Michael Cohen is reportedly ready to give Special Counsel Robert Mueller key testimony contradicting not only President Donald Trump but the sworn testimony of his son, Donald Trump Jr. He will reportedly say that Trump was aware of the planned meeting with the Russians in Trump Tower. Such testimony may also contradict Cohen’s own statements, which would make a deal all the most essential with Mueller. Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis has announced that “Cohen is trying to reset his life . . . This is a turn for him. It’s a new resolve to tell the truth no matter what, even if it endangers him.” It certainly could be dangerous if it contradicts sworn testimony or statement to investigators
Trump, his son, and his staff have all denied that he had prior knowledge of the meeting at Trump Tower. However, Cohen now reportedly claims that he was not only at a meeting when Trump was informed of the planned meeting but others were also present.
Cohen previously testified before two congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and did not reportedly reveal such prior knowledge by Trump.
Such testimony would be exceptionally dangerous for Trump, Trump Jr. and some staffers if Mueller believes that Cohen’s account is true. Mueller has already indicted a slew of individuals for false statements to investigators. This would be an even stronger case for prosecution if the accounts are true.
If Trump Jr. were to be charged, it is difficult to predict President Trump’s response but it would likely be extreme. Of course, taken Cohen’s word alone on such a question is a rather precarious proposition. The question is whether such testimony could prompt other witnesses to come forward or whether Cohen would be left to stand alone.