WH: Mueller Filing On Manafort Lies 'Says Absolutely Nothing About The President'

L'ancien avocat de Donald Trump Michael Cohen à la sortie du tribunal fédéral le 29 novembre 2018 à New York

In a heavily redacted court filing, Robert Mueller's office said Manafort lied about ongoing contacts he had with administration officials after striking a plea agreement; lied about a debt payment he made; and lied about dealings with Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime Manafort business associate who USA officials suspect is a Russian intelligence operative.

George Conway - husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway - had a different take on the recommendations of federal prosecutors in NY.

Cohen also said he coordinated the payments with, and was directed by, "Individual-1", who is believed to be Trump.

Manafort, a veteran Republican consultant who led Trump's election campaign for several months in 2016, has been convicted mostly on charges related to his work for pro-Moscow politicians in Ukraine between 2004 and 2014.

The filing says the meeting never happened.

The president has acknowledged "lightly" looking into a Trump Tower project in Moscow but said that broke no law and that he was perfectly within his rights to continue to operate his real estate business at the same time his presidential campaign was picking up steam.

The meeting did not take place. Cohen claimed that the remarks were off-the-cuff but later admitted that he discussed a potential, future meeting with Russian officials with Trump.

L'ancien directeur de campagne de Donald Trump Paul Manafort

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.

In another ominous sign for the president, the filing Friday also said that Cohen had told the investigation about "certain discrete Russia-related matters core to its investigation" that Cohen knew of because of his regular contact with executives in the Trump Organization during the 2016 campaign.

Mueller also detailed alleged lies told by Manafort during interviews with prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump says his campaign had nothing to do with them and he denounces Mueller's investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt".

The federal prosecutors in the NY case described Cohen in their filing as being motivated by "personal greed" and said he "repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends" in pressing the judge to reject Cohen's request he be spared prison.

The filings followed a sentencing memo earlier this week regarding Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who Mueller praised for providing "substantial" cooperation and argued for no prison time.

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. They said his sentence should reflect a "modest" reduction from the four to five years they said federal guidelines would suggest.

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