>> Michael Cohen is lying>> The new guilty plea entered by the President's former personal lawyer for lying to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the Presidential campaign. Prompting a derisive counterblow from Trump.>> He's a weak person, not a very smart person.
>> Then only moments later the President defended his pursuit of the Trump Tower deal in Russia.>> Even if he was right, it doesn't matter because I was allowed to do whatever I wanted during the campaign.>> We go back to the campaign and Trump insists he had no dealings in Russia.
>> I know nothing about Russia, I know about Russia, but I know nothing about the inner workings of Russia. I don't deal there, I have no businesses there, I have no loans from Russia.>> That contention now called into question after Michael Cohen said he lied to Congressional investigators.
Reuters correspondent Brendan Pierson was at the courthouse.>> In preparation for testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017 he submitted a written statement in which he made some false claims. That all discussion of this Moscow real estate project had ended by January 2016. When really it was still going on in June 2016 while the election was underway.
He also said that he'd had minimal discussions about it with Trump. When in reality, he now admitted he had had more extensive discussions with, at that time, the candidate.>> Thursday's guilty plea from Cohen, who once said he'd take a bullet for the President. Stems directly from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election.
And deepens Cohen's cooperation with the probe.>> Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate.>> In August Cohen pleaded guilty to charges from a different investigation brought by federal prosecutors in New York. Those charges included tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations. In connection with paying off porn star Stormy Daniels to stay quiet about an affair she said she had with Trump.
>> He's trying to get a reduced sentence.>> The President on Thursday accused Cohen of simply trying to do less time for those crimes. The surprise appearance from Cohen comes after Mueller said Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort had breached his plea deal. By repeatedly lying to federal investigators.
The President's lawyer's also recently submitted his written responses to questions from Mueller. Trump has always denied any collusion with Russia or that he's tried to obstruct the investigation.>> I wasn't trying to hide anything, okay.