Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, on Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his involvement in a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the election.
The guilty plea came after Cohen struck a deal to cooperate with the special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
The president’s former fixer offered stunning revelations regarding Trump’s alleged business dealings with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to the charging document.
One of the most significant details in Thursday’s court filing on Cohen’s new plea deal relates to a time period that’s come up over and over in the course of Mueller’s probe: the summer of 2016.
Cohen’s plea deal with Mueller sheds new light on the weeks leading up to the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
The month of June stands out in particular, as it continually resurfaces as one of the most consequential time periods in the Mueller investigation.
Cohen on Thursday said he was involved in discussions on the Trump Tower Moscow deal until June 2016, well into the campaign season and after it was clear Trump had clinched the nomination. He’d previously told Congress the discussions ceased in January, shortly before the Iowa presidential caucuses.
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