Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

21 2017 Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign at the Capit

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

Cohen, his lawyers say, committed the campaign finance violations and lied to Congress out of his loyalty to Trump and to stay on message even while he was preparing for his 2017 testimony to Congress.

Manafort pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy in September, and agreed to cooperate "fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly" with Mueller's ongoing "Russiagate" investigation. This likely indicates that they feel his cooperation is very valuable to investigators.

However, the lawyers admit, Cohen remained in contact with Russian Federation months after the campaign claimed it cut off communications, even making moves for Trump to travel to Russian Federation that summer.

"Furthermore, in the weeks during which his then-counsel prepared his written response to the Congressional Committees, Michael remained in close and regular contact with White House based-staff and legal counsel to Trump."

Judge William Pauley III, who heard his August plea, is expected to sentence Cohen on December 12. The entire document can be read below.

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Trump has expressed sympathy for Manafort, Corsi and his longtime confidant Roger Stone, telling the New York Post this week that they are "very brave" for resisting the Mueller investigation.

The sentencing submission traced Cohen's background and sought to downplay the non-Trump related charges to which Cohen pleaded guilty. Furnished with details passed along by Manafort's attorneys to the president's authorized team, Trump has really linked area lawyers of dirty strategies along with pressing witnesses to exist.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation and criticised Mueller's probe as a politically charged witch hunt.

Simply put, Cohen admitted that negotiations over the project had continued far deeper into 2016, the election year, than he had told Congress and that his contacts with Mr Trump had been far more extensive.

Peskov - who said he never talked to Cohen personally - was also asked to respond to those that struggle to believe a contact with Cohen - then a lawyer for a USA presidential candidate - would come to nothing, as he suggested.

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Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates, who testified against him at the Virginia trial, has continued to cooperate with Mueller and prosecutors earlier in November asked a judge to postpone his sentencing.

Cohen, the lawyers argue, should be commended for his cooperation "in the context of this raw, full-bore attack by the most powerful person in the United States". Cohen also said he falsely told Congress he never took any steps toward traveling to Russian Federation when in fact he had discussed going there, although he never went. Cohen's attorneys said he declined a traditional cooperation agreement because he wanted to be sentenced as scheduled so he can "begin his life virtually anew".

On Tuesday, Cohen pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the U.S. Congress by writing a statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) "containing material false statements about the Moscow Project, including false statements about the timing of the Moscow Project, discussions with people in the Company and in Russian Federation about the Moscow Project".

"Michael regrets that his vigor in Client-1's interests in the heat of political battle led him to abandon good judgment and cross legal lines", they said.

Following Cohen's court appearance on Thursday morning, President Trump called his former ally "a weak person" who was lying about the proposed Moscow deal in hopes of getting a reduced sentence.

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Cohen's lawyers said prison would be inappropriate given hardships Cohen faces, including loss of his law license, Internal Revenue Service civil penalties and restitution, his likely inclusion as a defendant in a tax case by New York State, the loss of his consulting firm's business and the cancellation of numerous banking credit card and insurance agreements.

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