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Robert Mueller’s final Russian Federation probe report may never be made public

Robert Mueller’s final Russian Federation probe report may never be made public

Trump's own Justice Department has now implicated him in a crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday said former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about five major issues during his cooperation.

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

The special counsel's office said Cohen had provided "useful information" about its ongoing probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as "relevant information" about his contacts with people connected to the White House between 2017 and 2018.

Federal prosecutors in NY are recommending a maximum of four years behind bars for Cohen, because they say his crimes were just that serious.

A separate court document filed Friday evening, in which Mueller's team argued that Manafort had breached a plea agreement by lying to them, also contained multiple references to his contact with Russian-Ukrainian political consultant Konstantin Kilimnik, although most of the details of those contacts are blacked out in the publicly available version of the document.

Much of the media coverage after Mueller and federal prosecutors in NY released their filing documents, related to the sentencing of Cohen and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, focused on possible campaign finance crimes by Cohen and Trump related to payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels (real name: Stephanie Clifford) and Playboy model Karen McDougal.

The public report that was released was heavily redacted, but we know prosecutors say Manafort lied about cutting ties with the Trump Administration, talking with senior officials as late as February of this year.




Trump denied the claims and called both Mueller's team and the federal prosecutors liars.

Cohen said the unidentified person "repeatedly proposed" a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming it could have a "phenomenal" impact "not only in political but in a business dimension as well".

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.

Prosecutors in Cohen's case said that even though he cooperated in their investigation into potential campaign finance violations, he nonetheless deserved prison time.

Manafort resigned from his job on the Trump campaign as questions swirled about his lobbying work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

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. "But Cohen's description of those efforts is overstated in some respects and incomplete in others".

They show the President's former attorney, Michael Cohen, acted on the President's direction, when he broke the law in two election-related crimes.

Trump also has focused his criticism specifically on Cohen, calling him a liar who is making up stories to convince the government to ease his sentence in the New York City crimes to which he's also pleaded guilty.