On Tuesday, Mr. Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to making misstatements before congressional intelligence committees while testifying about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign.This confession spells more legal trouble for Trump now.
It was also revealed on Saturday that Mr. Cohen was “in close and regular contact” with the White House while he was crafting misstatements to Congress, according to a new court filing.
According to MSN News:
‘In the court filing in the Southern District of New York, Cohen’s lawyers wrote that the false statements “sprung regrettably from Michael’s effort, as a loyal ally and then-champion” to help push forward Trump’s political messaging.’
‘Cohen followed the political messaging that Trump, identified as Client-1 in the documents, his staff and supporters “repeatedly and forcefully broadcast.”‘
Court documents show that Cohen told the Mueller team that he lied about the effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, including his plans to travel to Russia, contacts with Russian officials in connection with the project, and how long the property plans were discussed within the Trump Organization.
In addition, Cohen had repeatedly discussed the Trump Tower Moscow project with Russian press secretary Dmitry Peskov.
‘The Trump Organization reportedly planned to give a $50 million penthouse in the tower to Russian President Vladimir Putin while the company was in negotiations in 2016.
‘Trump and his spokespeople were trying to portray that contact between Russians and Trump, the campaign or the Trump Organization as having ended before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1, 2016, according to the Cohen’s court filing.’
According to attorneys, Cohen admitted justifying making the false statements to Congress because the Moscow project did not end up going forward. According to MSN:
‘The plea from Cohen marks the first time he has been charged by Mueller as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.’
Authorities have reportedly investigated threats of physical harm to Cohen and his family, and Cohen’s lawyers wrote in Friday’s court documents that the investigation has caused “deep and lasting strain.”
Throughout the course of Mueller’s investigation, Cohen has met with the Special Counsel’s legal team seven times and will “continue to make himself available” to the office for additional questioning.
Cohen’s lawyers also wrote that he decided to cooperate to “re-point his internal compass true north toward a productive, ethical and thoroughly law abiding life.”
Mr. Trump, accusing Cohen of lying said:
‘He’s trying to get a much lesser sentence by making up the story. Everybody knows about this deal.’
Back in August, Cohen pleaded guilty to several federal crimes including violating campaign finance law. Cohen claimed that Trump directed him to violate campaign finance law with a $130,000 hush payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who had an affair with the president in 2006.
Later in December, Cohen is expected to be sentenced for guilty pleas he made earlier this year in a case in the Southern District of New York.
Mueller’s team is making it difficult for Mr. Trump to wiggle out of anything now.
What Twitter had to say upon finding out that Cohen lied before Congress:
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