Cohen Gives More Detail On Trump Moscow Tower Briefings

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building before testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on ... WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Michael Cohen, former attorney and fixer for President Donald Trump, arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building before testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on February 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. Last year Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine for tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, unlawful excessive campaign contributions and lying to Congress as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 27, 2019 12:53 pm
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It could have been the biggest building in Europe, but it ended up becoming arguably the biggest conflict of interest in U.S. political history.

That’s the Trump Tower Moscow.

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen revealed new details on Wednesday about how he discussed the Russia project with President Trump and his family.

Cohen said at a House Oversight Committee hearing that he briefed Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump on the project “approximately 10” times.

The former Trump lawyer also recalled repeatedly fielding questions from Trump about the project throughout the campaign.

“He would say to me, ‘Michael, walk with me,'” Cohen recalled during an exchange with Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA).. “He was heading to a rally, or to a car, and as I was walking him to the elevator, he would ask me a series of questions, quickly.”

Cohen added that he would “report back” to Trump after “each communication that I had.”

The former Trump fixer said that he and Trump were trying “to get this project” during the 2016 presidential campaign.

“We were interested in building what would have been the largest building in Europe,” he said.

Cohen had previously lied to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, as was revealed when Cohen pleaded guilty to that late last year.

“The lies that I told to Congress, in fairness, benefitted Mr. Trump,” he said. “It was in furtherance of my protection of Mr. Trump.”

“I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore,” Cohen added.

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