John Dowd feared Trump incapable of interview with Robert Mueller

Both of those facts, Dowd argued, would put Trump at a disadvantage at being questioned in detail about items of concern to the special counsel’s team. Dowd suggested that if Trump spoke to Mueller’s team in person he would be putting himself at risk of the special counsel alleging he made false statements. Trump’s current legal team in November gave Mueller’s office written responses from Trump to questions by the special counsel. The rules of the [Justice] department say, no report,” Dowd said


Both of those facts, Dowd argued, would put Trump at a disadvantage at being questioned in detail about items of concern to the special counsel’s team. Dowd suggested that if Trump spoke to Mueller’s team in person he would be putting himself at risk of the special counsel alleging he made false statements. Trump’s current legal team in November gave Mueller’s office written responses from Trump to questions by the special counsel. The rules of the [Justice] department say, no report,” Dowd said
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John Dowd feared Trump incapable of interview with Robert Mueller

Trump’s lawyer floated the idea of pardoning Flynn and Manafort in Russia probe 6:00 PM ET Wed, 28 March 2018 | 00:36

“Matter of fact,” Dowd added, “I told Bob [Mueller]. I said, ‘Why don’t you just let us script it?'”

Dowd said on the podcast that Trump each day reviews a “staggering” amount of information and is dealing with international issues whose signficance dwarfs the importance of the Mueller probe.

Both of those facts, Dowd argued, would put Trump at a disadvantage at being questioned in detail about items of concern to the special counsel’s team.

“In my questioning of him, or talking to him … first question, easy, second question, easy, third question, he wasn’t sure.

Dowd said. “And he doesn’t like being unsure. So he’ll guess. There’s your trap right there.”

“It’s not whether he lies, or not. Everybody wants to get into this you know, this integrity business. It’s not a matter of integrity, it’s overload.”

Dowd noted that Trump and the rest of the president’s legal team, including Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, ended up following his advice, by having the president answer questions from Mueller in writing, as opposed to in person.

“They never disagreed with me,” said Dowd, who resigned last March as Trump’s lead lawyer for Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel also is investigating possible collusion by Trump’s campaign in that interference, along with possible obstruction of justice by the president himself.

Dowd suggested that if Trump spoke to Mueller’s team in person he would be putting himself at risk of the special counsel alleging he made false statements.

“Because Flynn, Papadopoulos, Gates,” Dowd said, referring to former national security advisor Michael Flynn, and ex-Trump campaign advisors George Papadopoulos and Rick Gates, all of whom have pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators.

“I mean, look what Bob’s doing, what I call nickel-dime process crimes,” Dowd said.

“I ran big corruption cases. I didn’t go around, picking scabs and just making any case I could make. If there was a petty case, I shifted it to someone else. I didn’t do it. And that’s where I disagree with Bob.”

Trump’s current legal team in November gave Mueller’s office written responses from Trump to questions by the special counsel.

The White House, Giuliani and a spokesman for Mueller did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC. The special counsel’s office declined to comment.

Dowd told ABC Radio that he does not believe that anything will be made public from any eventual report by Mueller about Trump – other than a statement that the investigation is concluded.

There has been speculation that Mueller will submit a report soon to the Justice Department, and debate over how much or how little of such a report would become public.

“I don’t think there’ll be a report. The rules of the [Justice] department say, no report,” Dowd said. “I will be shocked, if anything regarding the president is made public, other than, ‘We’re done.'”

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by himself or his campaign. And he has railed against Mueller’s probe.

When his written answers to Mueller’s questions were being submitted, Trump told reporters: “The lawyers have them. The written answers to the witch hunt that’s been going on forever.”

He added: “No collusion, no nothing.”


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Both of those facts, Dowd argued, would put Trump at a disadvantage at being questioned in detail about items of concern to the special counsel’s team. Dowd suggested that if Trump spoke to Mueller’s team in person he would be putting himself at risk of the special counsel alleging he made false statements. Trump’s current legal team in November gave Mueller’s office written responses from Trump to questions by the special counsel. The rules of the [Justice] department say, no report,” Dowd said


Both of those facts, Dowd argued, would put Trump at a disadvantage at being questioned in detail about items of concern to the special counsel’s team. Dowd suggested that if Trump spoke to Mueller’s team in person he would be putting himself at risk of the special counsel alleging he made false statements. Trump’s current legal team in November gave Mueller’s office written responses from Trump to questions by the special counsel. The rules of the [Justice] department say, no report,” Dowd said
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John Dowd feared Trump incapable of interview with Robert Mueller

Trump’s lawyer floated the idea of pardoning Flynn and Manafort in Russia probe 6:00 PM ET Wed, 28 March 2018 | 00:36

“Matter of fact,” Dowd added, “I told Bob [Mueller]. I said, ‘Why don’t you just let us script it?'”

Dowd said on the podcast that Trump each day reviews a “staggering” amount of information and is dealing with international issues whose signficance dwarfs the importance of the Mueller probe.

Both of those facts, Dowd argued, would put Trump at a disadvantage at being questioned in detail about items of concern to the special counsel’s team.

“In my questioning of him, or talking to him … first question, easy, second question, easy, third question, he wasn’t sure.

Dowd said. “And he doesn’t like being unsure. So he’ll guess. There’s your trap right there.”

“It’s not whether he lies, or not. Everybody wants to get into this you know, this integrity business. It’s not a matter of integrity, it’s overload.”

Dowd noted that Trump and the rest of the president’s legal team, including Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, ended up following his advice, by having the president answer questions from Mueller in writing, as opposed to in person.

“They never disagreed with me,” said Dowd, who resigned last March as Trump’s lead lawyer for Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The special counsel also is investigating possible collusion by Trump’s campaign in that interference, along with possible obstruction of justice by the president himself.

Dowd suggested that if Trump spoke to Mueller’s team in person he would be putting himself at risk of the special counsel alleging he made false statements.

“Because Flynn, Papadopoulos, Gates,” Dowd said, referring to former national security advisor Michael Flynn, and ex-Trump campaign advisors George Papadopoulos and Rick Gates, all of whom have pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators.

“I mean, look what Bob’s doing, what I call nickel-dime process crimes,” Dowd said.

“I ran big corruption cases. I didn’t go around, picking scabs and just making any case I could make. If there was a petty case, I shifted it to someone else. I didn’t do it. And that’s where I disagree with Bob.”

Trump’s current legal team in November gave Mueller’s office written responses from Trump to questions by the special counsel.

The White House, Giuliani and a spokesman for Mueller did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC. The special counsel’s office declined to comment.

Dowd told ABC Radio that he does not believe that anything will be made public from any eventual report by Mueller about Trump – other than a statement that the investigation is concluded.

There has been speculation that Mueller will submit a report soon to the Justice Department, and debate over how much or how little of such a report would become public.

“I don’t think there’ll be a report. The rules of the [Justice] department say, no report,” Dowd said. “I will be shocked, if anything regarding the president is made public, other than, ‘We’re done.'”

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by himself or his campaign. And he has railed against Mueller’s probe.

When his written answers to Mueller’s questions were being submitted, Trump told reporters: “The lawyers have them. The written answers to the witch hunt that’s been going on forever.”

He added: “No collusion, no nothing.”


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Toys R Us built a kingdom and the world’s biggest toy store. Then, they lost it.

Toys R Us’ status as the most important toy store in town left it cavalier, if cocky at times, according to conversations with former employees, executives and industry insiders, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. The story begins with Lazarus, the store’s visionary who wanted the “R” written backward — an ode to childlike scrawl. Lazarus, who has been described as one of the great merchants of his time, expanded a baby furniture store he owned into a toy store. In its heyday in th


Toys R Us’ status as the most important toy store in town left it cavalier, if cocky at times, according to conversations with former employees, executives and industry insiders, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. The story begins with Lazarus, the store’s visionary who wanted the “R” written backward — an ode to childlike scrawl. Lazarus, who has been described as one of the great merchants of his time, expanded a baby furniture store he owned into a toy store. In its heyday in th
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Toys R Us built a kingdom and the world's biggest toy store. Then, they lost it.

The toy emporium that Charles P. Lazarus envisioned has been reduced to dusty floors and empty shelves.

Much has been said about the demise of the toy empire, which this week announced its plan to liquidate. There have been fingers pointed at corporate raiders, Amazon and big-box stores. All contributed to its undoing.

Ultimately, though, Toys R Us’ collapse is a story of loyalty run dry. The store in its early days fostered devotion from customers and toymakers. In the end, it lost hold on both.

Toys R Us’ status as the most important toy store in town left it cavalier, if cocky at times, according to conversations with former employees, executives and industry insiders, who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity. It didn’t invest in its stores, even as it was adding to the fleet, leaving it vulnerable when new competition moved in.

The story begins with Lazarus, the store’s visionary who wanted the “R” written backward — an ode to childlike scrawl. Lazarus, who has been described as one of the great merchants of his time, expanded a baby furniture store he owned into a toy store. By 1978, he had created a toy superstore large enough to become a public company.

In its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, it was the most important toy store in the country, if not the world. Its strength grew as competitors Kiddie City and Child World went out of business.


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Airbnb in this idyllic Italian town for 3 months for free

How about moving to an itty-bitty, historic hilltop town in the South of Italy? Four people will live in Grottole, Italy for free this summer, thanks to Airbnb and local non-profit Wonder Grottole. They will become part of the local community and work as experience and home hosts for Airbnb. “Our dream is to repopulate the historical centre,” Silvio Donadio, one of the founders of Wonder Grottole, said in a written statement about the program, which was announced Tuesday. “In ten years we’d like


How about moving to an itty-bitty, historic hilltop town in the South of Italy? Four people will live in Grottole, Italy for free this summer, thanks to Airbnb and local non-profit Wonder Grottole. They will become part of the local community and work as experience and home hosts for Airbnb. “Our dream is to repopulate the historical centre,” Silvio Donadio, one of the founders of Wonder Grottole, said in a written statement about the program, which was announced Tuesday. “In ten years we’d like
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Airbnb in this idyllic Italian town for 3 months for free

Looking for a change of pace? How about moving to an itty-bitty, historic hilltop town in the South of Italy?

Four people will live in Grottole, Italy for free this summer, thanks to Airbnb and local non-profit Wonder Grottole. They will become part of the local community and work as experience and home hosts for Airbnb.

“Our dream is to repopulate the historical centre,” Silvio Donadio, one of the founders of Wonder Grottole, said in a written statement about the program, which was announced Tuesday. Currently only 300 people live in the town (located in the arch of Italy’s “boot”), which has more than 600 empty homes, after many residents left in search of economic opportunity. “In ten years we’d like to see the village full of people from different cultures perfectly integrated with the local community.”


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Google gets a victory over privacy rights in the EU’s top court

Google doesn’t need to guarantee the “right to be forgotten” to users outside of the European Union, an advisor to the EU’s top court said Thursday. The written opinion by an advocate general in the European Court of Justice is an important step in the question of how much tech companies like Google must apply Europe’s strict privacy laws to operations in other parts of the world. For example, an individual can ask Google to remove links including personal contact information. Since 2014, Google


Google doesn’t need to guarantee the “right to be forgotten” to users outside of the European Union, an advisor to the EU’s top court said Thursday. The written opinion by an advocate general in the European Court of Justice is an important step in the question of how much tech companies like Google must apply Europe’s strict privacy laws to operations in other parts of the world. For example, an individual can ask Google to remove links including personal contact information. Since 2014, Google
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Google gets a victory over privacy rights in the EU's top court

Google doesn’t need to guarantee the “right to be forgotten” to users outside of the European Union, an advisor to the EU’s top court said Thursday.

The written opinion by an advocate general in the European Court of Justice is an important step in the question of how much tech companies like Google must apply Europe’s strict privacy laws to operations in other parts of the world.

The “right to be forgotten” is a part of an EU law established in 2014 that requires search engines to delete personal information about users if it’s deemed irrelevant or excessive.

For example, an individual can ask Google to remove links including personal contact information. The decision to remove a link is weighed against factors such as the individual’s role in public life. Since 2014, Google has received nearly 3 million requests to “delist” web addresses from users across Europe.

In a written opinion on Thursday, Advocate General Maciej Szpunar said he is “not in favor of giving the provisions of EU law such a broad interpretation that they would have effects beyond the borders of the 28 Member States.”

“The opinion contains a clear recommendation that the right to remove search results from Google should not have global effect,” said Richard Cumbley, the partner and global head of technology at London-based law firm Linklaters, in an email to CNBC.

“There are a number of good reasons for this, including the risk other states would also try and suppress search results on a global basis.”


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Cramer’s game plan: Health care, economic data in focus after Fed preaches patience

Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the stock market could actually get some relief in 2019 after several months of turbulent trading brought 2018 to a historically weak close, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday. The major averages surged on Friday following Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s statement that the central bank would remain “patient” with regard to hiking interest rates, paving the way for stocks to rise without fear of higher rates. “Today is a day to celebrate the flexibility and the terrific pivot


Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the stock market could actually get some relief in 2019 after several months of turbulent trading brought 2018 to a historically weak close, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday. The major averages surged on Friday following Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s statement that the central bank would remain “patient” with regard to hiking interest rates, paving the way for stocks to rise without fear of higher rates. “Today is a day to celebrate the flexibility and the terrific pivot
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Cramer's game plan: Health care, economic data in focus after Fed preaches patience

Thanks to the Federal Reserve, the stock market could actually get some relief in 2019 after several months of turbulent trading brought 2018 to a historically weak close, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Friday.

The major averages surged on Friday following Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s statement that the central bank would remain “patient” with regard to hiking interest rates, paving the way for stocks to rise without fear of higher rates.

“We shook off one of the shackles that has bedeviled this market since October, and it left us with the possibility of a save for 2019, just when so many investors had already written off the whole year … after the first week of trading,” Cramer said on “Mad Money.”

“Today is a day to celebrate the flexibility and the terrific pivot that Jay Powell took this morning,” said Cramer, who has criticized the Fed for months about what he considered an overly aggressive interest rate agenda. “It takes a lot of guts.”

With that positive layout in mind, the “Mad Money” host turned to his game plan for the week ahead:


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7 books that everyone should read in 2019, recommended by execs from Twitter, Square and more

Author: John DoerrWhat it’s about: This book, written by engineer and acclaimed venture capitalist Doerr, explores how companies can set better goals and move from ideas to execution with a system that focuses on objective key results (OKRs), or the key things that need to be accomplished. Why you should read it: Top CEOs from Larry Page to Susan Wojcicki swear by this book for managers looking to engage their teams. “Not only will it teach you how to employ a super useful framework that will dr


Author: John DoerrWhat it’s about: This book, written by engineer and acclaimed venture capitalist Doerr, explores how companies can set better goals and move from ideas to execution with a system that focuses on objective key results (OKRs), or the key things that need to be accomplished. Why you should read it: Top CEOs from Larry Page to Susan Wojcicki swear by this book for managers looking to engage their teams. “Not only will it teach you how to employ a super useful framework that will dr
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7 books that everyone should read in 2019, recommended by execs from Twitter, Square and more

Author: John Doerr

What it’s about: This book, written by engineer and acclaimed venture capitalist Doerr, explores how companies can set better goals and move from ideas to execution with a system that focuses on objective key results (OKRs), or the key things that need to be accomplished.

Why you should read it: Top CEOs from Larry Page to Susan Wojcicki swear by this book for managers looking to engage their teams. “Not only will it teach you how to employ a super useful framework that will drive focus and growth,” says Kamini Rangappan Lane, the CMO of peer-to-peer marketplace Tradesy, “but the book has really interesting, real life anecdotes from everyone from Bono to Bill Gates.”


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Iddris Sandu – Bridging the gap between technology and minorities

Now 21, the self-made entrepreneur and California native has made quite a name for himself in the worlds of technology and entertainment. Private consultant, software engineer, and technologist are just a few hats Sandu wears – though, he prefers the title architect. According to Sandu, he was offered admissions to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology twice, but he declined in order to be a change agent for African-American culture. Back in 2009, a Steve Jobs podcast served as the spark for


Now 21, the self-made entrepreneur and California native has made quite a name for himself in the worlds of technology and entertainment. Private consultant, software engineer, and technologist are just a few hats Sandu wears – though, he prefers the title architect. According to Sandu, he was offered admissions to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology twice, but he declined in order to be a change agent for African-American culture. Back in 2009, a Steve Jobs podcast served as the spark for
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Iddris Sandu - Bridging the gap between technology and minorities

While other kids were at home watching television, a 13-year-old named Iddris Sandu spent most of his childhood in the library, reading texts about the theory of relativity and studying the German industrial designer Dieter Rams.

Now 21, the self-made entrepreneur and California native has made quite a name for himself in the worlds of technology and entertainment.

With a passion for tech and culture, Sandu has written algorithms and code for tech giants like Uber, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, received the Presidental Scholar Award from President Barack Obama.

His “wunderkind” reputation has allowed him to have boldface names like NBA star Steph Curry and Tesla CEO Elon Musk on speed dial.

Private consultant, software engineer, and technologist are just a few hats Sandu wears – though, he prefers the title architect. According to Sandu, he was offered admissions to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology twice, but he declined in order to be a change agent for African-American culture.

“Most people can see, but not everyone has vision,” Sandu told CNBC in a recent interview, summarizing his life’s philosophy and entrepreneurial drive.

Back in 2009, a Steve Jobs podcast served as the spark for Sandu’s desire to learn more about the technology world. As a teenager, the child of Ghanaian parents had a a fateful encounter in a library with a designer from Google. Shortly thereafter, he landed his first internship with the tech behemoth.

Since then, the young entrepreneur has been broadening his horizons by partnering with some very prominent entertainers. Sandu recently partnered with Kanye West and Jaden Smith on a few future businesses, clothing lines and disaster relief projects that are set to launch in 2019.


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New divorce tax rules could result in a big financial disadvantage

This change upends alimony procedures that have been in place for more than 70 years. Divorce professionals are feeling the heat as couples scramble to get written agreements in under the wire. Once the page of the calendar turns to 2019, it will be a new playing field for couples who are divorcing. And financial professionals are already concerned that deals made under the new tax law will put the person who receives alimony at a disadvantage. That means women, who are already more financially


This change upends alimony procedures that have been in place for more than 70 years. Divorce professionals are feeling the heat as couples scramble to get written agreements in under the wire. Once the page of the calendar turns to 2019, it will be a new playing field for couples who are divorcing. And financial professionals are already concerned that deals made under the new tax law will put the person who receives alimony at a disadvantage. That means women, who are already more financially
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New divorce tax rules could result in a big financial disadvantage

This change upends alimony procedures that have been in place for more than 70 years. And it is projected to raise $6.9 billion for the IRS in the next 10 years.

Divorce professionals are feeling the heat as couples scramble to get written agreements in under the wire.

“You’ve got to have a signed agreement before the end of the year if you want your permanent support to be tax-deductible and -includable,” said Peter M. Walzer, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Once the page of the calendar turns to 2019, it will be a new playing field for couples who are divorcing.

And financial professionals are already concerned that deals made under the new tax law will put the person who receives alimony at a disadvantage. That means women, who are already more financially vulnerable in a divorce, might have less money to work with post-split.


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Michael Cohen’s lies to Congress about Russia could imperil Trump with Mueller

Now Cohen’s confession may have created additional legal peril for Trump as the president is being eyed by special counsel Robert Mueller. Cohen’s lies are related to an aborted plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Trump last week submitted a series of written answers to questions from Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election. ABC News reported Thursday that answers included responses to questions about the Trump Tower Moscow project. Giuliani later told


Now Cohen’s confession may have created additional legal peril for Trump as the president is being eyed by special counsel Robert Mueller. Cohen’s lies are related to an aborted plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Trump last week submitted a series of written answers to questions from Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election. ABC News reported Thursday that answers included responses to questions about the Trump Tower Moscow project. Giuliani later told
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Michael Cohen's lies to Congress about Russia could imperil Trump with Mueller

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to a new charge Thursday, revealing in detail how he had lied to Congress last year to back up Trump’s claims of having no business ties to Russia.

Now Cohen’s confession may have created additional legal peril for Trump as the president is being eyed by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Cohen’s lies are related to an aborted plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. He admitted in federal court in Manhattan to misleading Congress in written statements in August 2017 about the extent of Trump’s personal involvement in that project.

Cohen, 52, also said he lied by telling Congress that any contact with Russian nationals by the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization had “all terminated before the Iowa Caucus.”

That Feb. 1, 2016, event marked the formal beginning of the electoral process to select the Republican nominee for president.

Cohen told a judge Thursday that he lied to the Senate “to be consistent with Individual 1’s political messaging and out of loyalty to Individual 1.”

Cohen had noted earlier during his plea hearing that the “Individual 1” mentioned in the charging document filed against him is “the former CEO of the Trump Organization and now President of the United States.”

Trump last week submitted a series of written answers to questions from Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election. ABC News reported Thursday that answers included responses to questions about the Trump Tower Moscow project.

Trump’s written answers came after it was publicly known that Cohen was cooperating with Mueller’s investigation on the heels of his first guilty plea in August. Those earlier charges included tax fraud and facilitating hush-money payments shortly before the 2016 election to women who claim they had sex with Trump.

The timing of Cohen’s latest guilty plea comes just days after those answers were transmitted, immediately sparking speculation by former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and others that Cohen’s account of Trump’s involvement in the project could conflict with what the president has told Mueller.

Such a conflict could open Trump to a possible charge of lying to federal investigators.

Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, did not reply to about a half dozen requests for comment from CNBC.

However, Giuliani told The New York Times that Trump’s memory of the Trump Tower project jibed with Cohen’s account, and that the president had described, in his written answers to Mueller, his conversations with Cohen about the project before it died.

“The president said there was a proposal, it was discussed with Cohen, there was a nonbinding letter of intent and it didn’t go beyond that,” Giuliani told the Times, while declining to reveal either the wording of Mueller’s questions or of Trump’s answers.

Giuliani later told NBC News that Trump’s written answers to Mueller about building a Trump Tower in Moscow were consistent with what Cohen said in court.

Trump earlier on Thursday told reporters that Cohen is “a weak person” who “is lying” to get a reduced criminal sentence.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter asked Cohen on Thursday to “tell me what it is that you did that makes you guilty of” making false statements to Congress.

Cohen began by noting that he had served before the election as executive vice president and special counsel to Trump at the Trump Organization, the Manhattan-based real-estate firm.

By 2017, Cohen said, he was no longer in that job, but “continued to serve on several matters as an attorney” to Trump.

Cohen said he continued to also “follow the day-to-day political messaging that both” Trump “and his staff and advisors repeatedly broadcast.” He also said he stayed “in close contact” with Trump’s advisors.

“As such, I was aware of Individual 1’s repeated disavowals of commercial and political ties between himself and Russia, his repeated statements that investigations of such ties were politically motivated and without evidence, and that any contact with Russian nationals by Individual 1’s campaign or the Trump Organization had all terminated before the Iowa Caucus, which was on February 1 of 2016,” Cohen said.

Cohen said that when he was scheduled to appear before the Senate intelligence committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about whether Russia was involved in or interfered in the campaign and election, he submitted a written statement to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project and other issues.

His description of the project “was false, I knew at the time, in that I had asserted that all efforts concerning the project had ceased in January of 2016 when, in fact, they had continued through June of 2016,” Cohen said.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2018-11-29  Authors: dan mangan, andrew kelly
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