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January 18, 2019 5:31 p.m.

This Week: Trump Allegedly Directed Cohen To Lie To Congress About Moscow Project

This week brought the clearest-cut example to date that President Trump allegedly violated federal law while in office. BuzzFeed reported that Trump personally directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 campaign. Two federal law enforcement sources told BuzzFeed that Trump ordered Cohen to falsely claim that work on the project ended months earlier than it did in order to obscure his involvement. (Update, 10:30 p.m.: On Friday night, a spokesperson for the Special Counsel’s Office, Peter Carr, took the very rare step of saying that aspects of the Buzzfeed report were false. “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate,” Carr wrote.) The bombshell article also reported that Trump held “at least 10 face-to-face meetings with Cohen” about the project, that Ivanka and Don Jr. received “regular, detailed updates,”…

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