President Donald Trump hasn’t been charged with any wrongdoing, but federal prosecutors have said that a grand jury probe is ongoing
Ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the president’s real estate project in Russia.
In a surprise plea in Manhattan federal court Thursday, Cohen admitted he made false statements in 2017 to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. He said that talk about the Moscow project continued into 2017, past Donald Trump’s election, which is much later than he had previously said.
Cohen also said he lied about the timing of the tower negotiations and other details to be consistent with Trump’s “political message.”
The admission starkly contradicts the president’s claims days before his inauguration. On Jan. 11, 2017, Donald Trump tweeted, “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!”
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