Trump claims ‘weak’ Michael Cohen is ‘lying’ to get a reduced sentence

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The charge was brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, and was the result of his co-operation with that probe. "And that was for there to be accountability and transparency with regards to whether or not the Russians interfered with the 2016 election", Zeldin said. A meeting with Chinese President Xi is also on the agenda and Trump said he is "very close" to striking a new deal, but also that he likes the "current deal".

In response to Donald Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen pleading guilty to lying to Congress, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) said the incident is yet another "example that you can not lie to Congress without consequences".

That's right: Individual 1 LIED.

Michael Cohen may be charged with fraud over US$20 million in loans. Corsi's associate Roger Stone and Donald Trump Jr. may also be on the hook for things they've said in the past on separate matters. Trump Organisation spokeswoman Amanda Miller and chief legal officer Alan Garten didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

US President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen is expected to plead to lying to Congress in relation to Russian Federation inquiry, US media report. The first hint that there might be more to the story came in September, when a report revealed Cohen was in talks with Mueller.

Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, made famous after the Stormy Daniels scandal, has pleaded guilty to eight federal charges stemming from campaign finance and tax crimes. Since then has spent more than 70 hours in interviews with Mueller's team, ABC said.

Cohen said he made the false statements to be consistent with Trump's "political message". One of those phone calls took place on August 3, 2016, which was the day after the alleged August 2 e-mail in which Corsi told Stone that WikiLeaks would be publishing hacked Democratic e-mails. "I built an unbelievable company, but if you look there you'll see there's nothing in Russia", Trump said at a July 2016 news conference.

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Mr Trump has not ruled out granting a pardon to Mr Manafort, who has pleaded guilty in Mr Mueller's investigation to a range of federal charges from money laundering to unregistered lobbying. Trump has issued repeated denials. I have nothing to do with Russian Federation - for anything, " he told reporters the next day.

Per the criminal information, Trump's former attorney lied about the Moscow project to "minimize links between the Moscow Project and Individual 1", who is identifiable from the document as Trump.

"That was a project that we didn't do, I didn't do".

It's unclear if Trump provided answers on that specific topic. Trump ultimately didn't make the trip.

"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.

As Cohen's attorney Guy Petrillo told reporters outside the courthouse Thursday, "Mr. Cohen is cooperating, Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate". Sentencing has been set for December 12. His lawyers asked the court to consolidate Thursday's case with that and for the sentencing to proceed on schedule.

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