The former lawyer of Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, has admitted that he was guilty of lying to the Congress amid an investigation into the role of Russia in the 2016 Presidential Elections.
Michael Cohen served as the personal lawyer of President Trump for several years. He pleaded guilty after charges were filed by special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday night.
Cohen said that he had added false data in a written statement regarding the plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Cohen said to the court: “I made these misstatements to be consistent with individual one’s political messaging and out of loyalty to individual one.” In the past, he has identified individual one as Trump.
The lawyer already pleaded guilty to various violations during the campaign which included finance violations, bank fraud, and tax evasion last August. He was criticised by Donald Trump and the US said that he was a “weak person” this afternoon.
Trump said that Cohen was lying in an attempt to negotiate a reduced sentence. The president informed the reporters that he had decided not to build in Moscow, however, he did not disclose when.
Special counsel Mueller is directing a team that is investigating the links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, or anything else that may arise from his findings.
A centrepiece of the probe is a meeting that was held at the Trump Tower in New York between Donald Trump Junior and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The latter denies reported links to the Kremlin.
Last night, Rudi Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer, said that the president has informed Mueller that he was not aware of the June 2016 meeting where Trump Jr had been assured of dirt on Hillary Clinton, Trump’s presidential opponent.
Giuliani stated: “Almost all the answers he gave are consistent with what he said publicly, and publicly he said he did not know about it.”