Mueller Filing Cites Offer of 'Political Synergy.' Trump: 'No Collusion' - Page 2

Documents drop on Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen in Russia probe
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2018 7:40 AM CST

  • Although Trump has tried to publicly discredit his former attorney before, the New York Times reports the federal prosecutors' revelations "[put] the weight of the Justice Department behind [Cohen's] accusations." That didn't stop White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from offering her take in a statement: "The government's filings in Mr. Cohen's case tell us nothing of value that wasn't already known. Mr. Cohen has repeatedly lied and as the prosecution has pointed out to the court, Mr. Cohen is no hero."
  • The Washington Times sides with the president, offering its take front and center in its headline: "Mueller recommends 'substantial' jail time for Cohen, but no Russian collusion mentioned."
  • On the Manafort front, Politico reports that a big sticking point was his alleged lying about the contacts he has or had with the Trump administration. "Manafort told multiple discernible lies—these were not instances of mere memory lapses," federal prosecutors write.
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