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1. Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress
Michael Cohen on Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in a Manhattan federal court as part of a plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Cohen had told lawmakers that plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow were abandoned in January 2016, but, according to court documents, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and longtime fixer had held discussions about the real estate deal until at least June 2016.
Cohen also admitted that he discussed the plans with Trump and members of his family on multiple occasions.
Cohen has spent more than 70 hours being interviewed by Mueller’s team, including discussions about the 2016 campaign and Trump’s business ties to Russia, sources told ABC News, but Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos says we still don’t have the entire picture.
“We don’t know what we don’t know about Mueller,” he tells us. “What we do know is that every single witness that I’ve spoken to who has been before the grand jury, who’s been interviewed by Mueller’s team, has come out saying, ‘You can’t believe how much he knows and how much evidence he has to back it up.'”
Also joining us to talk about the state of the Russia investigation and the Trump Tower Moscow project are ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, ABC News White House Correspondent Karen Travers, ABC News’ Aaron Katersky and John Santucci, and FiveThirtyEight’s Amelia Thompson DeVeaux.
2. World leaders arrive at G-20
Back in Argentina, Trump has plenty of other pressing concerns with world leaders at the G-20 summit.
ABC News’ Ali Rogin is in Buenos Aires and says a meeting with China’s leader could have economic implications back home.
3. World AIDS Day
Saturday is World AIDS Day, marking 30 years since the World Health Organization began the campaign to raise awareness about the epidemic.
“We’ve made progress over the last three decades with accessible testing and treatment, but in certain parts of the world, the number of AIDS cases is rising. HIV diagnoses hit a record high in Eastern Europe last year, with more than 130,000 people newly diagnosed,” according to a new report from WHO’s Regional Office for Europe.
Dr. Chris Beyrer, former president of the International AIDS Society and a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, tells us we could be doing more to combat the disease.
“It’s really important that we don’t give up the fight too soon,” he said. “We have a long way to go to get control of this epidemic.”
Steely determination: The president of the United States of America once again asserts that steel plants, which are not opening all over the country, are opening all over the country.
‘A poisonous combination of presidential tweets and the selective leaking that has become standard practice’: Attorneys for James Comey respond to a subpoena of the former FBI director.
‘Racism is the core of the problem’: Alabama police, after shooting to death a black man wrongly presumed to be the suspect in a mall shooting last week, now say they’ve arrested an actual suspect.
‘We believe that the defendant’s motive was financial in nature’: A New Jersey man is accused of murdering his brother and that man’s entire family and then setting their home on fire.
From our partners at FiveThirtyEight:
Michael Cohen Is The 33rd Person Mueller Has Charged — And Could Be Among The Most Important
New documents show what Chris Watts did after murdering his family: Text messages, police interrogations and other details emerge from a crop of documents released after Watts pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and their two daughters.
Reuben Foster’s signing opens reignites debate on NFL’s handling of domestic violence: The Washington Redskins’ decision to sign Foster after his second domestic violence arrest raises new questions about whether the league is too lenient.
Today in history:
Nov. 30, 1993 — President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Bill.
The must-see photo:
Michael Cohen walks out of federal court, Nov. 29, 2018, in New York. (photo credit: Julie Jacobson/AP)
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