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

New filing says Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen was in touch with a Russian seeking ‘political synergy’ with campaign in 2015

New filing says Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen was in touch with a Russian seeking ‘political synergy’ with campaign in 2015

"Totally clears the President", Trump tweeted.

The filing from Southern District of NY prosecutors alleges that Trump ordered Cohen to make hush money payments to two women who said they had affairs with Trump, a fact revealed some time ago.

Cohen also said he coordinated the payments with, and was directed by, "Individual-1", who is believed to be Trump.

The evidence of Cohen's cooperation with Mueller was submitted as mitigating information in advance of his expected sentencing in the coming days on charges of tax fraud, lying, and campaign finance fraud related to hush payments he made to Trump's alleged former lovers before the election to protect Trump's reputation.

The filing says the meeting never happened.

The November 2015 offer of a "political synergy" between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, and a Putin-Trump meeting, was months earlier than what has so far been revealed in the sprawling Mueller investigation.

In a separate filing, Mueller's office said on Friday that it would not take a position on Cohen's sentencing, scheduled for next Wednesday.

The president has acknowledged "lightly" looking into a Trump Tower project in Moscow but said that broke no law and that he was perfectly within his rights to continue to operate his real estate business at the same time his presidential campaign was picking up steam. Cohen claimed that the remarks were off-the-cuff but later admitted that he discussed a potential, future meeting with Russian officials with Trump.

"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.

"Manafort told multiple discernable lies - these were not instances of mere memory lapses", the filing said. Last month Mueller voided Manafort's plea agreement because, they said, he was not telling the truth.

Considering that cooperation, Mueller suggested the sentence for lying to Congress run concurrently with the sentence in the NY 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 cooperating with Mueller but noted he had not entered into a similar agreement with their office.

The filings followed a sentencing memo earlier this week regarding Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who Mueller praised for providing "substantial" cooperation and argued for no prison time.

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