President Trump directed Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, to lie to Congress about the Moscow Trump Tower project, two federal law enforcement officials with knowledge of the matter told BuzzFeed News. Cohen was in charge of the project, and falsely said that negotiations ended in January 2016, when they really continued for several more months. While campaigning, Trump said he had no business dealings with Russia, but in reality, he had at least 10 in-person meetings with Cohen about the deal, BuzzFeed News reports, and Cohen also regularly updated Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump about the development. In November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying about the deal in testimony to the Senate and House intelligence committees. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani called the allegations "categorically false."

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