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    Court Papers Say Trump Ordered Illegal Payments

    While special counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing memo for President Donald Trump’s ex-attorney, Michael Cohen, revealed he was offered “political synergy” with the Kremlin in 2015, federal prosecutors in New York directly implicated the chief executive in a crime. Their separate Cohen sentencing recommendation says the candidate directed hush money payments to two women alleging affairs with Trump, violating campaign finance law. Mueller’s memo urges leniency, but the New York filing seeks as much as five years imprisonment when Cohen is sentenced Wednesday. Trump’s reaction was concise: “Totally clears the President. Thank you!”

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