Trump's Ex-Lawyer to Plead Guilty to New Charge

30 November, 2018, 02:50 | Author: Bert Pena
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Cohen is trying to reduce his prison sentence "by making up a story", the president continued.

Prosecutors said Cohen had misled Congress to give a false impression that the Moscow project had ended before the Iowa presidential caucuses and first Republican presidential primary in 2016. On August 2, 2016, Mueller's team alleges, Corsi told Stone in an e-mail that Assange "plans 2 more dumps" that would be "very damaging" for Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. I was focused on running for president.

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.

"Mueller's investigation must continue - free from political interference by the president - until the truth is out", said Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

President Trump's longtime former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen returned to federal court in NY today to admit that he lied to House and Senate intelligence committees on details concerning efforts to open a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary committee he was not aware of Cohen's outreach to the Kremlin's press office, and reiterated that he was "peripherally aware" of the deal at the time, but that "most of my knowledge has been gained since". CBS News' Olivia Gazis reports that the special counsel had access to the transcripts from this meeting. Cohen is cooperating with Mueller and has met with his team seven times, prosecutors say.

In July this year I wrote an article about Michael Cohen that began with the words "Hell hath no fury like a personal lawyer scorned".

Last year, Cohen told Congress that talks about a Moscow Trump Tower project ended in January 2016.

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Trump, in comments to reporters, said Cohen is lying.

Cohen, in his court appearance on Thursday, said he had discussed the deal with members of the Trump Organisation.

The plea documents demonstrate that Cohen lied to two separate congressional intelligence committees over the length of the project to "minimize links between the Moscow project and individual 1 [Donald Trump] and..." He said prior to the 2016 elections, he was counsel and advisor to the Donald Trump Organization.

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

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

"There would be nothing wrong if I did do it", he said.

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

Cohen made a surprise appearance in a NY courtroom at around 9am local time (14G) and began entering the plea.

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