CNN reports “Special counsel Robert Mueller said Friday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about five major issues after agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, including his “contact with administration officials.” In a heavily redacted document, Mueller also said Manafort lied about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik. Mueller has said Kilimnik has ties to the Russian military intelligence unit accused of hacking the Democrats, and Friday outlined how they may have worked together to tamper with witnesses following Manafort’s arrest last year.
President Donald Trump’s appeared optimistic after the release of several highly anticipated documents from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and federal prosecutors on Friday. President Donald Trump’s immediate reaction to the release of several highly anticipated documents from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and federal prosecutors was that of gratitude and optimism.
“Totally clears the President,” Trump tweeted Friday afternoon. “Thank you!”
Earlier: Federal prosecutors have filed their sentencing memo for Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, and recommended a “substantial term of imprisonment”.
The guidelines from the southern district of New York call for a prison term of between 46 and 63 months for Cohen, who has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight charges, including allegations that he violated campaign finance laws and unrelated charges of bank and tax fraud.
AP reported that court documents say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort testified before a grand jury on two occasions as part of his plea deal.
Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office have accused Manafort of violating the agreement by lying to investigators.
They say Manafort was called to testify before a grand jury on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. The documents do not provide any additional details about the grand jury, or what it is probing.
Manafort cut the deal in September and agreed to plead guilty to two felonies. It headed off a second trial for Manafort related to his Ukrainian political consulting and unregistered foreign lobbying.
Prosecutors say Manafort met with investigators from Mueller’s office and the FBI on 12 separate occasions. They allege he told “multiple discernible lies.”