Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

by Garry Watts November 30, 2018, 1:34
Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

"Cohen made the false statements to. give the false impression that the Moscow Project ended before 'the Iowa caucus and.the very first primary, ' in hopes of limiting the ongoing Russian Federation investigations", the filing adds.

Michael Cohen walks out of federal court on Thursday in NY.

After the new guilty plea, the president called Cohen a "weak person" and contended he's "lying" to get a reduced sentence.

"In fact, I took steps to and had discussions with Individual 1 about travel to Russian Federation", he said, referring to Trump.

Cohen's new guilty plea comes at a particularly perilous time for Trump, whose presidency has been threatened by Cohen's statements to investigators.

On Tuesday, November 27-only one day after news broke that Manafort's plea deal with Mueller had ended-the New York Times reported that Manafort had been using his attorney, Kevin Downing, to funnel information on Mueller's probe to Trump's lawyers.

Cohen had testified to both House and Senate intelligence committees that the Trump company's efforts to negotiate with Russian Federation over the "Moscow Project" ended in January 2016, before the Iowa caucuses.

The document does not identify Individual 2, but people familiar with the investigation said it is Sater.

Cohen, "knowingly and deliberately" made "false representations" lawyers for special counsel Robert Mueller told the court in the plea deal.

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There will also now be increased scrutiny into whether the president misled the public with statements like "I have no dealings with Russian Federation".

Cohen has already provided Mueller with more than 70 hours of testimony, which could be potentially damaging to Trump, according to ABC News.

He pleaded guilty to a slew of financial crimes, including campaign finance violations stemming from hush money payments Cohen made to women on Trump's behalf. He said prior to the 2016 elections, he was counsel and advisor to the Donald Trump Organization. Mueller is trying to determine whether or not Stone acted as an intermediary between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks at a time when WikiLeaks was publishing or getting ready to publish hacked Democratic e-mails, but Stone has maintained that he never discussed WikiLeaks with Trump in 2016.

Trump ultimately secured the Republican nomination for president just weeks later in July 2016.

Cohen lied about his dealings because Trump wanted to hide an improper conflict.

These new charges come with a maximum possible sentence of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

Cohen said nothing as a gaggle of reporters shouted questions at him.

"Individual 1" is, as the document points out, who Cohen worked for at a Manhattan-based real estate company. What the lies were about remains a mystery, but it could underscore what most observers believe: that Mueller has far more evidence than his targets know. He is scheduled to be sentenced December 12.

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