Cohen plea deal: Mueller likely withheld evidence from court exonerating Trump

(National SentinelBad Cop: The Left-wing “establishment” media was all a-flutter again last week after news broke that POTUS Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen was set to enter into a new plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.

The “bombshell” plea was linked to ‘new revelations’ that Cohen admitted to Mueller’s prosecutors that he lied to congressional committees regarding the timeline of a proposed Trump Tower business deal in Moscow a few years ago. Initially, Cohen told Congress that the project was terminated in January 2016, but he now claimed that the project was actually discussed into June 2016, around the time POTUS was set to lock up the presidential nomination.

Mind you, the project never got off the ground and the president has said that he would have been free to continue to do business deals while running for president because he was still a private citizen.

However, as investigative journalist Paul Sperry notes in a report for Real Clear Investigations, the most important aspect of this story isn’t an unsuccessful real estate and business deal in Moscow but rather what Mueller left out of his court filings:

The nine-page charging document filed with the plea deal suggests that the special counsel is using the Moscow tower talks to connect Trump to Russia. But congressional investigators with House and Senate committees leading inquiries on the Russia question told RealClearInvestigations that it looks like Mueller withheld from the court details that would exonerate the president. They made this assessment in light of the charging document, known as a statement of “criminal information” (filed in lieu of an indictment when a defendant agrees to plead guilty); a fuller accounting of Cohen’s emails and text messages that Capitol Hill sources have seen; and the still-secret transcripts of closed-door testimony provided by a business associate of Cohen.

Sperry notes that on page seven of the document, which is related to but separate from Cohen’s plea agreement, Mueller noted that the former Trump lawyer attempted to send an email to the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin on two occasions: Jan. 14, 2016, and Jan. 16, 2016. 

But Mueller, who signed the criminal information document, failed to include the fact that Cohen was using a public email contact for Putin, not a direct email to the Russian president, so hence, Cohen (on behalf of Trump) did not have a direct line to the Kremlin.

Sources who have seen the emails note that Mueller’s omission undercuts the narrative that POTUS and his team had a “back channel” to Putin, “and thus the special counsel’s collusion case” in general, Sperry writes.

There’s more, Sperry notes. On page two there is additional exculpatory evidence that clears the president, sources told him.

That page quotes an August 2017 letter from Cohen to the Senate Intelligence Committee in which he noted that the president “was never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me.” Unlike other portions of Cohen’s initial testimony to congressional intelligence committees, Mueller is not disputing this particular segment. Sources tell Sperry that means prosecutors have vetted that portion for truthfulness and have determined that it is accurate.

The criminal information document also doesn’t challenge Cohen’s assertion that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”

Cohen may not have been truthful about dates, a congressional investigator told Sperry, but “it’s clear from personal messages he sent in 2015 and 2016 that the Trump Organization did not have formal lines of communication set up with Putin’s office or the Kremlin during the campaign. 

“There was no secret ‘back channel,’” the investigator stated, according to Sperry.

As if it was needed, this is just more evidence that Mueller’s probe is political in nature, designed to ‘get’ the president, not find any proof of Russian “collusion” or other nefarious activity by Moscow committed in conjunction with the 2016 Trump campaign.

But it begs the question: When is Mueller going to be held accountable for his obvious lack of interest in revealing who was really responsible for colluding with Russia during the 2016 election — the Hillary Clinton campaign?

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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12 Comments on "Cohen plea deal: Mueller likely withheld evidence from court exonerating Trump"

  1. Boy…Mueller must be embarrassed. Or, more to the point, he will be soon. He’d have been better off admitting there was nothing on Trump and closing the investigation–like a legitimate investigator would have. The longer he draws it out and keeps failing to make his phony nonsense stick…the more the Dems are hoping and holding their breath for the (EVER) IMPENDING INDICTMENT OF TRUMP…the more irate they’ll be when he finally tells them it’s all been a fruitless…EXPENSIVE sham. Then they’ll be gunning for MUELLER! And it couldn’t happen to a better man/party.

    • I should think that the Department of Justice should send a billing to the Clinton Foundation for the entirety of the costs of this sham investigation. Further, Mueller should be forced to sign a revised contract with the DOJ making him a pro bono attorney and return all of the monies he has bilked out of the taxpayers.

    • Why would he be embarrassed? His mission was always to destroy this President and his Presidency thereby covering up and protecting himself and the entire deep state of establishment criminals.

  2. Mueller’s same old legal malpractice… he needs to be disbarred and sent to Federal Prison.

    Fact: Mueller took part in a much earlier FBI frame up that sent four innocent men to prison for more than 30 years, and resulted in an eventual settlement of more than $100 million for false imprisonment of Joe Salvati, Louie Greco, a World War II hero, Peter Limone, and Henry Tameleo for lies of Mueller’s…

    Then there was Dr Steven Hatfill – we paid $4,600,000.00 because Mueller and Comey destroyed this innocent man’s life – only Mueller didn’t count on the DNA from the Anthrax Dr Hatfill worked with (legally) was not the same as the DC attacks Muller tried to frame him for.

  3. Muller trying to swindle the court in same crooked fashion as FBI did with with FISA court in their anti-Trump scam.

    • And notice, please do how none of it has hurt his career, He does the wet work for the ruling elite, guys like him and the scum bag, Mr. “Higher honor” Comey, or Mr. “Pimple head” Rosenstien whose wife is a CIA spook. And in between ingratiating themselves they manage to do right well leveraging all the contacts.

  4. So can we now wake up from the celebratory dream and face the cold morning light?

    So far the President has done none of the things he said he would do. He hasn’t built the wall, or sealed the border. He hasn’t locked anyone up although you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a criminal felon in Washington DC and the President’s refusal to forcefully and effectively address the entire issue of Sanctuary states and, or cities leaves his supporters feeling cold and betrayed.

    We are currently living in a state of civil insurrection and, if President Trump thinks he can simply whistle his way past this graveyard, he is a fool deluding himself. There would not be any United States, if Lincoln had responded in a similar manner and say, isn’t that exactly what the “Left” and the globalists want, America’s destruction? # So sad, Mr. President.

    After all is said and done, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump so as to continue to have porous borders, Sanctuary anything and, or giving Hillary, Comey, and the entire cabal of deep state criminals and traitors a walk, which, two years in he has done. He has given the entire deep state a walk. For a guy who was planning to drain the swamp, he is now, or so it appears to me to be up to his hips in alligators.

    Now he wants to talk to Democrats? I don’t give damn who he talks to. They could hardly give him worse advice than his attorney Emmet Flood, or his son in law either for that matter. I’m looking at 2020 and wanting to know when he intends to do what he said he would do?

  5. Show me in Missouri | December 4, 2018 at 3:56 pm | Reply

    Actually, Mueller is on a tight leash, and Rosenstein is holding the other end.
    Mueller just doing what he was directed to do in Rosenstein’s memo. The question is, why isn’t the Dept. of Justice and the FBI investigating the DNC, Hillary Clinton, the Steele dossier, secret communications between possibly British intelligence, the Kremlin, and FBI? People involved in this, especially on the US Government’s end should be the subjects of investigation, although of course, Rosenstein signed off on the FISA warrant renewal application, and he has effectively been in charge at the Dept of Justice for the last couple of years while Sessions was there, apparently Sessions also spooked to say anything since Mueller had interviewed him in the past, so Sessions could also possibly be trying to avoid a perjury charge for lying to the FBI, so perhaps he (Rosenstein) has been able to delay any investigation until the Republicans were no longer the majority in the House, so he seems to have done what he had to do.

  6. Mueller tampered with, concealed and obstructed evidence and the case. He should be immediately charged with tampering, concealing, fraud, obstruction of justice, fired from being Special Counsel, and forced to return all monies he spent on the false and fraudulent investigation.

  7. Mueller must be prosecuted for his part in the attempted

  8. Mueller cost the Republicans 40 seats in the House, he is doing his job superbly. He also stole all Trumps thunder on immigration and the wall and much more. By keeping Trumps administration at bay for 2 years he has cost Republicans and Americans far more than the cost of the investigation.

  9. I’m so tired of imbeciles complaining that Trump hasn’t built the wall, ended sanctuary policies, drained the swamp, etc etc. he has been blocked time and time again by leftist judges, congress, and Sessions. Additionally, his agenda has been swamped by investigations that are suspect at best. I’m astounded that he has been able to get anything done…..but in retrospect, he has done more to right the ship than any POTUS before him, in spite of all of these nefarious obstacles. MAGA!

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