Trump lawyer under investigation for Russian Federation

Danny Woods
June 1, 2017

Cohen confirmed to ABC News that House and Senate investigators have asked him "to provide information and testimony" about any contacts he had with people connected to the Russian government, but he said he has turned down the invitation.

Cohen is not merely an attorney for Trump.

During the 2016 election, when every poll showed Trump trailing in the presidential race, Cohen challenged a reporter for noting it, screaming "Says who?" multiple times during a CNN appearance.

Cohen is now the second notable member of Trump's personal inner circle to be swept up in the web of investigations.

Cohen's refusal to cooperate with the committee comes one week after former national security adviser Michael Flynn said through his lawyer that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right and decline a subpoena issued by the Senate for documents related to his interactions with Russian officials from June 2015 to January 2017.

"I declined the invitation to participate as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered", Cohen told The Associated Press. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Putin reaffirmed his strong denial of Russian involvement in the hacking of Democratic emails.

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In January, Cohen told ABC that the allegations in the dossier were "laughably false".

Cohen also acted as the go-between, ferrying a pro-Russian "peace plan" between a Ukranian lawmaker and Trump earlier this year. Cohen's response fits in perfectly with the pattern of the Trump response to the Russian Federation investigation.

The attorney was one of Trump's most loyal flacks on the campaign trail, memorably clashing with CNN host Brianna Keilar previous year about the validity of polls showing Hillary Clinton leading Trump.

In the early 2000s, he formed his own firm working on a range of legal matters, including malpractice cases, business law and work on an ethanol business in Ukraine.

Cohen did not respond to request for additional comment from Business Insider.

Cohen has made his own unsuccessful attempts at public office, losing a city council race and briefly running for state assembly in NY.

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