Mueller: Russia sought 'synergy' with Trump campaign in 2015

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

Federal prosecutors on Friday asked a judge to sentence Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, to a "substantial" prison term for paying an adult film star hush money on Trump's behalf and evading taxes. Russian Federation has denied interfering in the election to help Trump.

Trump's praise comes amid the federal prosecutors' sentencing recommendation for the president's former attorney, Michael Cohen, and another filing detailing how his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, breached his plea agreement with Mueller and the FBI.

The meeting did not take place.

"The person told Cohen that such a meeting could have a "phenomenal" impact 'not only in political but in a business dimension as well, '" the filing said.

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".

Prosecutors said Cohen "played a central role" in coordinating "his actions with one or more members of the campaign ... about the fact, nature, and timing" of payments related to the rights of stories from two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

"The government's filing in Mr. Manafort's case says absolutely nothing about the President".

Mueller also said in the filing that Cohen had provided "relevant and useful information concerning his contacts with persons connected to the White House" in 2017 and 2018.




"Manafort told multiple discernable lies - these were not instances of mere memory lapses", the filing said.

Trump says his campaign had nothing to do with them and he denounces Mueller's investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt". He is to be sentenced next week, and may face several years in prison.

Cohen had been hoping prosecutors would make a similar recommendation in his case.

However, in the crimes to which he pleaded guilty in August, he was motivated "by personal greed and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends".

They said Cohen should receive some credit for his cooperation with Mueller, but noted that he had not entered into a cooperation agreement with their office.

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.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about negotiations between Trump's business and powerful Russians about a prospective Trump Tower in Moscow, a building that ultimately was never built.

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