Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen has gone from claiming he never had any contact with Russia, to admitting he tried to get the Kremlin to help build Trump Tower Moscow during the election, to now admitting multiple additional contacts with Russia. One of the new revelations involves the Kremlin having tried to recruit Cohen to come to Moscow, where he would have met Vladimir Putin, just before the Republican National Convention.
Cohen now admits that he was recruited to attend a conference in Moscow which was also being attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the Washington Post (link). Cohen says he turned down the invitation because it was too close on the calendar to the Republican National Convention. Putin has control of nearly everything that transpires in Russia. So if he was attending this conference, it means the Kremlin had control of the conference. Therefore it was the Kremlin that wanted Trump’s attorney Cohen in attendance. Here’s why that’s such a big deal.
We already know that in January of 2016, Michael Cohen emailed the Kremlin and asked for help in getting Trump Tower Moscow built (link). All sides have since claimed that the email went unanswered, thus implying that the Kremlin wasn’t interested. But now we know that roughly six months later, the Kremlin was trying to get Cohen to come to Moscow, where he would have met with Putin. The most likely explanation for this is that once it became clear Trump was going to be the nominee, the Kremlin decided it wanted to move forward with Trump Tower Moscow after all. But it gets deeper.
We’ve long known that the Kremlin sent multiple representatives including Sergey Kislyak to the Republican National Convention to meet with the Donald Trump campaign and thus ensure that the Republican Party platform was altered in Russia’s favor. Now we know that in that same timeframe, the Kremlin was attempting to recruit Trump’s personal attorney – the one who had asked for help with Trump Tower Moscow – to come to Moscow, where he would meet Putin.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report