A new court filing on Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller reveals that President Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen was in contact with a “trusted person” within the Kremlin offering “political synergy” as early as November 2015.
In the filing, Mueller said Cohen has gone to “significant lengths” to assist his ongoing Russia investigation, including sitting for seven interviews and providing information on a range of issues and deemed the information he provided to be “credible and consistent” with other evidence unearthed in the probe.
He also revealed that Cohen has provided the special counsel “with useful information concerning certain discrete Russia-related matters core to its investigation that he obtained by virtue of his regular contact with Company executives during the campaign” — an apparent reference to Cohen’s work with the Trump Organization.
The memo states that Cohen has shared information about his own contacts with Russians during the campaign, including outreach he received from a Russian national in November 2015 claiming to be a “trusted person” within the Kremlin offering “political synergy” and “synergy on a government level.”
The Hill notes:
The individual proposed a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and “Individual 1” – an apparent reference to then-candidate Donald Trump. Prosecutors said Cohen did not follow up on the invitation.
It also says that Cohen has discussed with investigators his contacts with individuals connected to the Trump White House in 2017 and 2018 and that he “described the circumstances of preparing and circulating his response to the congressional inquiries.”