Trump Confidante Rejects Any Collusion In Russia Election Interference

Cheryl Sanders
September 19, 2017

The committee is one of several congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the presidential race and potential ties to the Trump campaign.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the committee's top Democrat, told ABC News he is concerned about the apparent discrepancy between Trump's public statements about having never engaged in Russian business activity and the negotiations Cohen oversaw with a Russian developer.

Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Huntsman says there's no question that Russian Federation interfered and continues to intrude "in the democratic processes of our friends and allies".

President Donald Trump's personal attorney told Senate investigators in a prepared statement Tuesday that rumors about Russian election interference are spread to undercut the presidency, The New York Times reports.

The dossier was compiled in the summer and fall of 2016 by a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele.

"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", Cohen writes.

The panel and its House counterpart are more than nine months into separate investigations into what US intelligence agencies have concluded was a multifaceted Russian operation during the 2016 election to undermine American democracy, damage Hillary Clinton and help Trump win.

Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen to... Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators are conducting their own criminal investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, said that Cohen had meant to deliver the statement during Tuesday's interview. Cohen has made the case that he found the official's email address on Google.

Cohen arrived at the committee's offices in the Hart Senate Office Building shortly after 9 a.m. and emerged to speak to a scrum of reporters at 10:45 a.m.

"This was exclusively a real estate deal and nothing more", Cohen says in his statement Tuesday.

The discussions about the potential development occurred in the fall of 2015, months after Trump had declared his candidacy, and ended early previous year when Cohen determined that the project was not feasible.

Cohen has said he briefed then-candidate Trump at least three times about the Moscow Tower deal but ultimately abandoned the project because of difficulties obtaining financing, a location, and the much-needed government approvals. "I was doing my job".

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