Trump lawyer Cohen changes his story
Michael Cohen, a prominent attorney for Donald Trump, is using the Washington Post to change his story regarding hand-delivering a “secret” Russian plan sanction relief plan to that country’s officials before Trump took the presidential oath of office – working as a go-between with admitted mob lawyer Felix Sater, also a Trump associate. It’sdamage control, bigly!
The [New York] Times reported that Cohen said he left the proposal in a sealed envelope in the office of then-national security adviser Michael T. Flynn while visiting Trump in the White House. The meeting took place days before Flynn’s resignation last week following a report in The Washington Post that he had misled Vice President Pence about his discussions in December of election-related sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Cohen, speaking with The Post on Sunday, acknowledged that the meeting took place and that he had left with the peace proposal in hand.
But Cohen said he did not take the envelope to the White House and did not discuss it with anyone. He called suggestions to the contrary “fake news.”
“I acknowledge that the brief meeting took place, but emphatically deny discussing this topic or delivering any documents to the White House and/or General Flynn,” Cohen said. He said he told the Ukrainian official that he could send the proposal to Flynn by writing him at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Worth pointing out: the plan would in effect sell out Crimea and its strategically located port to the Russians:
The Times reported that the proposal discussed at last month’s meeting included a plan to require the withdrawal of Russian forces from Eastern Ukraine. Then Ukrainian voters would decide in a referendum whether Crimea, the territory Russia seized in 2014, would be leased to Russia for a 50-year or a 100-year term. Artemenko said Russian leaders supported his proposal, the Times reported.
The NY Times, needless to say, is stickign to its story.
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