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Michael Cohen plea deal reveals the most pivotal time of 2016 election



michael cohenMichael Cohen, former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves federal court after reaching a plea agreement in New York on Aug. 21, 2018.Craig Ruttle/Associated Press

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, on Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his involvement in a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the election. 

The guilty plea came after Cohen struck a deal to cooperate with the special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

Read more: Michael Cohen’s latest plea deal shows Mueller’s ‘starting to finally get to the truth’ behind Trump and Russia

The president’s former fixer offered stunning revelations regarding Trump’s alleged business dealings with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to the charging document. 

One of the most significant details in Thursday’s court filing on Cohen’s new plea deal relates to a time period that’s come up over and over in the course of Mueller’s probe: the summer of 2016. 

Read more: Michael Cohen reaches a new plea deal with Mueller, and his dozens of hours of testimony could severely damage Trump

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