Cohen’s lawyer walks back claim Trump knew of Russia meeting

by Frankie Norman August 28, 2018, 2:51
Cohen’s lawyer walks back claim Trump knew of Russia meeting

As we have stated on numerous occasions, we have never subscribed to the notion that Trump colluded with Russian Federation to rig the 2016 presidential election - a theory which has become the far left's abiding truth and raison d'être over the past two years. Through triumphs, scandals and bankruptcies, he was there. He's worked for the Trump family for decades, starting with Fred Trump in the 1970s.

Asked by WaPo on Saturday whether he was certain that Trump knew about computer hacks before they occurred, Davis told the newspaper: "I am not sure".

Last week, this news outlet shed our longstanding skepticism of the ongoing "Russian meddling" investigation into USA president Donald Trump and made a decision to entertain those who have been pushing this narrative. After he was elected, Trump said he was leaving the business in the hands of Weisselberg and his sons. "All of this would come into play if Trump was being audited or investigated for financial crimes".

"In the age of 24/7 news, it's a hopeless quest to expect people to know what they're talking about", Lubet added, jokingly.

Whether the 71-year-old is continuing to help prosecutors was unclear. It was one holdout who caused the jury to hang on 10 of the 18 counts after almost four days of deliberations, she said.

His former lawyer admitted to campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion on Aug 22.

Prosecutors said that Mr Cohen had been reimbursed for his role in the payments through a $35,000 monthly retainer arranged by executives at the Trump Organisation.

The Washington Post also published a similar story, citing Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, who agreed to go on the record.

Weisselberg's knowledge of the inner workings of the Trump Organization may be second only to Trump's. An assistant said both were out of the office Friday.

On the recording, Cohen is heard saying, "I've spoken to Allen Weisselberg about how to set the whole thing up".

The Trump Organization eventually reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment to Daniels, accepting sham invoices and recording the money it sent to Cohen as legal expenses. Additionally, Trump Jr. has said he didn't have the lawyer's name prior to the meeting.

Weisselberg was also mentioned by Cohen several other times. He isn't even mentioned in numerous biographies of his boss.

However, at no point during his presidency has Trump's approval rating exceeded 50 percent - at least, not by any trusted poll.

From his first job helping with the books for Trump's father, Fred, in 1973, the Pace University graduate has gotten his fingers into almost every aspect of the family business - vetting deals, arranging financing, auditing, managing cash - eventually rising to oversee all finances of its far-flung operations.

Trump and his allies seized on the erosion of those claims.

And despite telling confidants that he thought he had a shot at White House chief of staff after the election, Cohen was never given a West Wing job.

As all indications are that Manafort's next trial is going to be an exacting and excruciatingly detailed dive into Manafort's overseas work, the special counsel's office would seemingly want quite a bit in return from the defendant in exchange for simply avoiding the bad publicity. "I warned everybody at the organization that Michael was going to become a problem".


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