The Putin Leaning Ukrainian Lawmaker Who Spoke to Michael Cohen Is Accused of Treason
Must have been quite a meeting. It was the meeting where they came up with a ‘peace plan’ that basically annexed Crimea to Russia. This got the Ukrainian lawmaker accused of treason. So what can we gather about Michael Cohen’s side of the conversation?
“A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.”
“Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.”
Sater has some sort of organized crime ties-in the past Trump has feigned not even knowing the man, though he showed his kids around Moscow back in 2008. Cohen-Trump’s lawyer-declared ‘I’ve never been to Prague.’
But while Cohen has denied having this conversation, the Ukrainian lawmaker remembers it:
“The setting was a Manhattan restaurant, and after 25 minutes what allegedly emerged was a pro-Russian peace plan for Ukraine that its author believes may have ended up in the White House.”
“In a CNN interview, Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Artemenko said he discussed his left-field proposal for Ukraine in January with US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who offered to deliver the plan to the Trump administration.”
“The exact details of the plan are unclear, yet reports have suggested it revolves around leasing Crimea — annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014 — to Moscow for 50 to 100 years. In exchange, Russia would withdraw its troops from the separatist regions in Ukraine’s war-torn east.”
“Artemenko declined to discuss the plan’s details, yet hinted that a lease might be part of the idea.The lawmaker says Cohen, who has long advised Trump, wanted to take the plan to Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.”
“Any suggestion that the White House might consider a plan that formalizes Russia’s control of Crimea would cause consternation in Kiev and among its allies in Europe. The White House has flatly denied any knowledge of the proposal.”
Whatever was said in this 25 minute convo in a Manhattan restaurant, it led to the Ukrainian lawmaker, Artemenko, being accused of treason and losing his Ukrainian citizenship. This sort of answers the question if this ‘peace plan’ wasn’t in fact a huge giveaway to Putin. Clearly that’s how the Ukraine itself sees things.
Cohen has denied being there-‘I’ve never been to Prague.’ He had tweeted out a copy of his passport-but just from outside the jacket which doesn’t tell you much of anything. Now he’s voluntarily let Buzzfeed look inside.
“This Is The Inside Of Trump’s Lawyer’s Passport”
“Michael Cohen gave BuzzFeed News exclusive access to his passport, saying it proves he couldn’t have attended an alleged secret meeting with Russian agents.”
“Since the publication of an unverified 35-page dossier alleging that President Donald Trump’s associates conspired with foreign agents to help influence November’s election, one mystery has endured:
“Did Trump’s longtime personal lawyer travel to Prague for a secret meeting with Russians?”
“Michael Cohen has repeatedly denied it. But one of his first responses in the wake of the allegations — tweeting a photograph of his passport cover — was widely criticized for failing to prove anything since it didn’t reveal the stamps inside.”
“So BuzzFeed News asked to see the inside pages. He said yes. We have pictures.”
“The passport shows Cohen has traveled the globe since 2009, the year the document was issued. There is no stamp showing Cohen visited the Czech Republic.”
“Nope. Never been,” he said in an interview on Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal reported in January that he had visited Prague once before, in 2001.
“The stamps indicate he traveled abroad at least four times in 2016: twice to London, once to St. Maarten, and once to Italy in July. The Italian trip is the most intriguing, because it places Cohen in what’s known as the Schengen Area: a group of 26 European countries, including the Czech Republic, that allows visitors to travel freely among them without getting any additional passport stamps.”
“Upon entering the Schengen Area, visitors get a rectangular stamp with the date, a country code, their port of entry, and a symbol showing how they entered — such as an airplane or a train. In Cohen’s passport, that mark appears on page 17, with a date of July 9. The mark is too faint to be fully legible. The exit stamp, similar but with rounded edges, is also light, but the letters “cino” are legible, indicating he flew out of Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome. That stamp is dated July 17.”
“The dossier claims that Cohen was dispatched to Prague to “clean up the mess” left behind by two revelations: that Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort had a financial relationship with a politically toxic Ukrainian president and that campaign adviser Carter Page visited top Russian officials. Cohen’s meeting with “Kremlin representatives” was alleged to have taken place in “August/September 2016″ — not quite the same time frame as those passport stamps.”
Couple of points:
1. The dossier has since been verified on a number of points.
Certainly it was right in what it claimed about Michael Flynn.
2. The idea that Cohen-whatever the exact date and where-tried to clean up the mess over Paul Manafort are also totally plausible-as we now know that the accusations against both Manafort and Page are factual.
(12) BUZZFEED published Cohen's passport today—but missed the significance of Trump's lawyer going to Italy in 2016. https://t.co/UXn0dno63y
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) May 6, 2017
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) May 6, 2017
So Cohen also had his hand in the Rosnet deal? When the Russian oligarch, Igor Sechin, offered Carter Page, in that July meeting, a stake in Rosnet in exchange for Trump changing the GOP platform on Russia, we don’t know what happened next: did Page communicate this to Trump? What was his response?
We do know, however:
1. The GOP platform was changed.
2. There was a 19.5% stake purchased in Rosnet in November, after the election, and the buyer’s name has been concealed.
3. We further know that Cohen spoke with a pro Putin Ukrainian lawmaker about a ‘peace plan’ so stilted in Russia’s favor that it got this very same lawmaker accused of treason and lost his Ukrainian citizenship.
4. Page didn’t need to talk directly to Trump of course. He may have spoken to JD Gordon, who admitted to changing the platform-though he said he got Trump’s permission.
5. JG Gordon just happened to be the deputy of Jeff Sessions during the Trump campaign.
While some people try to claim that this is all a ‘conspiracy theory’ at this point it takes a truly heroic level of belief in coincidences to still insist there’s nothing here.
Just like with Nixon, the Trump defense is that these are just bit players. But Carter Page was his foreign policy adviser, Flynn was his NSC advisor-that’s about as high ranking a position as there is outside of POTUS and the Veep. Paul Manafort ran the campaign for five months. Some bit player. And Michael Cohen is Trump’s lawyer-sort of his version of John Dean.
Actually Dean probably knew less in truth than Cohen knows as Cohen is a long time friend of Trump’s. Dean was just a young, ambitious guy who was willing to do what it took to impress his boss.
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