Published: Sat, January 19, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Murphy: Mueller should 'show cards' now on Moscow deal

Murphy: Mueller should 'show cards' now on Moscow deal

Smith responded, "Yes. As we wrote, we have two federal law enforcement officials - no game playing with those titles - who have told us that President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow".

A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller's office issued an extraordinary and unprecedented statement on Friday night characterizing as "not accurate" a BuzzFeed story that said Trump had directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Moscow.

Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying about the Moscow Tower project in a two-page statement and in testimony to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in 2017.

The bombshell report claimed the president directed Cohen to lie in his testimony to Congress about a Trump Organization tower deal in Moscow that continued through the summer of 2016. Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations.

Mueller said that the report was inaccurate, ending the debate over whether the blockbuster report would damage President Donald Trump.

The news site said its anonymous sources were also "involved in an investigation of the matter".

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen paid a technology company to rig early online polls in Trump's favor, including a CNBC poll identifying the country's top business leaders and a Drudge Report poll on potential Republican presidential candidates.

After Cohen's plea, Trump accused his former fixer of lying about his admissions in order to "get a reduced sentence". Trump added in his own words.

Democrats, who took over the US House of Representatives this month, have generally been cautious regarding any talk of impeachment to remove Mr Trump from office, although some rank-and-file members have pushed for such a resolution. BuzzFeed reports that not only did Cohen tell Mueller's team that Trump told him to lie, but that Mueller had evidence of this even before confronting Cohen.

He also noted that if Cohen's actions were coordinated with the Trump campaign then the campaign would have had to report all unpaid work as an "in-kind contribution".

Giuliani said in a statement earlier Friday that "any suggestion - from any source - that the President counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false".

"Today's claims are just more made-up lies born of Michael Cohen's malice and desperation", Giuliani said.

The statement issued Friday represents just the second time that Mueller's office publicly has publicly disputed the media's coverage of the investigation.

The project never came to fruition.

But he has turned on his former boss after he was charged with giving hush money to women alleging affairs with Trump ahead of the 2016 election - payments that violated campaign finance laws.

When Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Barr, "So if there was some reason to believe that the president tried to coach somebody not to testify or testify falsely, that could be obstruction of justice", Barr confirmed it.

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