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PoliticsReport: Cohen gave Intel panel docs showing edits to previous false statement to Congress

21:35  06 march  2019
21:35  06 march  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Report: Cohen gave Intel panel docs showing edits to previous false statement to Congress© Joshua Roberts Michael Cohen arrives to testify to the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on March 6, 2019. President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen reportedly gave the House Intelligence Committee documents showing edits to the false statement about the construction of a Trump Tower Moscow that he delivered to Congress in 2017.

Cohen said last Wednesday during his public testimony before a separate House panel that Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow edited his 2017 statement to the House and Senate intelligence committees in which he lied about the timing of a Trump Tower project in the Russian capital.

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It's unclear what the documents show being changed, CNN reported on Wednesday.

During his explosive testimony last week, Cohen said the edits had to do with the timing of the Trump Tower discussions.

Last year, he told Congress that the Moscow project was considered dead by January 2016, when in fact the proposal was ongoing well into the presidential campaign.

"There were several changes made, including how we were to handle that message, the message of course being the length of time that the Trump Tower Moscow project stayed and remained alive," Cohen told the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

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Sekulow pushed back on those comments last week, telling The Hill that the testimony was "completely false."

The Trump Tower Moscow project has reportedly become a key focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, given the proximity of the discussions to the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen is scheduled to report to prison in May for a three-year sentence in part for lying to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, as well as other crimes including bank fraud and illegal campaign contributions related to hush money payments made to two women in 2016 who alleged affairs with Trump.

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