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Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:22 pm
by Chilidog
Why did SDNY give all these documents BACK to Cohen?

Bear with me as I make some idle speculation. Tell me if this is too far fetched.....

Did SDNY return specific documents to Cohen, knowing, or even suggesting that they would bolster his testimony before Congress?

(Did they return the boxes to him, after the Dems took over the committees?)

Is this a master level class in legal / political maneuvering, of am I just full of it?

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:24 pm
by Kendra
If it's what you say, I love it

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:26 pm
by Chilidog
Its the only thing that would explain why they would return documents to him that indicate criminal behavior on the part of Trump.

Unless someone else can think of an explanation.

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:27 pm
by much ado
Well, IANAL, so I don't know how this works. But would a photocopy of the original documents serve SDNY's needs as well as the original documents? If so, they could just return them.

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:08 pm
by Kendra ... d=61514204

According to the sources, the attorneys cautioned Cohen that hiring Petrillo, the former head of the criminal division of the Southern District of New York, could effectively end all contact between Cohen and Trump’s legal team. They noted that Petrillo had previously worked with prominent Trump critics, including former FBI Director James Comey and Preet Bharara, the former US Attorney in Manhattan, who had been fired by the president.

As it became clear that Cohen would commit to Petrillo, the attorneys asked Cohen to consider bringing them on board as well, because their purported relationship with Giuliani could serve to keep lines of communication open with President Trump’s legal team. Petrillo apparently opposed the idea of working in tandem, and Cohen ultimately rejected it, the sources said. The two attorneys never formally joined Cohen’s legal team but sent Cohen a bill for legal services, which he did not pay, the sources said.

The charges include fees for at least a half a dozen phone calls between the attorneys and Giuliani, according to two sources who have seen the invoice. One of the final entries is for a late June in-person meeting in New York between at least one of the attorneys and Giuliani. ABC News has not independently reviewed the bill.

The Southern District of New York prosecutors are now in possession of the legal bill along with logs of numerous calls and copies of emails between the attorneys and Cohen, the sources said. During a meeting with Cohen earlier this year, federal prosecutors in New York expressed interest in learning who paid the bill. Cohen said he did not know who, if anyone, did.

Sorry, I can't find the original Michael Cohen thread, so dumping it here :bag:

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 10:00 pm
by Addie

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 12:39 pm
by Kendra

Gym Jordan cries a river to Judge what's her name.

OT, but look what I found in the replies:
Sekrit Stuffs!
Is that the judge with the former owner of the FL massage parlor?

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:40 pm
by RVInit
Off Topic

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 5:30 pm
by Addie
Cummings: No action against Cohen for pardon statement

The chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), announced Wednesday that his panel wouldn’t take any action against Michael Cohen after his attorney contradicted his testimony that he never asked President Donald Trump for a pardon.

Cummings said in a statement that Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, clarified his testimony in which he said, “I have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump.”

“Our practice on this Committee is to give witnesses an opportunity to clarify their testimony, and that is what Mr. Cohen has done,” Cummings said. “I do not see the need for further action — at least at this time.” ...

Republicans, including Trump, have tried to discredit Cohen’s testimony, in which he implicated Trump in various crimes. Some Republicans have pointed to the fact that Cohen has already lied to Congress. The oversight panel’s top Republican, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, also sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department detailing allegations of lies by Cohen.
Daily Beast: Lawyer Told Michael Cohen He Could ‘Sleep Well Tonight’ After Giuliani Chat: Report

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:03 pm
by Addie
In bid to remain out of jail, Michael Cohen tells Congress he has more to add

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is offering House Democrats new information in a bid to stay out of jail while he cooperates with Congress.

Cohen's attorneys Lanny Davis and Michael Monico told lawmakers in a letter Thursday that Cohen has discovered substantial files on a hard drive that might be helpful to investigators. Cohen is asking for additional time, and congressional help to persuade the Southern District of New York to allow him to postpone reporting to jail in order to review them.

They said they hoped Cohen would receive a reduced term and that the May 6 date Cohen is scheduled to report to prison "will be substantially postponed while he is fully cooperating with prosecutors and Congress."

The letter adds, "However, with 30 days left before he surrenders to prison, time is no longer a luxury he is capable of.

"We hope that this memorandum demonstrates that Mr. Cohen needs to be readily accessible and immediately available to provide ongoing assistance to Congress in order for it to fulfill its executive branch oversight responsibilities. Mr. Cohen was only recently able to access a hard drive with important documents," it states.
CBS News: Cohen says he has 14 million files of "significant value" in bid for lighter sentence ...

"Said drive contains over 14 million files, which consist of all e-mails, voice recordings, images, and attachments from Mr. Cohen's computers and phones," attorneys Lanny Davis, Michael Monico and Carly Chocron wrote. "To date, Mr. Cohen has located several documents that we believe have significant value to the various congressional oversight and investigation committees."

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:48 am
by Addie
BuzzFeed: Evidence presented by Michael Cohen on Trump crimes PDF
April 4, 2019

Memorandum to the File
By Lanny J. Davis, Michael Monico, Carly Chocron, attorneys for Michael Cohen

Re: Evidence presented by Michael Cohen on Trump crimes
presented to congressional committees


Trump’s involvement in a conspiracy to collude with Russian
government intervention in his favor during the 2016
presidential campaign and obstruct justice through lies and
cover-up; and


Other felony crimes committed by Trump before and after he
became president.
BuzzFeed News: In New Documents, Cohen Says Trump "Instructed" Him To Lie

In a memo submitted to Congress, the president's former lawyer asks for time to help congressional investigators review new evidence.
Axios: Michael Cohen attorneys release new Trump allegations

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 2:36 pm
by Addie
Republicans Blast Michael Cohen’s Claim He Has New Evidence Against Trump, Democrats Remain Silent

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen telling key House Democrats he has new evidence against his former boss and that he wants them to help keep him out of prison for as long as possible, Republicans are lambasting his claims and credibility. Democrats, on the other hand, have remained largely silent on the matter, making it unclear whether they will adhere to the latest plea from the president’s former “fixer.”

In a letter and attached documents sent to the congressional Democrats Thursday, Cohen’s attorneys—Lanny Davis, Michael Monico and Carly Chocron—said their client has “only recently able to access a hard drive” containing over 14 million "e-mails, voice recordings, images and attachments" that would be of “significant value to the various congressional oversight and investigation committees.” ...

Democrats, however, have been silent on Cohen’s latest request, making it unclear whether they will agree to Cohen’s offer of more information in exchange for helping him postpone his surrender date and reduce his sentence. The Democratic—and Republican—staff of the House Judiciary, Oversight and Intelligence Committees either did not respond to Newsweek’s inquires on Friday or did not wish to speak on the record.

Cohen’s attorneys said in their letter to Democrats that while they did not send the same letter and evidence to any House Republicans due to “virtually every single Republican member during the public and private testimony [using] all their time to attack Mr. Cohen personally,” they “would be happy to send them a copy,” if they are interested.

Along with their letter to key House Democrats was a 12-page memo and more than 100 pages worth of documents, which was obtained by BuzzFeed News, that Cohen’s attorneys said provides further evidence detailing their client's claims he was directed by Trump to lie to Congress.

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:38 am
by Addie
New York Times
Why It Matters That Trump and Michael Cohen Had a Falling Out ...

There is no clear endgame

The status of several of criminal investigations that grew out of Mr. Cohen’s interviews with federal prosecutors remains unclear. But as recently as February, a judge disclosed that the hush money inquiry focused on Trump Organization officials remained open.

In New York, several inquiries undertaken by state authorities in response to Mr. Cohen’s congressional testimony are still active. They include one by the attorney general into Mr. Trump’s real estate projects, and another by state regulators into his insurance practices.

And as Mr. Cohen’s May 6 surrender date nears, his lawyers appear to be making a last-ditch effort to keep him out of prison. They wrote earlier this month to Democratic members of Congress, asking them to endorse a campaign to reduce his sentence or postpone his surrender. But the effort does not appear to have borne fruit.

Mr. Cohen’s three-year prison term is the longest yet from any case that grew out of the special counsel’s inquiry, after that of Paul J. Manafort, who was sentenced to over seven years in prison.

Nonetheless, the redacted version of the Mueller report indicates that federal authorities were debriefing Mr. Cohen as recently as last month.

The full range of topics discussed is not known. But footnotes point to an F.B.I. document, dated March 19, based on an interview with Mr. Cohen. The document is cited in connection with statements he made about his conversations with the president after the F.B.I. raid and about a Trump Tower project in Russia, as well as discussions with the president’s lawyer about a possible pardon.

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 5:36 pm
by Addie
Daily Beast
Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen Headed to ‘Castle Behind Bars’

Fellow inmates will include Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Fyre Festival fraudster Billy McFarland.

President Trump’s disgraced former lawyer Michael Cohen will report May 6 to a federal prison that’s been called one of the “cushiest” lockups in the country, where his fellow inmates will include celebrity felons. ...

For prisoners, Otisville—just an hour outside New York City—is a coveted assignment. Forbes magazine deemed it one of America’s 10 “cushiest” prisons and the New York Post called it a “castle behind bars.” U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill has described it as “a jewel” of the federal prison system.

Cohen, who pleaded pleaded guilty to lying to Congress, violating campaign finance law, tax fraud and lying on a bank loan application, asked to be sent to Otisville to serve his three-year sentence. CNN was the first to report that the Bureau of Prisons had approved it.

It’s not the Loews Regency Hotel, where Cohen’s room was raided a year ago, but as prisons go, Otisville has a decent reputation.

“It’s not just good. It’s sweet,” ex-inmate John Altman told the Post in 2012. “The food is right. The commissary is right. The officers don’t bother you. There are a lot of courses you can take. You had weights inside and outside, free weights and machines.”

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 6:12 pm
by Addie
CBS News
House Intel Committee voting on release of Michael Cohen testimony

The House Intelligence Committee is voting Monday to publicly release testimony and exhibits provided by President Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Cohen testified before the committee in February and March of this year. He has said that he lied to Congress about Mr. Trump's involvement in a Moscow Trump Tower project, and he also claimed that the president's lawyers, including Jay Sekulow, had edited his 2017 testimony before the Senate about the timing of the project. Cohen provided the House Intelligence Committee with his original 2017 statement for his Senate testimony and included all the versions of the testimony that had been previously submitted. ...

The committee has been probing whether attorneys for the president and his family obstructed its Russia investigation by shaping testimony from key witnesses, including Cohen.

Cohen reported to federal prison earlier this month to begin serving a three-year sentence for crimes including tax evasion, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 6:59 pm
by Addie
The Hill
House panel releases Michael Cohen transcripts

The House Intelligence Committee has released transcripts of its private interviews with Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney.

The panel voted 12-7 at a closed-door meeting Monday evening to release the transcripts, according to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

The committee interviewed Cohen behind closed doors on February 28 and March 6 – before he reported to prison to serve a three-year sentence for bank fraud, campaign finance violations and other charges – as part of an investigation into the president’s business dealings in Russia and other foreign countries.

The interviews marked a return appearance for Cohen, who pleaded guilty last November to lying to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees about discussions to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Along with transcripts of Cohen’s testimony, the committee has also released exhibits that Cohen provided the panel.

Monday’s vote came roughly a week after it was revealed the committee has been investigating whether attorneys connected to President Trump and his family helped obstruct the investigation by editing or shaping Cohen’s false testimony.
Business Insider: Michael Cohen implicated at least 4 people in Trump's orbit during marathon House testimony

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 7:06 pm
by Addie - Press Release
Chairman Schiff Statement on Release of Michael Cohen Testimony and Documents
Washington, May 20, 2019

Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence voted to release Michael Cohen’s testimony and related exhibits to the public by a vote of 12 – 7.

Afterwards, Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) made the following statement:

“With the completion of Special Counsel Mueller’s work and the release of his report, it is critically important that the Committee, and the Congress, make public as much information as possible that bears on Mueller’s findings, explain the evidence he uncovered, and expose the obstructive actions taken by this President and those who surround him.

“It is in this light that the Committee today releases the transcripts of two days of interviews of Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

“Cohen’s February and March 2019 testimony corroborate information previously received by the Committee, including the Trump Tower Moscow deal under negotiation throughout the 2016 election season by then-candidate Donald Trump. Cohen also presented significant and troubling new detail regarding the false statement that he provided to our Committee in August 2017 and for which, in part, he is now in prison. Since Cohen’s testimony, the Committee has already begun to follow up on information that Cohen provided related to attorneys for others involved in a joint defense agreement – including Jared Kushner and Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump – to determine whether they aided in Cohen’s obstruction of the Committee’s investigation.

“Cohen also testified that throughout the 2016 election, candidate Trump was actively kept apprised of a potential licensing agreement on a building to be erected in the heart of Moscow — a deal for which Mr. Trump and his family would have personally earned millions and would have required active participation by the Kremlin to get final approval. Cohen testified that while Trump continued to falsely claim that he had no business deals with Russia, Cohen was actively pursuing the deal through summer 2016.

“Trump and his associates sought to ensure that false narrative continued. Cohen testified Trump urged him to ‘stay on message, which is there’s no Russia, there’s no collusion, there’s no business deals.’ Cohen also said that the president’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, also directed him to ‘stay on message,’ in part by encouraging Mr. Cohen to falsely claim to Congress that the Trump Tower Moscow deal ended in January 2016, before the Iowa caucuses. According to Mr. Cohen, attorneys for Kushner, Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and the Trump Organization also reviewed the statement before it was provided to Congress and raised no concerns with its false content.

“The obstructive acts did not stop there. After the raid of Cohen’s hotel and office, Trump’s legal team, according to Cohen, again interjected – this time coaxing Cohen not to cooperate with authorities through implicit promises of a future pardon. Cohen testified that he had several conversations with Sekulow through July 2018 about pardons, and with an intermediary for the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. When Cohen no longer chose to toe the party line on President Trump’s relationship with Russia, the president and his allies trained their fire on Cohen and his family through a campaign of public intimidation to silence his testimony before several congressional committees – quintessential witness intimidation.

“The public should judge for themselves both the evidence released today in conjunction with Cohen’s testimony related to Trump, his troubling relationship with Russia, and the efforts by Trump and those close to him to hide the relationship and potential business deals. The public also deserves the chance to judge Cohen’s credibility for themselves, including by examining some of the evidence he provided to the Committee.

“The Committee will continue its investigation, continue to pursue additional evidence related to Cohen’s testimony, and present to the American people what we find.

“But make no mistake, any attempt by the President, his associates or Administration to suborn perjury, obstruct our investigation or mislead the public will not be tolerated – and will be exposed.”

Cohen’s February 2019 testimony can be found here. Cohen’s March 2019 testimony can be found here.

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 12:36 pm
by Chilidog
This bit made me laugh
MR. COHEN: I mean, you don’t think that l just decided to pay Stormy Daniels money on my behalf, right?
I think at one point, the Trump team actually tried to say that.

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 7:40 pm
by Addie
Unsealed court filings reveal how Mueller quickly zeroed in on Michael Cohen

In February 2017, a month after President Trump took office, his personal attorney agreed to provide consulting services to a major pharmaceutical company that would be affected if Trump followed through on his campaign pledge to reduce prescription drug prices.

Michael Cohen’s consulting contract with Novartis was purposely vague about what services he would perform. One executive wrote to another that Cohen had pared back their contract “substantially so that it no longer provides details as to precisely what he will do for us,” according to an email quoted in a court document unsealed Wednesday.

“I pushed him on this, but in his view, it would be safer for both of us to say less,” the executive wrote. But, in a separate email, another Novartis executive was clear about what the company was agreeing to pay Cohen $1.2 million a year to provide: “Access.”

“I want to use him to set up meetings when I am in Washington in May,” the executive added.

The emails are cited in applications for search warrants that federal prosecutors filed between July and November 2017 seeking permission to seize the contents of Cohen’s email accounts.
BuzzFeed News: Mueller Knew Trump Was Writing Secret Checks To Michael Cohen In 2017

A federal judge in Washington, DC, unsealed search warrant applications that the special counsel’s office filed in 2017 for Cohen’s email accounts.

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 10:18 pm
by Chilidog
Does Michael Cohen remind anyone of Moist Von Lipwig.

Re: Oversight/Intel Committees - Feb 27 2019: Michael Cohen Testimony

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:17 pm
by Addie

Michael Cohen cooperating in probe into whether Trump Organization falsified records

Michael Cohen has agreed to cooperate in an investigation into whether the Trump Organization falsified business records, a source familiar with the situation told NBC News.

Cohen signed a proffer agreement with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, which is investigating the Trump Organization, the source said. The agreement stipulates that he will cooperate with the office in its investigation.

The investigation could result in fines against the Trump Organization or Allen Weisselberg, who managed the organization’s business affairs.

On Aug. 20, representatives from the DA’s office went to meet with Cohen at Otisville Prison in upstate New York, where he is serving a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations related to hush money payments to two women who claimed that had affairs with Trump prior to taking office, the source told NBC News.