Donald Trump's 'fixer' pleads guilty to lying to Congress

30 November, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Following Michael Cohen's guilty plea on Thursday for lying to Congress, Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., said Cohen and Roger Stone, an informal Trump campaign advisor, need to testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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

"He was convicted of various things unrelated to us", Trump said of Cohen as he addressed reporters before boarding Marine One headed for G20 meetings in Argentina.

In a statement, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Trump was asked about the Moscow development in written questions from the Mueller team. What he's trying to do is end ― and it's very simple.

"I'm the guy who stops the leaks", Cohen said in an interview a year ago with Vanity Fair.

Robert Mueller is evidently digging into the Trump Tower deal in Moscow.

Cohen worked as a top lawyer to Trump and his real estate company for a decade.

On Jan. 14, 2016, just weeks before the Republican party caucus in Iowa, Cohen emailed the office of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov asking for help getting the Trump Tower Moscow project off the ground.

Trump revived the idea in 2013 during his visit to Moscow as owner of the Miss Universe pageant.

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A pardon for Paul Manafort is "not off the table", US President Donald Trump said Wednesday, drawing swift rebuke from critics who fear the president will use his executive power to protect friends and supporters caught up in the Russian Federation probe. Trump reportedly scouted a potential site, but the idea again faded.

Trump Jr. has said he did not take any action based on that tip. His share on the first $100 million in condo sales alone would reach another $5 million. Cohen used to describe himself as Trump's pit bull and delighted in jousting with the celebrity businessman's enemies, once asserting that he would "take a bullet" for his longtime boss.

Schiff said the guilty plea raises more concern about other Trump associates: "We believe other witnesses were also untruthful before our committee", he added. "And possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce and business are much better and more practical than politics".

Contrary to his statements, the project was discussed multiple times within the company - beyond January 2016 - and with efforts to obtain Russian governmental approval being discussed as late as June of that year.

Cohen, "knowingly and deliberately" made "false representations" lawyers for special counsel Robert Mueller told the court in the plea deal. Cohen said he kept Trump, named as "Individual 1" in the plea, updated about the deal's progress, and also "briefed family members of Individual 1 within the company about the project".

In court, Cohen said, "I made these misstatements to be consistent with Individual 1's political messaging and out of loyalty to Individual 1". Cohen acknowledge considering traveling to Moscow to discuss the project.

The document does not identify "Individual 1", but according to people familiar with the case, that person is President Trump.

Cohen also mulled traveling to Russia in connection with the project and in May 2016 was offered a possible introduction to either the Russian president or prime minister on the sidelines of a Russian forum in June 2016. Cohen responded, "My trip before Cleveland".

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