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"Chiefs chairman Joe Dunford is due to step down next fall. We're getting new details about the information. President Trump's former fixer and lawyer Michael Cohen gave investigators ABC's. Aaron Katersky joins us on the KOMO news line from New York. And and Aaron what have you gathered together about how the Russians tried to reach the Trump campaign. We've learned that. The Russian national who was not identified tried to reach the Trump campaign as far back as November twenty fifteen. That's just five months after Donald Trump declared his candidacy, it's the earliest known attempted contact by the Russians to the Trump campaign, and it's outlined in a sentencing memo for Michael Cohen, the president's former fixer and attorney the special counsel said Cohen has been useful in giving credible information that jives with other evidence they've been able to earth and for that he deserves some credit, but federal prosecutors still believe he should go to prison when he's sentenced next week because they were saying that he deserved to go to prison. But it says he was motivated to do. So by personal greed repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends, that's the my mouth that was put out tonight. Michael Cohen has been on this campaign to talk about how wholesome he is how altruistic he is how he had kind of a. Come around moment when he realized that his life was going to be over. But federal prosecutors cast doubt on some of that they said he was motivated by greed and ambition that you know, he was making seventy five thousand dollars a year for a long time. It's finally he finds himself in the middle of the stormy Daniels. Karen McDougal payments to keep them quiet about alleged affairs. And all of a sudden that the Trump organization is paying him four hundred thousand dollars, even though he did what the document calls negligible legal work, and and he continued to to dig himself deeper and deeper and federal prosecutors are saying look he did provide some information it was useful. But it's just too much. He does need to go to prison on the low end of what he faces maybe four years, maybe a little less than that. Aaron I don't mean to put you in a position to read the mind of Michael Cohen and his legal team, though, when they now have the information about how long the southern district of New York those prosecutors. Are recommending in terms of prison time. Do you think prosecutors are hoping Michael Cohen and his people will come back and say, what do you want? Oh, I think so they're trying to squeeze every last drop out of him. It's clear that they are unimpressed with with what he's told them. So far, they noted he had no formal cooperation agreement because federal prosecutors didn't think that Cohn was terribly forthcoming. Yes. He helped the special counsel a little bit gave the special counsel, some useful. Incredible details, but when it came to giving the sum total of what he knew of of of alleged crimes. The federal prosecutors said, nah. So maybe they're trying to squeeze Cohen for every last drop of information before his sentence next week. But it's clear that because of the crimes that he pleaded to and there are nine of them total. He is going to have to serve some time in their opinion. And Aaron do we know if any of the information we learned today from these filings draws more of a line between Michael Cohen and some of these issues directly to the president. Well, it it's not a clear line. But it certainly does expose some others. Michael Cohen told federal prosecutors that when he was working on the project to build a Trump branded skyscraper in Moscow that he was doing it as we're others when he was making payments to stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal to keep them quiet about their alleged affairs. Donald trump. He was coordinating with one or more members of the Trump campaign. So who are these others the documents don't say, but it's clear there's some potential exposure there. And do you have anything about the breaking developments with Muller? Aaron katersky. We're hearing a debt Manafort lied about five major issues during his cooperation. In addition to these documents about Michael Cohen the special counsel. Also filed information about the lies. They said Paul Manafort had told them breaking the obligations of his cooperation deal, and it appears that that after he signed the plea agreement Manafort told the special counsel that he wasn't in any contact with the Trump administration. In fact, he was as recently as February of twenty eighteen ABC's Aaron Katersky. Thank you.."