Mueller accuses Manafort of lying, but not about Russian Federation collusion

Michael Cohen exits from federal court in New York

The explosive revelation came a week after Mueller said that Cohen had detailed to the Russian Federation collusion investigation ongoing contacts with a top aide to Putin on the real estate deal throughout the first half of 2016, even after Trump had secured the Republican presidential nomination.

While Cohen implicated the president in the hush payments to two women - adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal - in his guilty plea in August in NY, the filing on Friday marked the first time federal prosecutors officially concurred.

Namely, the part that stated "Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1".

Manafort, a veteran Republican consultant who led Trump's election campaign for several months in 2016, has been convicted mostly on charges related to his work for pro-Moscow politicians in Ukraine between 2004 and 2014.

"The government's filing in Mr. Manafort's case says absolutely nothing about the President".

The meeting did not take place.

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.

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On Friday, Mueller said Cohen's false statements to Congress had "obscured the fact" that the skyscraper project held the potential to reap "hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources" for the Trump Organization.

"The person told Cohen that such a meeting could have a "phenomenal" impact 'not only in political but in a business dimension as well, '" the filing said.

Prosecutors said Manafort lied about a number of topics, including his communications with Trump administration officials.

Trump says his campaign had nothing to do with them and he denounces Mueller's investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt". They said his sentence should reflect a "modest" reduction from the four to five years they said federal guidelines would suggest.

Cohen had been hoping prosecutors would make a similar recommendation in his case.

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.

They said Cohen should receive some credit for his cooperation with Mueller, but noted that he had not entered into a cooperation agreement with their office. He also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in a separate case handled by Mueller.

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