Federal prosecutors and congressional investigators have discovered a trove of emails and text messages that don’t just undercut Michael Cohen’s previous testimony about Donald Trump’s involvement and interest in building a skyscraper in Moscow — they prove he outright lied.
According to Yahoo! News, who have had the messages described to them by multiple sources, the information was turned over to the investigation by former mafia ally Felix Sater, who worked with Trump and his personal attorney on getting the rights to build a Trump Tower in the Russian capital.
Cohen had previously testified under oath that he “gave up” on the project — which began in 2015 — early in January of 2016, after determining that it was not financially viable for the deal to continue. But the messages turned over by Sater show Cohen continuing to discuss, promote, and work toward the acquisition of rights for the Trump World Tower Moscow as much as five months later than he told federal investigators initially.
The issue for Cohen in this is not so much that pursuing the Tower is problematic in and of itself — it’s that he lied about how long the effort went on. Not only is it a felony for Cohen to lie to federal investigators, making this one of many that Cohen is likely to be charged with, but the act of lying about something as seemingly innocuous as how long a particular business deal went on speaks to Cohen’s character on multiple levels.
Lying about it means that Cohen knew there was illegal activity involved in the pursuit of the Trump World Tower Moscow, and that his approach to the federal investigation has been scarcely more than casual in regard to the truth.
Felix Sater himself has testified that he told Cohen and Trump’s entire team that he could pull strings to get Russian officials to help elect Trump to the presidency.
Considering the fact that Trump is the principal actor in all of this, priding himself on his personal involvement in all of his business deals, it is literally unthinkable that Trump would not have been fully apprised of everything Cohen was working on, which means that, although he has not been forced to testify under oath, he has told the same lies as Cohen this entire time, even claiming at one point that he wouldn’t recognize Felix Sater if he saw him — although he has had business dealings with him for more than a decade.
Cohen himself has known Sater since they were both in high school, according to the report.
With the mountain of evidence against Michael Cohen, it’s only a matter of time before he begins to value his freedom over his loyalty to Donald Trump.