When the FBI raided Michael Cohen's property earlier this year and became aware that he was the target of a federal criminal investigation, Justice Department veterans warned that if he turned around, he would be the most dangerous witness against President Donald Trump could be and his family.
This week, Special Representative Robert Mueller's office revealed how much filth Cohen could have on Trump, in a charge-up document that explains how Cohen Congressional investigators last year talked about the Trump organization's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow has been misled during the 2016 elections.
Cohen and Trump have known each other for years, and he was not only the lawyer of Trump, but also his longtime lawyer, and was for ten years the chief advocate of the Trump organization ,
The prosecution said that Cohen, who pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and mislead legislators, said that negotiations on the Trump Tower Treaty of Moscow had come to an end in January 201
These revelations are not just trouble for Trump. They have also put Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of Trump, who is vice president of the Trump organization, in the limelight.
Trump Jr. fooled the House Intelligence Committee by source.
When he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September last year, he told the jury "was not involved in the Trump Tower project in Moscow and in 2016 had only been notified" peripherally ".
He said also, he did not know that Cohen had commented on the deal with the Russian government and pointed to Cohen's work with Russia-born businessman Felix Sater ended the 2015 project.
However, the prosecutor wrote that Cohen "The status and progress of the Moscow project" with Trump "more than the three occasions requested by Cohen to the Senate intelligence service discussed the committee and informed Trump's" family members "within the Trump organization.
They also said Cohen admitted to continuing the deal with Sater in June 2016 after Trump became the Republican presidential candidate.
After Cohen's plea had been announced, Rep. Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement that Cohen's plea "underlines concern over another issue – we believe that other witnesses are also ahead of ours
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Elie Honig, a former federal attorney from the Southern District of New York, told INSIDER as the son of the president "should be alerted by Cohen's plea." We know that Trump Jr. was interviewed on the same topics, to which Michael Cohen now
It is unclear what exactly Trump Jr. told the House Intelligence Committee about the scrapped deal because his interview took place in a closed door.
"The decision to trump Jr. with a perjury Accusation will really be a matter of accuracy, "said Honey." How clear is he misclassified the truth? Has he left enough room for maneuver, and is his version of facts clearly contradicted by documents, e-mails, or other evidence showing his involvement? "
Honey added that Trump Jr. was probably not as strong on the project Cohen said, "It's clear he had been through something at some point. So, the key question is how much of Trump Jr. was involved and how this fits in with the specifics of his testimony. "
Cohen has been cooperating with investigators since August, pleading for tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations in one his last meeting with Muller was last week.
"You do not get a passport because your last name is Trump."
Cohen is the first culprit that Mueller has directly connected with Trump's business relations in Russia, and he's the first person Müller pursued for lied to Congress.
But DOJ veterans say that means not that he will be the last.
"There are certainly others in the Trump organization who knew of this Russian overture," said Jeffrey C. ramer, a longtime former prosecutor in Chicago, told INSIDER. "If they knew about it and lied to either Muller or the congress, there's no reason to believe they would be treated differently from Cohen. You will not get a passport because your last name is Trump."
If it turns out that Trump Jr. knew more than he had revealed about the deal, and made congressional statements incorrect, "or he or someone else is facing the same fate Cohen sees," Cramer said , "It puts those in the company who may have lied that their time could come sooner than later."
This is not the first time Trump Jr.'s Congressional statements have been scrutinized.
Legislators also questioned the president's son about his participation in a meeting in June 2016 in the Trump Tower between top election officials and two Russian lobbyists.
Trump and his lawyers said he only knew about the meeting when it was reported last July. Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee the same, saying that he had not informed his father of the meeting before the meeting.
But CNN, citing sources with knowledge of the matter, reported in July that Cohen claims to be one of several present when Trump briefed Jr. Trump before the meeting. Cohen allegedly says that Trump made the meeting green after hearing from his son.
CNN and NBC News reported that Cohen has no physical evidence – such as a tape recording – to support his claim, but is willing to testify under oath before Muller.