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President Trump Directed Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress: Report

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President Donald Trump directed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, and gave the order while being a sitting president. In a Thursday night bombshell report, Buzzfeed News reports “Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin.”

During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump also ordered Cohen to travel to Russia to meet with Vladimir Putin to “jump-start” the Moscow project, the report states.

“Make it happen,” Trump reportedly told Cohen.

And in a possibly first-ever direct implication of the President’s children, Buzzfeed reports Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. “received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.”

MSNBC’s Jill Wine-Banks weighed in, saying, “I think we’re in new territory tonight.” She adds, “This is obstruction and collusion.”

Here’s MSNBC’s first report:

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The ACLU’s Brian Tashman just posted video of Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday asking Trump’s Attorney General nominee, William Barr during his confirmation hearing this key question:

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Sondland: ‘Giuliani’s Requests Were a Quid Pro Quo’ and He Was ‘Expressing the Desires of the President’

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United States Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland delivered blockbuster testimony Wednesday morning directly charging President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, directed a “quid pro quo” scheme to extort Ukraine.

“Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky,” Sondland testified before the House Intelligence Committee, saying that he worked on the Ukraine scheme at the “express direction of the president of the United States.”

He added: “Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the President of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the President.”

EARLIER: Sondland: ‘We Followed the President’s Orders’

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Feds Now Probing Giuliani’s Links to Ukrainian Natural Gas Projects – and if He Profited From Them

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Federal investigators are now probing the ties of the President’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, into Ukrainian energy projects, and if he stood to gain financially in a business venture headed by his two “henchmen” who are now in jail.

The two associates infamously aided Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine to launch investigations into Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in an attempt to assist President Donald Trump’s re-election efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman “pitched their new company, and plans for a Poland-to-Ukraine pipeline carrying U.S. natural gas, in meetings with Ukrainian officials and energy executives this year.”

This is the latest federal investigation launched into Giuliani’s dealings.

Federal authorities are also conducting a criminal investigation into the relationship between Giuliani and his two Ukrainian-born “henchmen” arrested last month night fleeing the country with one-way tickets to Vienna. Giuliani was scheduled to travel to Vienna also hours later, until the arrests.

Giuliani’s financial dealings with those same two associates who were indicted on campaign finance-related charges are under scrutiny by investigators as well.

 

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Bolton Blasted Trump’s Ukraine Extortion: ‘I Am Not Part of Whatever Drug Deal Rudy and Mulvaney Are Cooking Up’

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Three months ago then-National Security Advisor John Bolton warned administration insiders he would have no part of President Donald Trump’s off-the-books shadow government Ukraine extortion scandal. Bolton also apparently implicated both the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvany.

“I am not part of whatever drug deal Rudy and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Bolton told senior director for Russian and Eurasian affairs Fiona Hill to tell White House lawyers, The New York Times reports in a bombshell article late Monday night.

Bolton, who resigned from the Trump administration hours before President Trump tweeted he had fired him, instructed Hill “to notify the chief lawyer for the National Security Council that Mr. Giuliani was working with Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on a rogue operation with legal implications,” Hill told House of Representatives investigators on Monday.

Not one to shy away from confrontation himself, Bolton also called Giuliani, who is now reportedly under criminal investigation,  “a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.”

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