Disgraced ex-confident to President Trump, Michael Cohen once again struck a plea deal with the Mueller team — backtracking on his original tented testimony regarding a known Trump Moscow real estate project that went nowhere.
The embattled ex-attorney, who was found guilty for lying to Congress about an abandoned Russia development project, seems to be the lynch-pin the Mueller team is counting on.
The surprise revelations on Friday involved Cohen’s revised testimony where he admitted he made false statements to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017 about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow (suggesting the project was scrapped in January of 2016.)
After spending countless hours of interrogation with the Mueller team and perhaps the promise of a lighter prison sentence, Cohen’s recollection suddenly changed to a more favorable timeline for investigators to June of 2016.
Cohen’s original statement gave the impression the Moscow project ended before the 2016 Iowa caucuses.
“I continued to follow the political messaging of Individual 1 (Trump) and his advisors. I was aware that Individual 1 (Trump) said he was not tied to Russia, attacks were politically motivated, and all interactions were terminated by the time of the Iowa Caucuses,” Cohen said in court. Cohen added that before the Senate committee, “I asserted all efforts ceased in January 2016 when they kept going until June 2016.”
Cohen is obviously a desperate individual, who has lied repeatedly and is hoping to get a reduced sentence from a desperate Special Counsel attempting to bring down a duly elected president.
In the final analysis without any corroborating evidence (thus far) regarding the testimony of Cohen, a self-described convicted liar, Mueller’s witch- hunt goes nowhere, other than becoming another political talking point for progressives, in the upcoming 20202 Presidential Election.
However, the final chapter to be written, of Russian collusion belongs to President Trump who has threatened to declassify “divesting” documents if House Democrats attempt to use the Mueller witch-hunt as a ruse to begin impeachment hearings or continue with bogus probes.
On Wednesday in an exclusive interview with the New York Post, the president made it abundantly clear he’s ready to play hardball, NEW YORK STYLE.
“If they want to play tough, I will do it. They will see how devastating those pages are.”
Trump promised he would declassify FISA warrant applications and other confidential documents from Robert Mueller’s investigation, which he said would expose efforts by the FBI, the Justice Department and the Clinton campaign to set him up.
Adding, “If they go down the Presidential harassment track, if they want to go and harass the President and the administration, I think that would be the best thing that would happen to me,” he said. “I’m a counter-puncher and I will hit them so hard they’d never been hit like that.”
Trump also openly revealed his strategy, to wait for the right moment in releasing the documents saying, “It’s much more powerful if I do it then.”
However, the president cautioned, “Some things maybe the public shouldn’t see because they are so bad.”
Trump made it clear the devastating documents wouldn’t damage him, but others. “Maybe it’s better that the public not see what’s been going on with this country.”