Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gives conflicting statements on back channel plans to lift on Russia sanctions.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gives conflicting statements on back channel plans to lift on Russia sanctions.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen gives conflicting statements on back channel plans to lift on Russia sanctions.

A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.

He said Mr. Sater had given him the written proposal in a sealed envelope.

When Mr. Cohen met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office in early February, he said, he left the proposal in Mr. Flynn’s office.

Mr. Cohen said he was waiting for a response when Mr. Flynn was forced from his post. Now Mr. Cohen, Mr. Sater and Mr. Artemenko are hoping a new national security adviser will take up their cause. On Friday the president wrote on Twitter that he had four new candidates for the job.

Follow the developing story at the New York Times here. 

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