Michael Cohen Pleaded Guilty To Lying To Congress About A Trump Real Estate Deal In Russia

Michael Cohen Pleaded Guilty To Lying To Congress About A Trump Real Estate Deal In Russia

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer, pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress about pursuing the construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2016, the first charge he faces from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Cohen appeared in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday morning, admitting that he lied about the “Moscow project” in a letter sent in August 2017 to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Michael Cohen Pleaded Guilty To Lying To Congress About A Trump Real Estate Deal In Russia

According to the charging papers, Cohen sent both committees a letter on Aug. 28, 2017, claiming the potential Moscow real estate deal by the Trump Organization ended in January 2016. That was a lie, prosecutors said — the Russia real estate deal was still being discussed within the Trump Organization in June 2016, according to charging papers, and Cohen planned to travel to Russia to work on the deal and took steps toward arranging for Trump to also visit.

Cohen told Congress last year that he had no plans to travel to Russia to discuss the project or to ask Trump (identified in court documents as “Individual 1”) to travel to Russia. He also declared that he did not recall any discussion with the Russian government or officials over the proposed tower. Russian officials offered to organize for Cohen to meet with either Russian President Vladimir Putin or Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, according to charging papers. Full Story

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