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Trump Jr.: Michael Cohen wasn’t taken seriously on Trump Tower Moscow project

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 1/22/2019 Diana Stancy Correll
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President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen wasn’t taken very seriously when he worked to secure a Trump Tower deal in Moscow and wasn’t a “deal guy,” according to Donald Trump Jr.

Despite Cohen’s efforts, Trump Jr. said there were many unknowns for the project, including the developer and the site, but didn’t disclose when the deal was last discussed with Cohen.

“Ultimately, it was Michael Cohen essentially trying to get a deal done,” Trump Jr. told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Monday evening. “He was there for a long time, he wasn't exactly a deal guy. He didn’t bring too many to the table, so I don't think anyone took it all that seriously. That is the reality of what went on.”

The comments follow BuzzFeed News' bombshell report that claimed Trump Jr, along with his father President Trump and his sister Ivanka Trump, requested Cohen to move forward on a Trump Tower in Moscow and check in with them about the potential project throughout the 2016 election.

The report claimed Trump told Cohen to lie when the deal was being discussed to Congress, but in a rare public statement special counsel Robert Mueller’s office disputed the story. BuzzFeed has stood by its reporting.

Cohen pleaded guilty in November to “knowingly and willfully" making "a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement and representation” to the House and Senate Intelligence committees in 2017 regarding the real estate project in Moscow. He was sentenced to two months in prison for the charge, which will be served concurrently with the three years he received for campaign finance violations and tax and bank fraud.

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