Trump’s Lawyer: Russia Rumors an Attempt to Undermine Presidency
By Theodore Bunker
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney told Senate investigators in a prepared statement Tuesday that rumors about Russian election interference are spread to undercut the presidency, The New York Times reports.
“There are some in this country who do not care about the facts, but simply want to politicize this issue, choosing to presume guilt — rather than presuming innocence — so as to discredit our lawfully elected president in the public eye and to shame his supporters in the public square. This is un-American,” Michael D. Cohen told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a prepared statement. He had been scheduled to speak in a closed-door meeting, but this was postponed at the panel’s request, according to Bloomberg.
Cohen said that he had never been involved in Russian election interference, and to his knowledge neither had anyone close to Trump. He also dismissed the implication that the Trump Organization’s attempt to build a Trump Tower in Moscow was in some way related to Russian election meddling, saying it was “solely a real estate deal and nothing more.”
One of Trump’s business associates, Felix Sater, wrote to Cohen saying that building the tower would help Trump politically, as it would show his negotiation skills, according to the Times.
“Let me be totally clear that I am innocent of the allegations raised against me in the public square,” Cohen said, claiming he’s been a victim of “misinformation and unnamed and unverifiable sources.”
“My name is mentioned more than a dozen times in the lie-filled dossier and so, within moments of BuzzFeed’s publication, false allegations about me were plastered all over the national and international press,” he said. “The accusations are entirely and totally false.”
Cohen added, “if we are really concerned about a Russian attempt to divide our country and discredit our political system, then the best thing we can do is put aside our infighting, stop presuming guilt rather than innocence of American citizens, and address this national security threat as a united people at its source.”