Two of Donald Trump's former top advisers look for years in federal jail – and Trump and his camp are reportedly associated with many of the crimes in which they were charged.
These were the big takeaways of court documents published Friday night in two cases, in which Trump's former longtime private lawyer and the seasoned political pro who led his presidential campaign in 2016 were arrested.
. The former, Michael Cohen, has worked with the federal authorities since he pleaded guilty to several crimes this year – but not so satisfactorily, the government said, that he should get away without a punishment.
Government officials say he still earns years in prison, with some consideration for his help.
The latter, Paul Manafort, said he would have cooperated, too, but prosecutors claim he actually lied to them, and the government is no longer bound by a plea agreement signed earlier this year.
This means that the Department of Justice does not ask a judge to alleviate Manafort, and prosecutors could re-indict him in an earlier case that resulted in a mistrial.
Cohen is scheduled to be convicted next week in New York City. The conviction of Manafort is scheduled for March 5.
Here's what else you need to know about the big stories about Cohen and Manafort on Friday night.
Trump Allegedly Prohibited Cohen's Illegal Payments
Prosecutor The US law firm for the Southern District of New York reported a series of offenses in which Cohen pleaded guilty in August, including Payments to two women before Election Day 2016.
But he did not act alone arranging that intermediaries bought the silence of women, both of whom claimed they had sexual relations with Trump years ago.
When Cohen made these arrangements, court documents say, "he acted in concert with and at the behest of Trump".
In other words, Trump instructed him to violate the law, prosecution charges.
Trump has confirmed the payments to one of the women, but denies both of her underlying allegations regarding sexual relations with him.
The retelling of payments in the court records of Friday strengthens the connection with the president in what the prosecutors call "illegal campaign contributions" and raises the question of what action the Ministry of Justice might take beyond Cohen's case with regard to Trump.
Manafort allegedly lied about his discussions with the administration.
Manafort joined the Department of Justice in September after pleading guilty to a case in Washington, DC He agreed to help the government in every way possible he wanted, but the prosecutors say the deal is over now.
Manafort has lied, said a request from the office of Justice Minister of Justice, Robert Müller. The document contains five areas that Manafort has not told the truth about, but one that could turn out to be the most consequential concerns his continued contacts with the Trump administration.
Manafort told officials that he had no contact with people in the administration – but in fact he said, the submission of Mueller. This is important because it contributes to a New York Times report stating that Manafort's attorney informs Trump's legal team and deals with what Manafort has told the government.
So Manafort helped Trump's legal team develop his strategy to respond to Müller. These briefings by the Manafort lawyer appear to have also allowed Manafort to inform Trump's legal team that he had not affected either Trump's camp or the president himself.
Trump has since told reporters that he owes people the possibility of leniency in the investigation in Russia, especially when asked about Manafort.
Müller's office said in his application filed on Friday that it has electronic evidence showing that Manafort is in contact with government officials or authorized agents to speak on its behalf.
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