Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Russia.

Cohen says he submitted a false written statement to Congress in 2017 concerning a Trump organization real estate project in Moscow

He also says he made the misstatements to be consistent with Trump’s political messaging and out of loyalty to Trump.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to other federal charges involving his taxi businesses, bank fraud and his campaign work for Mr Trump.

One of the prosecutors working with special counsel Robert Mueller was present in the courtroom.

Cohen’s lawyer told the judge the plea deal involved co-operation with Mr Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the US election.

Cohen has been co-operating with Mr Mueller’s probe.

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