The President’s father, Fred Trump, had a rule: for some business, you only ever want to meet one person at a time. Then it’s their word against yours. If you have a meeting of three people, then you have two people to give evidence against you. This is the story, anyway, from people who know the Trump family and the Trump family legend. Fred Trump supposedly had links with both the Democratic Party machine and the mob in the New York borough of Queens. If the story about his rule is true, it would have served him well as he built up his property empire – allegedly with methods that might not have borne scrutiny.

Someone deep inside Trumpworld tells Cockburn Donald Trump adopted his father’s rule as his own. ‘He never writes anything down. He doesn’t use email. Conversations are face to face. He meets you alone.’ This, Cockburn’s source says, was how Trump usually gave instructions to Michael Cohen, when Cohen was his lawyer, fixer and bagman. And that is the background – allegedly – to the small bomb just dropped by BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed’s story – which comes from ‘two federal law enforcement officials’ – has Cohen saying that Trump told him to lie to Congress about the effort to get a Trump Tower built in Moscow. The question now is, did the President stick to his own rule and only discuss the Moscow project face to face with Cohen? Or is there other evidence?

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