"It's no surprise that Cohen lied to Congress".
Trump has repeatedly said that he had no business dealings in Russian Federation, 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". "With each indictment and each guilty plea, we learn more about the president's connections to Russian Federation in the midst of Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election", said Virginia Sen.
On Wednesday (Thursday NZT), Trump denounced Cohen when reporters asked about the case as he left the White House.
Michael Cohen, the real life incarnation of Barry Zuckercorn from Arrested Development, plead guilty to telling EVEN MORE lies on behalf of President Donald Trump-the shady character known in the guilty plea as Individual 1. "We watched him all of a sudden say, 'No, I need to help myself, help my family, my country'".
"If I did do it, there would have been nothing wrong".
More so than a traditional lawyer, Cohen operated for over a decade as Trump's fixer.
I assume we will discuss the rejected proposal to build a Trump property in Moscow that was terminated in January of 2016; which occurred before the Iowa caucus and months before the very first primary.
"Mueller's investigation must continue - free from political interference by the president - until the truth is out", said Mark Warner, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Cohen told congressional investigators past year that he had sent an email in January 2016 to Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman. "It is hardly coincidental that the special counsel once again files a charge just as the president is leaving for a meeting with world leaders at the G20 summit in Argentina", Rudy Giuliani said in a statement.More news: New government report reveals staggering economic and health toll of climate change
Cohen admitted he lied when he told Congress he never agreed to travel to Russian Federation for the project, and falsely claimed that he "never considered" asking Trump to travel to Russian Federation in 2016.
On Thursday, Cohen confessed that he lied to Congress about a real estate project in Russian Federation he had been involved with on behalf of Trump. According to court documents, Cohen worked with Russian-born former American mobster Felix Sater about securing a meeting with Putin that ultimately never materialized. The Washington Post questioned The Guardian's report on Tuesday, but continued to write 2,000 words on "what it would mean" if it were true.
Mr Peskov said at the time that Mr Cohen had written about "a certain Russian company and certain people" who wanted to build a skyscraper in Moscow and wanted his help in making the stalled project a reality. "No one is above the law, not even the president, and our job will be to check his impulse to abuse his office to protect himself". The project, the court documents attest, was still being negotiated as late as June 2016.
It also references "Individual 1" in the context of winning the nomination ahead of the 2016 election. He faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
Cohen's lawyer, Guy Petrillo, noted that a letter from federal prosecutors showed that Cohen's co-operation with Mueller will be described to Cohen's sentencing judge. Cohen is to be sentenced December 12. "This, in turn, would call into question any of Harding's past reporting and could be raised any time someone mentions his reporting as evidence of wrongdoing".
Thursday, Trump suggested that his consideration of a Moscow tower was all part of being a businessman who was also running for president.
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. This was exclusively a real estate deal and nothing more.
Once one of Trump's most loyal aides, he has taken a swift and thorough turn against the president in recent months.
Trump's anger about the investigation raises the possibility that his answers might be contradicted by Cohen, Manafort and others. "Not running or building a building", Trump said.