Michael Cohen pleads guilty to misleading Congress

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to misleading Congress

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to misleading Congress

ABC reports that Cohen appeared in federal court in Manhattan Thursday and "entered a guilty plea for misstatements to Congress in closed-door testimony past year about his contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign".

Donald Trump's longtime lawyer and fixer has pleaded guilty to lying to congressional investigations into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, and admitted that he had been involved in talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow months into the 2016 USA presidential campaign.

Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about the extent of Trump's involvement with the project in an attempt to hinder the Trump-Russia investigation and to protect Trump.

Trump has repeatedly said that he had no business dealings in Russian Federation, tweeting in July 2016, "For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia" and telling reporters in January 2017 that he had no deals there because he had "stayed away".

The most immediate and unsurprising thing this tells us is that Trump has mislead the public about this topic for a long time. He previously identified individual 1 as Trump.

Michael Cohen, left, walks out of federal court with his attorney Guy Petrillo, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in NY. Mueller has not yet filed a report that he said will detail the "nature" of Manafort's "crimes and lies".

According to ABC News, which first reported on the possible plea agreement, Cohen is due to appear in federal court Thursday in New York City, where he is expected to admit to making false statements to Capitol Hill investigators probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

"This is one more example of one of the president's closest allies lying about their ties to Russia and Russians", he said.

The question about what Trump knew about that meeting specifically and generally about Russia's wave of active measures against the U.S.is at the heart of the investigation being run by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

Until now, Cohen had been operating without a formal cooperation deal.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to other federal charges involving his taxi businesses, bank fraud and his campaign work for Mr Trump. Since then, Cohen has spent more than 70 hours in interviews with Mueller's team.

Both men have been heavily critical of the investigation, and Corsi this week said he had rejected a plea offer from Mueller's team.

Contrary to his statements, the project was discussed multiple times within the company - beyond January 2016 - and with efforts to obtain Russian governmental approval being discussed as late as June of that year.

A Republican committee aide said the transcripts are now being reviewed and declassified by the intelligence community. Trump has issued repeated denials.

Democratic leaders said they'd like another shot at President Trump's former lawyer after he pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Cohen even had a 20-minute phone conversation with this official's assistant, in which he "described his position at the company and outlined the proposed Moscow Project". But the project ultimately fizzled, Cohen told the committee, and Trump wasn't involved in the decision to abandon the project. "This was a project that we didn't do, I didn't do". "Michael Cohen is a liar", said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Trump responded to the raid by condemning it as "a real disgrace" and "an attack on our country".

Trump lambasted Cohen following the plea deal.

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