(National Sentinel)Â Bad Cop:Â The Left-wing â€œestablishmentâ€ media was all a-flutter again last week after news broke that POTUS Donald Trumpâ€™s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen was set to enter into a new plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller.
TheÂ â€œbombshellâ€ pleaÂ was linked to â€˜new revelationsâ€™ that Cohen admitted to Muellerâ€™s prosecutors that he lied to congressional committees regarding the timeline of a proposed Trump Tower business deal in Moscow a few years ago. Initially, Cohen told Congress that the project was terminated in January 2016, but he now claimed that the project was actually discussed into June 2016, around the time POTUS was set to lock up the presidential nomination.
Mind you, the project never got off the ground and the president has said that he would have been free to continue to do business deals while running for president because he was still a private citizen.
However, as investigative journalist Paul Sperry notes in a report forÂ Real Clear Investigations, the most important aspect of this story isnâ€™t an unsuccessful real estate and business deal in Moscow but ratherÂ what Mueller left out of his court filings:
The nine-page charging document filed with the plea deal suggests that the special counsel is using the Moscow tower talks to connect Trump to Russia. But congressional investigators with House and Senate committees leading inquiries on the Russia question told RealClearInvestigations that it looks like Mueller withheld from the court details that would exonerate the president. They made this assessment in light of the charging document, known as a statement of â€œcriminal informationâ€ (filed in lieu of an indictment when a defendant agrees to plead guilty); a fuller accounting of Cohenâ€™s emails and text messages that Capitol Hill sources have seen; and the still-secret transcripts of closed-door testimony provided by a business associate of Cohen.
Sperry notes that onÂ page sevenÂ of the document, which is related to but separate from Cohenâ€™s plea agreement, Mueller noted that the former Trump lawyer attempted to send an email to the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin on two occasions: Jan. 14, 2016, and Jan. 16, 2016.Â
But Mueller, who signed the criminal information document, failed to include the fact that Cohen was using a public email contact for Putin, not a direct email to the Russian president, so hence, Cohen (on behalf of Trump) did not have a direct line to the Kremlin.
Sources who have seen the emails note that Muellerâ€™s omission undercuts the narrative that POTUS and his team had a â€œback channelâ€ to Putin, â€œand thus the special counselâ€™s collusion caseâ€ in general, Sperry writes.
Thereâ€™s more, Sperry notes. On page two there is additional exculpatory evidence that clears the president, sources told him.
That page quotes an August 2017 letter from Cohen to the Senate Intelligence Committee in which he noted that the president â€œwas never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me.â€ Unlike other portions of Cohenâ€™s initial testimony to congressional intelligence committees, Mueller is not disputing this particular segment. Sources tell Sperry that means prosecutors have vetted that portion for truthfulness and have determined that it is accurate.
The criminal information document also doesnâ€™t challenge Cohenâ€™s assertion that he â€œultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.â€
Cohen may not have been truthful about dates, a congressional investigator told Sperry, but â€œitâ€™s clear from personal messages he sent in 2015 and 2016 that the Trump Organization did not have formal lines of communication set up with Putinâ€™s office or the Kremlin during the campaign.Â
â€œThere was no secret â€˜back channel,â€™â€ the investigator stated, according to Sperry.
As if it was needed, this is just more evidence that Muellerâ€™s probeÂ is political in nature, designed to â€˜getâ€™ the president, not find any proof of Russian â€œcollusionâ€ or other nefarious activity by Moscow committed in conjunction with the 2016 Trump campaign.
But it begs the question: When is Mueller going to be held accountable for his obvious lack of interest in revealing who wasÂ really responsible for colluding with Russia during the 2016 election — the Hillary Clinton campaign?
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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