Trump lawyer: Moscow Trump Tower 'solely a real estate deal'

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Cohen also discusses his attempt in January 2016-during the presidential campaign-to engage with a senior aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin to enlist his help with a stalled Trump Tower project in Moscow. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators are conducting their own criminal investigation.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen says he will testify Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee in its probe of Russian influence in the election.

Much of the statement seeks to rebut the 35-page dossier prepared by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.

A key accusation of the dossier was that Cohen had traveled to Prague to meet with Russians but Cohen in the statement denies ever having been to Prague or anywhere in the Czech Republic.

Cohen disclosed details of the deal last month in a statement to the House intelligence committee, saying that he had worked on the real estate proposal with Felix Sater, a Russian-born associate who has claimed to have deep connections to Moscow.

Donald Trump's longtime lawyer is repeating his sweeping rejection of allegations that he played a key role in a purported back-channel relationship between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during last year's presidential race.

NPR obtained a copy of the statement.

Cohen, who also denied that the deal was "in any way" related to the campaign says in his statement to the Senate committee "this was exclusively a real estate deal and nothing more".

Michael Cohen was appearing privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee, one of multiple congressional panels investigating Russian interference in the presidential race and potential ties to the Trump campaign. "I was doing my job".

In his statement Tuesday, Cohen said the proposal was "solely a real estate deal and nothing more".

"In my opinion, the hired spy didn't find anything factual, so he threw together a shoddily written and totally fabricated report filled with lies and rumors", Cohen says.

Cohen's appearance before the committee is also voluntary, a source with direct knowledge of the process has told CNN.

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