Michael Cohen: Trump ex-lawyer ‘to plead guilty’ of misleading lawmakers

Trump ex-lawyer ‘to plead guilty’

US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is expected to plead to lying to Congress in relation to Russia inquiry, US media report. Mr Cohen will admit misleading lawmakers about a Trump real estate project in Russia, say reports. He appeared unexpectedly at federal court in Manhattan on Thursday morning.

What happened in court?

Appearing unexpectedly before a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday morning, Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to Congress.

He said at the hearing that he had submitted a false written statement about a Trump Organization plan to build a skyscraper in the Russian capital. “I made these misstatements to be consistent with individual 1’s political messaging and out of loyalty to individual 1,” Cohen said in court.

He has previously identified “individual 1” as Mr Trump.

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