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Report that Trump ‘instructed Cohen to lie’ sparks outcry

BBC, London

Democratic politicians in the US say they will investigate allegations that President Donald Trump directed his ex-personal lawyer to lie to Congress. A Buzzfeed News report published yesterday claims Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen has already admitted to lying about when the business project ended. Trump has not yet responded to the report's allegations - but he has previously denied ever directing his former lawyer to break the law. The president's current personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, dismissed the story late on Thursday, telling the Washington Post: "If you believe Cohen, I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge."

The intelligence committee of the House of Representatives will investigate the claims, says its new chairman, Adam Schiff. "The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date," Schiff wrote on Twitter.

"We will do what's necessary to find out if it's true," he added. Buzzfeed says its report is based on testimony from two unnamed law enforcement officials involved in investigating the matter. The story alleges Trump received 10 personal updates from Cohen about a plan to build a Trump development in Moscow at a time when Trump denied having any business ties to Russia. Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and son, Donald Jnr, were also updated, the story alleges.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election - and whether Trump campaign figures were complicit - has already revealed that Cohen lied about the date the Moscow Trump Tower project ended.

Cohen told Congress talks over the plan had taken place between September 2015 and January 2016 but criminal complaint documents have said they lasted until June. Cohen said the plan had been halted earlier in an attempt to "minimise links between the Moscow Project and Individual 1" during the election campaign. Individual 1 has previously been identified by Cohen as Mr Trump.

Buzzfeed says Cohen has told investigators that Mr Trump "personally instructed him to lie" about the date negotiations ended "in order to obscure Trump's involvement".

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