President Trump’s trip to Argentina has a dark cloud over it as Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney and secret keeper, has filed his Sentencing Memorandum in the Southern District of New York.
The memo, drafted by his defense attorney, and aimed at securing him the lowest sentencing possible, is very telling.
The memo refers to Trump as “Client 1”. Here’s what the memo said regarding Cohen’s false statements early in the investigation:
“Michael’s false statements to Congress likewise sprung regrettably from Michael’s effort, as a loyal ally and then champion of Client-1, to support and advance Client-1’s political messaging. At the time that he was requested to appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Michael was serving as personal attorney to the President, and followed daily the political messages that both Client-1 and his staff and supporters repeatedly and forcefully broadcast.
Furthermore, in the weeks during which his then-counsel prepared his written response to the Congressional Committees, Michael remained in close and regular contact with White House based-staff and legal counsel to Client-1.”
This memo doesn’t come right out and say it, but it strongly suggests that the White House staff and legal counsel to Trump could have been direct participants in preparing what Cohen submitted to Congress.
Why is that important? Because Cohen has admitted to lying to Congress, and if Cohen was directed to lie or told what to say by Trump and/or his associates, this spells big trouble for everyone involved.
If Special Counsel Robert Mueller can prove that Trump and/or his White House staff influenced Cohen’s false testimony, they will face some serious consequences. Trump has rightfully been distracted all week and it appears that will only continue to get worse as Mueller makes even more progress in his investigation.