Listen: Trump Tower Moscow, Michael Cohen And Donald Trump discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Talk about what everybody said in detail behind closed doors and that close festival money, but we got a lot of testimony from a number of different witnesses about Trump Tower Moscow. And if Michael Cohen is now saying his testimony was ally. Well, I can tell you when we had other people testifying about it. We didn't notice strong inconsistencies between their testimony. And what Cohen said what this suggests is that Cohen went public with his false testimony as a way to convey to the other witnesses who knew about Trump Tower Moscow how they should lie about it as well. Which makes it a cover up that involves not just one person. But multiple people. And there's more the defendants false statements obscured. The fact that the Moscow project was a lucrative business opportunity that sought and likely required the assistance of the Russian government. If this project was completed the company could have received hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources in licensing fees, and other revenues the fact that Coen continue to work on the project and discuss it with Donald Trump will into the campaign was material to the ongoing congressional and special counsel's investigations, particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the US presidential election. All right. This is important to what we're learning here for the special counsel's office is that Trump Tower Moscow wasn't some tiddlywinks deal Trump Tower Moscow was going to result if it succeeded in hundreds of millions of dollars being paid from Russian sources to the Trump organization. Michael Cohen downplayed the financial importance of the project, but the special counsel's office is saying here that they have evidence, and they go into it and more detail they have evidence how remunerative this deal was going to be hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources to the Trump organization. And this is what Trump was lying about during the campaign saying he had no deals and no pending the in Russia. It was a lucrative business opportunity that sought and likely required the assistance of the Russian government. So at this point in the filing special counsel's office, then goes on to say that actually the first time that Michael Cohen came to them for his first meeting, which he requested in August two thousand eighteen he initially lied to the special counsel's office to he kept telling those same lies about Trump Tower Moscow. It was only after he pled guilty that he came back met with a special counsel's office again and finally came clean and told them how big a deal it was. And in fact, that it had not been over before the voting started. It had continued throughout the campaign during the entire time that Trump was trying to line up the nomination. So Cohen quote admitted that he had lied to congress and to the special counsel's office about the Moscow project.."