One of the most significant events in the last presidential campaign of course, was the dump emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee, dumped by WikiLeaks.
Mr Cohen during your opening statement, which was at the height of the election, you testified You are actually meeting with Donald Trump in July 2016, when Roger Stone happened to call and tell Mr. Trump that he had just spoken to Julian Assange, is that correct?
That is correct.
Okay, and you said Mr. Assange told Mr. Trump
About an upcoming quote in your opening statement.
Quote, massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton's campaign.
So I wanna ask you about Roger Stone's phone call to the President.
First of all, was that on speaker phone?
Is that what you indicated?
Yes, so Mr. Trump has a black speaker phone that sits on his desk.
He uses it quite often because of all the number of phone calls he gets.
Now January of this year 2019, the New York Times asks President Trump if he ever spoke to Roger Stone about the stolen e-mails, and President Trump answered and I quote no I didn't, I never did.
Was that statement by President Trump true?
No, it's not accurate.
And can you please describe to us, to the best of your recollection, you were present, exactly what Mr. Stone said to Mr. Trump?
It was a short conversation and he said, Mr.
Trump, I just want to let you know that I just got off the phone with Julian Assange And in a couple of days, there's going to be a massive dump of e-mails that's going to severely hurt the Clinton campaign.
And was Mr. Trump and Mr. Stone aware of where those e-mails came from?
That I'm not aware of.
Trump ever suggest then or later To call the FBI to report this breach.
He never expressed that to me.
Did the President, at that time or ever since in your knowledge, indicate an awareness that this conduct was wrong?
The reason I ask is because on July 22 on the eve of the Democratic Convention, WikiLeaks published, as you know, the 20,000 leaked internal DNC emails.
Could your meeting with Mr. Trump have been before that date?
Trump was aware of the upcoming dump before it actually happened.
And is there any-
Though, sir, I don't know whether he knew or not and I don't believe he did what the substance of the dump was going to be.
Only that there was going to be a dump of emails.
And you was aware of that before the dump occurred, correct?
Are there any records that would corroborate the day of this meeting?
I'm not in possession but I believe again this is part of the special counsel.
And they probably best suited to corroberate that information.
Was anyone else present in the room during the call?
I don't recall for this one, no sir.
Is there anyone else the committee should talk to about the President's knowledge about the WikiLeaks email dump?
Well, again, when he called, Rhona Graff yelled out to Mr Trump, Roger's on line one.
Which was regular practice.
And that's his assistant?
That's his, yes.
All right, and during a new conference on July 27, 2016 then-candidate Trump publicly appealed to Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails and make them public.
He stated, and I quote, Russia,
If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.
Now going back to Mr. Stone's phone call to the President, do you recall if Mr. Trump had knowledge of the Wiki Leaks dump at the time of his direct appeal to Russia?
I am not.
But the call with Mr.
Stone, you believe, was before.
Yes, I'm sorry, I thought you were talking about a different set of documents that got dumped.
So I was in Mr. Trump's office.
It was either July 18th or 19th, and yes, he went ahead I don't know if the 35,000 or 30,000 emails was what he was referring to.
He certainly had knowledge.
All right, thank you.