p. 149 – 152

“On September 17, 2018, this Office submitted written questions to the President that included questions about the Trump Tower Moscow project and attached Cohen’s written statement to Congress and the Letter of Intent signed by the President. Among other issues, the questions asked the President to describe the timing and substance of discussions he had with Cohen about the project, whether they discussed a potential trip to Russia, and whether the President ‘at any time direct[ed] or suggest[ed] that discussions about the Trump Moscow project should cease,’ or whether the President was ‘informed at any time that the project had been abandoned.'”

“On November 20, 2018, the President submitted written responses that did not answer those questions about Trump Tower Moscow directly and did not provide any information about the timing of the candidate’s discussions with Cohen about the project or whether he participated in any discussions about the project being abandoned or no longer pursued. Instead, the President’s answers stated in relevant part:”

I had few conversations with Mr. Cohen on this subject. As I recall; they were brief, and they were not memorable. I was not enthused about the proposal, and I do not recall any discussion of travel to Russia in connection with it. I do not remember discussing it with anyone else at the Trump Organization, although it is possible. I do not recall being aware at the time of any communications between Mr. Cohen and Felix Sater and any Russian government official regarding the Letter of lntent. 

“On November 29, 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress based on his statements about the Trump Tower Moscow project. In a plea agreement with this Office, Cohen agreed to ‘provide truthful information regarding any and all matters as to which this Office deems relevant.’ Later on November 29, after Cohen’s guilty plea had become public, the President spoke to reporters about the Trump Tower Moscow project, saying:”

I decided not to do the project….I decided ultimately not to do it. There would have been nothing wrong if I did do it. If l did do it, there would have been nothing wrong. That was my business….It was an option that I decided not to do….I decided not to do it. The primary reason….I was focused on running for President….I was running my business while I was campaigning. There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would’ve gone back into the business. And why should I lose lots of opportunities?

The President’s personal counsel declined to provide additional information from the President and stated that ‘the President has fully answered the questions at issue.'”

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