Michael Cohen in court: Trump ex-lawyer 'to plead guilty'

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Who to believe is becoming a major element of what we know about special counsel Robert Mueller's methodical Russian Federation investigation, which Trump for months has attacked as a witch hunt out to get him.

Napolitano said that Mueller's investigation could continue "well into 2019".

Schiff says he wants to provide committee transcripts to special counsel Robert Mueller.

"I think that this is the report in real time", Sandick told TPM.

"Michael Cohen is lying and he's trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me", he added. He faces up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

In August, Mr Cohen, who had been Mr Trump's personal lawyer for more than a decade, pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges, including tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Cohen has emerged as the greatest threat to Trump as the special counsel and congressional committees continue to dig into the President's financial and business ties to Russian Federation.

Cohen had originally told Congress he stopped pursuing a business deal for Mr. Trump in Russian Federation in January 2016, before the first voting in the GOP primaries.

One of the prosecutors working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller was present in the courtroom. Cohen had previously said that the deal was stopped in January 2016. "He's 100 percent cooperating and the prosecutors appeared to have become pretty comfortable with what he's saying and that what he is saying is credible".




The document does not identify "Individual 1", but according to people familiar with the case, that person is President Trump. The Wall Street Journal reported that the President was specifically asked "about his communications with Cohen about the Moscow project during the campaign". What the lies were about remains a mystery, but it could underscore what most observers believe: that Mueller has far more evidence than his targets know.

Quigley, a member of the panel told the Sun-Times in a statement, "Cohen's plea highlights what we've known on the House Intelligence Committee for quite some time: several of our witnesses were untruthful in their testimonies".

Cohen said he also lied about his contacts with Russian officials and lied when he said he never agreed to travel to Russia in connection with the project and never discussed with Trump plans to travel to Moscow to support the project.

The White House delayed answering the questions since the beginning of this year, anxious that Trump could be trapped in a possible lie by making statements contrary to evidence presented Mueller by others.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to violating finance laws during the 2016 presidential election by handling hush money for Mr Trump's alleged lovers. Cohen used to describe himself as Trump's pit bull and delighted in jousting with the celebrity businessman's enemies, once asserting that he would "take a bullet" for his longtime boss.

"Granting a pardon, if the objective is to affect his testimony in any way, would be a very serious crime on a part of the president", Nadler said.

Nothing said in court, or in associated court filings, addressed whether Trump or his aides had directed Cohen to mislead Congress.

Cohen made a surprise appearance in a NY courtroom at around 9am local time (14G) and began entering the plea.

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