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11/29/2018

Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Trump Tower Moscow Project

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:31 pm



Michael Cohen appeared to have been protecting Trump with his lies, which included covering up how long the Trump Tower Moscow project was discussed with Russians (deep into the general election season) and plans to have Trump travel to Russia to discuss the deal with Russian leaders. New York Times:

Donald J. Trump was more involved in discussions over a potential Russian business deal during the presidential campaign than previously known, his former lawyer Michael D. Cohen said Thursday in pleading guilty to lying to Congress. Mr. Trump’s associates pursued the project as the Kremlin was escalating its election sabotage effort meant to help him win the presidency.

Mr. Trump’s participation in discussions about building a grand skyscraper in Moscow showed how the interests of his business empire were enmeshed with his political ambitions as he was closing in on the Republican nomination for president. During the early months of 2016, when the business discussions were taking place, he was publicly pressing for warmer relations between the United States and Russia and an end to economic sanctions imposed by the Obama administration, policy positions that might have benefited his family business.

Court documents made public by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, detailed new accusations against Mr. Cohen, the president’s former fixer, who already pleaded guilty this year to committing campaign finance violations and financial crimes. Mr. Cohen was the point person at Trump Organization for negotiating a deal for the Moscow project, and on Thursday he admitted lying to congressional investigators about the duration of the negotiations and the extent of the involvement of Mr. Trump — who is identified in the court documents as “Individual 1.”

. . . .

Mr. Cohen said on Thursday that he discussed the status of the project with Mr. Trump on more than the three occasions he had previously acknowledged and briefed Mr. Trump’s family members about it. Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen discussed Mr. Trump himself traveling to Russia after the Republican National Convention, though that trip never materialized.

You can read Michael Cohen’s unsealed plea agreement and (more interesting) the information against him here. The information charges that Cohen lied to Congress when he represented that the Trump Tower Moscow deal was over by January 2016 and that it was not discussed extensively with others in the Trump Organization. The information also alleges that Cohen lied when he said that he never agreed to travel to Russia to follow up on the project, and never considered asking Donald Trump (called “Individual 1″ in the information) to travel for the project. The fact that Cohen has entered a plea agreement states that Cohen will agree to the truth of the allegations in the information as part of his cooperation.

Remember what I said here on March 29:

There’s really no scenario in which this plays out well for Cohen. We know that Robert Mueller is looking at some of Cohen’s involvement in Russia-related activities like Trump Tower Moscow. Mueller seems like a thorough guy, and if he runs across illegal activity by Cohen of any kind in the course of his investigation, he can at a minimum refer those matters to the Justice Department, and conceivably take them on himself.

Disbarment might be the least of Cohen’s worries at this point.

On August 29, I passed along the news that Michael Cohen had emailed Putin lieutenant and Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov about Trump Tower Moscow. Peskov initially denied responding, but in a statement issued today he is telling a different story, and says the Russians did reply after all:

Oddly enough, and I feel weird saying this, but a BuzzFeed story from May 17, 2018 co-authored by (shudder) Jason Leopold appears to have gotten a lot of this right before anyone else did — in particular the extent to which Cohen had continued to push the Trump Tower Moscow deal months after January 2018, when (according to what Cohen had told Congress) the deal had supposedly been dead. Here is an interesting passage from that article:

[I]n a statement he released a week before he was scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee last September, Cohen said the Trump Moscow effort “was terminated in January of 2016,” which Cohen noted was “before the Iowa caucus and months before the very first primary.”

But the venture did not end in January.

. . . .

Sater told BuzzFeed News that he and Cohen had a conversation about setting up Cohen’s trip to Moscow to reignite the tower project. The next day, May 4 [2016], they discussed when in the presidential campaign Trump should take the extraordinary step of flying to a country at odds with the United States in order to negotiate a major business deal. Sater texted Cohen: “I had a chat with Moscow. ASSUMING the trip does happen the question is before or after the convention. I said I believe, but don’t know for sure, that it’s probably after the convention. Obviously the pre-meeting trip (only you) can happen anytime you want but the 2 big guys were the question.”

Cohen wrote back that day: “MY trip before Cleveland. Trump once he becomes the nominee after the convention.”

Sater: “Got it. I’m on it.”

The following day, Sater told Cohen that Peskov — the press officer whom Cohen had written to in January — “would like to invite you as his guest” to an economic forum in Russia. The country’s top government and finance officials would gather at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Sater said, and Peskov “wants to meet there with you and possibly introduce you to either Putin or Medvedev.”

“The entire business class of Russia will be there as well. He said anything you want to discuss, including dates and subjects, are on the table.” He concluded, “Please confirm that works for you.”

“Works for me,” Cohen said.

Now the same reporters have a story today claiming that the Trump Organization planned to give Putin a pricey condo in the tower:

President Donald Trump’s company planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the luxury real estate development during the 2016 campaign, according to four people, one of them the originator of the plan.

Two US law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed News that Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, discussed the idea with a representative of Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s press secretary.

I find it very difficult to believe that Donald Trump did not know that Michael Cohen lied to Congress about all of this. Ken White, writing in The Atlantic, agrees:

The third remarkable thing about Cohen’s plea was its substance. The president of the United States’ personal lawyer admitted to lying to Congress about the president’s business activities with a hostile foreign power, in order to support the president’s story. In any rational era, that would be earthshaking. Now it’s barely a blip. Over the past two years, we’ve become accustomed to headlines like “President’s Campaign Manager Convicted of Fraud” and “President’s Personal Lawyer Paid for Adult Actress’s Silence.” We’re numb to it all. But these are the sorts of developments that would, under normal circumstances, end a presidency.

They still might. Cohen admitted that he lied to Congress to support President Trump’s version of events. He notably did not claim that he did so at Trump’s request, or that Trump knew he would do it. But if Cohen’s telling the truth this time, then this conclusion, at least, is inescapable: The president, who has followed this drama obsessively, knew that his personal lawyer was lying to Congress about his business activities, and stood by while it happened.

Those are Ken’s italics.

Meanwhile:

If they truly delve into Trump’s business or his taxes, I suspect they will find criminality.

[UPDATE: A clarification courtesy of commenter nk:

A source told the Sun-Times the raids were in response to new allegations, and not prompted by any past controversies that have swirled around Burke. That means, for now, the investigation isn’t focused on Burke’s property-tax-appeal work for President Donald Trump, or Burke’s oversight of a city workers’ compensation fund, among other matters.

Thanks for that, nk.]

What was it I said this morning? “The Trump presidency: a constant exercise in seeing whether the last bizarre stunt can be topped. So far, the answer is always ‘yes.’ How long can that go on?”

The answer is: another day, at least.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

89 Responses to “Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Trump Tower Moscow Project”

  1. Says who?

    Patterico (115b1f)

  2. So Russia knew about this all along, for 2 years. But American didn’t.

    And Putin Smiled.

    Be proud.

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  3. I’d sure love to know what Trump said about this in his written answers.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  4. The FBI raided Burke’s Aldermanic offices, not his law offices. https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/ed-burke-fbi-federal-agents-city-hall-council/ Nothing to indicate that it has anything to do with Trump or any other client of his law office. It’s not the first time Burke has been under criminal investigation for his activities as Alderman.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. He was part of the vrdolyak gang, I only know about him because Bush sr tried to court him in the 88 election.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  6. Heh, you know he lied Pat – he can’t help himself. He was probably painted into a logical corner anyway – lie or confess, take your pick. Guess which one he’d pick.

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  7. [UPDATE: A clarification courtesy of commenter nk:

    A source told the Sun-Times the raids were in response to new allegations, and not prompted by any past controversies that have swirled around Burke. That means, for now, the investigation isn’t focused on Burke’s property-tax-appeal work for President Donald Trump, or Burke’s oversight of a city workers’ compensation fund, among other matters.

    Thanks for that, nk.]

    Patterico (115b1f)

  8. Vrdolyak was considered a Young Turk, or novus homo if you prefer Latin. Burke is dynasty, going back to the takeover of Chicago politics by the Irish after Cermak’s assassination. They united to oppose Harold Washington, but they split up when Vrdolyak opposed Little Ritchie Daley, Burke’s “political cousin”.

    nk (dbc370)

  9. On the issue of Trump’s answers: Crazy-Eyes Rudy says Trump’s answers match Cohen’s:

    “The president said there was a proposal, it was discussed with Cohen, there was a nonbinding letter of intent and it didn’t go beyond that,” said Rudolph W. Giuliani, one of Mr. Trump’s lawyers, who with others negotiated the president’s responses to Mr. Mueller’s questions for nearly a year. He said prosecutors did not raise certain details that Mr. Cohen now says he misled Congress about — including how long the hotel project stayed alive — and that the president did not volunteer those details.

    Patterico (115b1f)

  10. This is worth mentioning:

    Trump withheld material information about his business interests in Russia from the American people at a critical time during the campaign.
    As questions swirled around candidate Trump, his campaign associates and their potential connections to the Russian government, the Trump Organization concealed its outreach to the Kremlin on the Moscow Project. In July 2016, Trump told CBS News, “I have nothing to do with Russia. I don’t have any jobs in Russia. I’m all over the world but we’re not involved in Russia.” In January 2017, Trump said at his first major press conference as president-elect, “I have no dealings with Russia … I have no deals that could happen in Russia because we’ve stayed away.” He added, “We could make deals in Russia very easily if we wanted to, I just don’t want to because I think that would be a conflict.”
    Of course, even without the Trump Organization’s pursuit of a Trump Tower Moscow in 2016, Trump’s statements were easily disproved. “Trump repeatedly sought business in Russia as far back as 1987,” the New York Times reported. And more recently, Trump and his children had repeatedly sought Russian business partners to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

    Concealing these efforts is not that different from paying off a porn star and Playboy model so that they would shut up prior to election day. Unpatriotic and un-American on Trump’s part, prioritizing his personal enrichment over the welfare of these United States.

    Paul Montagu (8afb2a)

  11. What price SCOTUS; there are no statemen or patriots in Congress today. Stay-tuned for the dramatic season finale; spoiler alert: somebody’s gonna beat the rap.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/5-people-who-lied-congress-what-happened-them-n941936

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  12. Assume for the moment that no one named Trump did anything that was criminal.
    Does it register with you Trump supporters that Candidate Trump was smart enough* to know that people would question his business dealings with a kleptocratic regime which maintains a historical hostility to the US, but not smart enough to understand that there was good reason for people to question such dealings and not smart enough to understand that candidates for POTUS should use the Ceasar’s wife principle.

    *as evidencef by his repeated public assertiins that he had no current business dealings with said regime.

    Kishnevi (f73d18)

  13. Question which nk and urban might best answer…
    Any possibility that Obama might be tied in to Burkean malfeasance?

    Kishnevi (f73d18)

  14. Trump may not have lied to Mueller with his answers so that they match Cohens, but he has been lying to the American people for a couple of years. I can’t tell if he’s mad at Cohen for making that lie public or just for not being “loyal”.

    Also, which lies of Cohen’s did he match, the first lies to Congress, or the new lie (according to Donnie today) that he lied about lying the first time. Trump lies so much, his attorneys and he can’t keep the story straight minute by minute.

    Colonel Klink (Ret) (0ebf1f)

  15. Still waiting for the Russian collusion on stealing the election. Any day now, right? Buehler? Buehler?

    NJRob (298290)

  16. As near as I can figure despite there was no actual verification of the servers a compromised contractor tells us the Russian agency hacked them, of course they were put up on the public, unlike this 12 million dollar political research op that Mueller has done for hillary.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  17. Any possibility that Obama might be tied in to Burkean malfeasance?

    I have no real clue, kishnevi. Possibly, and I’m only guessing, through the construction of his library monument in Jackson Park? There have been all kinds of scandals surrounding it and there’s at least one federal suit over it in the motion for summary judgment stage.

    nk (dbc370)

  18. The Borg cube, which will have no actual paper documents, I imagine if there were any actual connections garrow 1200 page paper weight would have pointed that out. But its surprising what was left out there.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  19. Burke is a very big political fundraiser. Big-big. It would be almost anti-climactic if they got him for using his city office and city employees to solicit political donations. They got Miriam Santos, the City Treasurer, for that, some years back, and she actually served time.

    nk (dbc370)

  20. Is any of this activity criminal? Is Trump potentially culpable for any criminal acts here? As far as what has been alleged and/or reported.

    Colonel Haiku (697687)

  21. Do you know this launch character who is us attorney for the morthern district.

    Is the lying material that would make it perjury?

    Narciso (d1f714)

  22. What room were the hookers in?

    mg (ebf6c2)

  23. Is any of this activity criminal? Is Trump potentially culpable for any criminal acts here? As far as what has been alleged and/or reported.
    Suborning perjury is the likeliest, meaning a charge that Trump encouraged or incentivized Cohen to lie to Congress. And there is no evidence publicly available that would provide actual evidence that he did so.
    Collusion per se would probably involve people not named Trump, meaning Stone, Corsi, etc. Trump’s personal criminality is likely limited to money laundering and fraudulent dealings previous to 2016.

    Kishnevi (f73d18)

  24. Collusion per se would probably involve people not named Trump, meaning Stone, Corsi, etc. Trump’s personal criminality is likely limited to money laundering and fraudulent dealings previous to 2016.

    Then there’s the infamous Trump Tower meeting with known Russian government agents set up by Trump’s son and attended by his son-in-law and campaign manager for the express purpose of receiving direct campaign assistance from the Russian government.

    Dave (1bb933)

  25. Lausch. No, I know nothing about him. He seems to be a solid Illinois Republican. Harvard undergrad, Northwestern Law School, Clerk for Seventh Circuit judge, Assistant U.S. Attorney, big name law firm.

    nk (dbc370)

  26. Forget any connection to Trump in this Burke thing. Burke is a Democrat’s Democrat. If he had any dirt on Trump through his work for him, Podesta would have gotten it, then Hillary would have gotten it, and then the media would have gotten it, all in 2016. They would not have been messing around with all this Russia bushwa.

    nk (dbc370)

  27. I was apt to add Loyola Academy (H.S.) for Lausch (son is on the football team as well), but I forgot that it was nk’s fellow Lane Tech alumni that have the habit of adding their high school to their resumes and CVs.

    This has the hallmarks of a chingaso that Rauner requested from the feds to stymie any support from the patrician class for any JB-directed state tax hike (losing their appeals ace and now owing closer to face value on property taxes will have a similar effect as upper-middle income earners in blue states losing federal SALT).

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  28. Yeah, there’s also this financial tidbit:

    The Frankfurt headquarters of Deutsche Bank, which agreed to loan Trump as much as $640 million for the renovation of Chicago Trump Tower, was raided on Thursday. At a time when most U.S. banks refused to loan money to Trump due to his string of bankruptcies, that loan was signed off by former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s son, who loaned Trump more than $1 billion for various real estate projects before the elder Kennedy suddenly retired from the bench earlier this year. Both Deutsche Bank and prosecutors said the raid is related to the Panama Papers, and so far the president’s name has not been mentioned — except by way of speculation. According to a BBC report, the current investigation began in August and “focuses on activities between 2013 and the start of 2018.”

    Coincidence? Maybe.

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  29. I hadn’t though of that angle, urban,

    Narciso (d1f714)

  30. Well, there’s a vague enough lie.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  31. How’s the restaurant going steve?

    Narciso (d1f714)

  32. We’ll probably hear more about this Deutsche Bank:

    Trump’s relationship with Deutsche briefly soured in a dispute over the Chicago project. When the financial crisis landed in 2008 and imperiled that development, Trump sued Deutsche to avoid paying the $40 million he had guaranteed (claiming, in part, that Deutsche was responsible for the global economic distress unleashed by the crisis). A clash like that can permanently unwind a real estate partnership, but Deutsche and Trump agreed to settle, with the bank extending a loan from its private banking division to allow Trump to pay back its real estate lending unit, according to the New York Times.

    Deutsche’s private banking arm has hung in there ever since, with Rosemary Vrablic as the Deutsche banker serving as Trump’s primary liaison there. She also has helped Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a White House adviser, as well as his mother, arrange multimillion-dollar loans and lines of credit at Deutsche. In recent years, Deutsche’s private banking unit has loaned Trump money — about $300 million, according to Bloomberg News and Trump’s government financial disclosure forms — for such projects as his Washington hotel and the Trump National Doral golf course.

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  33. Still doing those crunches:

    Narciso (d1f714)

  34. Wow! Eye opening. They really do have people who, around the clock, do nothing else but look for ways to smear Trump. Who’s paying them?

    nk (dbc370)

  35. Quelle surprise, was their an inner circle in the new mutants, or whatever the gufted is derived from?

    Narciso (d1f714)

  36. I think many of them – suffering from OCD – are sick enough to do it for free.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  37. In true nesting doll fashion guess who owns the largest block of shares in Deutsche bank?

    Narciso (d1f714)

  38. Aaand the suck-ups never can wake up and smell the coffee.

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  39. Ah o’Brien of the loudest dog whistle, should have known now do HSBC or Barclays

    Narciso (d1f714)

  40. They were the ones who told us parscale; didn’t believe his own poll the author of that whopper, was then commissioned to write a book about bannon.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  41. Michael has the goods,'” Borger said on CNN, reading her source’s quote. “‘He has extremely valuable information.'”

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  42. I know it’s a little too sjw but it’s nice and shiny,

    Narciso (d1f714)

  43. CNN! Aren’t they suing Trump for something?

    nk (dbc370)

  44. Some folks have productive, gainful employment. Others have a habit to feed.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  45. About the gifted, not Bloomberg or cnn.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  46. And Richman and wittes lied about the contents of a leaked document, which occasioned this 18 month snipe hunt.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  47. Although Trump lies pretty much all the time about pretty much everything, to me this was a brief moment of candor:

    “I decided not to do” the project,” Trump insisted, saying, “The primary reason: I was focused on running for President.” But he added, “There would be nothing wrong if I did do it. I was running my business while I was campaigning. There was a good chance I would not have won, in which case I would have gone back into the business,” asking rhetorically why he should have been penalized financially while campaigning.

    The Trump Tower Moscow project was abandoned right after Wikileaks did their thing and it had nothing to do with his “focus”, IMO. Trump didn’t think he was going to win, so he was he was still trying to make a buck while running for Leader of the Free World and, through Agent Cohen, was willing to bribe a hostile foreign leader in order to make this deal happen, conflict of interest be damned, until the political heat became too much.
    Trump was never really serious about the job of president. If he were, he would learned his issues instead of never going beyond shallow platitudes and factually-deficient tweets and garden-variety insults and repeated lies. No, to him, it was about making more lucrative deals, and running for president was a way to do it. I could swear, moments before his victory speech, he had a facial expression of, “Oh s**t, I won. WTF do I do now.” This is where we’re at. He was never equipped for the job in the first place, and now we’re dealing with one drama to the next and, as I see it, he doesn’t have the maturity or the brains to do anything different.

    Paul Montagu (8afb2a)

  48. 9th district in north carolina voter fraud found! mail in ballots fraudulently voted. voters told to turn in blank ballots. election official wants cash from campaign no checks! unfortunately it wasn’t done by democrats.

    lany (d4a831)

  49. Dave @8:26

    I think political dirt on an opponent is open sourced.

    Pinandpuller (4e41e9)

  50. When did Cohen stop lying exactly? When he got to keep his taxi medallion?

    Pinandpuller (955bd7)

  51. 50 thanks to uber and lyft taxi medallions are almost worthless. liberals don’t like taxis because they are driven by minorities and immigrants!

    lany (d4a831)

  52. lany (d4a831) — 11/30/2018 @ 12:07 am

    It’s a good thing Cohen is a cheap date.

    Burke isn’t a Jew name, how was he handling PDJT’s books?

    Pinandpuller (955bd7)

  53. mr nk

    Hey I’m not one to ask for free advice from a professional man so let me put it like this:

    Have you ever heard of a legal human being driving a legal vehicle with all the sides in a legal manner transporting through IL a legal firearm in a brushed aluminum case with combination locks TSA compliant-getting jammed up if they avoid Cook County like an Ebola outbreak?

    If you like I can donate a couple of cartons of cigarettes to your favorite charity, thanks.

    Pinandpuller (955bd7)

  54. mr urbanleftbehind

    On a related note, do you know of any dark and dangerous McDonald’s in the SE Wisconsin area where like minded fellas might get together and people watch over fake meat? The more segregated the better. Possibly around the 9th or 10th of December.

    Pinandpuller (955bd7)

  55. mg (ebf6c2) — 11/29/2018 @ 8:03 pm

    Don’t think I forgot you:

    nā manawa apau loa mahalo

    Pinandpuller (955bd7)

  56. 1) Trump wanted to build a Moscow tower
    2) ???
    3) The Russians and Trump colluded to slime Hillary with truth*.

    ——
    * The simple fact that all the dirt dished by Wikileaks on Hillary was TRUE is the best argument against Trump’s involvment.

    Kevin M (a57144)

  57. Oh, you mean this was never ABOUT the Russians colluding with Trump? Just about “How do we get even with Trump for winning the election?”

    Kevin M (a57144)

  58. Is any of this activity criminal? Is Trump potentially culpable for any criminal acts here? As far as what has been alleged and/or reported.

    By the time they finish spinning it, it will be.

    Kevin M (a57144)

  59. Has Trump done criminal things? Sure. So have I. So have most of us, I’d be willing to bet. Not BIG things, but little ones. Then again, there are so MANY felonies today, it’s claimed we’ve all committed some. If they could get Trump for smoking pot, they would. Sadly though, being an assh0le isn’t a crime.

    Kevin M (a57144)

  60. I really really hate defending Trump against this bullsh1t, but it is bullsh1t. To drag down an elected President you need far better. Obama did worse, openly.

    Kevin M (a57144)

  61. Mr. Pinandpuller,

    Encased and unloaded, and not a prohibited person. If you’re fixing to stay, you must get an FOID within 60 days of establishing residence. Encased and unloaded without an FOID won’t carry the day for residents after the grace period.

    If you’re coming to hunt or engage in a shooting competition, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources or the sponsor of your event, will advise you in better detail when and where you may possess the gun uncased and loaded.

    As for counties, Cook County does have restrictions on some kinds of guns (No! Don’t tell us!), but neighboring DuPage has cops who will pull you over for going one mile over the limit or having a splash of mud which “conceals” your out of state license plate. IYKWIMAITYD So watch yourself everywhere, you don’t need the hassle.

    nk (dbc370)

  62. And no cigarettes necessary, but I appreciate the offer.

    nk (dbc370)

  63. Putin’s dirty Chris Wray FBI is nakedly corrupt anymore

    EXCLUSIVE: FBI RAIDS HOME OF WHISTLEBLOWER ON CLINTON FOUNDATION, LAWYER SAYS

    and the scummy cowardly men and women of the fbi openly embrace the values of Mr. Adolf Hitler

    this is not good

    happyfeet (d13f58)

  64. If you’re melanin challenged and with white hair, of a certain age, I thought all McDonalds in the US were accepting of your dining in. As for SE Wisconsin, anything not in the city limits of Kenosha or Racine should be fine; you have more to fear from short yellow than black or brown.

    urbanleftbehind (5e7f00)

  65. It’s probably schtick to stand apart from the other Broke Girls striving to pay down those student loans. Lahren was borderline SJW back at UNLV.

    urbanleftbehind (5e7f00)

  66. As he stands, misty-eyed, in front of the Statue of Liberty, no doubt…

    https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/418993-comey-challenges-house-gop-subpoena-in-federal-court

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  67. 65… maybe handcuffs are her thing, meng…

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  68. Colonel Haiku (d6175a) — 11/30/2018 @ 5:51 am

    Why not question Comey in the open for the whole world to see? What is the Senate trying to hide, anyway? More dirty tricks from the minions of down-and-dirty Donnie mob?

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  69. “So, basically, the Trump operation continued to conduct business while he was running for president. Sleezy lawyer Cohen may have lied about it. Nothing about TREASONOUS COLLUSION WITH RUSSIA TO STEAL THE ELECTION FROM HILLARY CLINTON® The end.”

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  70. Comey is stalling, until the Democrats – the Party he serves- come in to give him a pass.

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  71. I thought the bullSchiff drinking game had started already…I’ll check back later.

    urbanleftbehind (5e7f00)

  72. Of course Comey is stalling. Because he’s a weasel. And you know the reason for closed doors. It’s because in a public hearing, the dilatory weasel will refuse to answer questions on the grounds that it might reveal his secretary’s diaphragm size FBI investigatory methods.

    nk (dbc370)

  73. The public communication, by Dear Mob Leader, that a pardon is a real possibility for convicted felon Manafort is a bold crime. Could there be more of an “atta boy” than that?
    That’s all that Manafort needs to hear to keep lying for our Mob Leader. But it looks like we’ll just stand by and let this happen too.

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  74. Well some people try to pick up girls
    And get called assholes
    This never happened to Pablo Picasso
    He could walk down your street
    And girls could not resist his stare and
    So Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole

    Well the girls would turn the color
    Of the avocado when he would drive
    Down their street in his El Dorado
    He could walk down your street
    And girls could not resist his stare
    Pablo Picasso never got called an asshole
    Not like Comey
    Alright

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  75. 74… somewhere a pantsuited pantload weeps…

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  76. …and pours herself another drink…

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  77. anybody sleazy bob mueller and his posse of corrupt fbi trash have harassed should be pardoned and rewarded with fancy carribean vacations at taxpayer expense i think

    they deserve it

    happyfeet (d13f58)

  78. nk, if all their after is “FBI investigatory methods,” then that’s a poor excuse. The Senate should be finding out more about why and how Russia interfered with our election. But they don’t care about that.
    It’s telling that all Republicans want to know is how the information is gathered, and not interested in what has indeed been gathered. “The dirt is bad, so let’s resort to questioning the methods of obtaining that dirt.” Pffft!

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  79. if all their after -> if all they’re after

    Tillman (61f3c8)

  80. the dirty fbi doesn’t even bother doing “investigatory methods” anymore they just make things up like CNN Jake Tapper fake news

    i mean seriously the fbi would have to be the most lied-to organization in the entire whirl ever in history!

    (corrupt joke fbi)

    happyfeet (d13f58)

  81. The President lies. All. the. time. We have a man who’d rather lie than tell the truth, he’d rather lie than eat big macs or bang porn actresses. It’s like Tom chasing Jerry, it’s what he knows to do, and so he does it. In case you hadn’t noticed, he has a problem. It’s called a Pathology. He needs help, but instead of getting help he got the Presidency and a few million fans who eat up his every tweet.

    When the President and his associates lie about Russian contacts over, and over and over and over and over …. is it evidence they are/he is hiding something? Or just a spreading of his disease? Or both?

    Every one will draw his own conclusions, but in my experience, people who lie are hiding something. Multiple people lying about (or “misremembering”) *the same thing over and over* suggests they are all hiding the same thing.

    JRH (f51cae)

  82. It’s another emotional irrational Friday
    Starin’ slowly at my screen
    This show we’ve seen
    What is it with these Democrats?
    You read ‘em and it’s just like herding cats
    Or swamp m00nbats

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  83. So much smoke, so little fire…

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  84. “It’s like Tom chasing Jerry”

    Meh… more like Itchy and Scratchy…

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  85. this has nothing to do with animated kitty cats and sassy rodents it’s about honoring and celebrating the most conservative president to serve america in our whole lifetime, President Donald Trump

    happyfeet (d13f58)

  86. A guilty plea over a process crime that has little to do with Trump, Russian Collusion®, Treason, or teh price of milk…

    Colonel Haiku (d6175a)

  87. …it’s about honoring and celebrating the most conservative president to serve america in our whole lifetime, President Donald Trump

    Good lord, I think I just witnessed a Trumpgasm.
    Mr. Gerson has a point about the people this serial-lying president picks has in his sphere. They’re bad people, just like their boss.

    Here is one fact beyond dispute. Look at the men whom Trump has traditionally surrounded himself with: Stone, Corsi, Paul Manafort, Cohen. These are some of the least reputable people in American politics. Trump’s inner circle has always been a cesspool.
    And there is a reason for this — a reason Trump has traditionally employed unethical people to serve his purposes. It is because he has unethical jobs for them to do, involving schemes to remove political threats and gain electoral advantage. And there is every reason to believe that Trump has fully participated in such schemes.

    Paul Montagu (8afb2a)

  88. There is no contradiction betwen thw two Peskov statements, provided the whole thing was not at the top of his mind.

    Peskov never responded to Michael Cohen’s email. He called him on the telephone and explained why he was not replying – why he was qsking this, and besides this was not the right address.

    That does not constitute a reponse to the email.

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)


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