Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to a new charge in the Mueller probe of “lying to Congress related to a Moscow real estate project Trump pursued during the months he was running for president,” the AP reports.
The New York Times broke the story about Cohen’s expected plea in the Mueller probe: “The expected new guilty plea in Federal District Court marks the first time the office of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has charged Mr. Cohen. In exchange for pleading guilty and continuing to cooperate with Mr. Mueller, he may hope to receive a lighter sentence than he otherwise would.”
ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos tweeted: “Pres Trump’s former personal attorney, reaches new plea deal with Mueller this morning. Expected to enter guilty plea for false statements to Congress coupled with dozens of hours of testimony potentially damaging to Pres Trump–Special Counsel values testimony.”
Cohen said his false statements had to do with Russian contact and the discussions for the Moscow project continued into 2017. He specifically named Donald Trump in the court documents as “individual 1.”
Cohen’s guilty plea could spell some real trouble for Trump, his associates and his family in the Russia probe. Trump repeatedly said he had no dealings with Russia, when in fact it was a humongous lie.
Hmmm. Significant that the plea is to charges from Mueller, not SDNY prosecutors. Once this happens today, the Mueller probe has now resulted in the guilty conviction of the President’s former top lawyer. https://t.co/O9kFbENOlt
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) November 29, 2018
Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano said Michael Cohen’s guilty plea was the “tip of the iceberg.” “Where is the rest of that iceberg? In Bob Mueller’s office,” he added.
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