Cohen's Trump Tower Lies Were Part Of Mueller's Questions For Trump

Is Trump's pardon signal to Manafort obstruction of justice

Rep. Adam Schiff, in line to become chairman of the House intelligence committee, said he's convinced other witnesses "were also untruthful" when they gave testimony about their interactions with Russian operatives stemming from the 2016 campaign. Mr Trump said on Twitter, referring to a United States senator who led an anti-communist crusade in the 1950s.

Cohen lied about his dealings because Trump wanted to hide an improper conflict.

Trump has insisted he only found out about the payments after they were made, despite the release of a September 2016 taped conversation in which Trump and Cohen can be heard discussing a deal to pay McDougal for her story of a 2006 affair.

Michael Cohen may be charged with fraud over US$20 million in loans.

Trump has held out the possibility of a pardon to Manafort, who he says was treated "cruelly" by the investigation. Trump Organisation spokeswoman Amanda Miller and chief legal officer Alan Garten didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

If this part is confirmed - and Cohen's confession adds to its credibility - then it will show direct cooperation during the campaign between Trump's lawyer and Russians involved in the covert campaign to help elect him.

Before departing for the G20 in Argentina the president told reporters that Cohen was a "weak person" who was lying to prosecutors in an effort to avoid a heavy jail sentence for tax charges he faces in NY. And this has been a highly eventful week for Mueller's probe.

President Trump did not mince words Thursday morning in response to his former attorney Michael Cohen pleading guilty to Special Counsel charges on lying to Congress.

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Mueller's team said on Monday that Manafort had breached his plea deal with the special counsel by lying to federal investigators.

Read Mueller's charging document here.

Mueller also said that Cohen discussed the project with Trump, identified as "individual 1", on more than the three occasions that Cohen claimed to the Senate committee. At the time, he told the investigators that the Moscow project ended "before the Iowa caucus and months before the first primary". I want to just mention what the President told us a short while ago and that is, in his view, there's a good possibility that a deal can be made and that he is open to that.

Trump's opponents faulted what they called the deepening air of criminality around the president's sometime-associates, several of whom have pleaded guilty in the Russian Federation case or associated investigations. Trump has issued repeated denials.

Per the criminal information, Trump's former attorney lied about the Moscow project to "minimize links between the Moscow Project and Individual 1", who is identifiable from the document as Trump. "I mean, we were very open with it". Trump ultimately didn't make the trip.

Mueller is trying to determine whether anyone on Trump's campaign conspired with the Russians who interfered with the election using cyberattacks, the dumping of stolen data, agitation on social media and other techniques.

Trump lambasted Cohen following the plea deal. "A weak person and not a very smart person".

Mr Trump said his former right-hand man was "lying" to seek a reduced sentence.

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