Trump 'lied' about Russia business dealings: Cohen

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Published on February 27, 2019 - Duration: 02:28s

Trump 'lied' about Russia business dealings: Cohen

Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer testified on Wednesday that Trump directed negotiations for a real estate project in Moscow during the White House race even as Trump publicly said he had no business interests in Russia.

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Trump 'lied' about Russia business dealings: Cohen

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer testified on Wednesday that Trump directed negotiations for a real estate project in Moscow during the White House race even as Trump publicly said he had no business interests in Russia.

Cohen apologized for his initial statements to Congress in 2017, in which he said efforts to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow had ceased by January 2016, when in fact they continued through June 2016.

Cohen said Trump's lawyers "reviewed and edited" those false statements to Congress.

Cohen said Trump on multiple occasions inquired about the project while telling the public he had no business dealings in Russia, a falsehood Cohen said reflected Trump's view that the campaign was aimed only at building his brand.

"He lied about it because he never expected to win the election.

He also lied about it because he stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars," Cohen said.

Cohen described an incident in which Trump's son, Donald Jr., walked behind his father's desk and told him in a low voice: "The meeting is all set." Cohen said Trump replied: "OK good ... let me know." In hindsight, Cohen said he believed the son was referring to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer promising "dirt" on Clinton and members of Trump's campaign.

Trump has denied having advance knowledge of the meeting, which has come under intense scrutiny in the Mueller probe.

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