Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

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

Does Manafort have any credibility left? | LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's lawyer, expected to plead guilty to making false statements to Congress
| 30 November, 2018, 03:43

Cohen admitted to making "false, fictitious and fraudulent" written testimony to Congress in August 2017 in connection with the project.

In new charges unveiled Thursday by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, former top Trump aide Michael Cohen admitted direct communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin's office on behalf of Trump's business through the first half of 2016.

"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.

Sater sent Cohen an email expressing optimism: "Let's make this happen and build a Trump Moscow".

Mr Cohen said in his statement to Congress he had claimed to have had limited contact with Mr Trump concerning the project, when in fact it had been "more extensive".

Cohen, who initially told Congress the discussions ended in January 2016, admitted today during a surprise court appearance in NY that those talks continued until June of that year.

"Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret talks with Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and visited around the time he joined Trump's campaign, The Guardian has been told", the outlet reported.

The timing was not lost on Trump's lawyer handling Mueller's criminal investigation. He was perfectly within his rights to continue to run his businesses even as he pursued the presidency, he said.

When asked why he would hire Cohen if he's an untrustworthy and weak person, Trump said "a long time ago, he did me a favor".


Cohen initially said the Moscow project proposal was terminated in January 2016 - before the Republican primaries began.

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.

Nadler, whose committee would have subpoena and investigative power come January, said even "dangling a pardon in front of Manafort, who is a witness in a serious investigation in which Trump is either a subject or a target, could be viewed as obstruction of justice".

Trump said Thursday his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen was a "weak person" who was lying to get a reduced sentence after the fixer admitted misleading Congress over the Russian Federation investigation. "I said I would confirm and revert".

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to multiple counts of campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud.

The document does not identify Individual 2, but people familiar with the investigation said it is Sater. 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.

Trump's plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow went back as far as 1996 when the future president paid a visit to the Russian capital to check out building sites on land being developed by a USA company.

The president reportedly denied a political associate, Roger Stone, had tipped him off that Wikileaks would publish hacked Democratic emails, and said he had no knowledge of a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between his son and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.

No exact date was given, but we were assured this meeting happened and that this was the smoking gun the media knew was out there to prove Trump colluded with Russian Federation to steal the 2016 election. He said sentencing in the case is scheduled for December 12. He previously worked in the Canberra press gallery and recently finished a Masters of Journalism at Columbia University in NY.

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