'The Conspiracy Case May Have Just Gotten Stronger': Top Intel Dem Explains Why the Latest Cohen Bombshell Is So Bad for Trump

The newest report relating to the Trump campaign's involvement with Russian interference in the 2016 election could be devastating for the president, as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) explained in a tweet Thursday night.


According to CNN, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, is prepared to testify that Trump knew about a meeting between his son, son-in-law, campaign chairman and a Russian lawyer in June 2016. This meeting, arranged with the promise of the Russian government's help for the Trump campaign in the form of political dirt on Hillary Clinton, has become a focus of the inquiries into collusion between Trump and the Kremlin.

Trump has denied that he knew about the meeting, saying he only learned of it when it was revealed a year later.

"If allegation Trump ok’d June 9 meeting is true, it means he not only publicly appealed to Russia for help, but privately approved receiving it," Schiff said in a tweet.

He added: "As forecast to Papadopoulos, that help would come in the release of Clinton emails. The conspiracy case may have just gotten stronger."

"Papadopoulos" refers to George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his interactions with someone purporting to be an agent of the Russian government ahead of the election who was offering hacked emails.

While "collusion" is not a legal term relevant to the Russia investigation, "conspiracy" is.

Schiff later added:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card

Close

Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.