Trump says pardon for Paul Manafort is 'not off the table'

30 November, 2018, 03:40 | Author: Angel Logan
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Oh, and as journalists are noting, if Cohen is guilty of lying to Congress, that means Don Jr.is too.

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.

According to Cohen's latest testimony, the Trump Organisation was seeking to do business in Russian Federation into the middle of an election year.

The number of guilty pleas in Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation are piling up as the special counsel forges ahead.

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

Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about key details in the negotiations for the Moscow tower, most notably that those talks stretched much deeper into the presidential campaign than previously thought, to June of 2016.

The Mueller investigation has cast a cloud over the current American administration.

Emphasizing his friend's role, Deutsch said, "Cohen will be pivotal as the guy that was there front and center for ten years with this business enterprise, with this criminal enterprise, with this criminal family".

Asked Thursday about the plea deal, Trump dismissively said that Cohen "was convicted of various things unrelated to us". Cohen said he kept Trump, named as "Individual 1" in the plea, updated about the deal's progress, and also "briefed family members of Individual 1 within the company about the project".

I assume we will discuss the rejected proposal to build a Trump property in Moscow that was terminated in January of 2016; which occurred before the Iowa caucus and months before the very first primary.

Cohen said he also lied about his contacts with Russian officials, lied when he said he never agreed to travel to Russia in connection with the project and never discussed with Trump plans to travel to Moscow to support the project.

He said Trump is clearly ready for the investigation to come to a close, but more importantly, the country is ready for it to end. Prosecutor say Cohen is cooperating with Mueller and has met with his team at least seven times.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, has reached a plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller.

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

The document does not identify Individual 2, but people familiar with the investigation said it is Sater.

On Tuesday, November 27-only one day after news broke that Manafort's plea deal with Mueller had ended-the New York Times reported that Manafort had been using his attorney, Kevin Downing, to funnel information on Mueller's probe to Trump's lawyers.

The nine-page charging document for Cohen traces the behind-the-scenes communication about the project that had been discussed more than 20 years ago.

Trump has denied publicly that he had any knowledge at the time and said as much in written answers recently given to Mueller's office, according to reports on Wednesday. He told the court he had arranged those payments, created to keep the women quiet before the presidential vote, at Trump's direction.

In August, Mr Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud in a case brought by federal prosecutors in NY.

In a press scrum outside court moments after the hearing, Cohen said nothing to reporters. Guidelines call for little to no prison on the new charge.

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