As Michael Cohen told more “gossipy tales” at President Trump’s trial on Tuesday, we decided to look back at Cohen’s past lies. On November 29th, 2018, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in the Muller Investigation to “lying to Congress” about Trump Tower Moscow negotiations continuing past January 2016. Cohen initially told Congress that the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations ended in January 2016 before changing his story and telling Muller that the talks had gone on past January 2016. As it turns out, the texts from Michael Cohen to the Russian Company Cohen was in contact with for the Trump Tower Moscow project show that Cohen ordered a cease and desist on the project on December 30th, 2015, just like what Cohen initially told Congress. So why did Cohen change his story? President Trump’s tweets from Cohen’s “guilty plea” date in November 2018 confirm what’s on Cohen’s text messages. Cohen’s Trump Tower lie is just more evidence that what Cohen states in President Trump’s New York City trial cannot be viewed as credible. 

The Russian company Cohen was in contact with on the Trump Tower Moscow project was angry when Cohen ordered the project to end on December 30th with the messages reading, “I have invested a lot of personal political capital, time and energy into getting this done and am not sure what to do at this point. But I guess I should have expected it. Should I be stopping my efforts, as you are aware everyone is out till after New Years. Should I be telling my people to cease and desist?”

Cohen replied, “Yes.”

In the same text exchange, Cohen angrily repeated his request to end the Trump Tower Moscow project: ” So I’m telling you for the last time, the second I get back to NYC, I am on my own and will demand that you cease from all conversation regarding this project, and I will send a termination regarding the LOl.”

The December 30th conversation ended with Cohen requesting that he not be spoken to again about the project, “I call bullshit across the board. You’re rightnot going to argue with you. Please don’t reach out to anyone any longer regarding this.”


Cohen originally told Congress the version of events that his texts supported. Then, Cohen changed his story, informing Robert Muller that the Trump Tower negotiations had gone on past January 2016, despite his texts showing otherwise. So why did Cohen change his story to a lie? 

President Trump’s tweets on the Trump Tower Moscow project read just like Cohen’s text exchange, ” Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my lifewhen I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to put it mildly). Against all odds, I decide to run for President & continue to run my business-very legal & very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail…..Lightly looked at doing a building somewhere in Russia. Put up zero money, zero guarantees and didn’t do the project. Witch Hunt!”

Michael Cohen’s tower of lies regarding the Trump Tower Moscow project is more proof that the jury should take whatever Cohen says in Trump’s New York City trial with a grain of salt. 

Charles Downs