Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About 'Moscow Project'

Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About 'Moscow Project'

Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About 'Moscow Project'

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump election campaign in 2016 colluded with Russian efforts to damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and whether Trump has sought to illegally obstruct the investigation. A meeting with Chinese President Xi is also on the agenda and Trump said he is "very close" to striking a new deal, but also that he likes the "current deal".

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said in August 2017 that he had received an email in January 2016 from Cohen about a Moscow real estate project, but said he had neither replied nor discussed it with Putin. Sater, who served time in prison for assault and worked as an informant to U.S. prosecutors investigating the mob's role on Wall Street, had helped Trump on a hotel and condominium project in Manhattan.

"He's a weak person", Trump added.

At issue is a proposal to build a skyscraper bearing Trump's name in Moscow. But that even if Cohen weren't lying, the president said, he hadn't broken any law.

Congress isn't done with Michael Cohen.

He also said that he never planned to travel to Moscow to pursue the project, and had received no word from the Russian government regarding approvals for it.

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court, November 29, 2018 in New York City.

In testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Cohen played down the extent of his contact with the Kremlin about the potential project and made other false statements about the negotiations, which never led to a final deal.

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He testified under oath that Trump had directed him to make hush money payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal, contradicting Trump's previous claims that he was not aware of the pay-offs.

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.

The White House and Trump shot back that Cohen can't be trusted and the President alleged that Cohen is making things up to get a lighter prison sentence.

In Washington, Democratic lawmakers pounced on Cohen's latest plea to call for the Mueller probe to be allowed run its course unimpeded.

Cohen has been scheduled to be sentenced in the earlier matter on December 12. "Mr Cohen will continue to co-operate".

Thursday's charges were handled by Mueller's team, not the federal prosecutors in NY who handled Cohen's previous guilty plea in August to other federal charges involving his taxi businesses, bank fraud and his campaign work for Trump.

He implicated the president in his campaign finance violations, telling a NY judge that he committed his crimes "in coordination with and at the direction of a federal candidate for office", a clear reference to Trump.

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight criminal charges including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

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