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Trump’s former attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen decided earlier this week he is sick of covering for Trump, and he’s making sure everyone knows it.
That infamous meeting at Trump Tower in 2016, when top Trump advisers, including his son Donald Trump Jr., met with Russian operatives to get dirt on Hillary Clinton?
Yeah, Trump knew all about it, according to Cohen. He knew about it in advance and gave his approval to go ahead with it.
As CNN notes, Cohen’s allegation “would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said” Trump had no idea his son and top advisers were actively seeking information from Russia to harm Clinton’s campaign.
Those denials have never been very convincing, given that Trump and everyone on his team has been caught in lie after lie after lie after lie. That they would falsely claim Trump didn’t know about the meeting would be just one more lie on the flaming pile of untruths from Trump and his accomplices.
Not helping their case is current Trump lawyer and spinmeister Rudy Giuliani, who laughably said of Cohen, “He’s certainly a source that is not credible.”
Cohen, meanwhile, is clearly looking to make a deal to get himself out of trouble.
“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,” reports CNN. Even Cohen’s own attorney has said Cohen expects to be indicted soon.
What better way to cut a deal than hand over incredibly incriminating testimony about Trump’s direct knowledge of his campaign’s conversations with Russia?
Trump, for his part, is clearly getting nervous about what Cohen might say about him. Earlier this week, Trump lashed out at Cohen on Twitter, after Cohen released a recording he had secretly made of a discussion with Trump about paying off the National Enquirer to kill a story about his affair with Playboy model Karen McDougal.
“What kind of a lawyer would tape a client? So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before?” Trump whined. “Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things? I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped – can this be so? Too bad!”
That isn’t the only recording Cohen made either. The FBI seized a dozen tapes from Cohen’s office during a raid in April.
There’s obviously a lot Cohen knows about his former boss, after serving him for so many years, viciously threatening reporters on his behalf, and covering up — sometimes with his own money — Trump’s many illicit activities.
No wonder Trump is worried about what Cohen has on him and what he’s saying to the feds. Clearly, he has a lot of reason to worry.
Published with permission of The American Independent.