Michael Cohen, who was the personal attorney of Donald Trump and one of his closest advisers for more than ten years, has been found guilty Thursday of lying to Congress in their testimony in the framework of the federal investigation on the interference of russia in the presidential elections of 2016. In particular, and contrary to what he said in his day by writing to the senators and what has been holding the president himself, says Cohen, that Trump continued to attempt to move forward on a real estate project in Russia months after he started his campaign for the presidency. The explosive confession by surprise, in a federal court in Manhattan, after having been also convicted in August of violating the laws of financing of the campaign, represents a new twist in the investigation of the attorney general Robert Mueller about the president of the united States and your environment.
Cohen has acknowledged Thursday that he lied on a written statement forwarded to the Senate on a project of the company is Trump to build a skyscraper in Moscow. The project, which did not materialize, is one of the key points in the research on the possible conspiracy between the campaign of Trump and the Kremlin. In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, has acknowledged the own Cohen, this Thursday, you lied about the negotiations and lowered the real extent of their contacts with Russian officials about the project. He did so, said Cohen, for loyalty to Trump and not to interfere with their “political message”.
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Lied to, substantially, on the key dates of the negotiations of the real estate transaction: these continued until June of 2016, admits Cohen, now, a year after Trump officially announced his campaign for the presidency, and weeks before becoming the official candidate of the Republican Party. In August of last year Cohen told Congress that in January of 2016 it was decided that Hepsibahis the operation of real estate in Moscow was not feasible and "would not be continued moving forward" in it. He did, as he admitted on Thursday, "to give the false impression that the project ended before the Iowa caucus, the first big event of the proiceso primary.
After hearing the news of his confession, the president has said that Cohen is "a weak person and not very list, try to get a "reduced sentence". With respect to the operation of real estate in Moscow, which has ensured that I never felt enthusiastic, has argued that he was entitled to manage its business during the campaign. "I didn't realize the project," he recalled, "I was not trying to hide anything".
in pleading guilty, mr. Cohen may seek a reduction of sentence in exchange for continuing to cooperate with the investigations of Mueller. In just two weeks is expected to know the ruling on the case in which Cohen pleaded guilty in August. On that occasion Cohen accused Trump, in another Manhattan courtroom, to silence with money potential sex scandals. Admitted Cohen have paid $ 130,000 to the actress Stormy Daniels to not talk about an affair that supposedly remained with the president.
The research of Mueller cuts through a particularly agitated. The president, who last week submitted written answers to the questions of the special prosecutor, has stepped up in the last days their attacks on the Department of Justice and Mueller, accused him of being a “false witch hunt”. The special prosecutor, for his part, has accused this week, who was director of the campaign for the Trump and a key witness in the plot, Paul Manafort, of lying repeatedly to investigators and to break, therefore, the agreement of collaboration signed in pleading guilty in September for the crimes of conspiracy against the united States and of obstruction of justice for its business consultant in Ukraine prior to working for the now president.