Thursday saw another plea deal from Michael Cohen: this time with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Cohen pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress regarding how long into the 2016 campaign the Trump Organization sought to build Trump Tower in Moscow and who exactly knew about the efforts. The criminal information validates to a remarkable degree a May 2018 report from Anthony Cormier and Jason Leopold of BuzzFeed News, chronicling the details of Michael Cohen and associate Felix Sater’s efforts to cement the real estate deal.
Immediately after new of the plea broke, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Cormier, Susan Hennessey and Paul Rosenzweig to discuss the story, the implications of the plea for the Mueller investigation, and who just might have legal exposure and for what.
Special Edition: Michael Cohen’s Trump Tower Moscow Plea:
For listeners interested in a deeper dive on the Trump Tower Moscow story, here is a May 2018 special edition of the Lawfare Podcast on the original story.
Special Edition: Anthony Cormier on Trump Tower Moscow (May 2018):