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Cohen says Trump made him lie, rig polls

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/18/19, 12:39 pm

The Democratic chairmen of two House committees said Friday they would investigate a report that President Donald Trump told his personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. Cohen, who is no longer the president’s attorney and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has admitted he misled lawmakers about a real estate deal in Moscow that Trump continued to be involved in during his campaign. The latest report by BuzzFeed News cites two anonymous federal law enforcement officials who accuse Trump of directing Cohen to lie, but the president, in a tweet, said Cohen was lying about his involvement.

On Thursday, Cohen claimed he paid a technology company to boost Trump’s standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign. Cohen tweeted that his actions were “at the direction of and for the sole benefit of” his client. He was responding to a report by The Wall Street Journal that said he stiffed the owner of a technology company out of thousands of dollars for the poll rigging, which included using computers to enter fake votes for Trump in a 2014 CNBC poll.

The tech company’s owner, John Gauger, told the newspaper that Cohen promised him $50,000 but instead gave him a blue Walmart bag stuffed with between $12,000 and $13,000 dollars in cash, plus a collectible boxing glove. Cohen disputed he paid cash, telling the Journal that “all monies paid to Mr. Gauger were by check.” In addition to running an information technology consulting firm, Gauger works full time as Liberty University’s chief information officer.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 04:05 pm

    Good grief, a Walmart bag stuffed with cash?  That's just being lazy.

    Two things.  (1), I really wish they'd stop it with the leaks and news releases and just let Mueller do his work.  The worst problem that the FBI had with the Nixon investigation was the media releasing news ahead of time.

    (2), it's becoming harder to dismiss this all as Cohen lying.  Testimonies and documents are piling up; Cohen's no longer the only person providing evidence.

  • Bully54
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 05:42 pm

    Good grief. Testimony from a tech company owner easily bribed to “adjust” poll results.  The evidence that appears to be piling up is that there are a lot of very dishonest people out there, they often find one another, and when one is caught the immediate response it to throw the other under the bus and claim “ he/she made me do it”.  Very disheartening  that Gauger works for Liberty, hopefully not for long, he needs to go. 


  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 08:48 pm

    Weird then, that an honorable university like Liberty, and an honorable man like Trump, would hire such total liars to work for them.  Maybe they decided their morals didn't matter so long as they could do the job.  People have made that mistake before.

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 05:20 pm

    It's easy to say someone told you to lie. HE made me do it! How does Trump prove he didn't lie? 

    This whole thing is about the impeachment of Trump, and the people who voted for him have to pay for Mueller.

    If they aren't going after Hillary, they should NOT go after Trump. They have actual proof against Hillary.

    I know, I know, it's MUCH MUCH WORSE to control votes than it is to sell nuclear armaments to Russia. NOT!

    Sorry, don't believe Russia controlled the votes here. Now I do believe the Dems have controlled the votes for years.

    When someone says, "you couldn't have won!" You know they cheated. 

    When Hillary EXPECTED to become president without smoozing with the public. All those nasty little deplorables. Something is wrong with this picture. She said they promised her she would be the next pres. if she would just shut up about Obama.

    When the Dems kept counting votes in Florida because they KNOW Bush should NOT have won. Seriously!?

    They were holding 4 Aces, and yet...God said, "you should not make plans."

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 05:24 pm

    Do you think Cohen will be called upon to help make a movie?

    Or maybe Mueller? 

    This whole thing is getting curiouser and curiouser. 

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 06:17 pm

    Cohen did not bribe Gauger, who technically did not tamper with poll results--not directly, at any rate.  It looks like Gauger feels that he made a legitimate business arrangement to pad Pres. Trump's poll results in a couple of polls by electronically spamming them.

    This in itself may not be a huge legal deal.  It raises ethical questions from a Christian point of view, though.  Others may think that spamming polls is mere political fun and games.  I think that it poorly represents Christ.  I also think that Christians should more closely examine Liberty University's spiritual health.

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 08:50 pm

    If the Gauger thing is true, though, it does suggest that the other charge--that Trump told Cohen to perjure himself to Congress--may also be true.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 10:00 pm

    “BuzzFeed News cites two anonymous federal law enforcement officials who accuse Trump of directing Cohen to lie...”

    Are these 2 anonymous sources going to be as reliable as the sources that were going to prove Christine Ford’s accusations against Justice Kavanaugh?  

    One can hope for integrity and common sense to rule, but in the absence of integrity and common sense in the investigation, one can hope We the People are capable of looking at allegations and seeing that “he said” is sometimes not quite the same as proof. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/18/2019 11:42 pm

    BREAKING NEWS:  If the waters weren’t muddy enough already:

    CNN has just come out with a news article that Mueller’s office is saying BuzzFeed’s story on Cohen being told to lie by President Trump “has inaccuracies.”  

    Exactly what inaccuracies, they have not yet said. But Folks, THINK before you jump on everything that’s said about Trump. BuzzFeed HATES Trump!  They are the outfit that made public that phony (I would say “trumped-up,” but...) dossier about Trump and the Russians, that was cooked up by Christopher Steel and Fusion GPS, allegedly at the behest of the Hillary Clinton Campaign. 

    There are some important principles of justice in the USA that are being ignored by too many people who know better:  innocent until proven guilty, for one. Are we not better than this?

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 01/19/2019 12:37 am

    Many of you were suckered by fake news! Even the Mueller Investigation came out and denied  the Buzzfeed story!  Do you notice how the MSM spun this up to hysterical proportions? This was supposed to be the end of Trump! Curiously, nobody would ask the difficult questions about the Buzzfeed article.  Will the MSM come out and apologize for promoting fake news? I doubt it but I challenge you to observe how they handle the revelation by the Mueller Investigation.  This is a perfect example of how the left engages in a propaganda war against Trump. They put out a story based on false evidence and all the news organizations report on the article hyping it as they report it. Even World references the article and reports on it making readers believe the false reports so it causes injury to Trump. We need to pray for Trump as he experiences this propaganda war daily. “Better” men than Trump would have folded a long time ago! 

  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 01/19/2019 09:27 am

    I share Jonah Goldberg's opinion about this matter.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sat, 01/19/2019 08:45 pm

    All I would say is that Jonah Goldberg seems to have his head in the sand about all the FBI corruption! To say there was any justification to spy on Trump shows their Trump delusional sickness! 

    Listen to this and understand that the Obama administration was spying on Trump on a massive way that had nothing to do with “Russian Collusion”.

    Another show of Bongino





  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Sat, 01/19/2019 09:41 pm

    You're a good person, Cyborg3.  I think that you missed Goldberg's point.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Sun, 01/20/2019 04:47 pm

    Ok, let me go back and read it closer for I know you too are a good person! Maybe I missed something!