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ABC: Cohen Has Spoken With Mueller's Team Multiple Times About Russia, Pardon

ABC: Cohen Has Spoken With Mueller's Team Multiple Times About Russia, Pardon
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By    |   Thursday, 20 September 2018 05:03 PM

Members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team and U.S. attorneys have interviewed President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen multiple times over the last month about all things Russia and whether Trump spoke about pardoning Cohen, according to a new report.

ABC News reported Thursday that Cohen has sat down with investigators in New York City and Washington, D.C. for hours at a time.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign worked with the Russians to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Cohen was subjected to raids of his offices, home, and hotel room earlier this year, and last month he pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and other financial crimes related to payouts he made to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

Cohen told members of the House Intelligence Committee last year that collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia did not exist. It's unclear if he has changed his tune, now that he's facing jail time as part of his plea deal.

ABC reported that Cohen is voluntarily cooperating with investigators, and that it's not guaranteed he will receive a lighter sentence in December.

The news outlet also reported that Cohen is cooperating with a New York investigation examining Trump's charity organization and his business.

Trump has denied that his campaign had an improper relationship with the Russians. He defended Cohen for a time, particularly after the raids in April, but has since bashed his former attorney.

Over the summer, Cohen released a tape of a conversation he had with Trump that dated back to 2016, before the election. The pair could be heard discussing a payment arrangement to a Playboy model who said she and Trump had an affair years before.

Trump responded to the tape's release by asking, "What kind of a lawyer would tape a client? So sad!"

Cohen did come to Trump's defense in August, however, when Omarosa Manigault Newman wrote in her book that Trump ate a note that Cohen once handed to him.

"I saw NO such thing and am shocked anyone would take this seriously," Cohen said.

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Members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team and U.S. attorneys have interviewed President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen multiple times over the last month about all things Russia and whether Trump spoke about pardoning Cohen, according to a new report.
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