Is helping Mueller to justify spending over $20 million of taxpayer dollars on a phony Russian witch hunt really a reason to give Trump’s former lawyer, turned rat, a “get out of jail free” card?
Yesterday, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence made criminal referrals to the special counsel’s office, including regarding former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
“We have made referrals to the special prosecutor,” North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr said at a forum held at the University of Texas in Austin. “One instance just highlighted of late, is that the special prosecutor is using the transcripts of interviews that we have used in our committee to indict somebody for lying to Congress.”
“It’s a loud message to everybody who’s interviewed by our committee … if you lie to us we’re going to go after you,” the Republican added.
Burr was referring to Cohen, who pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to the Senate panel and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 2017 regarding his work on a deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. –Daily Caller
According to Fox News’ brilliant legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, Trump supporters can relax, because the latest plea deal that was cut with Michael Cohen, does nothing to implicate Trump in any wrongdoing as it relates to Russia.
Jarrett claims President Trump’s disgraced former personal lawyer Michael Cohen’s guilty plea to lying to Congress about a possible Trump Organization real estate project in Moscow that never materialized is not worth much – except to Cohen.
Before his newest guilty plea Thursday, Cohen – already a confessed liar and criminal – pleaded guilty in August to violating campaign finance laws, multiple counts of tax evasion and bank fraud dealing with his personal finances.
Lawyers for the Trump lawyer turned rat, are now arguing that although their client has a criminal past, that since he turned on President Trump, he should not have to pay for his crimes.
Lawyers for Michael Cohen on Friday argued the former Trump attorney should not face jail time, citing his extensive cooperation with the special counsel’s office and federal prosecutors in Manhattan.
Cohen’s attorneys argued in a late-night court filing the longtime Trump booster lied to Congress in order to remain consistent with his former boss’s downplaying of contacts with Russia during the campaign. They also asserted Cohen orchestrated illegal campaign contributions in the form of payments to alleged Trump mistresses in order to protect the former real estate mogul.
The thrust of Cohen’s argument for leniency is his extensive cooperation in the “unique” circumstances in which the special counsel’s investigation is operating.
Cohen’s lawyers, Guy Petrillo, and Amy Lester, asserted Cohen’s cooperation helped legitimize an investigation that is under constant attack by Trump. They also argue Cohen is cooperating even though Trump reportedly suggested in private he is willing to pardon associates ensnared in the special counsel’s probe. –Daily Caller