Former Trump lawyer Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress
False statements relate to congressional investigations into Russian co-operation
US president Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty on Thursday to making false statements in connection with the federal investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, according to a court hearing.
Cohen said in the hearing that he submitted a false written statement about a Trump Organization real estate project in Moscow.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud in a case brought by federal prosecutors in New York.
A guilty plea may signal Cohen is hoping for a lighter sentence on the charges in exchange for continuing to co-operate with Mueller’s probe.
“I made these misstatements to be consistent with individual one’s political messaging and out of loyalty to individual one,” Cohen said in court. He previously identified individual one as Mr Trump. – Reuters