea Michael Cohen was taping him, when I heard that, I felt like we were back in the 26th floor of Trump Tower", Nunberg said, referring to the Manhattan headquarters of Trump's campaign.

The investigation into Cohen is looking into allegations of bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law - suspicions which may be largely tied to Cohen's taxi business, which has no relation to Trump.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he thought Cohen and Trump were once "very loyal to each other", but that maybe the federal raids in April had jarred Cohen.

But both CNN and NBC reported - citing anonymous sources - that Cohen is willing to make his claim to Mueller.

Following the report on the Trump Tower meeting, Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday that Cohen has "been lying for years ... he's lied all his life", and said he doesn't "see how he has any credibility".

But it lines up perfectly with what many have long suspected: that Trump was so excited about the dirt his campaign was going to receive two days later that he couldn't help but brag about it in public that night. If CNN participated in the hacking conspiracy to get those documents, as in Giuliani's hypothetical, then they certainly could be prosecuted for it. Giuliani's proposing - theoretically, anyway - that simply using the materials after the hacking doesn't constitute collusion or any other crime, even if the user knows the material came from an illegal hack.

Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Donald Trump used a blocked number, other witnesses have told Congress. Trump Jr.

'There's a lot there for them to investigate. "Whatever spin Mr. Giuliani is trying to invent, it says 'cash, ' and Michael Cohen says 'no, no, no'".

Mueller, who has led the Justice Department's probe into Russian meddling, is also looking into any links between the Russians and the Trump presidential campaign.The probe is also scrutinizing whether Trump sought to obstruct justice by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in 2017 and otherwise undermining other Justice Department officials. How stupid and unfair to our Country....

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