Michael Cohen has plead guilty to lying about multiple facts, but was not charged on lying about his alleged Prague meeting with Russians. Byron York opines for the Washington Examiner reports:
When news broke that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his 2016 meetings concerning the failed Trump Tower Moscow project, the chattering class instantly began talking about the failed Trump Tower Moscow project.
Of course that was news. But it turns out the Cohen plea agreement also made news in what it did not cover. Specifically, it spoke volumes — without saying a word — about a key allegation of the Trump dossier, the charge that Cohen traveled to Prague to arrange secret payments to Russian hackers attacking the Clinton campaign. The accusation is the heart of the collusion allegation, and Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller’s deal with Cohen strongly suggests that prosecutors have not found evidence to support it.
Cohen’s guilty plea is an admission that he lied in a written statement to Congress. Actually, it was two statements, one in August 2017, and the other the next month. In the August statement, Cohen said the Trump Tower Moscow project was “under consideration … from September 2015 until the end of January 2016,” but by late January Cohen had “determined that the proposal was not feasible for a variety of business reasons.”
In the September statement, Cohen said the Trump Tower Moscow project “was terminated in January of 2016; which occurred before the Iowa caucus and months before the very first primary.”
Does this mean that Mueller is simply grasping straws, going after Trump associates on process crimes but not getting to the core of the matter which is alleged Russian collusion?