Cohen Ready To Flip: Will Tell Mueller Trump Knew About Trump Tower Meeting

President Trump's former longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that then-candidate Donald Trump knew in advance about a June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya - a Fusion GPS associate who is not a fan of Trump Sr. 

Several other individuals were at the meeting, while Cohen has claimed for the first time that he was there too according to a late Thursday report by CNN

Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians' offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.  -CNN

Trump's prior knowledge of the meeting would contradict his own denial, that of his son Trump Jr., and several administration officials who have previously said that the President was unaware of the meeting. Keeping all that in mind, Cohen does not have evidence to support this claim according to CNN - but that he's willing to attest to his account in a bid to "possibly lessen his legal troubles." 

According to people who have discussed the matter with Cohen, he has expressed hope that this claim about the Trump Tower meeting will help him reach out to Mueller and possibly lessen his legal troubles. He's under scrutiny by federal prosecutors in Manhattan after Mueller referred Cohen's case to them. -CNN

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said of Cohen: "He's certainly a source that is not credible." 

On July 12 of last year, Trump said of the Tower meeting he "only heard about it two or three days ago," while one week later repeating that he "didn't know anything about the meeting" because "nobody told me" about it.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. said during Congressional Testimony last September: "He wasn't aware of it," adding "And, frankly, by the time anyone was aware of it, which was summer of this year, as I stated earlier, I wouldn't have wanted to get him involved in it because it had nothing to do with him."

Alan Fuertes, an attorney for Trump Jr. said: "Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations ... We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr. Trump, Jr., and on his behalf."

So it comes down to Cohen's word vs. everyone else's - unless some of the "several others" he claims were present when Trump approved the meeting - which was arranged by UK publicist and Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone.

Goldstone said during Congressional testimony reviewed by Breitbart that he believes the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower was a "bait and switch" by a Russian lobbyist who promised "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, and admitted that he used hyperbolic language on purpose to ensure that the meeting would take place.

“I, therefore, used the strongest hyperbolic language in order to secure this request from Donald Trump Jr. based on the bare facts I was given,” said Goldstone, a UK publicist and music manager. 

“It was an example of, I was given very limited information, and my job was to get a meeting, and so I used my professional use of words to emphasize what my client had only given bare-bones information about, in order to get the attention of Mr. Trump Jr.” -Rob Goldstone

Goldstone then said "it appeared to me to have been a bait and switch of somebody who appeared to be lobbying for what I now understood to be the Magnitsky act," - which sanctions Russian officials thought to be involved in the death of a Russian tax accountant.

The Russian lawyer in the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Trump-hating attorney and Fusion GPS associate who represented Russian businessman and Fusion client Denis Katsyv, said that the son of a Russian oligarch, Emin Agalarov, told her to set up the Tower meeting through his representative, Irakly "Ike" Kaveladze. Kaveladze attended the meeting. 

Of note, Agalarov organized the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow when it was partially owned by Donald Trump, and while both Agalarov and Katsyv opposed the Magnitsky act, Veselnitskaya worked only for Katsyv. 

Veselnitskaya said Agalarov told her to get in touch with Kaveladze about the meeting because he had connections with the Trump team.

Veselnitskaya said she made a point of asking Goldstone -- who she mistakenly thought was a lawyer -- whether it was OK to include Akhmetshin, given that he was a registered lobbyist. Goldstone told her it was fine, she said. -NBC News

On June 3, 2016, Goldstone sent an email to Trump Jr. on behalf of Emin Agalarov to set up the meeting. Goldstone was described last July as "associated with Fusion GPS" by Mark Corallo - spokesman for Trump's outside legal counsel, according to the Washington Post

“Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the president and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier" -Mark Corallo

From Goldstone's June 3rd email to Trump Jr. - six days before the Trump Tower meeting:

The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.

This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin.

Trump Jr. replied to Goldstone that “if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” 

Breitbart News previously reported that Russian-born Washington lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, who attended the meeting with Veselnitskaya, evidenced a larger relationship with Fusion GPS and the controversial firm’s co-founder Glenn Simpson, according to Akhmetshin’s testimony before the same committee. -Breitbart

Fusion's fingerprints are all over this...

Hours before - and after, Veselnitskaya attended the Trump Tower meeting to lobby Trump Jr. about the Magnitsky act, she met with Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson.

And while most people know that Fusion GPS was paid by the Clinton campaign to produce the infamous "Steele Dossier" - assembled by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele, Fusion was also working for Katsyv, while Veselnitskaya represented him. - who was given special permission by the Obama DOJ to enter the U.S. and represent him. 

In late November of 2017, The Daily Caller's Chuck Ross reported that heavily redacted Fusion GPS bank records showed the Clinton Campaign's law firm, Perkins Coie, paid Fusion a total of $1,024,408 in 2016 for opposition research on then-candidate Donald Trump - including the infamous "Steele dossier." 

Ross also reported that law firm Baker Hostelter paid Fusion $523,651 between March and October 2016 on behalf of a company owned by Katsyv to research Bill Browder, a London banker who helped push through the Magnitsky Act.

Bear in mind, Veselnitskaya is not a fan of Donald Trump: 

So while some believe that the Trump Tower meeting was a setup from the start, the question at hand is whether Trump knew about it in advance - which in the grand scheme of things might be a tad less interesting than the origins of the meeting itself. 

Comments

nmewn powow Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:31 Permalink

"President Trump's former longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is prepared to tell special counsel Robert Mueller that then-candidate Donald Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Fusion GPS associate Natalia Veselnitskaya and several other individuals - including Cohen, who says he was there, reports CNN." 

Can ANYONE even wrap their head around this new fake nuuuz? 

Lanny Davis is telling CNN (because that is the only place it could possibly come from theoretically, that being Lanny Davis) that Trump was actually "in-the-know-colluding-with" a Fusion GPS operative to torpedo his own campaign!?

Who can keep up with this nonsense?

In reply to by powow

nmewn DingleBarryObummer Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:59 Permalink

I'm unsure of the zeitgeist being proposed here but it sure sounds like you are offering up the theory that the Deep State actually wanted Trump.

Yet he..."colluded"...among outside parties like the DNC funded Fusion, Perkins Coie, MI6 and then the FBI, the CIA, DNI and the DoJ to manufacture FALSE EVIDENCE.

In order to produce that "evidence" to a FISA court, in order to "legally" surveil (with taxpayer funds, of course) the very same man (and his associates).

So as to, gather incriminating evidence against him (Trump) so he could be removed from office in disgrace (almost immediately) because he is actually the one the Deep State wants in office, as President of the United States.

Is that what I'm hearing here? ;-)  

In reply to by DingleBarryObummer

IridiumRebel nmewn Thu, 07/26/2018 - 22:15 Permalink

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said of Cohen: "He's certainly a source that is not credible." 

On July 12 of last year, Trump said of the meeting that he "only heard about it two or three days ago," while one week later repeating that he "didn't know anything about the meeting" because "nobody told me" about it.

Perhaps the largest denial of Trump's knowledge, however, comes directly from Donald Trump Jr., who said during Congressional Testimony: "He wasn't aware of it," adding "And, frankly, by the time anyone was aware of it, which was summer of this year, as I stated earlier, I wouldn't have wanted to get him involved in it because it had nothing to do with him."

Alan Fuertes, an attorney for Donald Trump Jr. said: "Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations ... We are very confident of the accuracy and reliability of the information that has been provided by Mr. Trump, Jr., and on his behalf."

 

That’s the best they have?

He said she said over a BS meeting about nothing of worth. 

 

My God these people are desperate.

 

In reply to by nmewn

FireBrander joego1 Fri, 07/27/2018 - 00:12 Permalink

Trump tower has no security desk?

No check in for a meeting with Trump jr?

No video surveillance record?

I can walk into Trump Tower and procede unimpeded to Trump Jr's office? 

BULLSHIT!

If Cohen was there, there exists a record of it!

Did Cohen bring his cell phone? That could prove he was there; or that he wasn't.

Crikey Rudy! This is some basic investigative work! Trump owns the God Dam Building! Pull the fucking records! Send the FBI in to grab Cohen's phone! Subpoena his phone location records from his provider!  

In reply to by joego1

Tarzan NidStyles Fri, 07/27/2018 - 04:36 Permalink

More manufactured circular evidence that, if taken to court, will be demolished in discovery!

This is another hit piece that will never see a court room.  It's designed for public consumption, as propaganda for the masses, to paint him guilty without due process.

Bring it to court, Let the witnesses testify, in public!

In reply to by NidStyles

Klassenfeind Tarzan Fri, 07/27/2018 - 05:35 Permalink

This has to be fake news, because Trump is so smart and he has such in-depth knowledge and understanding of the human psyche that he “only hires the best people.”

Together with Deep State and MIC agents like Pompeo, Bolton, Mattis, Mnuchin, and Haspel, Michael Cohen has to be one of the best guys that Trump has ever hired! What an Orange Genius he is! Hahahaha! 

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2016/09/15/trump-ill-choose-the-best-people-for-my-administration.html

https://www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump/posts/i-am-self-funding-and-will-hire-the-best-people-not-the-biggest-donors/10156880944480725/

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-02-14/trump-s-vow-to-hire-the-best-people-isn-t-panning-out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx7CPPJ-jz8

In reply to by Tarzan

Last of the Mi… Klassenfeind Fri, 07/27/2018 - 06:58 Permalink

What's worse than watching the most horribly produced sit-com with canned laughter tracks running full force over actors with no possible sense of humor?  RE-RUNS!!

Russia Re-runs! That's where we are now!

MSM in this country needs electroshock therapy. They are completely, totally and irrefutable psychotic. We're at the point where you have to have a mental disease in order to participate in their version of events. 

 

In reply to by Klassenfeind

glenlloyd Last of the Mi… Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:19 Permalink

How is this even relevant? It's not even news, what is it going to tell us if it is true? Cohen has no evidence to prove his claims anyway.

This is like whether there's anything to Trump paying off the playboy playmate, it's not against the law and it's no ones business. If a politician could be prosecuted for having dates with sluts then we'd have to go after everyone there going back to JFK. You could probably skip a few in there, they might have been devoted to wives, but FFS this is just so much nothing.

 

In reply to by Last of the Mi…

caconhma HopefulCynical Thu, 07/26/2018 - 22:42 Permalink

If you don't fight back, you are a loser.

The orange Orangutan is a divergence. He is a charlatan and the Deep state man but they want to be sure that he is on a very short leash. Now, they will be forcing him to start a "small" war with Iran on behalf of Zionist Banking Mafia and Israel. Trump got Putin's go-ahead for this war. Remember, Putin is a CIA asset.

JFK was able to handle/manage the Cuban Crisis but I am not sure about Trump. The sooner it will take place the better. The present political situation in the USA is very malignant. Therefore, the sooner the patient has a painful surgery the better.

In reply to by HopefulCynical

natxlaw IridiumRebel Fri, 07/27/2018 - 02:24 Permalink

I really think Cohen is working with Trump on this one. They are so desperate that they actually think they can use privileged material from a guy's own lawyer against him and in the same breath when they have no evidence use the testimony of this lawyer against the former client.

 

Trump told Cohen to make those recordings. He had him make them so they could prove everything was above board if they needed to do so. They probably did all this in response to the Russian Lawyer meeting. This all  happened about the same time Trump started saying how "Great things were going to be with Russia if he was the President," which is what trolled them into starting the Russian plant narrative.

 

This is really starting to look like a colossal trolling of the deep state by Trump using Cohen. The way the fake news keep pushing Cohen as the guy to bring Trump down, it reminds me of an episode of the Apprentice where the losing team brought a guy with immunity into the board room to be fired. They said his performance was so bad he should lose immunity. Trump said "He has immunity." Cohen is Trumps lawyer, he is never going to flip on Trump, and there is no way we come out of this without him letting the public know that he did all this stuff because his client told him to.

In reply to by IridiumRebel

PT DingleBarryObummer Thu, 07/26/2018 - 22:48 Permalink

Cohen already said he "will put his family first" which to me sounds very much like he fears for the fate of his family, therefore anything he says can not be trusted as he will say anything to "put his family first".

To be fair, the President could not prevent his personal lawyer's office from being raided so I guess I can not blame him for abandoning ship for the sake of putting his family first but it is a shame that he and his family weren't made of sterner stuff.  Otherwise, who knows?  One day he might have even become President!

As it is, I'm not sure who is going to employ him after this trial is over.  He might have to hide inside a Tesla and sneak it onto one of Musk's rockets and try and find a planet that has not heard of him.

Or has the Deep State got a gig for him where he spends the rest of his life "putting his family first"?

In reply to by DingleBarryObummer

BabaLooey nmewn Fri, 07/27/2018 - 04:42 Permalink

MOTHERFUCKER....

IF AN INVESTIGATION WAS DONE THIS THOROUGH.....

.........CONCERNING BARACK SUCKING COCK SOETERO ..........

.....OF THIS DEPTH AND SCOPE......

.....WE WOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO ENDURE 2009 TO 2016 OF THE FUCK.

...but no

NOW we get this SHIT.

FUCK you libtardprogcommies - GO FIND YOUR OWN COUNTRY.

In reply to by nmewn

Dutti Freeze These Thu, 07/26/2018 - 21:57 Permalink

Even if Trump knew that people on his team would meet with some Russians who wanted to talk - what's the big deal?

It's a desperate attempt from Muller to find something, anything.

A Nothingburger - but Maxine Waters et al will cry Treason/Impeachment.

In reply to by Freeze These