Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Menacing Mueller probe beginning to rattle Trump

Menacing Mueller probe beginning to rattle Trump

Cohen, who initially told Congress the discussions ended in January 2016, admitted today during a surprise court appearance in NY that those talks continued until June of that year.

Prosecutors said in a court document that Cohen had misled Congress to give a false impression that the Moscow project had ended before the Iowa caucus and first Republican presidential primary in 2016.

Cohen made a surprise appearance Thursday in a NY courtroom at around 9 a.m. ET and began entering the plea.

"He's a weak person". And he's trying to get a much lesser prison sentence by making up this story.

The Washington Post reported a year ago Mr Cohen had emailed Dmitry Peskov, Mr Putin's spokesman, seeking his help in advancing a stalled Trump Tower development project in Moscow at the same time Mr Trump was running for president.

His remarks came as he pleaded guilty to a new federal charge and agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Trump and Russian Federation.

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At the time, he said that Trump's efforts to build a Trump Tower property in Moscow ended in January 2016 and were not discussed with other members of the Trump company.

The document does not identify Individual 2, but people familiar with the investigation said it is Sater. "I said I would confirm and revert".

Cohen has already provided Mueller with more than 70 hours of testimony, which could be potentially damaging to Trump, according to ABC News. "Today the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients", said Stephen Ryan, his lawyer.

The most immediate and unsurprising thing this tells us is that Trump has mislead the public about this topic for a long time.

That's right: Individual 1 LIED.

But during the campaign, Trump was repeatedly dismissive of claims that he had connections to the Kremlin, an issue that flared as especially sensitive in the summer of 2016 after a cybersecurity company asserted that Moscow was behind a cyberattack on the Democratic National Committee.

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In July this year I wrote an article about Michael Cohen that began with the words "Hell hath no fury like a personal lawyer scorned".

The charge to which Cohen pleaded carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and supervised release of not more than three years.

But after pleading guilty, he said his conscience required him to tell the truth about Trump.

Sater suggested that Trump travel to Russian Federation as the proposal advanced, but Cohen said that wouldn't happen unless there was a "definitive agreement" in place.

Mr Trump has called it a witch hunt.

Cohen admitted he violated 18 USC § 1001 (a)(2), which makes "any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation" a federal crime. He said sentencing in the case is scheduled for December 12.

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