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Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying about Trump Tower project in Moscow

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York City on April 16, 2018.   -   Copyright  Lucas Jackson Reuters file
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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former longtime attorney and fixer, pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday to making false statements to Congress about the project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News.

He misrepresented the scope and length of his involvement, the source said.

The false statements were made in closed-door testimony last year about his contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to ABC News, which first reported the plea.

ABC News reported that Cohen had reached a new plea deal with prosecutors after some 70 hours of interviews with the Mueller team.

Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court to campaign finance and bank fraud charges in August.

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