Longtime Donald Trump personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen hoped to pull off a side-hustle while building the Trump Tower Moscow project, newly released transcripts of congressional testimony revealed.
The transcripts document Cohen’s two closed-door interviews with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Politico reported.
“Cohen also testified that [Felix] Sater had ‘come up with a strategy’ of giving a Trump Tower penthouse to Vladimir Putin to curry his favor,” Politico reported.
“Cohen said he told Sater he wanted ‘to buy the apartment directly underneath,'” Politico noted.
“I want to own that so I can sell it to one of the oligarchs for like a billion dollars,” Cohen told the committee, “which was part of the joke.”
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Pence knew about and actually participated in Trump’s apparent Ukraine extortion plot: report
Vice President Mike Pence is seemingly complicit in President Donald Trump's apparent extortion and bribery plot, based on the transcript of a press conference the VP held in Poland on September 2. At issue is a whistleblower's complaint that the White House refuses to release. It is believed it says Trump repeatedly threatened to withhold military aid from Ukraine until, or in exchange for, that country digging up and handing over dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. There is no evidence any dirt was found or even exists.
UK braced for key court ruling on parliament suspension
Britain's Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in suspending parliament, in a seismic case that could have profound implications for Brexit and the country's constitutional foundations.
If the verdict goes against Johnson, it could see parliament rapidly reassemble and would inevitably trigger questions about his position, having unlawfully advised Queen Elizabeth II to suspend parliament.
It would be the latest hammer blow to his plans for taking Britain out of the European Union on October 31, and pile huge pressure on his minority government.
Seoul confirms 4th swine fever case — and asks North Korea for cooperation
South Korea confirmed its fourth case of African swine fever on Tuesday, as Pyongyang was yet to respond to Seoul's request to make joint efforts to tackle the deadly animal disease.
The latest case was confirmed at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border where the nation's first case was recorded, according to Seoul's agriculture ministry.
South Korea has culled around 15,000 pigs since the first case was reported on Sept 17.
"We have carried out an immediate culling and are proceeding with an epidemiological investigation," the ministry said in a statement, adding that some 2,300 pigs were being raised at the affected farm.