Cohen's Trump Tower Lies Were Part Of Mueller's Questions For Trump

Attorney Michael Cohen leaves Federal court in New York

The announcement came just days after Mueller's team scratched another high-profile cooperation agreement, with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who prosecutors say lied to them multiple times.

The president also said he had not explicitly offered a pardon to Manafort, but: "I'm not taking anything off the table".

Robert Mueller is evidently digging into the Trump Tower deal in Moscow.

According to ABC News, Mueller, now investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, reportedly submitted the questions to the president in writing.

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Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's lawyer, expected to plead guilty to making false statements to Congress

At the court hearing, Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Cohen also said that in the statement to Congress, he claimed to have had limited contact with Trump concerning the project, when in fact it had been "more extensive".

On Wednesday (Thursday NZT), Trump denounced Cohen when reporters asked about the case as he left the White House.

"Special counsel Mueller's investigation must continue - free from political interference by the president - until the truth is out, and Congress should pass legislation immediately to make sure that happens", Warner said. He says Mueller's office was able to bring charges against Cohen because it had "the advantage" that Cohen made his testimony public.

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Congress isn't done with Michael Cohen.

"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. He said that he did not end up doing the Trump Tower project, but that he was within his rights to conduct business during the presidential campaign.

But the criminal complaint filed Thursday depicts Cohen in regular contact with Putin's top spokesman Dmitry Peskov during that period, seeking to arrange a trip by Trump to Russian Federation to meet Putin. "Michael Cohen is a liar", said Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Cohen's guilty plea makes clear that prosecutors believe that Trump, who insisted repeatedly throughout the campaign that he had no business dealings in Russian Federation, was continuing to pursue the project weeks after he had clinched the Republican nomination for president and well after he and his associates have publicly acknowledged.

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Cohen admitted that he spoke to a Kremlin official during the U.S. presidential election in 2016 to try to land Russian government support for a project to construct a Trump building in Moscow.

Cohen made a surprise appearance Thursday in a NY courtroom to enter the plea.

Mr Cohen provided false statements to both the Senate and House intelligence committees to create the false impression the Moscow real estate project had ended by the time the political primary season began, the charging document said.

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