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Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

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Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer, made a surprise appearance before a in on Thursday to plead guilty to lying to about work he did on an aborted project to build a in

Flanked by his lawyers, Cohen admitted making false statements in 2017 to the on Intelligence about the project.

Cohen told the he lied about the timing of the negotiations and other details to be consistent with Trump's "political message."

Cohen and prosecutors referred to Trump as "individual one" throughout Thursday's proceedings and said he lied "to be loyal to Individual One."


Among other lies, Cohen said he told that all discussions of the project ended by January 2016, when they had actually continued until June of that year.

One of the prosecutors working with was present in the courtroom.

Cohen's lawyer, Guy Petrillo, said he would give the court a letter outlining how his client has cooperated with Mueller's investigation.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to other federal charges involving his taxi businesses, and his campaign work for Trump.

Reacting to the plea to the new charges, said Cohen "should be prosecuted to the extent of the law. That's why we put people under oath."

Cohen gave a statement to congressional committees last year saying the president's company pursued a project in during the but that the plan was abandoned "for a variety of business reasons."

Cohen also said he sent an email to the for Russian as part of the potential deal.

In his statement, he said that he worked on the with Felix Sater, a Russia-born associate who he said claimed to have deep connections in

The discussions about the potential development began after Trump had declared his candidacy. Cohen had said the talks ended when he determined that the project was not feasible.

Cohen had also disclosed that Trump was personally aware of the deal, signing a letter of intent and discussing it with Cohen on two other occasions.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 21:45 IST
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