Investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have spent hours quizzing President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, about his one-time client’s dealings with Russia, it was reported Thursday.
Cohen has voluntarily participated in the interviews without receiving any assurances of leniency from Mueller’s team, which is probing the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections and ties between Russians and Trump advisers, according to ABC.
He is also cooperating with a separate probe by New York state authorities into allegations surrounding the Trump family charity, which has come under scrutiny after it was accused of using some funds for political and personal purposes.
Just days ago, former Trump campaign chairman and longtime Washington lobbyist Paul Manafort cut a deal and agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s team to avoid trial in Washington, D.C. on charges he laundered money and failed to register as a lobbyist for foreign governments.
A jury in Virginia previously convicted Manafort on eight counts of tax and bank fraud.
Trump regularly derides Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt.”
So far, 32 people — including 26 Russians — have been charged by Mueller. While the Russians remain at large, everyone else has either pleaded guilty or been convicted.