Trump responds to new Cohen, Manafort filings: 'No collusion!'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE on Saturday morning blasted special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, one day after Mueller said Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has gone to “significant lengths” to aid his ongoing Russia investigation.

“AFTER TWO YEARS AND MILLIONS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS (and a cost of over $30,000,000), NO COLLUSION!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. 

The investigation has lasted 18 months and reportedly cost nearly $17 million, according to figures from the Justice Department. 


Federal prosecutors in a filing on Friday recommended Cohen receive “substantial” prison time, despite his cooperation agreement on multiple investigations. 

The document states that Cohen "acted in coordination with and at the direction of" Trump in steering payments to silence Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women claiming they had affairs with Trump, before the 2016 presidential election.

The prosecutors' filings appear to implicate Trump in violating campaign finance laws in relation to the payments. The document does not specifically name Trump, but refers to an "Individual 1," an apparent reference to Trump.

Cohen had previously implicated Trump when he pleaded guilty in August to violating campaign finance laws in relation to the payments. 

Mueller, in a separate filing, wrote that Cohen told prosecutors about a previously unknown 2015 contact with a Russian national, who claimed to be a “trusted person” in the Kremlin offering the campaign “political synergy” and “synergy on a government level.” Cohen claimed that person repeatedly suggested a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Cohen was recently charged with making false statements to Congress about his contacts with Russians surrounding a possible Trump Tower Moscow project. Cohen is set to be sentenced on Dec. 12 for eight federal crimes he pleaded guilty to in August as well as the separate charge of lying to Congress that he pleaded guilty to last week in connection with Mueller’s investigation.

Mueller also said in another filing Friday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortEx-Obama White House counsel's trial set for August House Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report New normal: A president can freely interfere with investigations without going to jail MORE lied to prosecutors about his contacts with the White House and an associate with suspected ties to Russian intelligence. The revelation provided details surrounding prosecutors’ accusation that the former campaign chairman lied “to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the special counsel’s office on a variety of subject matters,” in breach of his plea agreement. 

Mueller said in the filing that after signing a plea agreement, Manafort stated he had no direct or indirect communications with anyone in the administration.

“Separately, according to another Manafort colleague, Manafort said in February 2018 that Manafort had been in communication with a senior administration official up through February 2018,” the special counsel wrote in the 10-page report.

Trump has long sought to undercut Mueller's investigation, casting it a “witch hunt” by Democrats seeking to undermine his presidency. At least 33 people and three companies have been charged so far as part of the probe.