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Cohen admits bombshell detail about Trump Tower Moscow deal to Mueller

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  • Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President
    Donald Trump, on Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to Congress
    about his involvement in a plan to build Trump Tower in Moscow.
  • This came after he agreed to a new plea deal with special
    counsel Robert Mueller. 
  • Cohen revealed in open court he was involved in discussions
    on a plan to build Trump Tower in Moscow well into the 2016
    presidential campaign. 
  • Cohen also said he briefed Trump and his family members on
    the deal multiple times. 

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald
Trump, on Thursday
pleaded guilty to lying to Congress
about his involvement in
a plan to build Trump Tower in Moscow as part of a new plea deal
with special counsel Robert Mueller. 

Cohen said the discussions on the Trump Tower plan continued
until June 2016, well into the presidential campaign, adding that
he spoke with Trump and the president’s family members about the
deal multiple times, court documents
show
. He previously claimed the discussions ended in January
2016, prior to the Iowa caucuses.

June 2016 also happens to be the same month that a
controversial meeting between top Trump campaign officials —
including Donald Trump Jr., and Kremlin-linked lawyer
— took
place. It’s also a month before Trump accepted the Republican
Party’s nomination for the presidency. 


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As part of the discussions on the Trump Tower deal, court
documents show Cohen was in contact with the press secretary for
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Previously, Cohen claimed he
reached out to Putin’s press secretary but didn’t receive a
response. 

This marks the first time Trump’s business dealings with Russia
were openly discussed in court in relation to Mueller’s
investigation into the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016
presidential election. 

Trump repeatedly claimed in the past that he has no business ties
in Russia. 

In court on Thursday Cohen said he lied to Congress to “be
consistent with Individual 1’s political messaging and out of
loyalty to Individual 1.” 

“Individual 1” was identified by Cohen as Trump in
court. 

Trump subsequently bashed Cohen as a
“weak person,”
claiming his former attorney lied in order to
get a reduced sentence. The president also said if it was the
case he’d engaged in business dealings with Russia during the
2016 campaign it “would be nothing wrong. I was running my
business while I was campaigning.” 

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