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11 Jan 08:00 PM

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What does
"To the extent that Trump knew Cohen was reaching out to the Kremlin for assistance in this effort,"
mean??

The expression "to the extent" is confusing to me....


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The latest big development in the Cohen case is his separate guilty plea in the Mueller investigation for lying about Cohen’s pursuit of a Trump Tower in Moscow. Importantly, we learned that effort persisted well into the 2016 campaign, even as Trump was wrapping up the GOP nomination, and included Cohen conversing with aides of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

It was always conspicuous that Mueller reached a deal with Cohen on this specific charge, but we’ve gotten more of a sense why now: It appears to be a real focus in the collusion investigation.

“The fact that Cohen continued to work on the project and discuss it with [Trump] well into the campaign was material to the ongoing congressional and [special counsel] investigations, particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the U.S. presidential election,” Mueller’s team wrote last month.

But it’s also not clear how much Trump was involved in this, and specifically in Cohen’s outreach to the Kremlin, which at one point entertained an in-person meeting with Cohen. To the extent that Trump knew Cohen was reaching out to the Kremlin for assistance in this effort, that would be problematic, given Trump’s pro-Russia campaign rhetoric.

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