Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to Donald Trump, pled guilty today to yet another criminal charge: lying about Trump’s business dealings in Russia. The charges were issued by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.
As a New York court heard, Cohen admitted to deceiving US senators on the Intelligence Committee about negotiations over a Trump Tower deal in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. He also admitted to understating how much Trump, then a presidential candidate, knew about the project.
The full account of the Special Counsel charges is available here.
On reports of Cohen’s testimony, Trump described his former lawyer as a “weak person,” and claimed that he was trying to reduce his sentence. Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced for his earlier guilty plea, including bank and tax crimes, in the next couple of weeks.