Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Everyone's Joking About 'Individual 1' After Cohen's Plea Agreement

Everyone's Joking About 'Individual 1' After Cohen's Plea Agreement

But the criminal complaint filed Thursday depicts Cohen in regular contact with Putin's top spokesman Dmitry Peskov during that period, seeking to arrange a trip by Trump to Russian Federation to meet Putin.

"He was convicted with a fairly long-term sentence with things unrelated to the Trump Organization", Trump said, citing Cohen's legal issues with mortgages and the IRS.

Cohen had originally told Congress he stopped pursuing a business deal for Mr. Trump in Russian Federation in January 2016, before the first voting in the GOP primaries.

Warner's committee was one of the two to which Cohen gave statements that his guilty plea now admits were lies. "A weak person and not a very smart person". "He's got himself a big prison sentence. He's lying to get a reduced sentence", the president told reporters. "That was no deal".

Cohen made a surprise court appearance Thursday in NY.

The charge was brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the presidential election, and was the result of his co-operation with that probe.

He told the judge he lied about the timing of the negotiations and other details to be consistent with Trump's "political message".

Meanwhile, Manafort's lawyers have been briefing Mr Trump's attorneys in recent months on what their client has told investigators, an unusual arrangement for a government co-operator and one that raises the prospect that Manafort could be angling for a pardon.

In August, Mr Cohen pleaded guilty to violating finance laws during the 2016 presidential election by handling hush money for Mr Trump's alleged lovers. Cohen even asked Trump about his potentially going there and "asked a senior campaign official about potential business travel to Russia". His plea may turn up the heat on Trump, who last week provided written answers to questions posed in the investigation.

That investigation has since expanded into Trump's business dealings about which Cohen would have critical information. Adult-film star Stormy Daniels was given US$130,000 and former Playboy model Karen McDougal was paid US$150,000.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges.

The committee rescheduled closed-door testimony by Cohen on October 25, 2017.

As he left the White House shortly after the court proceeding concluded, Trump called Cohen "a weak person". Nonetheless, the investigation continues.

Today, Mr Trump likened the Russian Federation probe to Senator Joe McCarthy's pursuit of communists in the 1950s. "Did you ever see an investigation more in search of a crime?"

But his lawyer said: "Mr Cohen has co-operated. He lied to the American people".

Both men have been heavily critical of the investigation, and Corsi this week said he had rejected a plea offer from Mueller's team.

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