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Trump Directed Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project – first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia.

###The return of Individual-1

Previously named as co-conspirator Individual-1 in Cohen’s felony campaign finance conviction, Trump makes an encore in Cohen’s secretive Russia business deals and perjury to Congress.

On the eve of Mueller’s Grand Jury, we get this bomb shell!

[President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project](https://www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/jasonleopold/trump-russia-cohen-moscow-tower-mueller-investigation?__twitter_impression=true)

[BuzzFeed: Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress about Moscow tower](https://www.axios.com/trump-told-cohen-lie-congress-moscow-tower-fb2b1c98-9773-41c7-b350-56bcc30be972.html)

After repeatedly lying during the campaign about not having any business deals with Russia, we learned that he in fact had signed a notice of intent for a project that would’ve netted him hundreds of millions.

Then we learned that Cohen lied to Congress about the time periods of when any Russia business was being conducted during the campaign.

Now, we are learning that he lied as directed by Trump.

>Trump received 10 personal updates from Michael Cohen and encouraged a planned meeting with Vladimir Putin.

>And even as Trump told the public he had no business deals with Russia, the sources said Trump and his children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.

>Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying about the deal in testimony and in a two-page statement to the Senate and House intelligence committees. Mueller noted that Cohen’s false claim that the project ended in January 2016 was an attempt to **“minimize links between the Moscow Project and Individual 1”** — widely understood to be Trump — “in hopes of limiting the ongoing Russia investigations.”

>Now the two sources have told BuzzFeed News that Cohen also told the special counsel that after the election, the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.

This revelation is not the first evidence to suggest the president may have attempted to obstruct the FBI and special counsel investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

But Cohen’s testimony marks a significant new frontier: **It is the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia.**

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