'Individual 1' Looms Large in Cohen Plea

Trump tweets about 'very legal & very cool' plans for 'doing a building somewhere in Russia'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2018 6:42 AM CST

(Newser) – The person identified as "Individual 1" in Michael Cohen's guilty plea Thursday wasn't named—but it's not hard to guess the identity of the former employer who was nominated to be president of the United States. The guilty plea makes it clear that President Trump is a central figure in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of links between his campaign and Russia, reports the Washington Post. In his plea, Cohen admitted lying to Congress about plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen, who told two congressional committees that talks on the project were abandoned in January 2016, said the negotiations, and the updates to "Individual 1," continued until June 14, 2016. He said talks began in September 2015 and Trump signed a nonbinding letter of intent. More:

  • Trump pushback. Trump continued to downplay the development after arriving in Argentina for the G20 summit early Friday. "Oh, I get it! I am a very good developer, happily living my life, when I see our Country going in the wrong direction (to put it mildly)," he tweeted. "Against all odds, I decide to run for President & continue to run my business-very legal & very cool, talked about it on the campaign trail...Lightly looked at doing a building somewhere in Russia. Put up zero money, zero guarantees and didn’t do the project. Witch Hunt!"

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