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More trouble for Trump as Mueller files new papers in court on Russian investigations

December 08, 2018 12:49

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed a new set of papers in court that may increase the legal woes of United States President Donald Trump in connection with the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible contacts between the Trump's presidential campaign and Moscow.
While the court papers does not answer the central question of whether Trump or his associates conspired with the Russians, the documents suggest that the president's legal woes are far from over and reveal a previously unreported contact from a Russian to Trump's inner circle during the campaign, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The Court papers directly implicated Trump in plans to buy women's silence as far back as 2014 and offering new evidence of Russian efforts to forge a political alliance with Trump before he became the president - disclosures that show the deepening political and legal morass enveloping the administration, said the report.
In his filings before a US federal court in Washington DC, Muller said that Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign manager lied to prosecutors about his contacts with the White House and an associate with suspected ties to Russian intelligence.
The president and the White House denied of any wrongdoings. 
"Totally clears the President. Thank You," Trump responded with his characteristic fiery tweets.
In another court submission, Mueller said Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney of Trump, has gone to "significant lengths" to assist his ongoing Russia investigation.
Mueller said Cohen has provided the special counsel "with useful information concerning certain discrete Russia-related matters core to its investigation that he obtained by virtue of his regular contact with company executives during the campaign."
A federal court in New York is scheduled to give its sentencing order against Cohen on December 12. In August he had pleaded guilty to the charges of campaign-finance violations and tax frauds. 
Federal prosecutors have recommended substantial prison time for Cohen. -- PTI

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