Michael Cohen is now ready to spill his guts about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

By |2019-01-30T10:53:18-08:00January 31st, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |11 Comments

Aha!

Courtesy of The Atlantic

Cohen’s much-hyped public testimony before a separate panel, the House Oversight Committee, was expected to be highly restricted to avoid interfering with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, with which Cohen has been cooperating for several months. (Cohen postponed that hearing following attacks from the president and the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on his wife and father-in-law.) But the intelligence-committee hearings will be conducted behind closed doors, giving Cohen the opportunity to have a freer exchange with the members.

Cohen is willing to answer questions about what he’s told Mueller and other issues related to the ongoing investigation, according to two people familiar with his plans. (They, like other people I spoke with, requested anonymity to discuss the private deliberations.) However, his legal team is also in talks with Mueller’s office to determine whether there are any parameters for his testimony. The House Intelligence Committee is also “in consultation with the special counsel’s office to ascertain any concerns that they might have and to deconflict,” according to a committee aide.

“The reason that he agreed to testify privately for the intelligence committees is, first and foremost, because he owes them,” one of the people familiar with Cohen’s plans said. “He pleaded guilty to lying to them and owes them an apology.” Cohen admitted in court late last year that he lied to Congress when he told them that negotiations to build a Trump Tower Moscow ended in January 2016, and that he hadn’t discussed it much with Trump. In fact, Cohen testified, he agreed to travel to Russia in connection with the Moscow project and took steps to prepare for Trump’s possible trip there after he clinched the Republican nomination.

Cohen is “more open to answering questions” about these and other Russia-related issues than he would have been in a public setting, according to this source, as long as he remains “secure in the knowledge that both committees will protect his testimony and prevent leaks.”

Well, then I guess there might be at least something good about Cohen testifying behind closed doors. 

Now we just need to trust the Democrats to leak out the really scandalous stuff. 

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11 Comments

  1. Anonymous January 31, 2019 at 6:33 am

    -14 degrees without wind chill here in metro Detroit, hoping the russians, who have already hacked our power grid, do not decide to kill off half the country and turn the power off.

    They have know our power grid is vulnerable since 9/11, what in the hell have they been doing about it all these years!

    • Anon January 31, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      And you let them do it. Don’t expect sympathy here.

  2. Anon January 31, 2019 at 6:47 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/stupid-nbc-reporter-explains-russians-trying-spread-fake-mueller-docs-flubbed-things-badly/

    According to NBC News reporter Ben Collins, those who got direct messages from the Russian accounts found the information either complicated or obviously false.

  3. Donald Rumsfeld January 31, 2019 at 7:05 am

    https://www.salon.com/2019/01/30/mueller-closes-the-circle-of-russian-collusion-on-trump/

    “process crimes”…Voila!
    what everyone has forgotten is that Mueller’s indictments of the Russians were not for “process crimes” at all, but rather for various specific crimes surrounding the underlying crime of CONspiring to defraud the United States of America.
    He is has been investigating a conspiracy by the Russians and other “persons known and unknown to the grand jury,” to “interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” according to the specific wording of the indictments of the Russians.
    He will probably not indict the president, but he will name him as an unindicted co-conspirator, just as Richard Nixon was in Watergate. “October surprise.” I love WikiLeaks!”

    Mueller has been building slowly to an indictment of people at the very top of the Trump campaign who knew that the Russians had hacked the Democrats’ documents. These are the “persons known and unknown” who conspired with WikiLeaks about how to use the Democrats’ emails in the closing months of the campaign. One of those people was hinted at in the Stone indictment when Mueller said a “top campaign official” had been “directed” to contact Stone about “additional releases” of Democratic emails by WikiLeaks.

  4. Putin's "chef," January 31, 2019 at 7:15 am

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/mueller-says-russians-using-his-discovery-materials-disinformation-effort-n964811

    The information appears to have come from the materials shared with attorneys for Concord Management, one of several Russian entities accused of election meddling.
    That discovery — evidence and documents traded between both sides of a lawsuit — appears to have been altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign apparently aimed at discrediting the ongoing investigations in Russian interference in the U.S. political system, according to the documents.
    According to the documents filed Wednesday, a Twitter account called @HackingRedstone tweeted: “We’ve got access to the Special Counsel Mueller’s probe database as we hacked Russian server with info from the Russian troll case Concord LLC v. Mueller. You can view all the files Mueller had about the IRA and Russian collusion. Enjoy the reading!” {The account has since been suspended.}
    The Internet Research Agency, or IRA, is a St. Petersburg-based firm whose key executives have also been indicted by Mueller on charges of defrauding the United States.
    The special counsel’s office said the account used to publish the discovery materials was registered by a user with an IP address in Russia.

  5. Anon January 31, 2019 at 7:42 am

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/01/31/senate-republicans-plan-stunning-rebuke-of-trump.html

    “Power over foreign policy has shifted to the executive branch over the last 30 years. Many of us in the Senate want to start taking it back,” said a Republican senator closely allied with Senate Majority Leader Bitch McCONnell (R-Ky.), who asked to remain anonymous. The action planned by Senate Republicans is to vote today on an amendment sponsored by McCONnell warning that “the precipitous withdrawal” of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan “could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security.” The planned resolution will also say that the Senate believes that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al Qaeda pose a “continuing threat to the homeland and our allies” and maintain an “ability to operate in Syria and Afghanistan.”

    {WE SEE NOW LOTS OF ARTICLES ABOUT THE RISE DURING THE TRUMP ERA OF A MUCH MORE TRANSACTIONAL, MERCENARY KIND OF SORT OF BOOTS FOR HIRE, GUNS FOR HIRE ON THE GROUND.
    WE’RE HEARING ABOUT BLACK WATER RISING AGAIN, THE FAMOUS ERIK PRINCE MERCENARY OPERATION AND OTHERS.

    YOU YOURSELF SPENT SOME TIME AS A MERCENARY IN AFRICA, IS THAT CORRECT?

    I WAS A PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTOR IN AFRICA.

    THE DIFFERENCE IS?

    THE DIFFERENCE IS I WAS AN SARMD CIVILIAN DOING PARAMILITARY THINGS SO TRADITIONALLY YOU COULD SAY THAT’S A MERCENARY, A WHAT’S HAPPENING IS THIS INDUSTRY IS ON THE RISE GLOBAL WORLDWIDE.

    IT’S ONE OF THE HUGE SECURITY TRENDS NOT BEING COVERED GENERALLY IN THE MEDIA.

    WE’RE SEEING MERCENARIES IN YEMEN, SYRIA, IRAQ, YOU KNOW, UKRAINE, IN NIGERIA.

    MERCENARIES ARE COMING BACK INTO MODERN WARFARE.

    THIS WILL CHALLENGE AND CHANGE WARFARE AND GLOBAL ORDER AS WE KNOW IT. RUSSIA IS USING SOMETHING CALLED THE VOGNER GROUP,
    A POWERFUL MERCENARY CORPORATION FIGHTING IN SYRIA AND ELSEWHERE.

    THE OTHER REASON, THIS IS ONE OF THE NEW RULES OF WAR, WE LIVE IN A GLOBAL INFORMATION AGE WHERE PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY CAN BE AS POWERFUL OR MORE POWERFUL THAN FIREPOWER.

    MERCENARIES OFFER PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY. PROPOSING THIS PLAN WHERE ALL AMERICAN TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN GET REPLACED BY MERCENARIES.

    HE THINKS 6500 MERCENARIES CAN FIX AFGHANISTAN.

    IT CAN’T.

    THAT’S DANGEROUS THINKING. LITTLE GREEN MEN.
    CRIMEA!

    P$>
    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/01/31/lawrence-odonnell-blisters-ny-times-the-brainwashing-is-working.html

  6. Whatevs January 31, 2019 at 8:31 am

    If there is even on ReTHUG on that committee, all bets about preventing leaks are off.

  7. $BM~JB$ January 31, 2019 at 8:34 am

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-was-ben-carson-hanging-out-with-the-employee-of-this-sanctioned-russian-oligarch-konstantin-malofeev-alexey-komov-bdb4cd383eaa/

    “appears to be from Carson’s appearance as a keynote speaker at the 2014 gala for the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), one of the most notorious anti-LGBTQ organizations extant. Alexey Komov — shown in the photo to the right of Carson — has worked for years to ingratiate himself with the American far right, from partnering with American homeschool organizations to working with Christian fundamentalist groups to even liaising closely with Christian movie reviewers.”
    The photo appeared on the Twitter account of Larry Jacobs, the former managing director of the World Congress of Families (WCF). That organization is the main bridge between sanctioned Russian officials and American Christian fundamentalists. Jacobs, who also appeared in the photo, has described Russia as the “hope for the world,” adding in 2015 that “the Russians might be the Christian saviors of the world.” “It took place shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, leading to the first forced annexation in Europe since World War II. The invasion triggered U.S. sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs.

    Among those sanctioned for meddling in Ukraine: Malofeev, known in Russia as “God’s oligarch” for his funding of far-right fundamentalist efforts, including the WCF. ”
    ” the “information in the attachments does not properly reflect reality,” but did not respond to ThinkProgress requests for comment about the photo with Carson. The former GOP presidential candidate has compared same-sex marriage to bestiality. During his keynote speech at the NOM gala, as Right Wing Watch found, Carson even managed to claim that Marxists were “using LGBT rights to destroy American unity and impose the ‘New World Order.’”

    https://thinkprogress.org/why-was-ben-carson-hanging-out-with-the-employee-of-this-sanctioned-russian-oligarch-konstantin-malofeev-alexey-komov-bdb4cd383eaa/

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/trump-considering-herman-cain-federal-reserve-board-despite-sexual-harrassment-allegations-report/

  8. Whatevs January 31, 2019 at 8:39 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/01/trump-says-will-let-justice-department-decide-handling-mueller-report/
    Which means T/Rump has assurances from Barr that he will not release the parts of the report T.Rump doesn’t want released.

  9. Anon January 31, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    This has BEEN going on forever. Sounds like we need to call BDO. Just like the commercial. Audit those accounts baby.

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