WH: Mueller Filing On Manafort Lies 'Says Absolutely Nothing About The President'

WH: Mueller Filing On Manafort Lies 'Says Absolutely Nothing About The President'

Cohen also discussed a Moscow real estate deal that could have netted Trump's business hundreds of millions of dollars and conversations with a Russian intermediary who proposed a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as offering synergy with the campaign, prosecutors said.

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.

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.

It noted that Cohen cooperated with its probe but described his lies to Congress about his efforts to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow as "deliberate and premeditated".

"Thank you!" Trump also tweeted after the filings were released.

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

They continued: "The fact that Cohen continued to work on the project and discuss it with [Trump] well into the campaign was material to the ongoing congressional and [special counsel] investigations, particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the US presidential election".

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Federal prosecutors said Friday that Cohen deserves a substantial prison sentence despite his cooperation with investigators.

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 his sentence should reflect a "modest" reduction from the four to five years they said federal guidelines would suggest.

Mueller accused Manafort last month of breaching a plea bargain agreement by lying to his prosecutors.

Trump repeated his criticism again on Friday and said on Twitter that his attorneys have already begun work on a rebuttal to Mueller in case the special counsel's report is damaging to Trump and becomes public.

The president has denied any collusion with Russian Federation, and accuses Mueller's prosecutors of pressuring his former aides to lie about him, his campaign and his business dealings.

Representatives for the U.S. Justice Department and Mueller's office declined to comment on Trump's tweets.

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