Michael Cohen pleads guilty to misleading Congress

Donald Trump Jr. talked with Senate investigators about his family's real estate dealings in September of 2017. The Judiciary Committee released his testimony earlier this year

US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen admitted on Thursday that he lied to Congress about Trump's business plans in Moscow in order to be consistent with the then-candidate's public disavowals of Russian Federation.

In August Cohen, who had been Mr Trump's personal lawyer for more than a decade, pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

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Cohen also said Thursday that he also lied about never discussing travel to Russian Federation with Trump.

Warner suggested that Cohen's plea deal did relate to Mr. Trump, saying: "This is one more example of one of the president's closest allies lying about their ties to Russia and Russians".

The new guilty plea in U.S. District Court marks the first time the office of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has charged Cohen.

As he spoke, a member of Robert Mueller's team looked on at the investigation's newest cooperating witness in action. "Mr Cohen will continue to co-operate".

Cohen gave a statement to congressional committees a year ago saying the president's company pursued a project in Moscow but that the plan was abandoned "for a variety of business reasons".

(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry.

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Cohen has previously said he was Trump's "fixer" and would "take a bullet" for the president.

Cohen pled guilty on Thursday for lying to Congress as part of its investigation.

"That was a project that we didn't do, I didn't do".

Reacting to the plea, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Cohen "should be prosecuted to the extent of the law".

Cohen admitted he lied when he told Congress he never agreed to travel to Russian Federation for the project, and falsely claimed that he "never considered" asking Trump to travel to Russian Federation in 2016.

"He's a weak person and by weak unlike other people you watch, he's a weak person and what he's trying to do is get a reduced sentence".

Cohen admitted that he lied to Congress previous year when he said that those discussions had ended in January 2016 and that his overtures to the Russian government went unrequited. But the project ultimately fizzled, Cohen told the committee, and Trump wasn't involved in the decision to abandon the project. But the plea agreement estimates a likely sentence of zero to six months and a fine of up to $9,500, assuming that Cohen is cooperative and there aren't any more surprise bombshells or crimes he's concealing. The excessive campaign contribution was regarding the $130,000 payment made to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence about an alleged one-time sexual encounter with Trump.

Cohen has been scheduled to be sentenced in the earlier matter on December 12.

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