The release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday afternoon destroyed a million+ fake, conspiratorial narratives, including the one about President Donald Trump allegedly ordering his former disgraced attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress in 2017.
“With regard to Cohen’s false statements to Congress, while there is evidence, described below, that the President knew Cohen provided false testimony to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow Project, the evidence available to us does not establish that the President directed or aided Cohen’s false testimony,” the report explicitly reads.
— Elaina Plott (@elainaplott) April 18, 2019
Cohen’s lies pertained to an effort in 2015 by then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen reportedly led those efforts.
“Mr. Cohen asked for and received Mr. Trump’s signature on a nonbinding letter of intent for the project in October 2015,” The Wall Street Journal noted last November, adding that the efforts incidentally began a few months after Trump began running for the presidency.
“Both Mr. Cohen and another Trump associate … said in emails obtained by investigators that they planned to enlist top Russian officials’ help for the project. In January 2016, Mr. Cohen sought help from Mr. Putin’s top press official in arranging the deal.”
When congressional Democrats learned of these plans, they began citing them as evidence of potential Russian collusion. When Cohen then lied to Congress during testimony to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees in 2017, their conspiracy theorizing was pushed into overdrive.
However, when Cohen pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress, he issued a statement admitting that not only had the real estate project deal had nothing to do with the president’s election campaign, but that it had ultimately been canceled. Bye bye, conspiracy theories.
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— Joan (@politicsrecycle) December 18, 2018
“The Trump Tower Moscow proposal was not related in any way to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign,” he reportedly said. “Moreover, the proposal had nothing to do with any alleged collusion with Russia regarding the U.S. presidential election.”
“Both I and the Trump Organization were evaluating this proposal and many others from solely a business standpoint and rejected going forward on that basis.”
With this testimony, the Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory was dealt a devastating blow. In response, the left then seized on another conspiracy theory: Perhaps the president had ordered Cohen to lie to Congress. If so, that would amount to obstruction of justice.
Fast-forward to January, when BuzzFeed ran a since-discredited report claiming that, according to its anonymous sources, “President Donald Trump [had] directed his longtime attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.”
But as the findings contained in Mueller’s report make clear, this never happened.
Yet the left’s response to this new finding has been to double down on even more fake news and conspiracy theories. The latest one posits that because Trump “knew Cohen provided false testimony to Congress,” this means he committed a crime:
So @GOP Trump(R) knew Cohen provided FALSE EVIDENCE to Congress(LIED) – @LindseyGrahamSC @DonaldJTrumpJr @HouseGOP @SenateGOP @RepMattGaetz @senatemajldr @SenShelby @johnthune – @GOP sinking with Trump(R)
— dwayne cobb (@dwaynecobb) April 18, 2019
Trump knew that false testimony had been provided, particularly in Cohen’s case. He was aware of a crime being committed and allowed it. 19/
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) April 18, 2019
@AriMelber trump knew Cohen lied to Congress (ie committed a crime)and trump did nothing
Isnt that criminal conduct
— Shaun Bowman (@shaunbowm) April 18, 2019
Mueller Report reveals…
1) Cohen lied to Congress
2) Trump knew Cohen lied to Congress
3) Trump was 100% ok with Cohen lying to Congress (b/c it was covering up for Trump)
— Jesse Ferguson (@JesseFFerguson) April 18, 2019
It’s unclear what Cohen “was covering up for Trump” …
Regardless, as Fox News’ Howard Kurtz made clear in a tweet, the “evidence” all points to no obstruction, regardless of the conspiracy theories that the left keeps touting:
Report: There’s evidence Trump knew of Michael Cohen’s false testimony on Russia project, but not that “the president directed or aided Cohen’s false testimony.” Therefore no obstruction
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) April 18, 2019
Plus, had there actually been provable obstruction of justice, Mueller would have said so.
“If we had confidence … POTUS clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state…we are unable to reach that judgement. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” the report reads.
Mueller Report: “If we had confidence … POTUS clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state…we are unable to reach that judgement. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) April 18, 2019
Because of this inability to reach a definitive conclusion, Mueller left it up to Attorney General Bill Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to decide. After reviewing the evidence for roughly three weeks, the two ruled that no, the president hadn’t obstructed justice.
“In making this determination, we noted that the Special Counsel recognized that ‘the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,’ and that, while not determinative, the absence of such evidence bears upon the President’s intent with respect to obstruction,” Barr wrote in a public letter last month.
He explained that since Trump didn’t collude with Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, that means there was nothing for him to hide/obstruct.
Look at the memo below: