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

Yet on Wednesday Mr Cohen, for years Mr Trump's "fixer", will be sentenced for the crimes of bank and tax fraud, and for lying to Congress - for which he pled guilty. 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.

In a footnote, special counsel Robert Mueller's team writes that Cohen conferred with Trump "about contacting the Russian Federation government before reaching out to gauge Russia's interest in such a meeting", though it never took place.

USA prosecutors have revealed that a Russian offered cooperation to Donald Trump's campaign as early as 2015, declaring that the president's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen had provided "relevant" and "substantial" help to the Russia investigation. The Manhattan prosecutors' charges against Cohen stemmed from a referral from Mueller's team.

"The only thing keeping Donald Trump from being indicted and being charged with a crime, beyond wealth and privilege, is that he occupies the office of the presidency", Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas) told host Ali Velshi on MSNBC Friday night.

Federal law requires that any payments made "for the purposes of influencing" an election must be reported in campaign finance disclosures.

In fact, Mueller said Cohen provided substantial assistance to his team in its probe into Russian interference in the presidential race as well as "useful information concerning his contacts with persons connected to the White House during the 2017-2018 time period".

In Friday's court filing, the Justice Department threw its weight behind Cohen's claim he was acting on Trump's orders, claiming the payments were made in "coordination with and the direction of" Trump, named in the documents as "individual 1".

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

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.

Last week, Cohen admitted to lying to congressional investigators in an attempt to minimize his efforts to secure the Kremlin's help for a Trump skyscraper in Moscow.

The filing says the meeting never happened. 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 New York prosecutors said in their filing that 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 said his lawyers were preparing a "counter to the Mueller Report".

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

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.

The report was expected to provide more information on Mueller's probe, but federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson granted the special counsel's request to file the report under seal and ordered a redacted version to be released. They said his sentence should reflect a "modest" reduction from the roughly four to five years they said federal guidelines would suggest.

Considering that cooperation, Mueller suggested the sentence for lying to Congress run concurrently with the sentence in the NY case.

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