Michael Cohen's adviser claims Trump knew he would lie to Congress - and let him do it
President Donald Trump is already facing serious questions for allegedly directing both his personal attorney Michael Cohen and tabloid publisher American Media Inc. to make illegal campaign-related expenditures to cover up his sexual encounters with women.
But there could be an entirely different problem for Trump: according to Bloomberg News, Michael Cohen's attorney and spokesperson, Lanny Davis, is now alleging Trump knew in advance that Cohen was going to lie to Congress about Trump's pursuit of a real estate venture in Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign — a crime for which Cohen has now submitted a guilty plea.
"Mr. Trump and the White House knew that Michael Cohen would be testifying falsely to Congress and did not tell him not to," Davis told Bloomberg Radio's "Sound On" in an interview.
Davis added, "There will come a time after [special counsel Robert] Mueller is done with his work that Michael Cohen will be sitting in front of a microphone before a congressional committee and what he has to say about the truth will be judged by the members of Congress listening and then will be up to people to decide whether he has got the facts or not."
It is unclear whether Davis' account is truthful, but if so, it would add an entirely new element to Cohen saga — and potentially implicated Trump even further in his former attorney's criminal behavior.
Trump's attempt to get Russian President Vladimir Putin's blessing for a real estate deal in Moscow is enormous, as it would potentially provide the motive for any involvement of Trump or his campaign in Russian operations to disrupt the presidential election. If Trump knew Cohen was going to lie about it and let him do it, that makes him look all the worse.