Ex-Lawyer Michael Cohen Says He Told Trump About Kremlin Contact

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen will plead guilty to lying to Congress, testify against Trump: report

His lawyers also said Cohen realized his guilt in lying to Congress about the duration of his involvement with the Trump Tower project in Moscow he was exploring.

Cohen's attorneys, Guy Petrillo and Amy Lester, argued that instead angling for a presidential pardon or clemency regularly mentioned in news accounts, the former Trump lawyer took responsibility for his actions. He pleaded guilty August 21 in an investigation in NY to tax evasion and making illegal campaign contributions.

"In the context of this raw, full-bore attack by the most powerful person in the United States, Michael, formerly a confidante and adviser to Mr. Trump, resolved to cooperate", his attorneys wrote.

Cohen has been cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign and his lawyers asked in the filing that he avoid prison time.

His lawyers note that Cohen's legal problems aren't over and he "will be named in a parallel tax case brought by New York State".

Peskov - who said he never talked to Cohen personally - was also asked to respond to those that struggle to believe a contact with Cohen - then a lawyer for a USA presidential candidate - would come to nothing, as he suggested.

Cohen's lawyers wrote that he kept Trump "apprised of these communications", and he and Trump "discussed possible travel to Russian Federation in the summer of 2016, and Michael took steps to clear dates for such travel".

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Russian spokesperson Dmitry Peskov claimed in an interview with NBC News that communication between former Trump fixer Michael Cohen and Russian officials on Trump Tower Moscow did indeed happen, but that after a few attempts at conversation it all came to nothing.

According to the memo, Cohen violated campaign-finance laws out of a "fierce loyalty" to the president and "regrets that his vigor in promoting [the president's] interests in the heat of political battle led him to abandon good judgment and cross legal lines".

On Thursday, Cohen added an additional guilty plea, admitting that he lied to Congress about an ultimately unsuccessful effort to build a Trump building in Russian Federation. In his plea, he said he mistakenly told House and Senate committees a year ago that a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016 when development actually continued after that date.

In one, former New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford said he thought so highly of Cohen that he gave him the special teams game ball after the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots in 2012.

The memo noted that Mueller's office is expected to provide the judge with an assessment of Cohen's cooperation, and that the Manhattan prosecutors are to join in presenting Cohen's assistance as a factor for the judge to consider.

In another, a woman wrote that her husband, who is Syrian, had been friends with Cohen since 1984.

"When I heard his plea included information about keeping Donald Trump's kids up to speed, I have to say - we've heard this before - but I was thinking to myself, "lordy, I hope there are tapes" because we don't know what Michael Cohen has been taping but we may hear more about that in the future", he said.

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