THE LY­ING GAME

MUELLER: MANAFORT MIS­LED PROS­E­CU­TORS ABOUT CON­TACT WITH RUS­SIANS, TRUMP AIDES

Boston Herald - - FRONT PAGE - ByALEXICOHAN — alexi.co­[email protected]­her­ald.com Her­ald wire ser­vices con­trib­uted to this re­port.

For­mer Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort lied about his con­tacts with a Rus­sian as­so­ciate and Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials, pros­e­cu­tors said in a court fil­ing to­day, while also call­ing for Pres­i­dent Trump’s for­mer lawyer Michael Co­hen to face prison time.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Manafort vi­o­lated his plea deal by telling “mul­ti­ple dis­cernible lies.” They said Manafort was called to tes­tify be­fore a grand jury on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. The doc­u­ments do not pro­vide any ad­di­tional de­tails about the grand jury, or what it is prob­ing.

They said Manafort told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he spoke with of­fi­cials be­fore and af­ter they left the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. But they said a re­view of his elec­tronic doc­u­ments shows he had “ad­di­tional con­tacts” with the of­fi­cials.

“There’s enough in­for­ma­tion there to cause Pres­i­dent Trump to break into a sweat,” said Fred Bayles, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus at Bos­ton Univer­sity and for­mer na­tional news cor­re­spon­dent. “I don’t see much good in this. In fact, the word­ing seemed to be a re­ally sharp­ened spear point.”

Pros­e­cu­tors said Manafort met with in­ves­ti­ga­tors from Robert Mueller’s of­fice and the FBI on 12 sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. “The gov­ern­ment’s fil­ing in Mr. Manafort’s case says ab­so­lutely noth­ing about the Pres­i­dent. It says even less about col­lu­sion and is devoted al­most en­tirely to lob­by­ing-re­lated is­sues. Once again the me­dia is try­ing to cre­ate a story where there isn’t one,” White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders said.

Trump’s for­mer lawyer, Co­hen, is also in hot wa­ter — fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said to­day he is de­serv­ing of a “sub­stan­tial” prison sen­tence de­spite his co­op­er­a­tion in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Co­hen worked with law en­force­ment in a hush-money pay­ment case that im­pli­cated the pres­i­dent.

Court fil­ings by pros­e­cu­tors from both New York and the Trump-Rus­sia spe­cial coun­sel’s of­fice laid out for the first time de­tails of the co­op­er­a­tion of a vi­tal wit­ness who once said he’d “take a bul­let” for the pres­i­dent but who in re­cent months has be­come a prime an­tag­o­nist. He is due to be sen­tenced next week.

“I don’t think there’s any­thing in there for Pres­i­dent Trump or his lawyers or his sup­port­ers to cheer about,” Bayles said.

The fil­ings re­veal that Co­hen told pros­e­cu­tors he and Trump dis­cussed a po­ten­tial meet­ing with Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on the side­lines of the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly in 2015, shortly af­ter Trump an­nounced his can­di­dacy.

“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,” San­ders said.

Pros­e­cu­tors said fed­eral sen­tenc­ing guide­lines call for Co­hen to serve at least four years in prison.

ZUMA PRESS

MOV­ING AHEAD: Court fil­ings by pros­e­cu­tors from both New York and Trump-Rus­sia spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller laid out for the fde­tails of the co­op­er­a­tion of Michael Co­hen. The fil­ings also show that ex-Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Manafort lied to in­ves­ti­ga­tors mul­ti­ple times.

PAUL MANAFORT

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