Watergate Counsel Suggests Trump impeachment

Frederick Owens
December 9, 2018

But also, significantly, the memo documents Cohen's claims that he was operating at the behest of Trump when he paid off two women Trump allegedly had affairs with to keep them from going to the press during the 2016 presidential campaign.

President Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen says he "conferred" with Trump about setting up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the early part of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to an explosive document filed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller in Manhattan.

In a tweet Saturday, he said Mueller has failed to prove collusion after "two years and millions of pages of documents".

Trump said during the 2016 campaign that he had no business dealings with Russian Federation, but the Mueller filing document suggests otherwise.

The aside is included as part of Mueller's call for a federal judge to be lenient on Cohen and sentence him to no additional jail time in a case brought by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY on tax evasion, making false statements in an application for a bank loan, making an illegal campaign contribution and lying to Congress.

"When you look at what the prosecutors did in the Southern District of NY they allege that Donald Trump directed two campaign finance violations".

Despite Trump's declarations, Mueller hasn't ruled out that the prospect of election season coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign, and only recently received written answers from the president about possible Russian interference.

Mueller's office, in a separate filing, did not take a position on what sentence Cohen should receive when he appears before a judge next week in New York City.

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"Cohen deceived the voting public by hiding alleged facts that he believed would have had a substantial effect on the election", prosecutors said.

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. His lawyers have asked that he receive no jail time, saying he has cooperated extensively with Mueller and NY prosecutors and has taken responsibility for his actions.

The former fixer last week pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in connection with a Moscow real estate deal, which was being pursued as late as one month before Trump officially became the Republican nominee for president.

The court papers say Manafort initially told prosecutors he didn't have contact with any people while they were in the Trump administration.

In a dueling sentencing memo, Southern District prosecutors called for the judge to impose a $500,000 forfeiture as well as a fine and only a "modest" reduction from the four-to-five year sentence recommended under standard guidelines for his crimes, arguing that he was not as cooperative in their investigation as he was with Mueller.

Manafort, who has pleaded guilty to several counts, violated his plea agreement by telling "multiple discernible lies" to prosecutors, they said. Though Cohen had previously implicated Trump in the payments, the prosecutors now are linking Trump to the scheme and backing up Cohen's allegations.

A court filing also reveals that Cohen told prosecutors he and Trump discussed a potential meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in 2015, shortly after Trump announced his candidacy for president.

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