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Consultant Claims Cohen Kept Nearly $40,000 Owed for Rigging Polls

18 January 2019

Trump had repeatedly insisted on the campaign trail that he had no ongoing business interests in Russian Federation, even as the deal continued to unfold.

"I truly regret my blind loyalty to a man who doesn't deserve it", he said.

Trump also reportedly directed Cohen to lie after the election about when negotiations over the real estate project ended in order to cover his involvement.

Cohen, Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress about the Moscow project.

The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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"It is unacceptable for anyone - including the President - to try to bully or intimidate our witnesses, to try to get them not to testify, to try to scare or threaten their family members, or to try to interfere with Congress' search for the truth", Cummings said earlier this week.

"There is genuine fear and it has caused Michael Cohen to consider whether he should go forward or not, and he has not made a final decision", Davis said.

Cohen, who was the real estate billionaire's right-hand-man and fixer at the Trump Organization in NY at the time, pleaded guilty a year ago to charges that he violated campaign finance laws by arranging hush payments ahead of the 2016 election to women who claimed credibly to have had extramarital affairs with Trump.

Cohen did not deny working with Gauger or the Journal report, but said he paid Gauger with a check, not cash.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Gauger felt that Cohen stiffed him for his work, only paying him approximately $12,000 instead of an agreed-upon $50,000. Cohen has said he did that at Trump's direction too.

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Donald Trump instructed his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, Buzzfeed reports.

Overall, Cohen was paid $420,000, mostly from Trump's personal account, the paper reported. He had long wanted to build a hotel there, and when progress on that front finally started happening he wasn't going to give it up just because he was running for president-a bid that at that point Trump and his campaign did not actually expect him to win. The special counsel's office reported learned about the president's attempt to get Cohen to lie from multiple sources working within the Trump Organization, and from internal company texts and emails, as well as other documents they have in their possession.

Falwell was one of Trump's first cabinet appointments when he was chosen for an educational role.

The Drudge Report, one of the most important drivers of online reader traffic, featured the Journal story on Thursday morning with a banner headline: "Did Trump bribe Drudge poll?"

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Consultant Claims Cohen Kept Nearly $40,000 Owed for Rigging Polls