Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Cohen talked with Trump about meeting Putin during campaign

Cohen talked with Trump about meeting Putin during campaign Cohen talked with Trump about meeting Putin during campaign
Steven Clarke | 08 December, 2018, 23:51

Cohen provided prosecutors with a "detailed account" of his involvement, along with the involvement of others, in efforts during the 2016 presidential campaign to complete a deal to build a Trump Tower Moscow, the documents said. They bring the legal peril from multiple investigations closer than ever to Trump, tying him to an illegal hush money payment scheme and contradicting his claims that he had nothing to do with Russian Federation.

Court filings from prosecutors in NY and special counsel Robert Mueller's office Friday laid out previously undisclosed contacts between Trump associates and Russian intermediaries and suggested the Kremlin aimed early on to influence Trump and his campaign by playing to both his political aspirations and his personal business interests.

The separate filings came from special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in NY ahead of Wednesday's sentencing of Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Cohen and Manafort are among five former Trump associates whom prosecutors have accused of lying either to federal investigators or to Congress.

The women claimed they had had affairs with Trump, and prosecutors now claim the payouts were made to silence them ahead of the 2016 presidential election in violation of campaign finance laws. "Thank you!" after the court filings, the documents suggest that Trump may have known more about campaign and business contacts with the Russians than he has admitted.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that Cohen deserves a substantial prison sentence despite his cooperation with investigators. Actually, he said in his guilty plea, they continued well into the campaign, including past the point at which Trump became the Republican front runner.

The filings, in cases involving Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, capped a dramatic week of revelations in Mueller's probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

"It has been incorrectly reported that Rudy Giuliani and others will not be doing a counter to the Mueller Report".

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In late November, prosecutors revealed that Manafort had repeatedly lied to them but did not say about what.

And this time, unlike his early morning outburst in which the president seemed to be on the verge of panic, Trump confidently proclaimed that the new filings mean he is proven innocent and home free.

The filing says the meeting never happened. Last month Mueller voided Manafort's plea agreement because, they said, he was not telling the truth.

The president also praised another associate, Roger Stone, for saying he wouldn't testify against him, and Trump said a pardon for Manafort isn't off the table.

Cohen had been hoping prosecutors would make a similar recommendation in his case. Mueller's memo says Cohen has met with the special counsel's office in seven different sessions to provide valuable information. But the NY prosecutors were unsparing in their descriptions of his conduct, saying he was motivated by "personal greed" and that he "repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends".

Prosecutors said the court's Probation Department estimated that federal sentencing guidelines call for Cohen to serve at least four years in prison.

The payments are technically unrelated to the Russian Federation probe, but prosecutors painted a damning picture of the "extensive, deliberate, and serious criminal conduct" of Cohen - once a member of Trump's inner circle of trusted aides.

Both the NY sentencing memo and Mueller's memo can be read here.

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