Prosecutors Expose Trump Hush Money Payments, Russian Contacts

Giuliani to CNN: Mueller Thinks Manafort Lied About Trump Tower Meeting

It never took place.

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.

Trump immediately declared that he was vindicated.

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. "Thank you!" he tweeted.

But prosecutors gave him no such clearance.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that Cohen deserves a substantial prison sentence despite his cooperation with investigators.

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.

But the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director did disclose Cohen's communications with a Russian contact who told him a meeting between Individual 1 and Russian President Vladimir Putin would have a "phenomenal" impact "not only in political but in a business dimension as well".

But Cohen didn't follow up.

Last week, Cohen made a surprise guilty plea to lying to Congress, a move that refocused attention on Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign.

Paris police turn away protesters, seize goggles
ASSOCIATED PRESS A demonstrator wearing a yellow vest is covered in blood after getting in injured during a protest in Paris . Shops, museums, the Eiffel Tower and many metro stations were closed as much of the city-centre went on effective lockdown.

Ecuador says United Kingdom has given enough guarantees for Assange to leave embassy
Sweden has since dropped that case, and Ecuador says there are no pending extradition requests against the WikiLeaks founder. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in April 2017 that arresting Assange was a "priority".

Nathan Eovaldi agrees to deal to remain with Red Sox
As for the specific Yankees free agency plans, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman has the scoop on who the team is going after next. Eovaldi is part of a projected starting rotation that includes Chris Sale , David Price , Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez .

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.

Lieu, a Trump critic, told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Hardball that "we have a sitting president of the United States who committed two felonies while running for president".

Prosecutors in NY are seeking "substantial" jail time, but Mr Mueller does not recommend additional time behind bars as a result of his inquiry.

Cohen had asked for a sentence of no prison time, citing his cooperation. To promote transparency and prevent wealthy individuals like Cohen from circumventing these limits, Congress prohibited individuals from making expenditures on behalf of and coordinated with candidates.

One defendant, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, provided so much information to prosecutors that Mueller this week said he shouldn't serve any prison time.

The documents offered a harsh explanation for Cohen's crimes, saying he was motivated by greed.

"After cheating the IRS for years, lying to banks and to Congress, and seeking to criminally influence the Presidential election, Cohen's decision to plead guilty - rather than seek a pardon for his manifold crimes - does not make him a hero", acting U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami wrote.

The court documents disclosed that Trump hired Cohen in 2007 for $500,000 a year after he ousted the board of a condo that was trying to remove Trump's name from its building.

But none of those lies point to Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Democrats, and some Republicans, fear Trump may ultimately try to silence Mueller or halt his investigation, though proposed legislation protecting the special counsel has stalled in Congress.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paris Saint-Germain win race for Frenkie de Jong?
Dec 08, 2018 - 23:30
De Jong , who was a target for Barca, says his focused on finishing the season well but he is unsure if he will stay another year at Ajax .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Marlboro Maker Investing $2.4 Billion In Marijuana Market
Dec 08, 2018 - 22:09
The new relationship represents an "exciting new growth opportunity" and Cronos is backed by an "excellent management team". The company could also be positioning itself for the possible legalization of marijuana across the U.S., Quartz added .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Putin challenged: United States missile destroyer sailed near Vladivostok
Dec 08, 2018 - 22:01
The presence of a USA destroyer in the area is comparable to a Russian sail-by of San Diego, California or Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. US media say the US Navy is also planning a similar operation in the Black Sea , where Crimea is located.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chelsea's Eden Hazard ''Agrees Terms'' With Real Madrid
Dec 08, 2018 - 21:58
Real, on the other hand, could offer midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who is now on loan at the London club, in a player-plus-cash deal. The Blues boss now hopes for a successful outcome in those dealings, provided that Hazard wants to stay at Stamford Bridge.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The blockade of the Strait of Kerch has Ukrainian ports
Dec 08, 2018 - 21:57
The last USA ship to enter the Black Sea was the fast transport ship USNS Carson City in October. Cindy has also worked as a columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Turkey's Erdogan praises Venezuela strongman's 'exemplary attitude' in first visit
Dec 08, 2018 - 21:55
Without naming the United States , Maduro decried sanctions and said Venezuela had the right to sell gold. The Venezuelan strongman is in Moscow to whip up support from allies to prop up an economy in freefall.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Several die in stampede at Italian nightclub
Dec 08, 2018 - 16:12
Some survivors were quoted by Italian media as saying at least one fire exit was blocked when concertgoers tried to get out. Carabinieri officers stand in front of the disco "Lanterna Azzurra" in Corinaldo, central Italy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top SpaceX ship sends holiday cheer to Space Station
Dec 08, 2018 - 14:54
The owner of SpaceX Elon Musk on this occasion, wrote on Twitter that a bad landing caused by a problem with a hydraulic pump. According to him, the first stage fell into the water near the coast and was not injured.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Father's emotional plea as police have 'grave fears' for backpacker
Dec 08, 2018 - 11:06
Det Insp Beard said: 'Detectives have assessed Grace's belongings that were found at the backpackers where she was staying. Millane called his daughter a "fun-loving, family-oriented daughter" and urged anyone with information to contact police.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Liverpool fight back at Burnley to maintain unbeaten start to EPL season
Dec 08, 2018 - 10:26
After a goalless opening 45 minutes in the Premier League contest, the visitors actually fell behind to Jack Cork's breakthrough. Liverpool face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, live on Sky Sports Premier League .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top John Kelly was interviewed by Robert Mueller's team
Dec 08, 2018 - 08:40
He replaced Reince Priebus, who had held the job for six months. "I'm going to be announcing at the Army-Navy game", Trump said. According to Axios , Kelly will be replaced by Nick Ayers , who now works as chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 revealed for Nintendo Switch
Dec 08, 2018 - 07:06
The new game features the same kind of action-RPG gameplay that made the franchise such a hit over a decade ago. This time, players may choose the traditional top-down perspective or a more zoomed in, "heroic" view.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Screenshots Look N. Sanely Good
Dec 08, 2018 - 07:05
Take a look at the official trailer above and tell us in the comments if you're excited to head out onto the track with Crash . Will you be taking it for a spin? Crash Team Racing is being remade in the vein of the Crash Bandicoot 'N-Sane Trilogy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top CS:GO Battle Royale mode ‘Danger Zone’ arrives with special missions
Dec 08, 2018 - 07:04
Existing players who bought the game before its free-to-play status should be upgraded to Prime status, according to Valve. Grabbing wads off cash off of the ground (or in locked safes that you have to destroy with C4) feels out of place so far.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bethesda Support Leaks Fallout 76 Customer Names, Addresses & Phone Numbers
Dec 08, 2018 - 07:03
The company says it will notify any customers whose messages and photos may have been inadvertently shared. Bethesda has confirmed that they will not be providing patch notes following today's downtime.