Trump defends Russian Federation business links after ex-lawyer admits lying

Trump defends Russian Federation business links after ex-lawyer admits lying

Trump defends Russian Federation business links after ex-lawyer admits lying

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, made a surprise appearance before a federal judge in NY on Thursday to plead guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on an aborted project to build a Trump Tower in Russian Federation.

Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress during Mueller's investigation. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has displayed what he says are two emails from President...

Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday that Cohen is lying.

The lies to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and to Congress, including by Trump's former fixer and his national security adviser, have raised new questions about Trump's connections to Russian Federation, revealed key details about the special counsel's findings and painted a portrait of aides eager to protect the president and the administration by concealing communications they presumably recognized as problematic.

Asked whether there was anything in the answers to questions from Mueller that Trump submitted that contradicts Cohen on the Moscow project, Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Reuters in a text message: "Not that I know of".

In a late-night court filing, lawyers for the onetime Trump loyalist wrote that their client was a changed man who was eager to share his knowledge with law enforcement and mindful that he would have to "begin his life virtually anew". He was perfectly within his rights to continue to run his businesses even as he pursued the presidency, he said.

Cohen told two congressional committees a year ago that the talks about the tower project ended in January 2016, a lie he said was an act of loyalty to Trump.

In one, former New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford said he thought so highly of Cohen that he gave him the special teams game ball after the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots in 2012.

The reasons for the lies vary, but, not surprisingly, people were most often trying to protect themselves. On Thursday, Cohen added an additional guilty plea, admitting that he lied to Congress about an ultimately unsuccessful effort to build a Trump building in Russian Federation. He is also cooperating with federal investigators in the Southern District of NY in another ongoing case.

The hearing in a federal court in Washington comes as Mr Trump faces questions about whether he will pardon Mr Manafort, and if he is attempting to downplay Michael Cohen's guilty plea.

Mueller's prosecutors made a point of telling the court they believed Cohen was telling the truth in connection with his plea bargain.

According to accounts from people in the meeting that were given to Congress and from elsewhere, the Russians provided a tip about people who they said were improperly funneling money to the Democratic National Committee.

Sam Nunberg, a former longtime adviser to Trump, said he feared that the special counsel was creating the impression of a wide-ranging conspiracy among liars, when witnesses could have dispelled much of the suspicion simply by testifying truthfully.

The White House delayed answering the questions since the beginning of this year, anxious that Trump could be trapped in a possible lie by making statements contrary to evidence presented Mueller by others.

Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani suggested that Mueller's timing was politically motivated.

Cohen and prosecutors referred to Trump as "Individual 1" throughout Thursday's proceedings.

"This is yet another example of the President's closest allies lying about their contacts with Russian Federation".

Jackson said she would hold a hearing in January to decide whether Manafort had broken his agreement after prosecutors alleged he had committed new federal crimes by lying to the FBI when he was supposed to be cooperating with the investigation. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee. As part of his plea deal with the U.S. attorney's office, Cohen faces 46 to 62 months in prison.

Earlier in the morning, Cohen made a surprise appearance in the District Court for the Southern District of NY to acknowledge that he made false statements on the project to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.

"I made these misstatements to be consistent with individual 1's political messaging and out of loyalty to individual 1", Cohen, who previously identified individual 1 as Trump, said in court.

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