In a court filing late Friday night made by his attorneys, Michael Cohen, President Donald J. Trump’s former personal attorney, admitted he was in “close and regular contact” with Trump’s legal team and the White House when he lied to Congress in 2017 about the then-presidential candidate’s plans for a real estate development in Moscow.

Looking to get a lenient sentence, Cohen also admitted to paying off women to keep them silent regarding their romantic relationships with Trump and to prevent them from “disseminating narratives that would adversely affect the Campaign and cause personal embarrassment,” his attorneys wrote.

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