Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump says prosecutors have found no evidence of Russian Federation collusion

Trump says prosecutors have found no evidence of Russian Federation collusion

It also, for the first time, directly ties Trump to a federal crime. 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.

Trump's moniker in some of the filings: "Individual-1".

He seeks extraordinary leniency - a sentence of no jail time - based principally on his rose-colored view of the seriousness of the crimes; his claims to a sympathetic personal history; and his provision of certain information to law enforcement.

In a clear shot across Trump's bow, the document said: "The fact that Cohen continued to work on the [Trump Tower] project and discuss it with Individual 1 [Trump] well into the campaign was material to the ongoing efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the United States presidential election... the defendant provided a detailed account of his involvement and the involvement of others in the Moscow Project..."

Flynn's was the first guilty plea secured by the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation. Trump summarily canceled the meeting during his flight, underscoring the right-wing political motivations behind the Democratic Party-led, Central Intelligence Agency orchestrated campaign over Russian "meddling". "Thank you!" Trump also tweeted after the filings were released.

Mueller last month accused Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort of breaching a plea bargain deal by lying to prosecutors, and he will submit information on those alleged lies in a filing to a federal court in Washington.

The filing said Manafort "thus relieves the government of any obligations it has under the agreement", since the terms of the plea deal required Manafort to agree not to commit crimes during the course of his cooperation.

Representative Adam Schiff (Democrat-California) speaks during an interview with Mike Allen of Axios in Washington, DC, on January 31, 2018.

What happens next? A sitting president can not be indicted, justice department guidelines suggest.

They said Cohen should receive some credit for his co-operation with Mueller, but noted that he had not entered into a co-operation agreement with their office. The court filing on Friday makes clear that the payments were made to benefit Mr. Trump politically.

The filings on Cohen and Manafort follow a sentencing memo earlier this week on Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The simultaneous investigations have infuriated Trump.

Mueller's memo, for example, said Cohen "described the circumstances of preparing and circulating" his false congressional testimony about a Trump Tower project in Moscow. In fact, the Moscow project was still in the works as late as June 2016, and Mueller now discloses that the project could have meant "hundreds of millions of dollars" in licensing fees and other revenue sources for Trump's business. "The last thing I want is help from Russian Federation on a campaign".

In November 2015, Cohen spoke with a Russian national who said he could offer the campaign "political synergy" with Russia and repeatedly proposed a meeting with Putin.

Cohen admitted last week to lying to Congress by saying discussions about a Trump Tower in Moscow ended in January 2016 when in fact they stretched into that June, well into the USA campaign.

U.S. federal prosecutors have requested that Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen receive "a substantial term of imprisonment" for various finance-related crimes.

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.

Even so, some Trump supporters now believe the president is unlikely to emerge from the investigations unscathed.

"That most of the details are redacted signals he has given far more than we or the President may know", Schiff said in a tweet.

Of course, political sin could still put Trump in a risky position, particularly now that Democrats are within weeks of taking over the House. Did he conspire with the Russians, and once the existence of the FBI's Russia investigation was confirmed, did he try to obstruct justice by firing the FBI chief James Comey?

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