CNN Reveals Michael Cohen's Blatant Lie About Trump Ties to Russia

As the pressure against President Donald Trump's lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen mounts, CNN's KFile revealed Tuesday that Cohen made a blatantly false claim about the president's ties to Russia back in January 2017.


KFile reviewed Cohen's appearances with Fox News host Sean Hannity and found that on Jan. 11, the lawyer said on Hannity's radio show that neither the Trump campaign nor anyone around Trump had any ties to Russia. He made explicit and broad claims on this topic, which were particularly relevant as the Steele dossier, which alleges extensive connections between Trump associates and the Kremlin, had just been published.

In no uncertain terms, Cohen said there had been no "relationship" or "activity" between the Trump team and "anybody in Russia" since the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.

This, as KFile notes, is just not true — and Cohen knows it.

Cohen himself was made overtures to Russia well after Trump announced his campaign about the possibility of constructing a Trump Tower Moscow. This certainly qualifies as a "relationship" and "activity" between a Trump associate and people in Russia. Cohen claims, however, that a Kremlin spokesperson never responded to his proposals.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, recently revealed that Cohen was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by a company with ties to a Russian oligarch. The company denies that the oligarch in question, Viktor Vekselberg, had anything to do with the payment.

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