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BREAKING: Trump's ex-attorney Michael Cohen is currently in a Manhattan federal courthouse to plead guilty to a NEW charge in the Mueller investigation – lying to Congress about the Russia probe re the timing of the Trump Tower Moscow deal.
Michael Cohen admitted that the Trump Tower Moscow project talks went on well into AUG 2016 [during the campaign] and he had discussions about it with INDIVIDUAL 1 [TRUMP] despite Trump's claims that the project ended before he became the nominee.
Michael Cohen's plea today backs up this MAY 17, 2018 reporting by @JasonLeopold and @a_cormier_ about how the Trump Tower Moscow deal talks were ongoing during the 2016 campaign and that Trump was planning a Russia trip once he became the nominee.
Michael Cohen's court documents say that he discussed the Trump Tower Moscow project in mid 2016 with Trump & Trump family members. ICYMI: Emails between Cohen & Ivanka revealed that she was much more involved with the project than she previously claimed.
A former colonel with Russia’s military intelligence worked on Michael Cohen & Felix Sater's Trump Tower Moscow deal during the 2016 presidential campaign. Sater contacted the former GRU officer to help arrange financing through Russia's VTB Bank.
Criminal Information on Michael Cohen filed by Mueller today: As late as JUN 2016, COHEN and Individual 2 [FELIX SATER] discussed efforts to obtain Russian governmental approval for the Moscow Project. COHEN updated TRUMP & TRUMP FAMILY MEMBERS on progress of the project.
COHEN asked TRUMP about TRUMP traveling to Russia to ink the Moscow deal & asked a senior campaign official about business travel to Russia.

COHEN to SATER, May 2016: "My trip before Cleveland. TRUMP once he becomes nominee after the convention."
JAN 20, 2016: Personal assistant to Putin spox, Dmitry Peskov emailed Michael COHEN, stating that she’d been trying to reach him & provided him a Moscow phone number. He then called her and outlined the Trump Moscow Project. She said she'd follow up with others in Russia.
JAN 21, 2016: The day after personal assistant to Putin spox, Dmitry Peskov spoke with COHEN re the Trump Moscow Project, saying she'd follow up with 'others,' SATER asked COHEN to call him: "It's about [the President of Russia] they called today."
MAY 5, 2016, Felix SATER to Michael COHEN: "Russian Official l [Putin spox, Dmitry Peskov] would like to invite you as his guest to the St. Petersburg Forum, Russia's Davos, JUN 16- 19 and possibly introduce you to either the President of Russia or the Prime Minister.”
NEW: Putin spox Dmitry Peskov now admits that his office called Michael Cohen in 2016 to discuss Trump Tower Moscow after lying last year by claiming they never replied to Cohen because "we [the Kremlin] do not react to such business topics."
SCOOP: 2 FBI agents with direct knowledge told @BuzzFeedNews earlier this year that Cohen was in frequent contact with foreign individuals re the Trump Tower Moscow venture and some of these individuals played a role in 2016 election interference.
For months during the 2016 campaign, Trump associate/felon Felix Sater, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, and a former Russian intelligence officer worked with Putin aide Dmitry Peskov and Russian bankers & developers to land the Trump Tower Moscow deal.
Multiple sources confirmed to @YahooNews that Ivanka and Don Jr. were also working on Trump Tower Moscow independent of Michael Cohen’s work on the project and Mueller has asked questions about Ivanka & Don Jr’s work on the Moscow deal.
by @hunterw #Maddow
Investigators have emails from late 2015 and early JAN 2016 in which Michael Cohen communicated with or copied Ivanka and Don Jr. and discussed Trump Tower Moscow. Ivanka at one point even recommended an architect.
by @rebeccaballhaus @WSJ #Maddow…
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