Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to misleading Congress

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to misleading Congress

Cohen admitted lying about the timing of the negotiations, his communications with people in Trump's company and in Russian Federation about the deal, and other details to be loyal to Trump and consistent with Trump's "political messaging". That's when Trump was repeatedly disavowing commercial ties between himself and Russian Federation and claiming that all contact between his company and Russian Federation had terminated.

Cohen admitted that he lied to Congress previous year when he said those discussions had ended in January of 2016 and that his overtures to the Russian government went unrequited.

But the Mueller team notes in court filings another person who was not interview by Congress would have known about the Moscow plans - the president himself, who is identified in the court papers as Individual 1.

Michael Cohen may be charged with fraud over US$20 million in loans. "Not running or building a building", Trump said. Trump Organisation spokeswoman Amanda Miller and chief legal officer Alan Garten didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

The charges against Cohen were brought by special counsel's office, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump associates.

Cohen's guilty plea could add pressure on Trump as the Russian Federation probe deepens.

"This was exclusively a real estate deal and nothing more".

Promising to "put family and country first", Cohen has agreed to fully cooperate with prosecutors.

Cohen said he lied to be consistent with Trump's "political message".

Appearing unexpectedly before a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday morning, Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to Congress.

But after pleading guilty, he said his conscience required him to tell the truth about Trump. Trump has issued repeated denials.

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

Quigley, a member of the panel told the Sun-Times in a statement, "Cohen's plea highlights what we've known on the House Intelligence Committee for quite some time: several of our witnesses were untruthful in their testimonies".

Cohen worked on the deal with Felix Sater, a Russian-born developer and USA citizen, who served as a deal broker on the project. "This was a project that we didn't do, I didn't do". 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.

Trump has called it a witch hunt.

Trump's anger about the investigation raises the possibility that his answers might be contradicted by Cohen, Manafort and others.

"He's a weak person", Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before departing for Buenos Aires, Argentina. He said that he did not end up doing the Trump Tower project, but that he was within his rights to conduct business during the presidential campaign.

Cohen was set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 19, 2017. His lawyers asked the court to consolidate Thursday's case with that and for the sentencing to proceed on schedule.

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