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FEATURING PAUL SEAMUS RYAN –  The online news outlet BuzzFeed on Thursday published a damning exposé on President Donald Trump saying that he instructed his former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about his plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow, and that “Trump also supported a plan, set up by Cohen, to visit Russia during the presidential campaign, in order to personally meet President Vladimir Putin and jump-start the tower negotiations.” All of this was apparently happening while Trump was telling the public that he had no business deals in Russia.

After Cohen was in the cross hairs of the Special Counsel’s Investigation, BuzzFeed reports that, “the president personally instructed him to lie — by claiming that negotiations ended months earlier than they actually did — in order to obscure Trump’s involvement.” The Washington Post said, “BuzzFeed’s Michael Cohen story, if true, looks to be the most damning to date for Trump.” CNN asserted that, “This may be the smoking gun in the Russia investigation.”

The BuzzFeed report came on the same day that the Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen hired a technology firm during the Trump Presidential campaign to try to rig online polls in favor of Trump. Cohen confirmed the report on Twitter.

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Paul Seamus Ryan, Vice President of Policy & Litigation at Common Cause.

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