>> Michael Cohen's bombshell admissions in court are presenting new risks for President Trump in the Russia investigation.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Special Counsel Robert Mueller appears to be zeroing on the central question of his investigation. Whether the Trump campaign worked with Russia to win the 2016 Presidential election.
Cohen's guilty plea adds another piece to that puzzle. He's saying that for much of the time that Trump was running for President, he was operating on two tracks. Heaping praise on Vladimir Putin on the campaign trail while his business team worked to land a lucrative real estate deal in Moscow.
Trump says that Cohen is lying, but Mueller only appears to be picking up the pace as he looks for evidence of collusion.>> Mr. Cohen will continue to cooperate.>> Cohen telling a federal court that he was in touch with the Putin administration as he tried to get the Moscow skyscraper off the ground.
Speaking for 20 minutes at one point with somebody in the office of Putin's top spokesman. Planning to travel to Moscow to work the deal in person. He says he briefed Trump more than three times and kept family members in the loop. Trump defending himself Friday, tweeting that his decision to seek a business deal in Russia while running for office was both very legal and very cool.
Saying he had only lightly looked at developing a project in Russia, but that it went nowhere. Cohen says he didn't abandon the project until June, 2016, months longer than he had led lawmakers to believe.>> We stand behind that statement.>> That's well after Russian hackers had started to target Trump's Democratic rivals.
And it's around the same time that Trump's son, Donald Jr., and others in his inner circle met at Trump Tower with Russians who were promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.>> I think I'd get along very well with Vladimir Putin.>> Meanwhile, Trump was calling for a more sympathetic approach to Russia on the world stage and telling voters he had no business deals in the country.
Cohen admitting that he misled lawmakers last year as they looked into the question of collusion. His plea a clear warning to other people close to Trump, like Donald Jr., who have also testified before Congress on the matter. Meanwhile, Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort will tentatively face sentencing on March 5th, a federal judge ruling Friday, after Mueller said Manafort had breached his plea agreement.
Mueller's team is due to submit a report on December 7th outlining the details. Mueller's pursuing other angles as well. A leaked document from one suspect, conservative author Jerome Corsi, shows that Mueller's trying to figure out whether people in Trump's orbit were working with Wikileaks to amplify the impact of those hacked Democratic emails.
But will all of this add up to collusion? The fate of Trump's Presidency could be riding on the answer.