President Donald Trump says his former lawyer Michael Cohen is a “weak person” who is “lying” to get a reduced sentence.
The president is reacting to Cohen’s guilty plea Thursday to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate project in Russia.
During a surprise court hearing, Cohen admitted to lying to the Senate intelligence committee about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen said he made the false statements to be consistent with Trump’s “political message.”
Cohen’s lawyer says he continues to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates.
Rudy Giuliani, Trumps lawyer-spokesman, says the documents Mueller used to discover Cohen’s false statements came from the Trump Organization. He says they were “voluntarily disclosed” by the president’s company.
Giuliani also is criticizing the timing of Cohen’s guilty plea, saying it’s “hardly coincidental” it comes as Trump is heading to the G-20 summit with world leaders in Argentina.
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