Cohen pleads guilty to lying about Russia Trump Tower project, Trump calls him 'weak'

November 29, 2018 - 11:12 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen was in front of a federal judge in New York on Thursday morning.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate project in Russia.

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Cohen admitted to making false statements in 2017 to a Senate intelligence committee about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

Cohen said he lied about the timing of the tower negotiations and other details to be consistent with Trump's "political message.''

President Trump reacted to the guilty plea by calling his ex-lawyer a 'weak person' who is 'lying' to get a reduced sentence.

The president added that he was never enthused about the project and was focused on running for president.

"I wasn't trying to hide anything," he said.

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

One of the prosecutors working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller was present in the courtroom.

Cohen has been cooperating with Mueller's probe. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance and other charges in August, said he is providing 'critical information' to as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12.