Michael Cohen wasn’t the only one who lied about communications between the Trump Organization and Russia…
According to CNN reporter Marshall Cohen, Dmitry Peskov—a spokesperson for Vladimir Putin—also attempted to downplay conversations surrounding a stalled skyscraper project in Moscow. Last summer, Putin’s flack told reporters that the Russian government left inquiries by the Trump Organization “unanswered” during the 2016 election.
“There were no repeated appeals,” continued Peskov, “in fact, we probably would not have responded to those too, because that’s not our job.”
But in a surprise Manhattan court appearance on Thursday, Cohen claimed he did have direct contact with Peskov throughout the 2016 election, extending well past the original January date he gave to lawmakers regarding when the Trump Organization abandoned its Moscow ambitions.
Responding to the Cohen revelations, Peskov released a statement with a revised timeline of events.
“[The Trump Organization] sent an email to our office saying that they wanted to develop a project of a Trump building in Moscow, and for that reason asking for a meeting with myself and the then Chief of Staff of the Administration,” read the statement. “Later we called and asked why they wanted to have meetings in presidential administration and explained that we have nothing to do with construction issues in the City of Moscow.”
President Trump, meanwhile, told reporters on Thursday that running a political campaign should not have expelled him from his business endeavors.
“I was running my business while I was campaigning,” the president said before leaving for the G20 summit. “There was a good chance I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would have gotten back to the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities?”