Speculation Ramps Up Over Photos Of Cohen With A Shoulder Sling

Michael Cohen arrives at his home with his arm in a sling Thursday, Jan. 18, 2019 in New York. The chairman of the House intelligence committee said he would "do what is necessary" to confirm a report that President Donald Trump directed Cohen, then Trump's personal attorney, to lie to Congress about negotiations over a real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)
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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, created a stir when he was photographed outside his New York City apartment with his arm in a sling and a hospital ID bracelet on his wrist

Speculation ran rampant as news photos circulated Friday. Had he been roughed up? The sling appeared after BuzzFeed News reported that Cohen told investigators Trump directed him to lie to Congress about a Moscow real estate project.

But Cohen adviser Lanny Davis tells The Associated Press Cohen simply underwent a minor, previously scheduled shoulder surgery.

Cohen’s movements have been closely watched in recent months as he cooperates with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says any suggestion the president had Cohen lie is false.

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