Michael Cohen changes Trump-Russia story again as new questions swirl
You’d almost get the feeling Michael Cohen is trying to hide something!
President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer changed his story twice more about the Russia-Ukraine peace plan he may have hand-delivered to former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Michael Cohen, special counsel to the president and a longtime employee of the Trump Organization, admitted to the New York Times that he had delivered sealed plans for settling Russia’s conflict with Ukraine to Flynn before his resignation last week.
However, hours after the Times story was published, Cohen told the Washington Post that he had not brought the sealed plan to Flynn’s office in the White House or discussed it with anyone who worked there.
Cohen told the Post that he’d met with Felix Sater — a Russian-American who once worked for Trump, served prison time for stabbing a man in the face with shards from a margarita glass, pleaded guilty in a stock manipulation scheme involving the Mafia and may have worked as an FBI informant — and Ukrainian lawmaker Andreii Artemenko.
This 15-minute meeting, according to Cohen’s remarks to the Post, took place in late January at Park Avenue hotel lobby, and he admitted leaving with the plan in hand but “emphatically” denied bringing it to the White House.
But Cohen again changed his story Monday when he told Business Insider in a series of text messages that he didn’t even know what the plan was.
Even that account changed a short time later, when Cohen admitted to the website that he’d met for under 10 minutes with Artemenko to discuss the proposal, which the Ukrainian lawmaker told Cohen “was acknowledged by Russian authorities that would create world peace.”
“My response was, ‘Who doesn’t want world peace?’” Cohen told Business Insider.
He made a similar remark — “Who doesn’t want to help bring about peace?” — to the Times in the original report.
Meanwhile, the good folks at the NY Daily News follow the rubles – and they lead to Michael Flynn:
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn received about $40,000 for his appearance at a 2015 party for the Russian government-funded TV channel RT — one of a handful of visits to Moscow that the disgraced ex-Trump aide is under scrutiny for.
Flynn was paid the sum for appearing at RT’s 10th anniversary celebration in 2015, The New Yorker reported in a far-reaching profile of Flynn published Monday.
The sum Flynn had received for the engagement had not previously been reported.
Last week, the Pentagon said it had no record that Flynn had ever received authorization to accept any money for the visit, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Trump’s Russia problems are not going away. Drip, drip, drip…
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Mike February 22nd, 2017 at 11:02
Great lawyer … real gift a gab he’s got there.
This is what Trump meant when he said he only hires the best people.
granpa.usthai February 22nd, 2017 at 16:18
note: ‘best people’ should be recorded as ‘best crooks’ in the Chinese Historical accounting.
Guy Lauten February 22nd, 2017 at 11:34
When he said “Let me lie for you” they didn’t know he meant changing his story 3 times. Even 3rd graders know not to do THAT!
fahvel February 22nd, 2017 at 11:53
please, someone, anyone, tell me what the problem is with any interaction with Russia – I am not in any way supporting th orange fuzz but the usa’s weird reaction just to the word “russia” is very strange.
Guy Lauten February 22nd, 2017 at 12:05
That “strange reaction” is a holdover from the last Great National Witch Hunt we went through in the 1950s. The current Witch Hunt will have the same long-lasting effects.
Red Mann February 22nd, 2017 at 12:51
Could be because Russia and it’s blood thirsty dictator are still our political enemy. Vlad is working to expand Russia’s control over other countries to return to the “glory” of the expired Soviet Union. Trump is a virtual puppet of a foreign power, a dangerous foreign power. Until Putin supported draconian actions against the LGBT community and became the darling of our religious extremists, he has been idolized as “The Savior of Christianity” by them, Russia was anathema to the right. I’m very uncomfortable with a tyrant having a direct influence on our government.
granpa.usthai February 22nd, 2017 at 16:15
it’s not the beautiful country of Russia, or the beautiful Russian people, it’s the halfpint anti-human leader that’s in over his head with the orange fatass FAKE anti-human leader of America in debt to the nation of China.
The Original Just Me February 23rd, 2017 at 02:56
I will give you the number One Reason Not to trust Russia; ” PUTIN “. Enough said.
granpa.usthai February 22nd, 2017 at 16:11
it’s gonna be a multiple choice hearing, with ‘E” any of the above always being the correct answer.
lot easier for the republicans who know part of their jumbled alphabet ( abrgfqEzmnpsfE….
Suzanne McFly February 22nd, 2017 at 17:10
I love how these guys keep talking about world peace and try to sell the BS line that Russia and U.S. will be bff’s now that rump is in office. I guess we can say rump is compassionate commie? They want nothing of the sort, they want us to be enemies. They want the citizens to believe we are #1 and Russia is one our adversaries. That is how they will continue to feed the war machine and on weekends, they can golf with putin behind the scenes.
The Original Just Me February 23rd, 2017 at 02:54
Putin is Nobody that you would want for a Friend.
The Original Just Me February 23rd, 2017 at 02:53
He sounds like a Squealing Rat, caught in a Trap.
bpollen February 23rd, 2017 at 03:50
Sorry… “drip drip drip” makes me think of this instead: