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Washington - Trump Tweets As Mueller Is Set To Give More Russia Probe Details

Published on: December 7, 2018 09:21 AM
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FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)FILE - In this June 21, 2017 file photo, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a closed-door meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian meddling in the election and possible connection to the Trump campaign, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Washington - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller may provide new details on Friday on how two of President Donald Trump’s closest former aides have helped or hindered his investigation into possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

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Mueller last month accused Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, of breaching a plea bargain agreement by lying to prosecutors, and he will submit information on those alleged lies in a filing to a federal court in Washington.

The filing could shed new light on Manafort’s business dealings or his consulting for pro-Kremlin interests in Ukraine.

Manafort, who maintains he has been truthful with Mueller, managed Trump’s campaign for three months in 2016.

Also on Friday, Mueller’s office and the U.S. Attorney from the Southern District of New York are to file sentencing memos on Michael Cohen, Trump’s former private lawyer.

Cohen pleaded guilty to financial crimes in federal court in New York in August, and last week he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in a Mueller case. Sentencing for both of those cases will be handled by one judge.

Muller may disclose new information to supplement Cohen’s admission last week that he sought help from the Kremlin for a Trump skyscraper in Moscow late into the 2016 campaign.

Mueller’s probe has infuriated Trump, who has regularly issued tweets criticizing Muller and his team. The president has denied any collusion between his team and Russia, and accuses Mueller’s prosecutors of pressuring his former aides to lie about him, his election campaign and his business dealings.

The president has called Cohen a liar and “weak person.”

Trump lashed out in new tweets early Friday, again questioning prosecutors and accusing federal investigators and senior officials of having conflicts of interest, without offering any evidence.

Representatives for the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Special Counsel’s Office declined to comment on Trump’s tweets.

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, said he was looking to see if Mueller’s prosecutors offer evidence that directly or tacitly support Cohen’s assertions that Trump directed him to make hush payments to women in violation of campaign finance law and that he let the White House know what he planned to tell Congress about the Moscow skyscraper project. Cohen now says he lied in that testimony.

“If the government does not contest that, it indicates that it is consistent with the evidence that they do have,” Mariotti said, referring to Cohen’s assertions. “It could be a big day.”

‘SUBSTANTIAL’ COOPERATION

The filings on Cohen and Manafort follow a sentencing memo earlier this week regarding Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

In the memo, Mueller praised Flynn for providing “substantial” cooperation and argued that he should receive no prison time, a move widely seen by legal experts as a message to other would-be cooperators that assistance would be rewarded.

Cohen is hoping prosecutors make a similar recommendation, emphasizing in a court filing last week that his decision to cooperate came in the face of fierce criticism by Trump of Mueller’s probe.

Cohen’s lawyers also argued that celebrities engaged in similar tax evasion cases - one of the core charges against him - have faced only civil penalties. The lawyers said his financial crimes were unsophisticated, noting no overseas accounts were used.

Manafort, in addition to allegedly lying to Mueller, was convicted in a separate case in Virginia for a sophisticated bank and tax fraud scheme that included tens of millions of dollars in payments for his work in Ukraine.

Mariotti, the former prosecutor, said he expected Mueller’s office to be unsparing in its submission on Friday.

“They want the judge to throw the book at Manafort, sending a message to him and everyone else,” he said.



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 Dec 07, 2018 at 10:13 AM Educated Archy Says:

Unfortunately whats playing out with trump is what happens too often in our own community. Prosectuers looking to advance their career will use anyone of their muscles to flex and advance their career. Here is the way it goes in our community. They want to lock up some big guns. So they grab another yid whom they can find a gotthca moment (like he missed something on his taxes) And they will tell you he violated 50 statutes. Then they even find something on his wife. They threaten to lock up both you and your wife ( a mother of kids) for 25 yrs. But if you rat and snitch on someone then we will cut you a deal. Now you are fced with the choice of being another Dweck or a moser or shleping your wife thru court and risking the strong possibilty of your kids being "liebdik yesomim". Its a terrible spot to be in and i pray that hashem spear me their rod.

Either you end up like Manafort or like Cohen where you just need to lie and rat on someone

Our justice system is very corrupt. So very sad

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 Dec 07, 2018 at 10:21 AM hashomer Says:

Deep State Donald tweet sturm vs Mueller when he can't defend his corrupt actions and crazy lies about 100 different actions. 30 indictments, guilty pleas, Manafart down, Coi'hen out, Kelly going, Flynn gone. Who's next? Sloppy Steve and Crazy Uncle Rudy? Trumpf=Rasha

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 Dec 07, 2018 at 12:20 PM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

Unfortunately whats playing out with trump is what happens too often in our own community. Prosectuers looking to advance their career will use anyone of their muscles to flex and advance their career. Here is the way it goes in our community. They want to lock up some big guns. So they grab another yid whom they can find a gotthca moment (like he missed something on his taxes) And they will tell you he violated 50 statutes. Then they even find something on his wife. They threaten to lock up both you and your wife ( a mother of kids) for 25 yrs. But if you rat and snitch on someone then we will cut you a deal. Now you are fced with the choice of being another Dweck or a moser or shleping your wife thru court and risking the strong possibilty of your kids being "liebdik yesomim". Its a terrible spot to be in and i pray that hashem spear me their rod.

Either you end up like Manafort or like Cohen where you just need to lie and rat on someone

Our justice system is very corrupt. So very sad

From Manafort's daughter Andrea:

"Don’t fool yourself,” Andrea wrote to her sister, according to the texts. “That money we have is blood money.” “You know he has killed people in Ukraine? Knowingly,” she continued, according to the reviewed texts. “As a tactic to outrage the world and get focus on Ukraine. Remember when there were all those deaths taking place. A while back. About a year ago. Revolts and what not. Do you know whose *strategy that was to cause that, to send those people out and get them slaughtered."
"In March 2015, Andrea said their father had “no moral or legal compass."

Yeah, our system is corrupt. We let Manafort represent mass murderers from the comfort of a Washington, D.C. office and let Roger Stone slander and lie for decades.

Manafort didn't just lie on his taxes (8 counts of tax and bank fraud), but he lied to prosecutors after pleading guilty to conspiracy and witness tampering and agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors.

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 Dec 07, 2018 at 02:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Educated Archy Says:

Unfortunately whats playing out with trump is what happens too often in our own community. Prosectuers looking to advance their career will use anyone of their muscles to flex and advance their career. Here is the way it goes in our community. They want to lock up some big guns. So they grab another yid whom they can find a gotthca moment (like he missed something on his taxes) And they will tell you he violated 50 statutes. Then they even find something on his wife. They threaten to lock up both you and your wife ( a mother of kids) for 25 yrs. But if you rat and snitch on someone then we will cut you a deal. Now you are fced with the choice of being another Dweck or a moser or shleping your wife thru court and risking the strong possibilty of your kids being "liebdik yesomim". Its a terrible spot to be in and i pray that hashem spear me their rod.

Either you end up like Manafort or like Cohen where you just need to lie and rat on someone

Our justice system is very corrupt. So very sad

Trump should not have surrounded himself with criminals and there would be no one to flip and cut a deal. There sure have been a lot of guilty pleas from his campaign staff and I very much doubt innocent people plead guilty. I read that Maria Butina in considering a plea deal and will also cooperate.
I would never flip because I have high ethical standards, as we all should, and there is absolutely nothing that I could ever be charged with.
Archie, what's the extent of your education? A Trump University graduate?

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 Dec 08, 2018 at 08:37 PM qazxc Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Trump should not have surrounded himself with criminals and there would be no one to flip and cut a deal. There sure have been a lot of guilty pleas from his campaign staff and I very much doubt innocent people plead guilty. I read that Maria Butina in considering a plea deal and will also cooperate.
I would never flip because I have high ethical standards, as we all should, and there is absolutely nothing that I could ever be charged with.
Archie, what's the extent of your education? A Trump University graduate?

Think.of the money we've wasted on this Russian collusion investigation. If only Trump would have releases his tax returns and proven he has no connections to Russia.

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 Dec 08, 2018 at 08:52 PM Eduacted Archy Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Trump should not have surrounded himself with criminals and there would be no one to flip and cut a deal. There sure have been a lot of guilty pleas from his campaign staff and I very much doubt innocent people plead guilty. I read that Maria Butina in considering a plea deal and will also cooperate.
I would never flip because I have high ethical standards, as we all should, and there is absolutely nothing that I could ever be charged with.
Archie, what's the extent of your education? A Trump University graduate?

Nonsense. Utter stupidty. You think anyone even with half of Trump's business dealings doesn't have some kind of error or glitch in his taxes? You are oblivious and a big talker.

Even with your silly high ethical standards if they want they will find a gottcha moment

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 Dec 09, 2018 at 12:21 AM Hoshomer Says:

3 years into this investigation and all they have is a few guys for some low level crimes, non related to Russia or collusion. Waste of tens of MILLIONS of dollars, that could have helped fund the wall

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