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"The Federalist" featured Pace Haub Law School Professor Mimi Rocah in "8 Fake News Stories Being Peddled About Michael Cohen's Guilty Plea"

12/04/2018

"The Federalist" featured Pace Haub Law School Professor Mimi Rocah in "8 Fake News Stories Being Peddled About Michael Cohen's Guilty Plea"

Last week, Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower complex in Moscow. Cohen told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the Trump Organization stopped pursuing the project in January 2016, but in pleading guilty Cohen stated that he continued to pursue the Trump Tower project into June of that year. Cohen claimed he lied out of loyalty to Trump and to be consistent with then-candidate Trump’s political messaging.

Following Cohen’s surprise guilty plea, the media and critics of the president wasted no time pushing collusion narratives, conspiracy theories, and outright falsehoods. Here are the top eight examples of the fake news being peddled.

4. A Cohen-Trump Conspiracy

Then there was former federal prosecutor and current NBC News and MSNBC legal analyst Mimi Rocah’s hot take. In response to Trump tweeting that he had “lightly looked at doing a building somewhere in Russia,” Rocah responded: “Conspiracy law doesn’t care about light vs. heavy.”

screen grab of a twitter post from Mimi Rocah

True. But conspiracy law does care about whether there is an agreement to commit a crime, and nothing in Cohen’s plea (or in the two years of Mueller’s investigation) indicates any such agreement involving Trump.

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