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Michael Cohen just made a plea deal with Robert Mueller

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Just in case you thought Mueller lost his big fish with Manafort still working for the the Russians and breaking the plead bargain.


Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has cut a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos reports. The deal was announced in a New York federal court Thursday.

As part of the deal, Cohen will admit making false statements to Congress committees investigating the Russia scandal. The Associated Press reports that the false statements relate to a Trump real estate project in Russia — specifically, efforts to build a “Trump Tower Moscow.”

Stephanopoulos also claims, per his sources, that Cohen will provide “dozens of hours of testimony potentially damaging to” President Trump.

Cohen had already pleaded guilty to tax fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance charges as part of an investigation run by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. But he had not previously been charged as part of the Russia probe or officially agreed to cooperate with that investigation.

Cohen’s team has, however, been telling reporters for months that Cohen had bombshell information about the Trump-Russia scandal. But the claims about what Cohen purportedly knew sometimes changed, which has led to skepticism about whether he knew anything worthwhile.

Now, CNN reports that in the plea deal, Cohen will admit falsely telling Congress that talks about a potential deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow had concluded in early 2016, when in fact he continued to discuss it later.

And per the Guardian’s Jon Swaine, Cohen told the court that he lied to Congress about his contact with “Individual-1” — aka, Donald Trump — about the project.