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30 November, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Donald Trump Tevfik Arif Felix Sater attend the Trump Soho Launch Party in New York

Oh, and as journalists are noting, if Cohen is guilty of lying to Congress, that means Don Jr.is too.

Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney to US President Donald Trump, pleaded guilty in NY to lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate project that Trump and his company pursued during the months he was running for president.

Trump called Cohen a "weak person" who is lying to get a lighter sentence.

In August, Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations related to payments before the election to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump years prior.

Cohen's new guilty plea is the latest development in a wide-ranging investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In May 2016, a month after Trump had emerged the victor of the GOP primaries, Sater - identified as "Individual 2" - told Cohen that Peskov wanted to meet him in mid-June at an global business forum in St. Petersburg and "possibly introduce you" to Putin or Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Cohen's plea documents focus on what he told Congress about his work on a Trump Tower project in Moscow, and in them, special counsel Robert Mueller revealed that Cohen briefed Trump's "family members" who work for the Trump Organization about the project.

Senior Democrats on the Senate intelligence and judiciary committees believe Donald Trump junior may have given false evidence when testifying about a now famous Trump Tower meeting with Russians in June 2016.

The Mueller investigation has cast a cloud over the current American administration.

I assume we will discuss the rejected proposal to build a Trump property in Moscow that was terminated in January of 2016; which occurred before the Iowa caucus and months before the very first primary.

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He said he also lied about his contacts with Russian officials and lied when he said he never agreed to travel to Russia in connection with the project and never discussed with Trump plans to travel to Moscow to support the project.

Trump said his pledge not to conclude new deals only applied after he had been elected and inaugurated.

Trump, who earlier tweeted that the Mueller probe was an "illegal Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt", blasted Cohen as a "weak person" who lied to get a reduced sentence.

Mueller also is examining whether any of Trump's associates conspired with Moscow to influence the election's outcome.

"In truth and in fact, and as Cohen well knew, Cohen's representations about the Moscow Project he made to [Congress] were false and misleading", prosecutors said in the nine-page document. He has also spread an unproven and unsupported theory that Mueller's team is coercing people close to Trump to lie about him to bring down his presidency. Sater said he spoke only to Cohen about the project.

As he left the White House on Thursday morning to attend the G-20 summit of the world's largest economies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Trump falsely claimed that his efforts were well known throughout the campaign and that he had every right to pursue the Moscow project.

But the decision of a close confidant - who knows where all the secrets are - to co-operate with Mr Mueller's investigation is a huge blow to an administration that just can not seem to escape the shadow of Russian Federation, nor explain away Mr Trump's apparent cosiness with Vladimir Putin.

Both Trump and Moscow have denied any wrongdoing. Guidelines call for little to no prison on the new charge.


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