US President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen will plead guilty to lying to Congress in relation to Russia inquiry, report US media.
A report by CNBC said that Cohen’s plea, his second in the past four months, came as part of a new deal with special counsel Robert Mueller in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
On Thursday, Cohen stunned everyone with his surprise court appearance in Manhattan, sensationally admitting to one count of making false statements to Congress. According to New York Times, Cohen admitted to making false statements to Congress about his efforts to pursue a Trump Tower deal in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. That real estate deal has been a focus of the special counsel investigation into whether the Trump campaign conspired with Russian operatives.
In exchange for pleading guilty and continuing to cooperate with Mueller, Cohen is likely to receive a lighter sentence than he otherwise would.
Cohen, according to Washington Post, worked as a top lawyer to Trump and his real estate company for a decade. After Trump took office, Cohen left the company and became a personal attorney to the president, while taking on consulting clients, including AT&T, Novartis and a New York firm that manages assets for a Russian billionaire.
A report by Wall Street Journal said that ‘investigators obtained emails about the project from late 2015 and January 2016…in which Mr. Cohen communicated with or copied Mr. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., and his daughter, Ivanka Trump”