Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, today admitted to lying to Congress in relation to the Russia inquiry.
The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to making false statements to lawmakers about a Trump real estate project in Moscow.
He appeared unexpectedly at federal court in Manhattan on Thursday morning.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to violating finance laws during the 2016 presidential election by handling hush money for Mr Trump’s alleged lovers.
As he left the White House for a G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Trump told reporters that Mr Cohen was a “weak person and not a very smart person”, who was “lying” to seek a reduced sentence.