Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump denies pursuing Moscow real estate project

Trump denies pursuing Moscow real estate project

Oh, and as journalists are noting, if Cohen is guilty of lying to Congress, that means Don too.

Because this wasn't Michael Cohen venting on Twitter or in front of a news camera, it was Michael Cohen testifying under oath in a federal court that he lied to Congress about the extent of a deal to put a Trump Tower in Moscow in order to minimise links between the project and Donald Trump.

"He's a weak person and not a very smart person", Mr Trump told reporters of Mr Cohen.

Flanked by his lawyers, Cohen admitted making false statements about the project in 2017 to Senate and House intelligence committees, which at the time were investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

Who to believe is becoming a major element of what we know about special counsel Robert Mueller's methodical Russian Federation investigation, which Trump for months has attacked as a witch hunt out to get him.

"These developments make clear that my colleagues and I must step in and provide accountability", said Nadler (D-NY).

But the Mueller team notes in court filings another person who was not interview by Congress would have known about the Moscow plans - the president himself, who is identified in the court papers as Individual 1.

Cohen pled guilty on Thursday for lying to Congress as part of its investigation. In reality, those talks continued into June 2016. Mueller has not yet filed a report that he said will detail the "nature" of Manafort's "crimes and lies".

The Cohen revelation comes as Mueller's investigation is showing fresh signs of aggressive activity. "I was very focused on running for president".

Asked Thursday about the plea deal, Trump dismissively said that Cohen "was convicted of various things unrelated to us".

The proposal to build a skyscraper bearing Mr Trump's name in the Russian capital ultimately did not materialise.

Cohen also "agreed to travel to Russian Federation in connection with the Moscow Project and took steps in contemplation of Individual l ' s possible travel to Russian Federation". "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.

Reacting to the plea, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Cohen "should be prosecuted to the extent of the law".

The president swiftly fired back after news of the new guilty plea broke, blasting Cohen as a "weak person", and claiming his former attorney was "lying" to get a reduced sentence. "I said I would confirm and revert".

The document does not identify Individual 2, but people familiar with the investigation said it is Sater.

"In truth and in fact, and as Cohen well knew, Cohen's representations about the Moscow Project he made to [Congress] were false and misleading", prosecutors said in the nine-page document.

Cohen began talking to investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose probe has been a thorn in Trump's side, after pleading guilty in August to bank fraud and campaign finance violations in NY.

No exact date was given, but we were assured this meeting happened and that this was the smoking gun the media knew was out there to prove Trump colluded with Russian Federation to steal the 2016 election.

In early May, prosecutors say, Cohen and Felix Sater, an executive who had worked on and off for the Trump Organization, discussed having Trump visit Russian Federation after the Republican National Convention. Guidelines call for little to no prison on the new charge. He previously worked in the Canberra press gallery and recently finished a Masters of Journalism at Columbia University in NY.

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