Contact with the Kremlin and lies to 'be loyal': key points from Cohen's plea deal

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Trump’s former lawyer admitted he had been in contact with a Russian official in 2016 and had lied to stay loyal to Trump

Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer has pleaded guilty to lying to congressional investigations into possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, and admitted that he had been involved in talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow months into the 2016 US presidential campaign.

In Michael Cohen’s explosive testimony in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, he admitted he had been in contact with a Kremlin official in 2016, and had lied to be consistent with Trump’s “political messaging” and “to be loyal”.

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Russia has never tried to use leverage over me. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA – NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING!

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