Trump denies collusion after major revelations in Russian Federation probe

Michael Cohen former lawyer to President Donald Trump leaves his apartment building on New York's Park Avenue Friday Dec. 7 2018. In the latest filings Friday prosecutors will weigh in on whether Cohen deserves prison time and if so how much

Mueller's filing did, however, acknowledge Cohen's help in the Russia investigation and also said that he has provided information about new contacts between Trump's presidential campaign and Russians, including outreach as early as November 2015 from people seeking to arrange meetings between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. These are all from New York's federal courts and are unrelated to the investigation of whether anybody in Trump's circle coordinated with Russian officials in their attempts to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 election.

The Special Counsel referred his investigation of Michael Cohen in part to the Southern District of NY.

"Totally clears the President".

Mueller's office also submitted a sentencing memo today for Cohen's other guilty plea from the end of November, where he acknowledged lying to Congress when he said negotiations with Russian Federation to build a hotel in Moscow had ended before the primary season kicked off in the spring of 2016 (they had not).

The memo was harsh on Cohen's payoffs of the two women, and sought to tie them to Trump's win, arguing that Cohen "coordinated" with the Trump campaign.

Cohen told prosecutors he never followed up on the Putin invitation, though the offer bore echoes of a March 2016 proposal presented by Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who broached to other advisers the idea of a Putin encounter. They said his sentence should reflect a "modest" reduction from the four to five years they said federal guidelines would suggest.

Cohen, citing the fact he has co-operated with investigators, had requested a sentence of no prison time.

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In an additional filing Friday evening, prosecutors said Manafort lied about his contacts with a Russian associate and Trump administration officials, including in 2018.

A heavily redacted court filing said that Manafort's "lies" included untruths about his dealings with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate who U.S. officials suspect is a Russian intelligence operative, and about his contacts with Trump administration officials after striking a plea agreement. Last month Mueller voided Manafort's plea agreement because, they said, he was not telling the truth.

Manafort resigned from his job on the Trump campaign as questions swirled about his lobbying work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

In the latest filings Friday, prosecutors will weigh in on whether Cohen deserves prison time and, if so, how much. "But Cohen's description of those efforts is overstated in some respects and incomplete in others". He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends.

Federal prosecutors said Cohen made the payments in "coordination with and the direction of" Trump. Though Cohen had previously implicated Trump in the payments, the prosecutors now are linking Trump to the scheme and backing up Cohen's allegations. The court filing Friday makes clear that the payments were made to benefit Trump politically.

"The government's filings in Mr. Cohen's case tell us nothing of value that wasn't already known", Sanders said.

Mueller said on Friday that Cohen repeated his false statements about the project in his first meeting with Mueller's office, admitting the truth only in a later meeting in September after he had pleaded guilty to the separate NY charges.

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