Michael Cohen’s lawyer says President Trump and the White House knew Cohen “would be testifying falsely to Congress and did not tell him not to,” when he lied about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow — a lie that led to Cohen’s guilty plea and prison sentencing.
“Mr. Trump and the White House knew that Michael Cohen would be testifying falsely to Congress and did not tell him not to,” attorney Lanny Davis told Bloomberg News.
“There will come a time after Mr. Mueller is done with his work that Michael Cohen will be sitting in front of a microphone before a congressional committee and what he has to say about the truth will be judged by the members of Congress listening and then will be up to people to decide whether he has got the facts or not,” Cohen’s attorney added.
The Hill adds:
Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to 36 months in federal prison in connection to his payments made to women who threatened during the 2016 campaign to come forward with stories of affairs they allegedly had with then-candidate Donald Trump.
In August, Cohen plead guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations and a single charge of lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow that were never ultimately pursued.
“Recently the president tweeted a statement calling me weak, and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying,” Cohen said. “It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.”