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Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

Last Updated Nov 29, 2018 at 6:54 am PDT

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2018 file photo, Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves federal court after reaching a plea agreement in New York. On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, via Twitter, Cohen praised himself for providing "critical information" in the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
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President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress

Michael Cohen has admitted to making false statements in 2017 to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate deal in Russia.

Cohen made a surprise appearance Thursday in a New York courtroom at around 9 a.m.

He admitted to making false statements in 2017 to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to other federal charges involving his taxi businesses, bank fraud and his campaign work for Trump.

The court appearance is ongoing.

One of the prosecutors working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller was present in the courtroom.

Cohen’s lawyer told the judge the plea deal involved co-operation with Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election.

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This story has been corrected to state the time of appearance to around 9 a.m. instead of 9 p.m.