Trump ex-lawyer pleads guilty to misleading Congress

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court, November 29, 2018 in New York City. (Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 29 November 2018
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Trump ex-lawyer pleads guilty to misleading Congress

  • Cohen began talking with the Mueller investigation after he pleaded guilty on August 21 to bank fraud and campaign finance violations in a separate deal with New York prosecutors
  • Mueller is investigating whether the Trump election campaign in 2016 colluded with Russian efforts to damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton

NEW YORK: President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in a New York court Thursday in connection with misleading Congress over the ongoing Russia investigation, US media reported.
The 52-year-old exited a Manhattan federal court dressed in a suit on Thursday, ignoring questions from a mob of reporters and got wordlessly into the back of a vehicle before being driven away.
In September, his lawyer said that Cohen had been providing "critical information" to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators.
Cohen, once one of Trump's top aides, began talking with the Mueller investigation after he pleaded guilty on August 21 to bank fraud and campaign finance violations in an separate deal with New York prosecutors.
Mueller is investigating whether the Trump election campaign in 2016 colluded with Russian efforts to damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and whether Trump has sought to illegally obstruct the investigation.
But the span of the investigation also reportedly encompasses Trump's business dealings, to which Cohen had a front row seat for years as a senior executive in the president's real estate business in New York, the Trump Organization.
Once known as Trump's "pit bull" and right-hand man, Cohen was privy to multi-million-dollar deals and payments to two alleged lovers -- whose claims could have potentially sabotaged his boss's 2016 election.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to charges involving his arrangement of payouts of hush money to those women - widely thought to be porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal - before the 2016 election.
Hanging Trump out to dry, Cohen testified under oath in court that the president directed him to break campaign finance law, while pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud.


Hong Kong police demand better protection ahead of more protests

Updated 15 July 2019
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Hong Kong police demand better protection ahead of more protests

  • Hong Kong has been rocked by large and sometimes violent street protests over the now-suspended extradition bill
  • Critics of the bill say it threatens Hong Kong’s rule of law and want it completely withdrawn and Lam to step down

HONG KONG: A Hong Kong police officers’ union has urged police chiefs to better protect rank-and-file staff as the city braces for rolling protests in coming weeks over a controversial planned extradition treaty to mainland China.
In a letter to force management seen by Reuters, the Junior Police Officers’ Association said it wanted guarantees that police chief Stephen Lo and his senior managers could ensure their “safety and mental health.”
Three police officers were being treated in hospital on Monday for injuries sustained in skirmishes on Sunday.
Hong Kong has been rocked by large and sometimes violent street protests over the now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent to China to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist Party.
Critics of the bill say it threatens Hong Kong’s rule of law and want it completely withdrawn and Lam to step down.