Mueller "Requested Documents" About Trump's Long-time Lawyer

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly requesting documents, asking witnesses about Michael Cohen, and otherwise "examining episodes" involving the longtime Trump lawyer who served as Trump's de facto fixer both during the campaign and during Cohen's time working at the Trump Organization.

According to WaPo, Cohen played a role in two incidents that are of interest to the Mueller probe:

The first area of focus for Mueller involves a deal that was nearly struck in late 2015 to build Trump Tower Moscow. As has already been reported, Cohen reportedly sent an email to Russian President Vladimir Putin inquiring about how to advance the stalled project. Cohen said he didn't remember receiving a response.


The second focus for Mueller is a "Russia-friendly" peace proposal that passed to Cohen by a Ukrainian lawmaker one week after Trump took office. And as former Trump aide Sam Nunberg disclosed yesterday in a series of manic, freewheeling interviews with several cable news shows, Cohen is one of nine individuals whose communications with Nunberg are being requested by the special counsel. Notably, Cohen is the only individual on that list who never worked for the Trump campaign or for the Trump White House.

Mueller is also looking into the construction of the Trump SoHo tower...

In January 2016, Cohen emailed Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, to ask for help advancing the project, according to documents submitted to congressional investigators.

Cohen said in an August statement that he did not recall receiving a response. He said that the plan was abandoned in January 2016 “for business reasons” when government permission was not secured and that the matter was “not related in any way to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.”

WSJ also reported yesterday that a bank transfer sent by Cohen to the lawyer of former adult-film star Stormy Daniels, purportedly a payoff to stop her from sharing the story of an affair with President Trump, with two media organizations. Cohen also reportedly demanded a refund from Trump following the payoff, but was forced to wai as the candidate was preoccupied with campaigning.

Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, rejected the notion that his client was under particular scrutiny by Mueller.

“Unsourced innuendo like this succeeds only because the leakers know the Special Counsel will not respond to set the record straight,” he said in a statement. For more than a decade, Cohen worked as the top lawyer for the Trump Organization, filing dozens of lawsuits on behalf of his famously litigious boss. Though he never formally joined the campaign, he did serve as an informal advisor.

Currently, he's serving on Trump's legal team along with White House lawyers Ty Cobb, John Dowd and a handful of others. Cohen made many enemies within the West Wing staff for his reported tendency to bring out Trump's "scorched earth" tendencies.

Mueller's team has repeatedly sought information relating to Cohen in recent months, though it's unclear how heavily they are probing him.

In summary, it's unclear whether this is just another fishing expedition as Mueller pivots toward investigating Trump's finances and whether he obstructed justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey after he reportedly refused Trump's request to go easy on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Cohen is currently suing Buzzfeed for publishing Cohen's name with the infamous Steele Dossier.

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In a separate story published earlier this afternoon, the Daily Beast reported that Cohen somehow obtained confidential testimony from one of the House Intelligence Committee’s interviews related to its Russia investigation.

The testimony that was reportedly leaked was from David Kramer, a former staffer for Sen. John McCain who testified on Dec. 19 about his role in bringing the infamous Steele dossier to the FBI's attention. The DB said the leaked testimony is one sign of the "breakdown of trust" that has stymied the various Congressional investigations into Russia, as Republicans (and Democrats, too, though the DB story focuses exclusively on Cohen and his presumably Republican allies) routinely leak testimony that's supposed to have been given in confidence.

A few days after Kramer’s testimony, his lawyer, Larry Robbins, got a strange call. The call was from Stephen Ryan, a lawyer who represents Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. Cohen is facing scrutiny from Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators regarding potential coordination between Trump’s team and the Kremlin. He featured prominently in the Steele dossier—the document that Kramer handled—and is currently suing Buzzfeed for publishing it.

Ryan told Robbins he reached out because someone from the House told him that Robbins’ client, Kramer, had information about the Steele dossier that could help Cohen.

Robbins declined to help. Ryan then asked Robbins not to tell the House intelligence committee about their conversation.

Robbins refused Ryan's request, and instead informed the committee of the request. He then wrote a letter to the committee blasting lawmakers for leaking his client's testimony in reference to Robbins' request.

Emily Hytha, a spokesperson for Rep. Michael Conaway, who is supervising the probe, said witness testimony was not shared improperly. (The testimony was deemed committee-sensitive, according to a committee source, but not classified.)

"Any accusation that a witness's testimony was shared with another witness or their lawyer is unequivocally false," she said.

When it comes to Cohen, Democrats on the committee are primarily concerned with an allegation in the Steele dossier claiming that Cohen met with a Russian operative in Prague during the summer of 2016. Cohen has denied that the meeting took place, but Democrats said they've been unable to obtain documents that would corroborate Cohen's claims.

We imagine that the question of whether this trip took place is of paramount importance to Mueller, too.


pods lookslikecraptome Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:44 Permalink

This is downright laughable now. 

Anyone running for office better check your fridge. A bottle of Russian dressing means collusion.

How long will this fucking bastard keep this up?  My guess is until someone taps him on the shoulder and tells him to go home.

Who is going to do that?  This is McCarthy all over again. Nobody can say shit about this guy or they are under the influence of "The Russians."


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FireBrander GUS100CORRINA Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:57 Permalink

It appears that Democrats are far more law abiding than Republicans...everywhere Mueller looks he finds crooked Mueller pursuing justice, or a political agenda?

For fucks sake Trump...ENOUGH ALREADY!

DC is full of fucking crooks and Mueller is not going to change that...toss his worthless ass to the curb and send Sessions with him...then hire some young guns hungry to make a name for themselves in the history books (be sure they voted for you though:)

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Jon_Locke GUS100CORRINA Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:06 Permalink

This investigation should have been shutdown immediately once it was made known it all has stemmed from a FISA warrant that was obtained with blatantly false information for the purpose of politics. Even if anything was found at this point it would be considered as "poisoned fruit from the tree"(unusable in court) because of how the investigation was started. Also notice how all media coverage has dropped concerning the memos. This is just as bad if not worst than the McCarthy hearings.

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Ace006 Jon_Locke Wed, 03/07/2018 - 00:33 Permalink

Joeseph McCarthy was a great American whose charges of communist infiltration of the federal government were well founded. His campaign to expose this was one of the high points of our history.

The left tore its hair over the truth of it all and made the Hollywood Ten one of its showcase stories. Those 10 dirt bags were strangely reticent about their communist beliefs.

The famous "have you no shame" episode was bogus. See Blacklisted by History.

The communist scum are still out there. Bill Ayers and he wife were admitted or convicted communist terrorists and close friends with Barry "No Paper Trail" Soetoro, Man of Mystery.

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PeaceLover GUS100CORRINA Tue, 03/06/2018 - 16:36 Permalink

We are supposed to respect that guy..
I think they watch "24" and believe it.

Congress said save protect the e-mails

"Clinton team destroyed evidence which they were under legal order to save and produce to congressional investigators."

Add the people that plead guilty got set up in a really questionable law lying to a federal agent.. that stupid lame law smells of no fifth protection..
Only answer is to not talk to Looser FBI agent's to start will.
When I say looser think about it.  "school shooting comes to mind"

Oh but that beg to question is the real crime the coverup by the FBI that seem to be chasing ghosts?

Russian indictment laughable "a click bait farm" trying to make some money off google adds is now somehow a big Russian political crime ring.

we need to get the truth out..!!!




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onewayticket2 Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:43 Permalink

But it's about Russian collusion, really.  honest.   It's not a fishing expedition.  I'm not trying to cover up anything by creating a diversion and I reject comparisons to Jos. Stalin ("Show me the man and I will FIND you the crime").  



R. Mueller & Co.


ps.  if you mention Clinton Foundation, you'll get a subpoena, too.


krispkritter Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:47 Permalink

Flash: "Mueller investigates Trump for allegedly shitting his diapers as a 6 month old."  What a farce.  The Clinton Cabal and the DNC already dropped a pile on Mueller's desk but you know 'dat shit don't stank'. Criminals one and all. Wake me up when the shooting starts.

buzzsaw99 Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:48 Permalink

hitlary committed so many crimes and openly colluded with russia and took bribes from russia and nothing but whitewash and a blind eye.  this only proves that anyone "they" don't like will get the same treatment (or worse).  kleptocracy won.  i don't care about trump personally but this endless fishing expedition based on phony evidence only proves that there is no way the usa can ever have a decent president with so many maggots about.

Bill of Rights Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:49 Permalink

The only Travesty here is, that this Bull shit and a waste of tax payer funds continues...And no one says a fucken thing.


What these Cucks are doing is in the end when they've found nothing they will claim Trumps entire tenure was full of scandal which will be more LIES.

Ron_Mexico Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:50 Permalink

Um, Constitutionally speaking, the President can fire/replace the FBI Director any time for any reason.  Therefore the whole premise of Mueller's appointment is flawed, as will be any possible convictions arising from it.  This is and always has been about impeachment. 

Consuelo Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:51 Permalink

I'm impressed quite frankly - and that's not an easy order to fill when it comes to the Klinton art of skullduggery.

Her & Pods have their operatives serving it up daily, fresh & hot.   Gotta give the Devil his due - and they're about the closet things to Satan's minions as it gets.

Evil never rests folks...

SDShack Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:52 Permalink

All these Mueller leaks are nothing but red meat to gin up the rabid libtard base to coerce them to send dollars to the DNC. The DNC is and has been in a funding panic, and has to reverse that if they want to compete in 2018. Ergo, shit out the most absurd findings possible to keep the fake news flowing to pump the libtard sheep into shitting $. This bullshit shows they have nothing, and I suspect they really do not even care about winning back the congress, and are just desperate to keep the facade going to keep the money flowing. If they lose in 2018, then keep it going till 2020 with Trump's campaign. If by some miracle, Mueller does trap Trump, I think Trump will go Mutual Assured Destruction on the entire swamp and take it all down on his way out, and they know this so they will only push this so far. It's all about keeping the 2 sides divided and ginned up to keep the money flowing to everyone.

Cman5000 Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:52 Permalink

I thought the investigation was about the Russians ? Now everyone and everything else seems to be in play. But yet what's been found is crimes that happened under the Obama administration before Trump even ran. Now back to posting Cat photos.

blindfaith Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:53 Permalink

Bolsheviks, the communist leftists are the working hands of this man.  Don't kid yourself.  The leftists are social saboteurs pretending to be liberal Democrats to enslave the remaining still believers.  



buzzsaw99 Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:55 Permalink

the joke is on the fbi because comey cost hitlary (comey, her own man even) the election and now even if they get rid of trump they still can't have hitlary.

ZENDOG Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:55 Permalink

Just Mueller at the top of anyone's list? Just asking......

If Trump goes, Pence will wipe the Planet of these fuckers.

Mike Masr Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:56 Permalink

Fuck this deep-state asshole Mueller!

If this fucking jerk really wanted to know if the Russians hacked the DNC he would speak with Julian Assange.

This Mueller is a fucking joke working only for the deep state to get ANY dirt on Trump.

Fuck him and fuck his senseless witch hunt!