>> Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen was in contact with the Russians seeking, quote, synergy, with his 2016 presidential campaign. That's among the new revelations in a flurry of court filings on Friday by prosecutors who are examining whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington where it looks like Trump self described fixer has been giving prosecutors extensive details about the inner workings of Trumps business, revealing more context with Russians than we previously knew about.
In a sentencing documents, special counsel Robert Mueller said a Russian Carsen reached out to Cohen in November 2015 offering, quote, synergy on government level. Saying it could pay dividends for Trump in business and politics. Mueller says Cohen did not follow-up. At that point, Cohen was already trying to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after talking with Trump about the idea, according to Mueller.
Cohen had previously told investigators that he was acting on his own. Cohen has been cooperating with prosecutors after he pleaded guilty to funneling hush money to porn star Stormy Daniels and another woman who both say they had affairs with Trump. For the first time on Friday, prosecutor saying Trump, described as individual 1 in the court filing, directed Cohen to break campaign finance laws as part of that effort.
That echoes an earlier admission by Cohen. Cohen last week pleaded guilty in a second criminal probe, admitting he lied about a potential deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen is due to be sentenced in both cases next week. Despite his cooperation, prosecutors are saying he should serve four years, saying he didn't share everything he knew.
Cohen's cooperation a contrast to Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. In a separate court filing on Friday, Mueller saying that Manafort lied to his team about five subjects, including his contacts with administration officials. Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia and regularly refers to the probe as a witch hunt.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders saying the files reveal nothing new. Mueller says that Cohen has been providing helpful information about people who work in Trump's business and in his White House. That's sure to set off alarm bells among people closest to the president.