President Trump is under new scrutiny after his former personal attorney Michael Cohen reached a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller over lying to a congressional committee.
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin in her broadcast questioned whether Trump concealed his business dealings with Russia and whether the Kremlin had leverage over him. Meanwhile, Joy Behar of “The View” said, in response to the Cohen plea agreement, that today was a good day for Trump to resign.
Trump responded almost immediately to Cohen’s plea deal, calling Cohen “a weak person” lying about a real estate project to get a reduced sentence.
According to a nine-page filing by federal prosecutors, Cohen “knowingly and willfully made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation” to the Senate Intelligence Committee about a Trump real estate project in Russia.
In exchange for his ongoing cooperation with Mueller’s team, Cohen won’t be prosecuted for “any other false statements” made to Congress or the special counsel’s office in addition to obstructing justice and conspiring to commit perjury.
However, the question remains: How do we know Cohen is telling the truth now?
There’s certainly an incentive for Cohen to lie to Mueller’s team, given how grim his legal future looks. According to the plea agreement, which again hinges on his ongoing cooperation, Cohen faces between zero and six months in federal prison.
Between the Cohen revelation and reports that Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort allegedly met with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, it’s certainly not a great look for Trump. However, we should take pause and remember that nobody has produced evidence that Trump committed a crime regarding Russia. What he’s clearly guilty of: surrounding himself with people who had little problem telling lies.
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