Trump ex-lawyer Michael Cohen 'should get substantial jail term'

Paul Manafort leaves Federal District Court in Washington Monday Oct. 30 2017. Manafort President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and Manafort's business associate Rick Gates pleaded not guilty to felony charges of conspiracy against the Unit

Paul Manafort leaves Federal District Court in Washington D.C. on Oct. 30 2017

The special counsel and federal prosecutors in NY are filing court memos detailing the cooperation of longtime Trump legal fixer Michael Cohen, who has admitted lying to Congress and orchestrating hush-money payments to protect the president.

Cohen pleaded guilty in November for lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate deal in Russian Federation. Well, not according to the President who nearly immediately decided the revelations "totally cleared" him.

The November 2015 outreach - which Mueller says Cohen did not pursue - appears to be the earliest known effort by Russian Federation to build ties with the Trump campaign.

Cohen said he carried out those payments at Trump's direction to help his campaign.

Mueller said that the discussions about a potential Trump hotel in Moscow were relevant to his investigation, because they occurred "at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the US presidential election". "Once again the media is trying to create a story where there isn't one".

Prosecutors in Cohen's case said that even though he co-operated in their investigation into the hush money payments to women, he nonetheless deserved to spend time in prison. Cohen also said he discussed the project with Trump during the presidential campaign, undercutting the then-Republican presidential candidate's statements that he didn't have any deals in Russian Federation.

Underscoring the level of cooperation, the filing in the federal court in Washington spelled out that Flynn had been interviewed a total of 19 times over the past year - during which his sentencing for one charge of lying to investigators had been postponed four times. The sentence on Cohen to be announced on Wednesday.

Mueller said Cohen's untruthfulness about the project "was material" to its ongoing investigations "particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the US presidential election".

Donald Trump has been identified as Individual 1 in federal court filings.

The White House similarly dismissed that filing, arguing it "says absolutely nothing about the President".

Court filings laid out previously undisclosed contacts between Trump associates and Russian intermediaries and suggest the Kremlin aimed early on to influence Trump and his campaign by playing to both his political aspirations and his personal business interests.

"Manafort told multiple discernible lies - these were not instances of mere memory lapses", the prosecutors wrote in a memo to Judge Amy Berman Jackson of United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders released a statement late Friday that said, "The government's filings in Mr. Cohen's case tell us nothing of value that wasn't already known".

And Mueller's team will also be disclosing what they say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about when his plea deal fell apart last month.

Flynn also admitted to making false statements about unregistered foreign agent work he performed for the benefit of the Turkish government, a matter Mueller's team cited in Tuesday's filing.

Prosecutors in Mr. Cohen's case said that even though he cooperated in their investigation into potential campaign finance violations, he nonetheless deserved prison time. His Power and influence he had used for "fraudulent purposes", Federal Prosecutor Robert Khuzami.

They said Cohen should receive some credit for cooperating with Mueller but noted he had not entered into a similar agreement with their office.

Additionally, they said, he assisted with requests for information from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, which has been examining the Trump Organisation.

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