Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) responded on Thursday to Micheal Cohen’s guilty plea for lying to congressional investigators over the timing of business dealings for a Trump Tower in Moscow.

“There’s a reason people shouldn’t lie when they’re in front of a congressional investigation,” he said.

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While dodging definitively answering whether he’d consider pardoning Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump again expressed sympathy for his former campaign manager, who could spend the rest of his life behind bars after special counsel Robert Mueller dropped the plea deal with Manafort, alleging Manafort lied to the federal investigators.

“It’s very sad what’s happened to Paul, the way he’s been treated, I’ve never seen anybody treated so poorly,” he told reporters.

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) told reporters that Michael Cohen’s guilty plea “underscores” his belief that “other witnesses were untruthful.”

“But I think Michael Cohen’s guilty plea also underscores the importance of something else. That is we believe other witnesses were untruthful before our committee,” he told reporters Thursday. 

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Just after President Trump’s former personal attorney pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the timing of business dealing for a Trump Tower in Moscow, the President slammed Michael Cohen as a “weak person.”

(Cohen) was given a fairly long jail sentence and he’s a weak person and by being weak, unlike other people that you watch, he is a weak person and he’s trying to get a reduced sentence,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House for the G20 summit in Argentina.

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