White House Says Latest Mueller Filings Do Nothing to Damage Trump

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The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election detailed on Friday multiple "lies" that Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort had told investigators, leading to a termination of his cooperation deal.

Cohen, who has been cooperating with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 election campaign, pleaded guilty to the charges in August in NY.

President Donald Trump claimed Friday that he had been "totally" cleared following the release of the sentencing recommendations for his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

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.

Last week, Cohen admitted to lying to congressional investigators in an attempt to minimize his efforts to secure the Kremlin's help for a Trump skyscraper in Moscow.

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

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In new tweets on Friday, Trump accused federal investigators and senior officials of having conflicts of interest, without offering evidence.

Mueller said on Friday that Cohen repeated his false statements about the project in his first meeting with Mueller's office, admitting the truth only in a later meeting in September after he had pleaded guilty to the separate NY charges.

They continued: "The fact that Cohen continued to work on the project and discuss it with [Trump] well into the campaign was material to the ongoing congressional and [special counsel] investigations, particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the USA presidential election". Actually, he said in his guilty plea, they continued well into the campaign, including past the point at which Trump became the Republican front runner.

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.

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.

They said Cohen should receive some credit for cooperating with Mueller but noted he had not entered into a similar agreement with their office. He is to be sentenced next week, and may face several years in prison.

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