Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. Michael Cohen was less Trump's attorney, but more of a "fixer", meaning he ensured that Trump's many personal scandals never saw the light of day.
Cohen’s new guilty plea is the latest development in a wide-ranging investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller also is examining whether any of Trump’s associates conspired with Moscow to influence the election’s outcome.
Trump has repeatedly said that he had no business dealings in Russia, tweeting in July 2016 “For the record, I have ZERO investments in Russia” and telling reporters in January 2017 that he had no deals there because he had “stayed away.”
Such statements would be undermined if Cohen is now asserting conversations about the project continued past January 2016.
Outside the courthouse Thursday, Guy Petrillo, a lawyer for Cohen said, “Mr. Cohen has cooperated. Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate.” He said sentencing in the case is scheduled for Dec. 12.
Cohen said nothing as a gaggle of reporters shouted questions at him.
Cohen has also plead guilty to a litany of other criminal offenses.
In August, Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations related to payments before the election to two women who alleged they had affairs with Trump years prior. He told the court he had arranged those payments, designed to keep the women quiet before the presidential vote, at Trump’s direction.
He had also pleaded guilty to multiple counts of tax evasion, as well as bank fraud, related to his personal finances and management of taxi medallions.