You remember Michael Cohen’s opening line to Congress last month, “The last time I appeared before Congress, I came to protect Mr. Trump. Today, I’m here to tell the truth about Mr. Trump.” Big Daddy is not the only Trump he had lied for previously. Cohen was asked to edit his original congressional testimony specifically to exclude Ivanka and whitewash any dealings she had with the development of Trump Tower Moscow. Vanity Fair:
President Trump, he said, had spoken in “code” to prompt Cohen to lie about the Moscow project. Moreover, Cohen said, his false testimony was coordinated with the president’s attorneys. “Trump’s personal lawyers reviewed and edited my statement to Congress about the timing of the Moscow Tower negotiations before I gave it,” he said in his prepared remarks. At the time, Cohen had a joint defense agreement with the president, so the document was reviewed by Trump’s attorney, Jay Sekulow, as well as Abbe Lowell,the lawyer representing Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. According to Cohen, neither attorney raised objections to the document, which included his false statement about the Moscow project.
Sekulow issued a statement protesting Cohen’s assertions: “Today’s testimony by Michael Cohen that attorneys for the president edited or changed his statement to Congress to alter the duration of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations is completely false.” But Cohen had communications detailing these alleged edits, some of which lawmakers requested in a closed-door hearing with the House Intelligence Committee the following week. One document, which I have reviewed, was an e-mail exchange between Cohen and his then attorney, Stephen Ryan, outlining changes that Ryan said Lowell had asked them to make in order to distance Ivanka from the Moscow deal. Attached to the e-mail were drafts he said were Lowell’s suggested edits. The extent of Lowell’s involvement has not been previously reported.
“Abbe asks for us to affirmatively address in our statement on the 25th:
-[Ivanka] was not involved in the backs and forths with FS [Felix Sater] and MC [Michael Cohen]
-she did not know FS was involved in the possible project in that country
-she was not in any meetings or calls with people putting it together (esp. from that country)
-and maybe that, by then, MC knew she was at least skeptical about him.”
Abbe Lowell is a top tier white-collar criminal defense attorney. How interesting that he would be son-in-law and First Daughter’s lawyer, in the first place — let alone see his way clear to minimize, if not eradicate, testimony about Ivanka’s true involvement the controversial Trump Tower Moscow project. Lowell’s involvement, unknown before now, is certain to be of interest to congressional investigators. Kushner was one of 81 individuals/entities asked to produce documents to the House. Here’s a final note of interest.
Many, like former attorney general Jeff Sessions, former White House communications director Hope Hicks, and former Trump bodyguard Matthew Calamari, were asked for documents that could pertain to conversations between Ivanka and foreign governments. Cohen was also asked for documents related to Ivanka and any potential emolument violations, discussions with foreign governments, financial transactions with the Russian government or businesses, the Trump Tower Moscow project, and changes made to his initial congressional testimony.
This is not even remotely normal. The Era of Trump is so strange and bizarre, that by now we are so numbed to terrible news about this family, that we might as well be in cryogenic freeze. If the news cycle wasn’t being capsized day after day with new revelations and distractions of the corruption in this mis-administration, the fact that the First Daughter and her husband had a top tier criminal defense attorney coach the president’s then-personal lawyer to lie to Congress on her behalf, would be stunning news. It is stunning news. If we weren’t all in shell shock and a permanent case of PTSD from dealing with the Trump administration on a daily basis, we would be dealing with this detail about Ivanka with the horror that it deserves.
In all events, keep a close eye on this detail, because it is not insignificant. It goes directly to the heart of the issue that we have a crime family living in the Peoples’ House. And Trump is talking about “full exoneration” — on these facts. And his sycophants are calling for the muzzling and/or resignation of legitimate legislators attempting to quash this criminality? We all need to lie down with an ice pack and a strong sedative.