US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has admitted he lied about a Trump property deal in Russia during the 2016 election.
Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. He said he did so out of loyalty to Mr Trump.
Mr Trump said his former right-hand man was “lying” to prosecutors in the hope of receiving a reduced sentence.
A special counsel is investigating Russia’s role in the 2016 election and whether Mr Trump colluded with it.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to violating finance laws during the 2016 election by handling hush money for Mr Trump’s alleged lovers.
What happened in court?
Appearing unexpectedly before a federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday morning, Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to Congress.
He said at the hearing that he had submitted a false written statement about a Trump Organization plan to build a skyscraper in the Russian capital.
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