The Senate intelligence committee will interview President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen next Tuesday in a closed door session.
Cohen is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday and then behind closed doors again Thursday to the House intelligence committee.
Cohen was spotted yesterday on Capitol Hill, most likely meeting with congressional staff to prepare his testimony.
Trump Wanted Flunky Overseeing Michael Cohen Case
Published February 21, 2019
New reports are that President Trump asked for former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker for someone pro-Trump to handle the investigation of his former personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Apparently, this request which the President already said is fake news, was done via a phone call. It would be interesting to see if audio of that call exists.
Whitaker will be returning to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
This is important because he had said in his opening statement and in questions by House Democrats that “at no time has the White House asked for nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel’s investigation or any other investigation.”
Remember, it was a similar request that former FBI Director James Comey has said Trump made in reference to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
That ultimately resulted in Comey’s firing and the FBI opening an investigation on President Trump. Eight days later Special Counsel Robert Mueller was retained.
Another Smart Move by Michael Cohen- Delays Prison
Published February 21, 2019
I’m going to stick to my guns that Michael Cohen is setting up President Trump.
First and foremost, Cohen set up Trump when he recorded at least one conversation that we know of when it came to the hush payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.
Next, I believe Cohen played Trump again when Rudy Giuliani and Trump threatened Cohen and his family, causing Cohen to say for reasons of fear and for the safety of his family, he would not appear voluntarily before Congress to testify.
We all knew that Trump would threaten Cohen, so it should come as no surprise that Cohen knew that. By saying he feared for his safety, you can add another obstruction of justice charge.
The next day, Cohen received a subpoena the next day.
Cohen did delay his testimony on the date he was subpoenaed because he was recovering from recent shoulder surgery, yet he was spotted out around town having expensive dinners with friends and his wife.
But now, Cohen’s attorneys were able to obtain a 60 day delay on turning himself into jail based on his surgery and his appearances before three committees later this month, meaning that Cohen will now surrender himself on May 6.
Now, Cohen could still be subpoenaed even while in prison, it just makes the logistics a little bit more complicated, but now Cohen will be testifying while President Trump is out of the country in a summit with Kim Jong Un.
I’ve always said that Special Counsel Mueller drops huge stories when President Trump cannot react to them such as being out of the country.
Granted, Cohen is unlikely to be talking about the investigation since it is ongoing, but he is still controlling the narrative and preventing the President from creating a distraction.
We Will See Michael Cohen Search Warrants
Published February 8, 2019
Thanks to lawsuits from multiple media companies such as CNN, The New York Times and The Associated Press, we will get the chance to see legal documents pertaining to Michael Cohen’s arrest including search warrants.
Judge Pauley wrote:
“At this stage, wholesale disclosure of the materials would reveal the scope and direction of the Government’s ongoing investigation. It would also unveil subjects of the investigation and the potential conduct under scrutiny, the full volume and nature of the evidence gathered thus far, and the sources of information provided to the Government.”
“And if the past is any prologue, unmasking those who are cooperating with the Government’s investigation or who have otherwise provided information to the Government could deter further cooperation with the investigation by ‘subject[ing] those individuals to witness tampering, harassment, or retaliation,’” the judge added.
Pauley’s decision allows for the Department of Justice to black out (redact) sensitive information such as the names of the FBI agents.
The DOJ will submit the redacted documents by February 28th per Judge Pauley’s ruling.
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