Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer, pleads guilty to lying to Congress

Does Manafort have any credibility left? | LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

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

That last plan led Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to plead guilty Thursday to a charge brought by the special prosecutor looking into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"He was convicted of various things unrelated to us", Trump said of Cohen as he addressed reporters before boarding Marine One headed for G20 meetings in Argentina. Cohen even asked Trump about his potentially going there and "asked a senior campaign official about potential business travel to Russia". While the president does have executive authority to pardon any individual, Jackson Lee said any sign of "attachments or quid pro quos" to the pardon, such as Manafort hiding damaging information about Trump from investigators, would be "worthy of investigating".

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Cohen wasn't truthful about the timeline of Trump's consideration of building one of his namesake towers in Moscow, previously claiming talks ended in January 2016. In fact, he continued working on the project at least through June of that year, even discussing the possibility of Trump visiting Russian Federation after the Republican National Convention, prosecutors say.

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court, November 29, 2018 in New York City.

The Mueller investigation has cast a cloud over the current American administration. It nearly became reality in October 2015 when an obscure Russian real estate developer signed a letter of intent sent by Cohen for a 15-floor hotel, condominium and retail complex in Moscow.

At issue is a proposal to build a skyscraper bearing Trump's name in Moscow.

"Playtime is over", said Rick Wilson, a prominent Republican critic of Trump who has been sounding the alarm about Trump's connections to Russian Federation since 2016. Prosecutor say Cohen is cooperating with Mueller and has met with his team at least seven times.

Michael Cohen, the real life incarnation of Barry Zuckercorn from Arrested Development, plead guilty to telling EVEN MORE lies on behalf of President Donald Trump-the shady character known in the guilty plea as Individual 1.

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Whitaker was advised of the plea ahead of time, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Come Jan. 3, the House version of that committee will no longer help Trump undercut special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and will nearly certainly help it instead.

"As Cohen well knew, Cohen's representations about the Moscow Project ... were false and misleading", the court filing says. Cohen is to be sentenced December 12.

The president will hope that Cohen's tarnished reputation and complicated legal affairs will be enough to dent his credibility as a witness.

The charges were handled by Mueller's team, not the federal prosecutors in NY who handled Cohen's previous guilty plea in August to other federal charges involving his taxi businesses, bank fraud and his campaign work for Trump.

Trump in the past denied any ongoing contacts with Moscow.

"You know this flipping stuff is awful", Trump, who has repeatedly called for Mueller's "witch hunt" led by "angry Democrats" to come to an end, told the Post.

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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