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Prosecutors implicate Trump in payments

09 December 2018, 04:03 | Darnell Patrick

Giuliani to CNN: Mueller Thinks Manafort Lied About Trump Tower Meeting

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Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday said former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about five major issues during his cooperation.

Prosecutors working for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY based in Manhattan asked a judge to impose a sentence that reflects a "modest downward variance" from the potential maximum of 63 months in prison that Cohen faces. But the brief insight into Mueller's investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 election are more compelling for the rest of the country.

This morning he followed up with "After two years and millions of pages of documents (and a cost of over $30,000,000), NO COLLUSION!"

US President Donald Trump on Saturday again denied that his presidential campaign colluded with Russian operatives, but made no comment on claims that he directly organized hush payments to ward off a possible sex scandal during his White House run.

"Cohen deceived the voting public by hiding alleged facts that he believed would have had a substantial effect on the election", prosecutors said.

Trump said during the 2016 campaign that he had no business dealings with Russian Federation, but the Mueller filing document suggests otherwise.

But the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director did disclose Cohen's communications with a Russian contact who told him a meeting between Individual 1 and Russian President Vladimir Putin would have a "phenomenal" impact "not only in political but in a business dimension as well".

The former fixer last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in connection with a Moscow real estate deal, which was being pursued as late as one month before Trump officially became the Republican nominee for president.

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"When you look at what the prosecutors did in the Southern District of NY they allege that Donald Trump directed two campaign finance violations".

Manhattan prosecutors said in their sentencing filing that Cohen committed campaign-finance crimes "in coordination with and at the direction of Individual 1". His lawyers want the 52-year-old attorney to avoid prison time altogether.

The court papers say Manafort initially told prosecutors he didn't have contact with any people while they were in the Trump administration.

The filing says the meeting never happened.

Manafort, who has pleaded guilty to several counts, violated his plea agreement by then telling "multiple discernible lies" to prosecutors, they said.

Manafort resigned from his job on the Trump campaign as questions swirled about his lobbying work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. Though he has portrayed himself as cooperative, "his description of those efforts is overstated in some respects and incomplete in others", prosecutors said.

Prosecutors in NY, where Cohen pleaded guilty in August in connection with those payments, said the lawyer "acted in coordination and at the direction" of Trump.

Trump also has focused his criticism specifically on Cohen, calling him a liar who is making up stories to convince the government to ease his sentence in the New York City crimes to which he's also pleaded guilty. The court filing Friday makes clear that the payments were made to benefit Trump politically. "Thank you!" Trump tweeted cryptically as television networks were consumed by the Cohen documents - which the White House dismissed as revealing "nothing of value".



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