Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Trump calls for Mueller probe to end following Manafort, Cohen court filings

U.S. President Trump delivers remarks as he hosts a Hanukkah reception at the White House in Washington Court Deadlines Set Stage for More Russia Probe Details
Pablo Mccormick | 08 December, 2018, 23:51

Castro made it clear he thinks they should wait for Mueller's full report, but said while many might be "very reluctant to go down this path... you can't ignore the evidence".

"In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1", the document reads, referring to Trump.

The meeting didn't take place.

Cohen, dubbed Trump's "legal fixer" in the past, also described his work in conjunction with Trump in orchestrating hush money payments to two women - adult actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal - who said they had sex with Trump.

Trump immediately declared that he was vindicated. "Thank you!" Trump tweeted cryptically as television networks were consumed by the Cohen documents - which the White House dismissed as revealing "nothing of value".

But prosecutors gave him no such clearance.

In one of the filings, Mueller details how Cohen spoke to a Russian who "claimed to be a "trusted person" in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign "political synergy" and 'synergy on a government level'".

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The person repeatedly dangled a meeting between Trump and Putin, saying such a meeting could have a "phenomenal" impact "not only in political but in a business dimension as well".

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.

The documents turned up the heat on Trump by confirming prosecutors' belief of his involvement in a campaign finance violation, while adding to a growing list of contacts between campaign aides and Russians in 2015 and 2016, legal experts said.

In the 40-page document Khuzami drew a direct link between Cohen's illegal behavior and Trump.

"Just to make it crystal clear, NY federal prosecutors concluded that the President of the United States committed a felony", he tweeted.

The memo from NY prosecutors identifies three people at an August 2014 meeting: Cohen, "Individual 1" and "Chairman 1".

Cohen's crimes "were more serious than his submission allows and were marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life", they said. The allegations exposed him to the possibility of additional criminal charges and a lengthier prison sentence. "Cohen coordinated his actions with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments", it said.

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Manafort has said he believes he provided "truthful information".

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law in making the arranged payments.

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

Cohen, an attorney and businessman, committed four distinct federal crimes over a period of several years.

Trump had earlier said Cohen became his employee after he did him a "favor", without specifying what it was.

US prosecutors said yesterday President Donald Trump directed his personal lawyer to make illegal hush payments to two women ahead of the 2016 election, and also detailed a previously unknown attempt by a Russian to help the Trump campaign. They also suggest that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Cohen's lies to the public, which sets a bad precedent for Trump.

They said Cohen should receive some credit for cooperating with Mueller but noted he had not entered into a similar agreement with their office.

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