The Daily Podcast / The New York Times (11/30/18)
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying about Mr. Trump’s business ties to Russia and has agreed to cooperate with the special counsel investigation. It’s the second time this week that a subject of the inquiry has been charged with lying.
On today’s episode:
Michael S. Schmidt, who has been covering the special counsel investigation for The New York Times.
Mr. Cohen admitted on Thursday to making false statements to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, and about Mr. Trump’s involvement in that project.
The project was spearheaded by Felix Sater, the president’s longtime business associate, who drew on his extensive network of high-ranking contacts in Russia to pursue a deal.
The revelation by Mr. Cohen raises new questions about Mr. Trump’s unusually conciliatory stance toward Russia during his presidential campaign.
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