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and before going further I want to apologize to each member , the last time I appeared before Congress I came to protect Mr trump , today I am here to tell the truth about missed , I lied to Congress but Mr trump stop negotiating the Moscow tower project in Russia , I stated that we stopped to go sheeting in January of twenty sixteen , that was false , our negotiations continue for months later during the campaign , Mr trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress , that's not how he operates , in conversations we had during the campaign at the same time I was actively negotiating in Russia for him , he would look me in the eye and tell me there's no Russian business and then go on to lie to the American people by saying the same thing , in his way he was telling me to lie , there were at least a half a dozen times between the Iowa caucus in January of twenty sixteen , and the end of June , when he would ask me how's it going in Russia referring to the Moscow tower project , you need to know that Mr trump's personal lawyers reviewed and edited my statement to Congress about the timing of the Moscow tower negotiations before I gave it , to be clear Mr trump knew of and directed the trump Moscow negotiations throughout the campaign , and lied about it , he lied about it because he never expected to win , he also lied about it because he stood to make hundreds of millions of dollars on the Moscow real estate project , and so I lied about it to , Chris Mr trump made clear to me to his personal statements to me that we both knew to be false and through his lies to the country , that he wanted me to lie , and he made it clear to me because his personal attorneys reviewed my statement before I gave it to Congress , over the past two years , I have been smeared as a rat by the president of the United States , the truth is much different , yet last fall I plead guilty in federal court , to felonies for the benefit of at the direction of and in coordination with individual number one , and for the record , is president Donald J. trump , it is painful to admit that I was motivated by ambition times , it is even more painful to admit , that many times I ignored my conscience and acted loyal to a man when I should not have , sitting here today , it seems unbelievable that I was so mesmerized by Donald Trump that I was willing to do things for him that I knew were absolutely wrong , for that reason I have come here to apologize to my family , to my government and to the American people