Michael Cohen, the former lawyer for Donald Trump, has pleaded guilty to charges brought in the Mueller investigation, the Associated Press reported.
Cohen lied to Congress about real-estate business he had in Russia, and has stuck a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller to plead guilty to the charge in exchange for a less severe sentence than he would have otherwise received. This marks another step forward in Mueller's ongoing investigation into potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Cohen made an unexpected appearance Thursday in a federal court in Manhattan, where he confessed to previously making false statements.
President Trump reportedly called Cohen a "weak person" in response to Thursday's news.
This news Thursday comes just months after Cohen pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws, a crime for which he is to be sentenced in two weeks. That case also included tax crimes. When Cohen pleaded guilty in August, he accused President Trump of issuing payments to women involved with him, in an effort to keep sex scandals away from the press.
These developments are all part of Mueller's apparent attempt to "flip" people suspected of being involved in questionable relations with Russian officials and business people. Cohen has reportedly offered assistance to the United States attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.
Earlier this week, the special counsel accused Paul Manafort of speaking untruthfully with investigators.