USA - Trump says Democrats colluded with Russia / Trump: I answered Mueller's questions very easily / Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress / Flynn sentencing delayed, he's still cooperating
1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Donald Trump, US President:
" Everybody understands there was no collusion with Russia. It was all made up by the Democrats. They're the ones that colluded with Russia.
Trump: I answered Mueller's questions very easily
Washington - 16 November 2018
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
" I was asked a series of questions, I've answered them very easily, very easily. I'm sure they're tripped up because you know, they like to catch people, gee, you know was the weather sunny or was it rainy? He said, 'it may have been a good day. It was rainy.' Therefore he told a lie, he perjured himself. OK, so you have to always be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions. But no it's, the questions were very routinely answered by me, by me.
Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress
New York - 29 November 2018
3. Michael Cohen walks out of courthouse with lawyer
US President Donald Trump claimed on October 8th 2018 that "the Democrats colluded with Russia".
Trump was speaking in Washington after returning from his meeting with Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
He claimed that the Obama administration did nothing when it found out about possible Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections.
Trump also commented on Jamal Khashoggi, a missing Saudi journalist, saying: "I do not like it".
When asked about superstar Taylor Swift's support for Democratic candidates in Tennessee, Trump said he liked her music "about 25 percent less now".
President Donald Trump says he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but hasn't yet submitted them.
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on November 16th that he answered the questions "very easily" this week but added that "you have to always be careful."
The president did not say when he would turn over the answers to Mueller as part of the ongoing investigation into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Trump had huddled with lawyer at the White House this week but made clear: "my lawyers don't write answers, I write answers."
Mueller had signaled a willingness to accept written answers on matters of collusion. The White House has said it would not answer Mueller's questions on possible obstruction of justice.
The president spoke to reporters shortly after a district judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing.
Trump said "people have to behave" while in the White House and he said his staff will be "writing up rules and regulations" to guide press for future events.
The president insists he wants "total freedom of the press," but journalists "have to act with respect."
Trump didn't say what the new rules and regulations will entail.
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate deal in Russia.
Cohen made a surprise appearance on November 29th in a New York courtroom.
He admitted to making false statements in 2017 to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
In August 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to other federal charges involving his taxi businesses, bank fraud and his campaign work for Trump.
One of the prosecutors working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller was present in the courtroom.
Cohen's lawyer told the judge the plea deal involved cooperation with Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the U.S. election.
A federal judge has agreed to delay former national security adviser Michael Flynn's sentencing so he can continue cooperating with the Russia probe.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on December 18th set a status conference for March 2019.
Attorneys for Flynn asked the judge to postpone the sentencing. The stunning request came after Sullivan warned Flynn that if he were sentenced as scheduled Tuesday, he might not get all the credit for his cooperation with investigators that he is entitled to.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russia contacts. Prosecutors had recommended no prison time, citing his cooperation. But the judge's rebuke raised the prospect that Flynn could get a harsher sentence.