Turley: Cohen, Manafort Filings Show Feds Are 'Trying to Bag Donald Trump'
George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley reacted Friday to the release of a sentencing recommendation against ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen and a heavily-redacted document from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecution team alleging former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about contact with Trump White House officials and other matters.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team wrote in a heavily-redacted Friday court filing that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by making false statements to federal investigators, including about his contact with Trump administration officials as well as information pertinent to an undisclosed Justice Department investigation.
“The defendant breached his plea agreement in numerous ways by lying to the FBI and Special Counsel’s Office,” the filing said.
Bret Baier told Turley on "Special Report" that Mueller is making the case that he cannot trust Manafort and that the former lobbyist "told multiple, discernable lies."
Turley said the Mueller team has "tapes and other proof that [Manafort] directly lied" and that the former partner at Black, Manafort & Stone is "clearly not giving the special counsel what he wants."
He added that Cohen is also "as discerning as a jukebox" when it comes to making decisions in his case -- "anyone puts a quarter in him and he'll play the tune."
Totally clears the President. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
Turley said Mueller and the Southern District of New York prosecutors are accelerating their document dumps because they don't want the key fillings to be sent to the Democrat-run House of Representatives that will take office in January.
"That would look particularly bad," he said.
However, Turley also said that Friday's releases and the Mueller team's previous actions against conservative author Dr. Jerome Corsi show "they are trying to bag Donald Trump."
"In the last few weeks, Mueller has been pressuring witness after witness specifically to create a clear shot at Trump," he said.
However, Turley said investigators have been thus far unsuccessful in finding the last potential "puzzle piece" linking Trump to any serious criminal activity.
Turley also discussed findings against Manafort that condemned his contacts with a Russian banker named Konstantin Kilimnik -- and the pair's actions involving a high-dollar Cypriot bank account.
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