President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

Michael Cohen lied about President Donald Trump's involvement and knowledge of the "Moscow Project."

Michael Cohen, the President's former lawyer, has admitted to lying to Congress concerning Donald Trump's involvement in the project which proposed the construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress about the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 Presidential elections. The charges were brought by Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of the investigation.

"In truth and in fact, and as Cohen well knew, Cohen's representations about the Moscow Project he made to (House and Senate intelligence committees) were false and misleading."

Robert Mueller

MICHAEL COHEN GAVE FALSE STATEMENTS TO THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel for the United States Department of Justice overseeing an investigation into "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump."

In the course of this investigation, Michael Cohen, then the President's lawyer, tended false information to Mueller that talks concerning the Moscow project had ended in January 2016 just prior to the Iowa caucuses, alleging that the project "was not feasible."

When confronted with Michael Cohen's confession, President Donald Trump stated that his former lawyer  "weak" and "not a very smart person," and has accused him of "trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me."

THE INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS COHEN'S PERJURY

The ongoing investigation has revealed that in fact, the "Moscow Project" continued up until June 2016, and Cohen discussed the status and progress of the project with Donald Trump on more than the 3 brief occasions he admitted to in his original statement to the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

COHEN WAS PLANNING TRUMP'S VISIT TO RUSSIA

Evidence came to light that Cohen was planning a trip to Russia which included Donald Trump and would possibly culminate in a meeting with either the President or the PrimeMinister of Russia. He had denied that such a visit had ever been contemplated.

COHEN FACES 5 YEARS IN PRISON

Cohen has pleaded guilty to laying false testimony before the SSCI committee and may be sentenced to five years in prison, and subjected to a $250,000 fine. Sentencing has been set for December 12, 2018.

When confronted with Michael Cohen's confession, President Donald Trump stated that his former lawyer  "weak" and "not a very smart person," and has accused him of "trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me."

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MICHAEL COHEN IMPLICATED TRUMP IN HIS MALFEASANCE REGARDING CAMPAIGN FUNDS

Michael Cohen was a staunch Donald Trump supporter during the 2016 Presidential campaign, but their relationship deteriorated when he pleaded guilty in August 2018 to charges related to financial abuses during the campaign.

Cohen worked as a lawyer for Donald Trump from 2006 until May 2018, when a federal investigation into his conduct began.

As a consequence of the investigation, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud. In his statement before the court, Cohen said that he had he violated campaign finance laws "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office," meaning Trump, "for the principal purpose of influencing the election" for president in 2016.

Cohen has also claimed that Trump had instructed him to pay off Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who had alleged affairs with the president. 

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