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Trump claims he’s totally cleared after Cohen, Manafort court filings



President Donald Trump’s immediate reaction to the release of several highly anticipated documents from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and federal prosecutors was that of gratitude and optimism.

“Totally clears the President,” Trump tweeted Friday afternoon. “Thank you!”

Trump’s praise comes amid the federal prosecutor’s sentencing recommendation for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to financial crimes, campaign violations, and lying to Congress. Prosecutors recommended a three-and-a-half-year sentence for Cohen and a $100,000 fine.

Prosecutors argued that Cohen “played a central role” in coordinating “his actions with one or more members of the campaign … about the fact, nature, and timing” of payments related to the rights of stories from two women who claimed to have had an affair with Trump.

Cohen also admitted to having coordinated the payments with, and was directed by, “Individual-1,” who is believed to be Trump.

In a separate filing on Friday, Mueller outlined how Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, breached his plea agreement with Mueller and the FBI.

The special counsel Robert Mueller said in a new court filing Friday that Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign, told “discernible lies” after agreeing to cooperate with the ongoing Russia investigation.

Prosecutors allege that Manafort lied about a number of topics, including his communications with Trump administration officials.

According to prosecutors, Manafort told them that he only spoke to certain individuals before they joined the administration or after they left, but those statements were inconsistent with the truth.

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