US President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in relation to the Russia investigation.
Cohen on Thursday reached a deal with the US Justice Department’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen then pleaded guilty for misstatements while testifying before two congressional intelligence committees in 2017 about his contacts with Russians during the presidential campaign.
He said he made a false statement about the effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign, and acknowledged that he made false statements about the timing of the project.
Last year, Cohen submitted a statement to Congress saying all efforts relating to the project had ceased by January 2016. But in fact the project continued until June 2016.
Following the reports of his pleading…