Russia Rumors Designed to Undermine Trump Presidency
In a prepared statement, US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney told Senate investigators Tuesday that rumors about Russian election interference are spread to undercut the presidency.
“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 eye and to shame his supporters in the public square. This is un-American,” Michael D. Cohen told the Senate Intelligence Committee in his published public statement.
He had been scheduled to speak in a closed-door meeting, but this was postponed at an unhappy Senate panel’s request
Mr. Cohen said that he had never been involved in Russian election interference, and to his knowledge neither had anyone close to President Trump, dismissing the implication that The Trump Organization’s attempt to build a Trump Tower in Moscow was in some way related to Russian election meddling, saying it was “solely a real estate deal and nothing more.”
“Let me be totally clear that I am innocent of the allegations raised against me in the public square,” Cohen said, claiming he’s been a victim of “misinformation and unnamed and unverifiable sources.”
“My name is mentioned more than a 12 times in the lie-filled dossier and so, within moments of BuzzFeed’s publication, false allegations about me were plastered all over the national and international press,” he said. “The accusations are entirely and totally false.”
Mr. Cohen added, “if we are really 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.”