Michael Cohen a ‘Weak Person’ Who Is ‘Lying’ to Get Reduced Sentence

30 November, 2018, 03:40 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Michael Cohen pleads guilty to making false statements to Congress

And nothing said in court, or in associated court filings, addressed whether Trump or his aides had directed Cohen to mislead Congress.

Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former longtime personal lawyer, has admitted to lying to the US Congress in a guilty plea filed to a NY courtroom in a surprise appearance.

Cohen's guilty plea on Thursday may signal his hope for a lighter sentence in exchange for continuing his cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump colluded with Moscow. His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that Cohen was a "proven liar" and that Trump's business organization had voluntarily given Mueller the same documents cited in the guilty plea "because there was nothing to hide". Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team determined that, in fact, discussions of the deal extended well beyond that - as late as June 2016, the filing says.

"These developments make clear that my colleagues and I must step in and provide accountability", said Nadler (D-NY).

According to the criminal information filed by Mueller's office, which refers to Trump as "Individual 1", Cohen falsely told both congressional intelligence panels that "the Moscow Project ended in January 2016 and was not discussed extensively with others in the Company", that he "never agreed to travel to Russia in connection with the Moscow Project and "never considered" asking Individual 1 to travel for the project", and that he "did not recall any Russian government response or contact about the Moscow Project".

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The outcome will not alter control of the Senate, but a Hyde-Smith win seals a 53-47 Republican majority in the chamber. She rode around in a bus dubbed the "MAGA Wagon" and touted how she voted with Trump "100 percent of the time".

Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary committee he was not aware of Cohen's outreach to the Kremlin's press office, and reiterated that he was "peripherally aware" of the deal at the time, but that "most of my knowledge has been gained since". He said they were "very brave" for resisting Mueller's investigation. He was perfectly within his rights to continue to run his businesses even as he pursued the presidency, he said.

As he left the White House shortly after the court proceeding concluded, Trump called Cohen "a weak person".

"This was a deal that didn't happen", Trump said of the purported real estate project.

What has he told Mr Mueller about that fateful Trump Tower meeting in which members of the Trump campaign team met Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton?

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves the US Courthouse in NY on April 26, 2018.

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Reacting to the plea, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Cohen "should be prosecuted to the extent of the law".

"But zero, I mean I will tell you right now, zero, I have nothing to do with Russian Federation", he said.

"Do you know if they were also exploring building a Trump Tower in Moscow?"

Cohen had also disclosed that Trump was personally aware of the deal, signing a letter of intent and discussing it with Cohen on two other occasions.

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight federal charges, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. 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. He said sentencing in the case is scheduled for December 12.

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Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler, of NY, left, now the incoming Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks as Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, of Texas, center, listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on May 24.

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