Prosecutors: Cohen's letter to Senate committee 'knowingly and deliberately' false

On September 19, 2017, Michael Cohen sent this letter the U.S. Senate Selection Committee on Intelligence. Prosecutors now say Cohen “knowingly and deliberately” made false claims in the statement.

Statement of Michael D. Cohen, Esq. to the U.S. Senate Select Committee
on Intelligence on September 19, 2017

Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today.
As part of this statement, I would like to accomplish two things.

First, I want to comment briefly but clearly on the presumed subject of this
morning?s interview. Second, i want to address what I believe are the
implications of it.

Let me be totally clear that I am innocent of the allegations raised against
me in the public square, which are based upon misinformation and
unnamed or unverifiable sources.

I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any
member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack anyone or any
organization.

I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any
member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack or interfere with
the election.

have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any
member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack Democratic Party
computers; and have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or
conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to
create fake news stories to assist the Trump campaign or to damage the
Clinton campaign.

Given my own proximity to the President of the United States as a
candidate, let me also say that I never saw anything not a hint of anything
that demonstrated his involvement in Russian interference in our election
or any form of Russian collusion.

emphatically state that I had nothing to do with any Russian involvement
in our electoral process.

In fact, I find the activities attributed to the Russian Federation, if found to
be true, to be an offense to our democracy.

As an attorney, I believe justice ought not to be politicized in the United
States of America - neither in this Senate office nor in the courts. I?m
certain that the evidence at the conclusion of this investigation will
reinforce the fact that there was no collusion between Russia, President
Trump or me.

I?m also certain that there are some in this country who do not care about
the facts, but simply want to politicize this issue, choosing to presume guilt
rather than presuming innocence - so as to discredit our lawfully elected
President in the public and to shame his supporters in the public
is un-American.

I am here today to reiterate my own innocence regarding the false
allegations raised against me. What I seek is the Committee making a public
conclusion about the truth or falsity of the allegations that follow.

My reputation was damaged in December 2016 when BuzzFeed published
an unverified dossier prepared by a retired British spy Christopher Steele -
that was riddled with total falsehoods and intentionally salacious
accusations.

ln my opinion, the hired spy didn?t find anything factual, so he threw
together a shoddin written and totally fabricated report filled with lies and
rumors. The New York Post recently noted that much of the information in
the dossier appeared at points to be copied from the internet; with
typographical errors included.

My name is mentioned more than a dozen times in the liemfilled-dossier and
so within moments of BuzzFeed?s publication, false allegations about me
were plastered all over the national and international press. The
accusations are entirely and totally false.

A core accusation was that I had traveled to Prague to meet with Russians
regarding interfering with the election.

I have never in my life been to Prague or to anywhere in the Czech
Republic. I might also add that I only have one passport (a United States
passport). have to say that to you today - that I only have one passport -
because another media outlet suggested that as a Jew - I must also have
an Israeli passport!

Aside from such an allegation being incredibly offensive, it is also totally
wrong.

Let me tell you where I was on the day the dossier said I was in Prague.

I was in Los Angeles with my son who dreams of playing division 1 baseball
next year at a prestigious university like USC. We were visiting the campus,
meeting with various coaches, and discussing his future. Media sources
have been able to confirm these facts and I can provide you with proof.

My wife and I have been married for 23 years, and are now entering into
the season of our lives when we get to watch our children become adults
themselves. My daughter, who is at an Ivy League school, and my wife, who
is of Ukrainian descent, have especially been subjected to harassment,
insults and threats some so severe I cannot share them in mixed
company.

You might say that the experiences I am living through are the cost of being
in the public eye, but they shouldngovernment official.
Many Trump supporting Americans are also paying this cost, like the twelve
year old child in Missouri who was beaten up for wearing a Make America
Great Again hat.

You can oppose the President?s points of view and policies, but not raise
false issues about the validity of his victory.

assume we will discuss the rejected proposal to build a Trump property in
Moscow that was terminated in January of 2016; which occurred before
the Iowa caucus and months before the very first primary. This was solely a
real estate deal and nothing more. was doing myjob. I would ask that the
two-page statement about the Moscow proposal that I sent to the
Committee in August be incorporated into and attached to this transcript.

I?m very proud to have served Donald J. Trump for all these years, and I?ll
continue to support him.

if we really are concerned about a Russian attempt to divide our country
and discredit our political system then the best thing we can do is put aside
our infighting, stop presuming guilt rather than innocence of American
citizens, and address this national security threat as a united people at its
source.

Otherwise, the priorities of the American people will continue to be
neglected, and the Russians will use our distraction to continue to harm us
from the shadows while we harm each other in front of the camera lights.

1 look forward to answering all of your questions today.

For further information, contact:
Stephen Ni. Ryan, Esq.
sryan@mwe.com