This was the day Robert Mueller spent two years building towards.
Michael Cohen stepped in front of the House Oversight Committee as the secret weapon to take down Donald Trump.
Mueller wound him up and turned him loose on the President by teaming with federal prosecutors in Manhattan to pressure Cohen to plead guilty to financial crimes and flip on Trump.
“Questions have been raised about whether I know of direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia. I do not. I want to be clear. But, I have my suspicions,” Cohen declared in his opening remarks.
Cohen threw even more cold water on Robert Mueller’s collusion case when he denied – under oath – the Christopher Steele dossier allegations that he traveled to Prague in late summer 2016 to meet with Russian officials to hatch a scheme to rig the election.
“I’ve never been to Prague,” Cohen stated. “I’ve never been to the Czech Republic.”
Cohen tried to make up for this admission by claiming Roger Stone called Donald Trump in July 2016 claiming to have spoken with Julian Assange by telephone and that WikiLeaks would soon be releasing emails damaging to Hillary Clinton.
“Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Mr. Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” Cohen declared.
Trump’s former lawyer said this meant Trump had advanced knowledge of WikiLeaks intentions to destroy Hillary Clinton and thus proved that Trump lied under oath when he denied ever speaking to Stone.
However, both Stone and WikiLeaks denied that any such phone call ever took place.
WikiLeaks released a statement saying, “WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has never had a telephone call with Roger Stone. WikiLeaks publicly teased its pending publications on Hillary Clinton and published > 30k of her emails on 16 March 2016.”
The anti-secrecy group also tweeted out screenshots of posts showing they had promoted an upcoming release of emails related to Hillary Clinton for over one month.
STATEMENT on Michael Cohen testimony to Congress: WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has never had a telephone call with Roger Stone. WikiLeaks publicly teased its pending publications on Hillary Clinton and published > 30k of her emails on 16 March 2016. https://t.co/XcH75u3kbu
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 27, 2019
Whatever Roger Stone knew about WikiLeaks plans, it was from publicly available information.
Roger Stone texted his denial to Buzzfeed news writing, “Mr. Cohen’s statement is not true.”
Cohen also overshot his mark in another big way.
Roger Stone already testified under oath that he never spoke with Julian Assange by phone or any other means.
Mueller presumably had access to Stone’s phone records.
And while he charged Stone with making false statements about how many intermediaries he had with WikiLeaks, Mueller and his team of Democrats never charged Stone with lying about communicating with Assange.
Cohen may have thought he was doing Mueller a favor, but in reality, he only shoveled the final heap of dirt on the Russia collusion narrative.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.