Donald Trump denies wrongdoing amid accusations from prosecutors in Russia probe

A day after prosecutors implicated him in a hush money conspiracy to evade campaign laws, President Donald Trump continued Saturday to say the Russia investigation has yielded nothing.
"AFTER TWO YEARS AND MILLIONS OF PAGES OF DOCUMENTS (and a cost of over $30,000,000), NO COLLUSION!" Trump tweeted Saturday. In another tweet, Trump said it is "Time for the Witch Hunt to END!"
He did not elaborate.
The president made his claim a day after federal prosecutors, in recommending prison time for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, implicated Trump in a scheme to pay hush money to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him.
Prosecutors said the president – identified in court documents as "Individual-1" – directed Cohen to make the payments to the women in an effort to buy their silence right before the election.
President Donald Trump.
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The unreported payments amounted to campaign contributions, and hiding them was a violation of campaign finance laws, prosecutors said.
Cohen, who has pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress, has also spoken with prosecutors about the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia, which sought to influence the election by email hacks of prominent Democrats.
As early as November 2015, prosecutors said, Cohen was in contact with an unidentified Russian national who claimed to be a "trusted person" in the Russian government. 
The person offered the Trump campaign "political synergy," the filing said, and "repeatedly proposed" a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, though such a meeting never took place.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, a frequent target of Trump, is investigating the Russian meddling, and whether Trump's campaign had any involvement. He is also looking into whether Trump has tried to obstruct the investigation.
Trump, who has consistently denied collusion and obstruction, has described Mueller's probe as a politically motivated "witch hunt."
Prosecutors also filed new documents in the case of Paul Manafort, claiming he has lied about the Trump campaign and Russia as part of a plea bargain agreement with Mueller's office.
Trump and his allies said the Manafort filing did not implicated the president.
As for Cohen, aides described the president's former lawyer as a liar who will say anything to get himself a lighter sentence. "Mr. Cohen has repeatedly lied and as the prosecution has pointed out to the court, Mr. Cohen is no hero" said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
After the filings surfaced Friday, Trump himself sent out a somewhat cryptic tweet: "Totally clears the President. Thank you!"
Bravado or not, legal analysts said Trump could be looking at major legal problems, especially regarding Cohen's statements.
"The real news right now is not about Cohen’s sentence," said Neal Katyal, former acting U.S. solicitor general. "It is about the conclusion by federal prosecutors that Donald J. Trump has committed a serious felony."John Kelly is expected to depart his role as White House Chief of Staff by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Saturday, ending a tenure marked by tensions with his boss and confrontations with other key administration figures.
The president announced the news on the front lawn on the White House, following days of swirling speculation around the retired Marine Corps general’s exit for months amid disagreements with Trump. Nevertheless, in his brief remarks to reporters, Trump called Kelly “a great guy” and that he appreciated his service. 
“We’ll be announcing who will be taking John’s place” over the next day or two, Trump said. Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is among the candidates who could succeed Kelly.
Kelly has increasingly clashed with both national security officials and first lady Melania Trump, NBC reported last month. Trump has reportedly shown frustration with Kelly during the chief of staff’s tenure.
Kelly’s departure follows several months of controversy and turmoil. He reportedly told staff that he would stay in the job until at least 2020.
It also comes at a time when Trump faces increasing pressure over high-stakes trade talks with China, an economy showing signs of shakiness for the first time in his administration, and the special counsel’s investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The president will also have to contend with a divided Congress, as Democrats are slated to take over the House in January. Kelly isn’t known as a political operator.
Kelly succeeded Reince Priebus, the former head of the Republican Party. The president’s chaotic management style made the job particularly difficult for both men. Kelly’s disciplined management.