Another bomb, conjured by Michael Cohen, exploded late Friday night: He said he had told Donald Trump of a phone call to the Kremlin asking for support from the Russian government in building a Trump Tower in Moscow a year ago 2016 was asked.
And Cohen also claims He spoke with Trump's lawyers and White House staff in 2017 while writing a misleading statement to Congress to cover up the truth about the Moscow project and Trump's involvement.
The two allegations were made late on Friday by Cohen's lawyers in a case prosecuted by Special Prosecutor Robert Müller. They were in a conviction record in which Cohen sought imprisonment in return for his cooperation with Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 201
Cohen told the US Senate and Senate intelligence committees last year that he had just informed Trump three times about the plan to build a 100-story skyscraper in the Russian capital. Cohen also said that his general inquiry into the Kremlin was not answered.
But Mueller's office said Cohen, a former manager of the Trump organization, repeatedly briefed Trump about the project and in January 2016 had a 20-minute phone call with an assistant to the Kremlin official, in which Cohen sought help from the Russian government in securing funding and land asked for the tower of Trump.
Cohen's attorneys added on Friday that Trump was informed by Cohen of this extraordinary request by the Kremlin while Trump ran for president.
Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has distanced his client from the project and said Thursday that the proposal signed "a never-before-heard letter of intent" signed in October 2015. "It was set, they retired," said Giuliani.
"This was Cohen's deal," Giuliani said, saying that Trump had not talked directly to the Russians about the project.
When news of the Moscow Trump Tower proposal became known in 2017, Cohen was summoned to the Capitol Hill to explain his role in this and other affairs of Russia. Cohen admitted in court that he had lied to lawmakers about the extent of his and Trump's involvement on Thursday.
Cohen told Congress that the Moscow Project was dead in January 2016 when it was still alive – including discussions about Trump and Cohen traveling to Russia – until June 2016.
Cohen lawyers said This misleading statement was prepared last summer, while Cohen Trump remained "in close and regular contact with White House staff and legal counsel."
The cover story arose when Cohen knew that Trump and his spokesmen were trying to "effectively end" the Moscow project in front of the Iowa factions in February 2016.
"At this time, Michael justified wrong summary of the case on the grounds that the Moscow project ultimately did not go on," wrote the lawyer.
The allegations were raised in a ruling against a federal judge in Manhattan. On Thursday, Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress about the Moscow project. He is expected to be sentenced next week. He will also learn how much time he will spend behind bars for money and electoral fraud for his role in paying off two alleged Trump mistresses whom he found guilty in August.