Listen: Congress, Michael Cohen And Trump Tower Moscow discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"December twelve two thousand eighteen on November twenty ninth Coen pled guilty to one count of making false statements to congress. The government does not take a position with respect to a particular sentence to be imposed, but submits that it is appropriate for any sentence of incarceration to be served concurrently to any sentence imposed by the court in United States versus Cohen. So again, what that means is if Coen's going to get any prison time for the other felonies that he pled to with prosecutors from the southern district of New York, that's fine. But don't make this additional time. Not for us. They go on quote the defendants. Crime was serious. He withheld information material to the investigations of Russian interference in the two thousand sixteen presidential election investigations being conducted by the Senate intelligence committee, the house intelligence committee and the special counsel's office the defendant lied to congress about a business project the Moscow project that he worked on during the two thousand sixteen campaign while he served as executive vice president at the Trump organization and as special counsel to Donald Trump the defendant admitted he told these lies which he made publicly and in submissions to congress in order to one minimize links between the Moscow project and Donald Trump and to give the false impression that the Moscow project had ended before the Iowa caucus and the first presidential primaries in hopes of limiting the ongoing Russia investigations being conducted by congress and the special counsel's office. Okay. At this point in the filing were pretty much up to where Michael Cohen was when he pled guilty in court in New York last week and said, yeah, I lied to congress about Trump Tower Moscow. But did you notice that one additional detail we got there? He told these lies in submissions to congress and publicly that ends up being an important new development here. Quote. The defendants. Lies to congress were deliberate and premeditated. His false statements did not spring spontaneously from a line of examination or heated colloquy during a congressional hearing. They started in a written submission that he chose to provide to both houses of congress ahead of his appearances these circumstances show a deliberate effort to use his lies as a way to set the tone and shape. The course of the hearings in an effort to stymie the inquiries. Okay. So the special counsel's office here is saying that covering up the Moscow project covering up the whole Trump Tower. Moscow thing wasn't just something that he panicked and did on the spur of the moment. It was a deliberate considered plan process planned process, which of course, raises the question of whether or not it involved. Other people turns out. Yes. In a way, they're saying it did involve other people, quote, the defendant amplified is false statements by releasing and repeating his lies to the public, including two other potential witnesses, ding, ding, ding. The defendant was scheduled to. Appear before both intelligence committees in closed sessions prior to testifying the defendant made a public appearance at the US capitol and released his prepared opening statement, which falsely claimed that the Moscow project was terminated in January twenty sixteen by publicly presenting this false narrative, the defendant deliberately shifted the timeline of what had occurred in the hopes of limiting the investigation into possible Russian interference in the presidential election. All right. So this is important Michael Cohen, we learned today did not just lie to congress. But according to the special counsel's office, which again is sort of looking kindly upon him. It's important that he lied to the public because in so doing when he made that public statement, he didn't just give it behind closed doors to congress when he made that public restatement of his lion. Congress testimony that was effectively a message to the other witnesses who might know about the Trump Tower Moscow project telling them that hey, basically, this is how you should. Would lie about this matter too. Because this is how I'm lying about it to congress. Let's all get our stories straight. And remember congressman Jim Himes at the house intelligence committee suggested to us just a few days ago after Michael Cohen's testimony on Trump Tower Moscow was revealed to be ally. Remember, he came on this show just the other night and said, you know, not going to."