Felix Sater’s Buddy Michael Cohen Breaks Agreement With Senate; Now Faces Subpoena
Just associating with accused mobster Sater on a business level could be enough for serious prison time. But, in fact, Cohen and Sater go way back to teenage years here on Long Island. Amazingly, while I was in Junior High here on Long Island these two thugs were already fast friends.
As for Trump at the same time he as claiming to barely know who Sater was, Cohen and Sater were working on a Trump Tower deal in Russia that Sater claimed would win the election for Herr Trump.
This could only go forward with Putin’s permission and Trump’s signature was on the documents. Remember when Trump said he had nothing to do with any Russians?
In any case, Cohen was supposed to testify in a closed session before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. But this has been cancelled because he reneged on his part of the bargain:
“Senate investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election canceled an interview on Tuesday with longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen because they believe Cohen broke an agreement by speaking with the media.”
The committee will now subpoena Cohen, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News.
“By mutual agreement, according to the source, neither lawmakers nor Cohen’s camp were to speak to reporters about the testimony. Committee staffers were upset when Cohen circulated a statement prior to the meeting that included a blanket denial of collusion with Russia.”
“Cohen, who served as executive vice president and special counsel at the Trump Organization and continues to serve as the president’s personal attorney, was scheduled to speak with professional staff of the committee in a private meeting. Cohen confirmed to NBC News this weekend that he would appear before the committee. This spring he had said he would only offer testimony if subpoenaed.”
So he managed to poison the well.
Like Michael Flynn’s lawyer said of Michael Flynn, Michael Cohen ‘certainly has a story to tell.’
“The committee intended to pursue several lines of questioning with Cohen, according to congressional sources, with the goal of putting him on the record on key topics that have drawn scrutiny during the investigation, including potential direct contacts between Trump associates and people with close ties to the Kremlin. Cohen would not have been testifying under oath, but federal statute makes any misleading or false testimony to Congress subject to criminal penalty.”
“According to a statement obtained by NBC News, Cohen planned to deny any personal role in Russia’s involvement in the election, and say his reputation had been damaged by the “entirely and totally false” accusations in the “lie-filled dossier” about Trump that was prepared by former British spy Christopher Steele.”
“So he wants to go to war with the Steele Dossier. But it hasn’t been shown to be full of lies, and it’s not clear how Cohen can prove that it is. It’s seen as very credible by the FBI and many of its assertions have proven out over time.”
Back to NBC:
“Cohen was mentioned by name in Steele’s dossier on Trump, which alleged Cohen attended a secret meeting in Prague in August 2016 to discuss Russia’s hacking of Democratic targets. Cohen has adamantly denied attending such a meeting, and his attorney called the allegations “wholly unsubstantiated” and even “libelous” in a letter to leaders of the House Intelligence Committee in August.”
“Committee staff would also like to ask Cohen about emails he received in 2015 from Felix Sater, a former Trump associate with a criminal past, about a potential deal to open a Trump Tower in the Russian capital. Some of the emails were published by The New York Times in August.”
“Cohen downplayed conversations about building a Trump Tower in Moscow, calling it “a real estate deal and nothing more.”
“I was doing my job,” he said in his statement.
“Cohen has acknowledged he met with Sater, a former FBI and CIA informant who served prison time for stabbing a man in the face with a broken glass during a Manhattan bar fight and who is also a member of the Ukrainian Parliament. The meeting reportedly involved discussion of a peace plan for Ukraine that would end the sanctions imposed on Russia because of its incursions there. Cohen denies discussing the topic.”
“Cohen could also offer investigators broad insight into the inner workings of Trump’s real estate dealings that could guide the committee as it hears testimony from other witnesses.”
Just doing my job. That’s what Nazi SS officers said as well.
Again, considering who Sater is that alone could be big trouble for Cohen as well as the particular ‘real estate deal’ he was working on: with Putin’s Russia when Cohen, Sater and the rest of the Trump campaign is under investigation for: whether or not they colluded with the Russian government.
Last thought: we need a Democratic Congress to get to the bottom of what happened in that election.
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