Trump’s former personal attorney pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his contacts with Russia for a Trump Tower project during the 2016 campaign.
President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday morning in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
He pleaded guilty to lying to Congress during private testimony last year about his contacts with Russia during Trump’s campaign and is cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.
According to court documents, Mueller’s team has focused on Cohen’s role in Trump’s business dealings, particularly a Trump Tower project in Moscow during the 2016 campaign. Cohen lied about the timing of his discussions with Russian officials about the potential real estate deal. Last year, he told the House intelligence committee that the talks ended in January 2016, but he continued talks through that summer and discussed the deal several times with Trump.
Cohen did not comment while leaving court Thursday morning. His attorney told reporters, “Mr. Cohen has cooperated. Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate.”
Cohen, who served as Trump’s attorney and fixer for years, has been under close scrutiny from federal prosecutors in New York for engineering hush money payments during the 2016 campaign to silence Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who alleged having extramarital affairs with Trump.
In August, he pleaded guilty to charges that included violating campaign finance laws and said that he made the payments under Trump’s direction.
Cohen had been expected to reach an agreement with Mueller after his separate guilty plea this summer. In several interviews, his attorney Lanny Davis said his client had experienced a “complicated evolution” in his relationship with Trump and was ready to cut ties and “tell the truth to everybody who asks him about Donald Trump.”
“He’s turned his life from what he did for Donald Trump, much of which he now regrets, and would love to do re-dos,” Davis said on NBC’s “Today” show in August.
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