A majority has long not believed Trump on Russian Federation


President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on Thursday to making false statements to Congress regarding a Trump Organization real estate project in Moscow, prompting Trump to call Cohen a liar and a "weak person".

Cohen said he made the misstatements to be consistent with Trump's political messaging and out of loyalty to his former client.

The document does not identify "Individual 1", but according to people familiar with the case, that person is President Trump.

Trump told reporters outside the White House he had decided not to build the building in Moscow, although he did not specify when he decided against pursuing the project. He added: "There would be nothing wrong if I did do it".

"Trump, however, claimed that what Cohen pleaded guilty to was actually "not a crime" and maligned him for "[making] up stories in order to get a 'deal.'".

"Michael Cohen...knowingly and willfully made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation to wit, Cohen caused to be submitted a written statement to SSCI containing material false statements about the Moscow Project, including false statements about the timing of the Moscow Project, discussions with people in the Company and in Russian Federation about the Moscow Project, and contemplated travel to Russian Federation in connection with the Moscow Project", Mueller's team wrote Thursday.

Cohen left the courthouse without making a statement. Cohen even asked Trump about his potentially going there and "asked a senior campaign official about potential business travel to Russia". "It's no surprise that Cohen lied to Congress". He has said the project was in its early stages in the fall of 2015, as Trump's presidential campaign heated up. "He is open to that", Kudlow said. "[Individual l] once he becomes the nominee after the convention". He is scheduled to be sentenced December 12. It isn't clear whether there's any link among Russians, American political figures and that change in the platform, although such a connection has always been a subject of speculation.

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.

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption The BBC's Anthony Zurcher analyses Mr Trump's response
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The BBC's Anthony Zurcher analyses Mr Trump's response

Trump Jr. has said he did not take any action based on that tip. But rather than go to trial a second time, Manafort agreed to a plea deal in September: he would fully cooperate with Mueller's investigation in exchange for a more lenient sentence.

That same month, members of Trump's campaign committee held a now-infamous meeting in Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who they were told would deliver "dirt" on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

"This is yet another example of the President's closest allies lying about their contacts with Russian Federation".

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former attorney, has reached a plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee.

Prosecutors say Cohen lied to the Senate intelligence committee about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Schiff says he wants to provide committee transcripts to special counsel Robert Mueller.

The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller's investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in NY.

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