A lawyer representing Ivanka Trump asked for changes to be made to former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s 2017 congressional testimony to distance the first daughter from the Trump Tower project in Moscow, according to Vanity Fair. An email exchange cited by the publication late Wednesday reportedly shows Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, outlining changes he said were requested by Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Ivanka and Jared Kushner. “Abbe asks for us to affirmatively address in our statement on the 25th,” Ryan’s message to Cohen reportedly reads, before he lists off several statements to be made, including that “[Ivanka] was not involved in the backs and forths with FS [Felix Sater] and MC [Michael Cohen],” “she was not in any meetings or calls with people putting it together (esp. from that country),” and “and maybe that, by then, MC knew she was at least skeptical about him.”
Ryan reportedly wrote to Lowell to say Cohen would “do anything your client asks that is accurate, which is not really an issue—but it may be perceived as awkward to go as specific as your requests.” Cohen, sentenced to three years in prison, testified last month that his initial 2017 testimony to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project was false and had been reviewed and edited by Trump’s attorneys in advance. He also testified under oath that he had briefed members of Trump’s family, including Ivanka, about the project on multiple occasions.