Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, has pleaded guilty to making false statements in connection with the federal investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 US election.
Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday to one count of making false statements to congress in its investigation into whether Trump’s campaign worked with Russia to sway the election.
Cohen, who made a surprise appearance, said in the hearing he submitted a false written statement about a Trump Organization real estate project in Moscow.
Cohen in August pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, tax evasion and bank fraud in a case brought by federal prosecutors in New York.
A guilty plea may signal Cohen is hoping for a lighter sentence on the charges in exchange for continuing to co-operate with special cousel Robert Mueller’s probe.
“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 one as Trump.