President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE on Saturday morning blasted special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.
AFTER TWO YEARS AND MILLIONS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS (and a cost of over $30,000,000), NO COLLUSION!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2018
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 ManafortDOJ investigating one-time Trump campaign adviser over alleged ties to Qatar: report Foreign lobbyists donated over M during 2020 election: report Former Mueller prosecutor representing Donoghue in congressional probes: report 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.
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.