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Wyden: Trump Attorney 'Played' Senate Intelligence Committee On Russia


An Oregon Democratic Senator who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee says Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer “played” them on Russia from the start.

Ron Wyden says Michael Cohen lied about the extent to which then-candidate Trump was pursuing business deals in Russia during 2016…namely a possible Trump hotel in Moscow. 

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

“One of Donald Trump’s major messages was, “Russians are really strong and they’re tough, and it really would be in our interest to have a good relationship with the Russians,”' says Wyden. "He said in fact, that that was his version of “America First.”  What we now know, is what that was…was really Donald Trump’s bank account first.”  

Last week, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. Trump canceled his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin shortly afterwards.  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is dismissing claims that the events are related.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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