Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Lying To Congress

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Cohen admitted to making "false, fictitious and fraudulent" written testimony to Congress in August 2017 in connection with the project.

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.

Senate Judiciary staff asked Trump Jr. about the reports of proposal for a Trump Tower Moscow that Cohen was working on and Trump Jr. confirmed the reports. Cohen admitted in his plea documents Thursday that he lied to Congress by telling lawmakers he received no response; in fact a "personal assistant" from the press office responded in an email a few days later, and they went on to speak for 20 minutes by the phone.

The developments came as Cohen entered a new plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an investigation into Russian election interference.

President Trump was not directly accused of doing anything wrong.

The Washington Post reported past year Mr Cohen had emailed Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin's spokesman, seeking his help in advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow at the same time Mr Trump was running for president.

Trump told reporters outside the White House he had decided not to build the building in Moscow, although he did not specify when he decided against pursuing the project.

The Mueller investigation has cast a cloud over the current American administration. "I was running my business, a lot of different things during the campaign", Mr Trump said.

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According to the criminal information filed by prosecutors, Cohen sent a two-page letter to the committee in which he "knowingly and deliberately" made false statements, including that the Moscow project "ended in January 2016 and was not discussed extensively with others in the company", that Cohen "never agreed to travel to Russia in connection with the Moscow project and "never considered" asking Individual 1 to travel for the project", and that Cohen "did not recall any Russian government response or contact about the Moscow Project".

At issue with Stone, a GOP political operative and Trump confidante, is what he knows about the timing and release of WikiLeaks publication of hacked emails from John Podesta and other Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign. "I built an unbelievable company, but if you look there you'll see there's nothing in Russia", Trump said at a July 2016 news conference.

President Donald Trump reacted to the news that Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress about the Russian Federation investigation, calling his former lawyer "very weak". "I said I would confirm and revert".

Mueller team has asked Trump about the Russian real estate deal, but it was not it was not immediately clear whether it was one of the questions Trump answered last week.

Whitaker was advised of the plea ahead of time, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Cohen began talking to investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose probe has been a thorn in Trump's side, after pleading guilty in August to bank fraud and campaign finance violations in NY. "Sentencing is set for December 12", said Guy Petrillo, another of Cohen's lawyers. The president has denied having affairs with the women.

"You know this flipping stuff is awful", Trump, who has repeatedly called for Mueller's "witch hunt" led by "angry Democrats" to come to an end, told the Post. Guidelines call for little to no prison on the new charge.