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OffbeatThe Latest: Russia reached out to Trump campaign in 2015

01:30  08 december  2018
01:30  08 december  2018 Source:   msn.com

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President Donald Trump 's attorney reached out to the Kremlin for assistance in building a Trump Tower in Moscow well into the business mogul's Previous reports have indicated that efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow were underway during the presidential campaign in 2015 , but it had not.

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The Latest: Russia reached out to Trump campaign in 2015© The Associated Press Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building on New York's Park Avenue, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. In the latest filings Friday, prosecutors will weigh in on whether Cohen deserves prison time and, if so, how much. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the special counsel's Russia investigation (all times local):

6 p.m.

President Donald Trump's former legal fixer was fielding outreach from Russians seeking to reach the Trump campaign as far back as 2015.

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Has Trump actually not worked out who 'Individual 1' is yet? Which is odd because in court filings federal prosecutors have already laid out that they believe, and through Cohen's admission likely have evidence to prove, the President committed a felony already before we even get to Russia 's role.

Sixteen members of the Trump campaign communicated with Russian government officials Those attacks obtained DNC and Clinton campaign materials later disseminated to the public by November 2015 : Trump 's personal attorney Michael Cohen reaches out to Russian weight-lifter Dmitry Klokov

That's according to a new court filing from special counsel Robert Mueller's office in the case of Michael Cohen.

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5:45 p.m.

An attorney for Michael Cohen is declining to comment on the recommendation by federal prosecutors that Cohen serve a "significant" prison term.

Attorney Lanny Davis declined to comment Friday after prosecutors said in court filings that Cohen has overstated his assistance to law enforcement.

Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced next week for tax evasion, orchestrating hush-money payments and lying to Congress.

Special counsel Robert Mueller credited Cohen for meeting seven times with his prosecutors investigating Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

Federal prosecutors in New York say sentencing guidelines call for Cohen to serve about four years behind bars. They say Cohen declined to cooperate in all aspects of their investigation and shouldn't receive full credit for cooperating because he wasn't forthcoming.

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Around November 2015 , some five months after Trump launched his bid for the presidency and well Trump ’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed the latest filings in Cohen’s case, saying they “tell us “Mr. Cohen has repeatedly lied and as the prosecution has pointed out to the court, Mr. Cohen

Has Trump actually not worked out who 'Individual 1' is yet? Which is odd because in court filings federal prosecutors have already laid out that they believe, and through Cohen's admission likely have evidence to prove, the President committed a felony already before we even get to Russia 's role.

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5:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump's longtime legal fixer has been providing "relevant and useful" information to the special counsel in the Russia probe about his recent contacts with people in the White House.

That's according to a new court filing from special counsel Robert Mueller's office in Michael Cohen's case.

Mueller's prosecutors say the information from Cohen pertained to his contacts with people "connected" to the Trump White House during 2017 and 2018. The contacts are being disclosed as Mueller investigates not only Russian election interference but whether Trump tried to obstruct the investigation.

The filing comes about a week before Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced after he pleaded guilty to a raft of felonies, including lying to Congress about a proposed Trump business deal in Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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5:20 p.m.

Prosecutors say President Donald Trump's former lawyer gave investigators information about attempts by Russians to reach Trump's campaign.

The information was disclosed in a sentencing memo filed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller in Michael Cohen's case.

Court papers say Cohen described speaking to a Russian national who claimed to be a "trusted person" in the Russian Federation and proposed a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The person offered Trump's campaign "political synergy" and "synergy on a government level." The person wasn't identified by name in the court documents.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to federal charges, including lying to Congress about negotiations he had on Trump's behalf for a real estate deal in Moscow.

Mueller's prosecutors say Cohen went to "significant lengths" to assist their investigation.

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5:12 p.m.

Special counsel Robert Mueller says President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer went to "significant lengths" to assist Mueller's probe, though he initially lied.

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Klokov’s wife reached out to Ivanka Trump in October 2015 , saying she Cohen, who had worked for Trump for a decade and urged him to run for president years before the celebrity mogul launched his bid in 2015 , was focused on his boss’s relationship with Russia from the campaign ’s earliest days.

Latest Threads. Hide Images. Dark Theme. They also say federal prosecutors in NY conclude Trump committed felony campaign finance violations. This most likely ties into that Moscow Trump Tower thing he was working on. Selling out the US for $$$.

Mueller and his team filed papers Friday with a judge scheduled to sentence attorney Michael Cohen next week in New York.

Cohen has pleaded guilty to federal charges and cooperated in multiple probes over several months, including having seven meetings with Mueller's team.

Mueller says Cohen lied when he first met his team in August. Prosecutors say that after Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud and bank fraud in August, he met again with Mueller's team in September and admitted his comments about a real estate venture in Moscow were deliberately false and misleading.

Cohen's lawyers did not immediately comment Friday

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4:49 p.m.

Prosecutors say Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, should serve a substantial prison term with a modest amount of credit for his cooperation.

Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced next Wednesday in New York federal court. He pleaded guilty to federal charges and cooperated in multiple state and federal probes over several months, including having seven meetings with special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

Cohen's lawyers, in their own filing last week, said he should be spared any prison time.

Last week, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. In August, he admitted to campaign finance fraud and bank frauds, among other charges.

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Late May 2016: Trump campaign official Michael Caputo spoke with Russian national Henry Greenberg over the phone (Greenberg also goes by the name of Henry Oknyansky). Greenberg claimed to have helpful information for the Trump campaign , and after this conversation, Caputo put

WASHINGTON — A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia The emails show that, from the earliest months of Mr. Trump ’s campaign , some of his associates viewed close ties with Moscow as a political advantage.

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12:40 p.m.

George Papadopoulos, the first person sent to prison in the Russia investigation, has been released.

That's according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser was sentenced to 14 days in prison this year after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian intermediaries. Special counsel Robert Mueller's team recommended incarceration for Papadopoulos because they said he begrudged his cooperation and his lies harmed the probe.

Papadopoulos took a remorseful tone during his sentencing hearing, but he has since attacked Mueller's investigation as corrupt.

Declassified documents show that Papadopoulos' foreign contacts during the presidential campaign prompted the FBI in July 2016 to open a counterintelligence investigation. That investigation was later taken over by Mueller.

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10 a.m.

Former FBI Director James Comey has arrived on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with two House committees.

House Republicans are questioning Comey on decisions made by the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election. Democrats will also attend the interview.

Republicans argue that department officials were biased against President Donald Trump as they started an investigation into his campaign's ties with Russia and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate probe into her email use.

Comey was asked on his way into the meeting room about Trump's assertion that he is best friends with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the Russia probe. Comey said: "Note that I smiled."

Michael Cohen lied about dealing with Russia, but Trump didn't

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“During the 2016 presidential campaign , Russia launched an all- out assault on our democracy, and it found a willing and The suit asserts that the Russian hacking campaign — combined with Trump associates’ contacts with Russia and the campaign ’s public cheerleading of the hacks — amounted

Mueller wrote that Trump told Cohen to reach out to the Russian government in late 2015 , and that he pursued a lucrative real estate deal that would Prosecutors have argued that because Cohen was involved in campaign matters, the payments — which the SDNY wrote on Friday were made with “the

Comey said he might answer questions after the interview, which is expected to last much of the day.

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9:25 a.m.

President Donald Trump says his legal team has already drafted a rebuttal to any report issued by the special counsel in the Russia investigation.

Trump took to Twitter on Friday to say his legal team is preparing to counter special counsel Robert Mueller's (MUHL'-urz) findings on whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian election interference.

The Republican president says his team's report is 87 pages so far. But he says it won't be complete until Mueller issues his report.

Trump's comments come as Mueller is facing court deadlines to detail the cooperation of Trump's longtime legal fixer Michael Cohen. The special counsel also will detail the lies prosecutors say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told that led to his plea deal falling apart.

Manafort has said he believes he provided "truthful information."

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7:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is marking what's expected to be a busy day for special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation by launching a Twitter broadside against the prosecutor and his team.

Mueller faces court deadlines in two pivotal cases Friday, and ex-FBI Director James Comey is set to appear before lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Trump has made little secret of his frustration with the swirling probe into Russian election interference and potential misdeeds committed by those in his orbit and is seeking to undermine the legitimacy of Mueller's investigation.

Trump tweets: "Robert Mueller and Leakin' Lyin' James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest."

Mueller's investigation has produced dozens of criminal charges and four guilty pleas from Trump associates.

Trump also argues his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein (ROH'-zen-styn), is "totally conflicted." Rosenstein oversaw the probe until last month.

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1:10 a.m.

Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with President Donald Trump.

The special counsel and federal prosecutors in New York will have to file memos in court on Friday detailing the cooperation of longtime Trump legal fixer Michael Cohen. And Mueller's team will also be disclosing what they say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about when his plea deal fell apart last month.

Cohen and Manafort are among five former Trump associates who prosecutors have accused of lying either to federal investigators or to Congress.

The court filings will close out a busy week for Mueller as the president has heightened his attacks on the investigation.

Trump campaign Russia contacts alarm intelligence experts.
Intelligence experts say Russian outreach to the Trump campaign fits the pattern of an intelligence operation. Former officials have reviewed the attempts by Russians to establish contact as laid out in court filings by special counsel Robert Mueller. They conclude they were apparently targeted and more frequent than would be expected during a typical presidential campaign. Mueller has not revealed clear evidence of coordination between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Much of the investigation is still under wraps, but the portrait emerging from court filings and other sources is striking to intelligence professionals.

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