On November 29th, President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, pled guilty to making false statements to Congress regarding the Russia investigation in a charge brought up by special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump spoke with Michael Cohen more extensively about the proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow than Cohen previously told Congress, Cohen admitted in federal court Thursday. “The Cohen revelations are potentially significant because they appear to show that Trump was engaged in business dealings with Russia in the midst of a campaign in which Moscow interfered to help elect him,” according to CNN.
“[Michael Cohen] is a weak person,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before departing for Buenos Aires, Argentina. “He was convicted with a fairly long-term sentence with things unrelated to the Trump Organization,” Trump continued, referencing Cohen’s legal issues with mortgages and the IRS.
This could be just one piece of the puzzle that could put President Trump in political and legal jeopardy. Trump recently turned in his written answers to Mueller, according to the New York Times. If Mueller asked about the Moscow Trump Tower deal and Trump lied, saying that it had ended in January, that would be a strong basis for a perjury charge.
The maximum sentence for Cohen’s charge involves 5 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and supervised release of not more than three years. Sentencing has been set for December 12.