Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

White House Says Latest Mueller Filings Do Nothing to Damage Trump

White House Says Latest Mueller Filings Do Nothing to Damage Trump

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders brushed off a filing from special counsel Robert Mueller detailing Paul Manafort's lies to investigators, saying, "The government's filing in Mr. Manafort's case says absolutely nothing about the President".

The unidentified Russian made the offer to Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, proposing a meeting between then-Republican candidate Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the Mueller filing said.

"Totally clears the President", Trump tweeted Friday afternoon.

"The government's filings in Mr. Cohen's case tell us nothing of value that wasn't already known", Sanders said.

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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The meeting did not take place.

The president has called Cohen a liar and "weak person".

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

On Friday, Mueller said Cohen's false statements to Congress had "obscured the fact" that the skyscraper project held the potential to reap "hundreds of millions of dollars from Russian sources" for the Trump Organization. He also provided information about attempts by Russian nationals to reach Trump's campaign, they said.

Mueller said Cohen's untruthfullness about the project "was material" to its ongoing investigations "particularly because it occurred at a time of sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the USA presidential election".

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The November 2015 offer of a "political synergy" between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, and a Putin-Trump meeting, was months earlier than what has so far been revealed in the sprawling Mueller investigation.

Trump says his campaign had nothing to do with them and he denounces Mueller's investigation as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt". But the NY prosecutors were unsparing in their descriptions of his conduct, saying he was motivated by "personal greed" and that he "repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends".

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.

The filing was made to demonstrate to the federal district court why sentencing Manafort on financial fraud and witness tampering charges should be moved up to as early as this month rather than next year, as Manafort's original cooperation deal envisaged.

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.

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