Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cohen Pleads to a Sec. 1001 Charge- The Moscow Project

Special Counsel Mueller filed an Information (here) and Plea Agreement (here).   The most telling is paragraph number 7 of the Information  -

"Cohen's representations about the Moscow Project he made to SSCI (US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and HPSCI (House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence) were false and misleading.  Cohen made the false statements to (1) minimize links between the Moscow Project and Individual 1 and (2) give the false impression that the Moscow Project ended before 'the IOWA caucus and ... the very first primary,' in hopes of limiting the ongoing Russia investigations."  

Other interesting points - "Cohen discussed the status and progress of the Moscow Project with Individual 1 on more than the three occasions Cohen claimed to the committee, and he briefed family members of Individual 1 within the Company about the project."

And note page 6 - "Cohen responded, 'My trip before Cleveland. [Individual 1] once he becomes the nominee after the convention.""

So were there ties to Russia - clearly yes. 

Thank you Special Counsel Mueller for continuing this important investigation.  And for those who claim this is going on for too long -  just remember that white collar cases typically take a long time.

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https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/whitecollarcrime_blog/2018/11/cohen-pleads-to-a-sec-1001-charge-the-moscow-project.html

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