REPORT: Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Asked For Putin’s Help On Moscow Trump Tower Deal During Campaign

The Washington Post reports:

A top executive from Donald Trump’s real estate company emailed Vladi­mir Putin’s personal spokesman during the U.S. presidential campaign last year to ask for help advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow, according to documents submitted to Congress Monday.

Michael Cohen, a Trump attorney and executive vice president for the Trump Organization, sent the email in January 2016 to Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s top press aide.

“Over the past few months I have been working with a company based in Russia regarding the development of a Trump Tower – Moscow project in Moscow City,” Cohen wrote Peskov, according to a person familiar with the email. “Without getting into lengthy specifics the communication between our two sides has stalled.”

  • Rex

    Wait, what?
    You mean it’s now – But HIS Emails?

    • customartist

      Haha! Yes!
      How rich.

  • Frostbite

    Trump lies, shocking! So “presdential!”

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    Says who?

    O/T: First day of classes at university…the kiddies are asking how to get to the 12th floor of the building.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b197682cfc02b2b581fb4feed3e04d38ccfede11d4db7fd73a07cb6764a4e328.gif

    • safari

      Try not to act drunk

    • safari

      I wish they’d learn how to walk. Leaving my building and getting anywhere requires a lot of attention between the bicyclists who haven’t learned how to ride on campus and the other kids who just seem to wander into traffic.

    • Cackalaquiano

      Lordy. Been there. And in your own mind you’re like “I got this, nobody’ll know how drunk I am.”

      • prixator

        Before 11 a.m.?

        • Cackalaquiano

          Don’t judge!

    • Daveed_WOW

      I walked past a dumpster outside a frat house yesterday (in a state where you have to be 21). It was overflowing with (cheap) beer cans.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      “Buzzed shopping IS drunk shopping”

      P.S. Let me guess–there are only 11 floors, right? 🙂

  • Lars Littlefield

    What?
    Who says?

    • clay

      “all of them,” apparently.

      • Bubba in TX

        Man, I had to stop mocking the “Says who?” thing after Trump won, because, unfortunately, it turns out he was right to question the polls.

        Luckily, there are plenty of other things to make fun of him about….

  • customartist

    Oh but there is no collusion!

  • The_Wretched

    Being careful here, how common is it for big real estate development plans to pull-in Putin?

    At the very least, this shows a willingness and ability to contact the highest levels of the Russian government. That doesn’t appear to be the least difficulty to them.

  • coram nobis

    Another Ukrainian connection, by way of Oxford University.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/aug/28/oxford-university-professor-bo-rothstein-resigns-donald-trump-protest

    … the Blavatnik School of Government, named after the Ukraine-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, who gave the university £75m to set up the school.

    Rothstein told the Guardian he had resigned on Monday after learning that Blavatnik had given a substantial donation to the Trump campaign, which he called “incomprehensible and irresponsible”.

    Blavatnik, who is an associate of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is reported to have donated $1m to Trump’s inauguration committee, as well as millions of dollars to his campaign.

  • Gerry Fisher

    This picture looks to me as if he’s practicing his mug shot.

    • customartist

      That’s the “I know I’m fukt” expression

    • The_Wretched

      The ‘dead eyes’ look comes from either
      1. having seen so many horrific things
      2. psychopathy, a trait donald selects for.

      • clay

        I thought that the ‘dead eyes’ look comes from ether.

    • Gerry Fisher

      “Go ahead, b*tches…take me away!”

  • AtticusP
    • Dagoril

      Picture it: Moscow, 1924. Our mobster friend looked so dashing under the Linden Trees lining the Ring Road…

  • TheManicMechanic

    Release the emails!

  • Patrick

    But they’re emails written by men, so they don’t mean anything. Only emails by women demand criminal investigation. (In the Bizzaro Republican universe.)

  • DURING THE CAMPAIGN.

    This is key. Donald was trying to snag huge real estate deals in Russia, with the Kremlin’s direct help, during the campaign. As usual, when Donnie the Screaming Shitgibbon wants something from someone, he goes into full-on courting-mode.

    The quid-pro-quos are fucking obvious at this point.

    When the real estate stuff fell through (probably because Putin knew damned well that a Trump Tower Moscow would’ve been, as I said, too fucking obvious), they switched to gas/oil deals. Somewhere offshore, quite possibly at that Cyprus bank run by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, 0.5% of the multi-billion dollar Gazprom/Rosneft sale is probably sitting in one of Donald’s bank accounts.

    • But never, ever forget: At least 90% of the GOPers in Congress don’t see any particular urgency in dealing with or even acknowledging any of this, most especially Ryan and McConnell.

      Reason? Tribal loyalty, tax cuts for the rich, and the fact they too are likely recipients of laundered Russian oligarch money via SuperPACs.

      • The_Wretched

        We have a national security interest in knowing where all the ‘dark money’ in the US political system originates. SCOTUS got Citizens United and related cases flat wrong.

        • William

          Rubles are free speech.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            The harder the currency, the freer the speech….

      • Tulle Christensen

        What I do not understand is would seem they would get those tax cuts easier and faster with Pence at the helm

        • Many have differing interpretations and guesses as to why this is so, but this is mine: The GOP is paralyzed. And they’re so used to doing nothing, it’s their default strategy.

          Plus they’re terrified of Trump’s supporters.

          • -M-

            At least three different factions in the GOP: the regular sleaze like Ryan, the teahadiis and religious nuts, and the full on Trumpists. I think only the regular sleaze and the few stray moderate or business-oriented Republicans remaining care how bad he screws up or how it looks.

    • -M-

      Or P- wasn’t going to payout for Donnie until he actually delivered.

    • JCF

      After listening to Rachel tonight: was/is there any Russian (i.e., Putin-controlled) bank Drumpf was NOT involved with in hock to?

  • safari

    *With some exceptions

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    As its becoming apparent that the Trump organization is essentially an organized money-laundering crime ring, its also becoming obvious they aren’t even good at it. You with think with billions at stake, they might be a bit more sophisticated in their communication channels and hiding their crimes better.

    The egos of all involved are so huge, and the raw naked entitlement so brazen, that there appears to be little attempt at any restraint or discretion.

    • customartist

      “I’m VERY rich!” – LOL

    • Tulle Christensen

      RICO!!!!!!!!!

    • Carl

      Criminals of this nature are supposed to seek a low profile. They’re not supposed to want the most scrutinized office in the world. These guys are insane.

      • David Walker

        “Obviously, you don’t know who I am!” Well, yeah, we do, which is how we’re making the charges stick.

  • customartist

    Who wants a dumb lawyer?

  • AtticusP
  • JW Swift

    He looks nice…

    • Natty Enquirer

      Oh, he is very nice. Here’s what he wrote to some reporters who were about to publish an unflattering story about his boss.

      “I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen said. “So I’m warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?”

      • mpatreyu

        Role playing?

      • JW Swift

        Why am I not, in the LEAST bit, surprised?

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Wow, he even wrote it down! I guess they don’t teach about that at Thomas M. Cooley School of Law

  • bkmn
    • safari

      I’d look for male butts to compliment it, but I’m at work.

  • Ninja0980

    This will get the media’s attention given how they love e-mails.

    • Natty Enquirer

      We just need to catch him doing it under oath once — and then find enough Republicans who have had it with this surly clown.

      • customartist

        And then we have Pence

        • Natty Enquirer

          Pence is not insane, which makes him the lesser of two evils in the context of the nuclear button.

          • William

            Pence will make the Trans ban look like a cake walk.

          • -M-

            U might want to edit that typo. 😉

          • William

            Damn tablet.

        • clay

          Who’s implicated by Flynn’s hiring.

          • The_Wretched

            And bannon did dirty tricks to get Pence as VP.

          • -M-

            Manafort. Though I wouldn’t rule out Bannon or any other suspects.

          • Kenster999

            What’s this about? Do you have any info or links?

          • The_Wretched

            the reporting is buried and google-fu is weak today. There was a 45 minute deplaning delay for Trump 7/15/2016 on a Friday. It was to push Trump to take Pence as his VP choice. Manafort, Bannon and Kushner (at least) were present. It wasn’t until quite a bit after that that the details came out (and we might still not quite have them).

          • customartist

            The Whitehouse has formally acknowledged that the Transition Team was aware of the Flynn Russian meetings. Pence was the HEAD of the Transition team, yet he lied to the American public saying that he did not know about Flynn’s Russian meetings. But will he tell the same lie to the Congress and Senate? My bet is that no [Republican] Congressman or Senator will ask him this question.

        • Bluto

          Taking out the entire executive branch simultaneously would be sweet but if we have to do it piece meal then so be it. pence is scum but he’s a slight improvement.

      • Technically, he was caught, in that deposition. A whole host of other lies were also noted at the time. But never prosecuted although he should have been.

    • safari

      When is it time to impeach?

      • Cackalaquiano

        January 21, 2017?

    • Bryan

      *feigned ignorance*

    • Jefe5084

      IF his lips are moving or his little digits are twittering, he’s certainly spewing forth lies.

    • Nic Peterson

      He does it to stay in practice.

    • kaydenpat

      That’s his one consistency.

    • perversatile

      Slightly OT and rather long, but informative with lots of dots connected-

      Exiles on Pennsylvania Avenue:
      How Jared and Ivanka Were Repelled by Washington’s Elite
      “What is off-putting about them,” one political veteran told me, “is they
      do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special.”

      https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/08/jared-kushner-ivanka-trump-repelled-by-washington-elite

      • Joe in PA
        • perversatile

          ”Dammit, where is Pamela Harriman when you need her?”

          In a magnificent mausoleum with gilded porphyry columns, marvelous Art Nouveau wrought iron fret work featuring bas relief panels of alabaster carved by Louis Comfort Tiffany depicting The Ascension of Christ, tho I’m really just guessing.

          • Joe in PA

            LOL, I’d say that’s a pretty good guess. From her Wikipedia page: She was buried 14 February 1997 at Arden, the former Harriman estate in New York.

    • JCF

      “Lying is second nature to him. More than anyone else I have ever met,
      Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying
      at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.”
      Tony Schwartz, ghostwriter, “The Art of the Deal”

  • OdieDenCO

    ITMFA!

  • Tulle Christensen

    So now we know why Trumps lawyer needed to get a lawyer

  • Lazycrockett
  • clay

    Is he on Arya’s list?

    • edrex

      she has his face under her bed.

  • thatotherjean

    Does Donald Trump even know anybody who doesn’t have ties to Russia?

    • Tiffany. And Barron. That’s about it.

      • Halou

        Two of the people he wants less than nothing to do with.

      • -M-

        He probably used their names on some of the paperwork.

      • Daveed_WOW

        We don’t know that.

  • greenmanTN

    OT, but saw this video today and it just seemed to really fit my mood these days, with the constant daily assaults on… everything.

    Your mileage may vary.

    https://youtu.be/tdz4DvDG_gg

    • safari

      Well, now I’m depressed.

      • greenmanTN

        Sorry. I guess that’s why it seems to fit my mood….

        • safari

          I guess I could turn the movie around. Look how content everyone else is on their phones.

    • Adonisus

      …..Yeah, the animation is nice and I understand the message its trying to send, but it also kind of reeks of anti-millenial bullshit.

      • greenmanTN

        I didn’t view it as being about any particular group or age, just about how we look at things like “stardom” and entertainment, online dating, while ignoring what’s right in front of us. Also alienation, which might have a stronger meaning for me since I live in a small town in a red state.

        Recently there have been made been many examples of people who DO see what’s going on and have stood up to it, and I’m very glad for that. Again, it was more a mood thing, and the constant barrage of offenses against our country, or the country we thought we lived in, is disheartening.

        Plus I like old animation and that was a perfect imitation of the style.

        https://youtu.be/E156ikOHmXI

        • Phillip in L.A.

          Interesting post, greenman, and I like the animation style of both your posts.

          And while “alienation” is certainly subjective, and I do not mean in any way to lessen your feelings, or mock you, or even suggest you have not experienced it, I might argue that it can be worse to feel alienated in a huge room FULL of people (e.g., a large city)–where theoretically one might expect to find a few more copacetic folk–than in a small town. Doesn’t mean I’m right, though! 😉

    • worstcultever

      I love it – but then again I pretty much hate the world. Steve Cutts definitely gets me.

      • JWC

        It’s quite true I live in an area of 2900 people and nothing is sadder that 2 people sitting at a table no dialogue but madly texting

  • Henry Auvil

    Clearly the time has come to open another investigation into Crooked Hillary’s crimes.

  • Carl

    Saul Goodman is real.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    o/t Scott Baio’s wife tells Sandy Hook victim’s mother that her dead daughter, six, is ‘in a better place’ because ‘your ugliness knows no bounds’ ….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/515b868a90b9f77a1e80afa22b74d3a598e5f3cd8f0558b9b451aec4715977ed.jpg

    • fuzzybits

      Seriously fuck these hideous people!

      • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

        Notice the passive / aggressive : ‘I’ll pray for you’ at the end.

        • JCF

          I guarantee you: if this bitch talks to God at all, it’s only to give orders.

    • William

      Charmed, I’m sure.

    • Natty Enquirer

      I guess it takes ugly to know ugly.

    • mpatreyu

      I don’t have twitter but I hope someone is telling her what an absolute c*nt she is

      • zhera

        Plenty did. She made her account private shortly after that tweet.

        • -M-

          Only for a while. Then she was claiming the other woman started it and besides she’s been stressed and medicated due to a medical condition.

          • zhera

            aah, how snowflake of her.

    • agcons

      Jesus Christ, what an asshole. There is also supernova-quality projection there with the “ugliness knows no bounds!!!!11!!!” remark.

  • hdtex

    SAYS WHO?

    • Tom000

      Darn, I was just getting ready to type that. Don’t you just want to smack this guy in the face?

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        Apparently, several of us had that idea.

        • agcons

          I’ll agree, for both actions: repeating “says who?”, and smacking him in the face.

    • Bubba in TX

      As I posted above, unfortunately that phrase is no longer mockable, since he was actually right to question the polls.

  • Cuberly

    OT: Just a heads up, Joel Osteen is getting pummeled online for not opening his mega-church auditorium for use as a shelter from Hurricane Harvey. From what I’ve read it appears the “church” is a safe distance from flooded areas.

    https://twitter.com/EddyBee26/status/902247478493413376

  • Blake Mason

    Says who?

  • Rex

    I’m beginning to think Trump is only in this to increase his personal wealth. But that can’t be, can it?

  • Sam_Handwich

    i wonder if attorney #2 has hired attorney #3 yet

    https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/901990843275296768

    • safari

      Attorney daisy chaining

      • Bluto

        There’s a joke about briefs here.

        • Bryan

          “How many lawyers does it take to…”

          • OdieDenCO

            reach critical mass

          • JCF

            Daisy chain (ala the LBJ ad)…reach critical mass…Drumpf needs a distraction w/ North Korea…

            http://i.imgur.com/VBGqeDD.gif

      • zhera

        More like a human centipede…

    • zhera

      Trump: Creating jobs like a boss.

      A mafia boss.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      A nested Russian doll of attorneys.

    • edrex

      it’s lawyers all the way down.

  • William

    If Mr Cohen doesn’t smile, he’ll never get a husband.

    • greenmanTN

      Perhaps in prison.

    • Gigi

      There are lot$ of a $elf-loathing log cabin republican$ who’d give him a $hot.

  • Halou

    Isn’t he the lawyer who had to hire his own lawyer?

    • prixator

      By now, everyone with the slightest association with Dumpty has now lawyered up.

      • MaryJOGrady

        MAGA: Make Attorneys Get Attorneys.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Says who?

  • fuzzybits

    He was rescued by the photographer. https://i.redd.it/fuf9a57xeeiz.jpg

  • zhera

    O/T:

    Have you guys seen this? Macron adopts a shelter dog. ♥

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/28/france-has-new-first-dog-nemo-joins-macrons-elysee/

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Nemo!

  • safari
    • clay

      which was a completely inappropriate tweet from a Trump Corp Executive VP and Donny’s personal lawyer, to begin with.

  • Another piece to the puzzle:
    https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/901993434252173312

    This event was remarked on at the time as odd and rather unbecoming a presidential candidate. More to the point though, April 2016 was the same month the Mayflower Hotel meeting happened.

    Just my spitballing here, but by April, the Trump Tower Moscow deal had fallen through. Mayflower was Russia, Turkey, and Trump campaign talking gas/oil pipeline and company sales deals. But my guess is Donald loves his penis compensation towers and so thought that perhaps it could be revived, whereas Putin & the Kremlin knew the covert gas/oil deal would be way easier to cover up than Donald’s usual gaudy self-promoting properties.

    • Daveed_WOW

      All of this was known before the convention at which Trump was nominated by the American Nazi Party. Makes me think of Visconti’s The Damned but with a D-list cast.

      https://youtu.be/MFRZZ2k2iGk

      • Indeed, much was known and a shitload of the collusion happened right out in public. But now the pieces are being assembled into a more coherent picture.

  • billbear1961
  • kaydenpat

    Says who?

  • Gigi
    • Phillip in L.A.

      You know, clay, in this larger pic, I’d say ether is a distinct possibility!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • coram nobis

      He’s Stalin for time but only Putin off the inevitable.

  • Professor Barnhardt

    Says who?

    • Friday

      Anyone who pays attention to what your Trump has been doing since he was getting his attention from People Magazine?

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Anyone know “Michael Cohen”‘s middle name, the name of the “law firm” he works for/with, and/or his jurisdiction of alleged admission?

    There are 25 attorneys with the name “Michael Cohen” admitted to practice in the State of New York alone! New Jersey also possible; as are a few other States.

  • Cipher

    Mueller… Mueller… MUELLER!

  • Phillip in L.A.

    2484806
    MICHAEL DEAN COHEN

    THE TRUMP ORGANIZATION
    725 5TH AVE FL 26
    NEW YORK, NY 10022-2519
    United States(New York County)
    (212) 836-3212

    E-mail Address:

    Year Admitted in NY:
    1992

    Appellate Division Department of Admission: 2

    Law School: THOMAS M COOLEY

    Registration Status: Currently registered

    Next
    Registration:
    Aug 2018

    [Edited to add:
    Thomas M. Cooley Law School Located in Lansing, Michigan
    smart rank
    #202

    Acceptance Rate: 85.8%
    Median LSAT: 141
    Median Undergraduate GPA: 2.9
    Employment Rate of Graduates: 66.3%
    Bar Pass Rate: 51.9%
    Website: Cooley Law School Michigan]

    Disciplinary History:

    No record of public discipline

  • Friday

    Corruption, since before the start. Everyone told you so.

  • Gianni

    Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
    Is it possible this is a lie?