Donald Trump 'tried to hold Putin talks in 2015'

Donald Trump 'tried to hold Putin talks in 2015'

Mueller is investigating whether there was collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, which USA intelligence agencies charge mounted an influence operation to sway the vote to Trump over his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

"Individual-1" in these memos is Trump, just in case it's not clear. It never took place. Cohen was paid for this work through some money laundering methods to hide the political purposes behind the payments.

Trump immediately declared that he was vindicated.

In a tweet Friday, Trump claimed the sentencing document "Totally clears the President. Thank you!" he tweeted.

But prosecutors gave him no such clearance.

The filings, in cases involving Cohen and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, capped a dramatic week of revelations in Mueller's probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

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".

In response to the two court filings made by federal prosecutors against Michael Cohen on Friday, President Donald Trump took to the internet. Though Cohen had previously implicated Trump in the payments, the prosecutors now are linking Trump to the scheme and backing up Cohen's allegations.

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

Manhattan prosecutors said Cohen should serve "a substantial term of imprisonment" despite his cooperation.

"But the crimes committed by Cohen were more serious than his submission allows and were marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life (and was evidently hidden from the friends and family members who wrote on his behalf)", it added.

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Prosecutors urged Pauley to hit Cohen with a $500,000 fine and forfeit his assets in addition to the prison sentence.

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

The memo was harsh on Cohen's payoffs of the two women, and sought to tie them to Trump's win, arguing that Cohen "coordinated" with the Trump campaign.

Mueller, for his part, praised Cohen for voluntarily providing information about his own and others' conduct on "core topics under investigation" and described the information as "credible and consistent with other evidence" they had obtained.

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

Due to his help, Mueller declined to recommend additional jail time for Cohen for lying to Congress. He is to be sentenced next week, and may face several years in prison.

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

The separate filings came from special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in NY ahead of Wednesday's sentencing of Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Court filings from prosecutors in NY and special counsel Robert Mueller's office Friday laid out previously undisclosed contacts between Trump associates and Russian intermediaries and suggested the Kremlin aimed early on to influence Trump and his campaign by playing to both his political aspirations and his personal business interests.

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.

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