Trump’s ex-lawyer pleads guilty to ly­ing to Congress

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NEW YORK: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s for­mer per­sonal lawyer and ixer Michael Co­hen pleaded guilty in a New York court on Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with mis­lead­ing Congress over the on­go­ing Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion, US me­dia re­ported.

The 52-year-old ex­ited a Man­hat­tan fed­eral court dressed in a suit on Thurs­day, ig­nor­ing ques­tions from a mob of re­porters and got word­lessly into the back of a ve­hi­cle be­fore be­ing driven away.

In Septem­ber, his lawyer said that Co­hen had been pro­vid­ing “crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion” to Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Co­hen, once one of Trump’s top aides, be­gan talk­ing with the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter he pleaded guilty on Aug.21 to bank fraud and cam­paign inance vi­o­la­tions in an sep­a­rate deal with New York pros­e­cu­tors.

Mueller is in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether the Trump elec­tion cam­paign in 2016 col­luded with Rus­sian ef­forts to dam­age his op­po­nent, Hil­lary Clin­ton, and whether Trump has sought to il­le­gally ob­struct the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

But the span of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion also re­port­ed­lyen­com­passes­trump’sbusi­ness deal­ings, to which Co­hen had a front row seat for years as a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive in the pres­i­dent’s real es­tate busi­ness in New York, the Trump Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Once known as Trump’s “pit bull” and right-hand man, Co­hen was privy to multi-mil­lion-dol­lar deals and pay­ments to two al­leged lovers — whose claims could have po­ten­tially sab­o­taged his boss’s 2016 elec­tion.

In Au­gust, Co­hen pleaded guilty to charges in­volv­ing his ar­range­ment of pay­outs of hush money to those women — widely thought to be porn star Stormy Daniels and Play­boy model Karen Mcdou­gal — be­fore the 2016 elec­tion.

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