Trump Attorney Rejects Congressional Requests

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Trump Attorney Rejects Congressional Requests

Postby toucana on May 30th, 2017, 4:37 pm 

NBC news report that Michael Cohen, personal attorney to Donald Trump, has refused to comply with requests from Congress to supply documents or attend interviews.

Michael Cohen, confirmed to NBC News that he has received requests for information from the Senate and House intelligence committees as part of their probes into Russian interference in the U.S. election, but says he won't comply.

"I declined the invitation to participate," said Cohen, "as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered."

Michael Cohen is not a member of the Trump administration, although he was a Trump surrogate during the 2016 election campaign. As Trump's personal attorney, he cannot be compelled to respond on any matters that would be protected by client-attorney privilege, so the inference would be that Congressional intelligence committees probably want to question him about other persons or issues involved in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Michael Cohen was named in the controversial Steele dossier as someone who had travelled to a secret meeting in Prague in August 2016 with Russian officials allegedly in order to discuss the fall-out caused by former campaign manager Paul Manafort's corrupt relationship with former Ukraine boss Yanukoyvch. Cohen has strongly denied that claim saying that he was in Los Angeles on the dates in question. He also claimed never to have travelled to Prague in his life and posted a picture of the *outside* of his own passport on Twitter, a meaningless gesture that caused much online amusement.

Washington insiders say that Cohen's refusal to cooperate with Congress is what prompted the Senate intelligence committee to vote to give their leaders GOP Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner blanket powers of subpoena to compel testimony. If subpoenas are now issued, then Cohen will either have to comply, plead the fifth, or go to court to dispute the validity of the summons.

President Trump may well now be reflecting that you know you are in trouble when your own attorney is contemplating pleading the fifth.
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