Michael Cohen Admits Trump Tower-Moscow Talks Continued Well Into 2016 Campaign

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According to two congressional sources familiar with the questioning of Trump Organization employees, several people tied to the Trump Organization were asked about the same Moscow project.

President Trump's longtime former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen returned to federal court in NY today to admit that he lied to House and Senate intelligence committees on details concerning efforts to open a Trump Tower in Moscow.

"He's a weak person", Trump added.

That Mueller used Cohen's false congressional testimony to charge him in federal court serves as a warning to those who have already testified on the Russian Federation probe as well as those who will do so under Democratic control.

The charge was brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, and was the result of his co-operation with that probe.

"These developments make clear that my colleagues and I must step in and provide accountability", said Nadler (D-NY). While the president does have executive authority to pardon any individual, Jackson Lee said any sign of "attachments or quid pro quos" to the pardon, such as Manafort hiding damaging information about Trump from investigators, would be "worthy of investigating".

Cohen said he lied to be consistent with Trump's "political message". He said they were "very brave" for resisting Mueller's investigation. "I was running my business, a lot of different things during the campaign", Mr Trump said.

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.

He also admitted lying about his contacts with Russian officials, and about discussing whether he or Trump should travel to Russia in connection with the project. "Not running or building a building", Trump said. Prosecutor say Cohen is cooperating with Mueller and has met with his team at least seven times.

Mr Cohen said his lies covered up the true timing of negotiations and unspecified details related to a Moscow Trump Tower project during the President's 2016 election bid, prompting Mr Trump to lash out at Cohen as a "liar" and "weak person".

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

Trump would continue to sporadically announce plans for a Russian tower well into the current decade, including at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.

The nine-page charging document for Cohen traces the behind-the-scenes communication about the project that had been discussed more than 20 years ago.

Trump Jr. was asked, according to a transcript of the remarks released by the committee.

The president reportedly denied a political associate, Roger Stone, had tipped him off that Wikileaks would publish hacked Democratic emails, and said he had no knowledge of a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between his son and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. Sater said he spoke only to Cohen about the project.

Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced next month in a separate case where he pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws to help Trump win the presidency by suppressing stories about Trump's alleged affairs. He previously worked in the Canberra press gallery and recently finished a Masters of Journalism at Columbia University in NY.