Michael Cohen's Sentencing Memorandum Released

21 2017 Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign at the Capit

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

Cohen's split with President Trump, for whom he once claimed he "would take a bullet", dates back to July, when Cohen told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that he was prepared to put his "family and country first". This raises the possibility of obstruction of justice charges against Trump or his aides and family members based on discrepancies between their accounts to Congress or to Mueller's investigators and that of Cohen.

When Michael Cohen admitted this past week to lying to Congress about a Russian business deal, he said he had testified falsely out of loyalty to President Donald Trump.

Cohen began talking to investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose probe has been a thorn in Trump's side, after pleading guilty in August to bank fraud and campaign finance violations in NY.

Cohen told the court his efforts to secure a Moscow deal ended the same month as that Trump Tower meeting, and he called off plans to visit Russia the same day news broke that Russian hackers had stolen DNC emails.

Cohen's admission during that August court appearance marked the first time that a Trump associate had gone to court and implicated Trump in a crime.

The papers also say that Cohen and Trump discussed traveling to Moscow for the project.

In August 2017, Cohen sent a letter to the House and Senate intelligence committees informing them that Trump had terminated the Moscow project in January 2016. This takes on added significance because Trump's lawyers last week submitted answers to questions from the special counsel's office, including queries relating to the negotiations over the Moscow Trump Tower proposal. He also pointed out that the former Trump attorney has a history of secretly tape recording conversations.

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"Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and congressional investigations", he said in the summer.

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His meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki earlier this year drew criticism after Trump appeared to cast doubt on U.S. intelligence findings of Russian meddling in the campaign and said Putin had been extremely strong in his denials.

The president was continuing a defence that had begun on Thursday after ex-lawyer Michael Cohen had admitted one count of lying to Congress.

Following the disclosure of Cohen's plea, Trump told reporters that his longtime adviser was lying.

Continued Giuliani: "It is important to understand that documents that the special counsel's office is using to show that Cohen lied to Congress were voluntarily disclosed by the Trump Organization because there was nothing to hide".

Trump said Thursday that he had decided not to pursue that project but that "there would have been nothing wrong if I did". His son and other campaign staffers were meeting with Russian government intermediaries.

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Mueller's team included a question about Russian real estate deals in a list of queries presented earlier this year to Trump's lawyers, but it was not immediately clear whether it was among the questions Trump answered last week.

Trump has really spent existing weeks casting Mueller's team as figured out on harming the lives of those in the president's orbit. Prosecutors in Mueller's office, which is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, have agreed to brief the sentencing judge on Cohen's cooperation. Corsi belongs to a subcast of characters in the Russian Federation melodrama centered on Stone, an adviser to Trump and his campaign who did not actually serve it in a formal role.

A representative for the Agalarovs, Ike Kaveladze, also attended that conference on June 9 in New York City.

Donald Trump has defended the business dealings he had with Russian Federation before becoming president, again calling current investigations a "witch hunt". But what's interesting is Trump didn't deny Cohen's new assertions.

More lies followed as prosecutors this week accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying even after his guilty plea, though they have not said about what.

He declined to identify who might be involved or how often he has referred cases to Mueller, but Burr did allude to Cohen's plea as an example of what he called the consequences that could be involved. My message yesterday was if you lie to us, we're going to catch you and we're going to prosecute you. He was asked whether he understood that.

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