Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

Cohen, the lawyers argue, should be commended for his cooperation "in the context of this raw, full-bore attack by the most powerful person in the United States". Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced December 12 on the charges from the August plea deal.

In addition to his cooperation with Mueller, Cohen has also assisted in the NY state attorney general's investigation into the Trump Foundation, his lawyers revealed Friday, and has provided documents to the state attorney general in a separate, unidentified probe, too.

In Cohen's latest confession, he indicated Trump was more involved in discussions for a proposed hotel in Moscow than previously acknowledged.

In his guilty plea, Cohen confessed that he lied to Congress past year about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on Trump's behalf well into the 2016 presidential campaign and at a time when investigators believe Russians were meddling in the election to help his candidacy.

Further, they said that he has cooperated despite the president regularly denouncing the investigation as a "witch hunt". "For you, it's a future president Trump".

It revealed that he had also met twice with federal prosecutors in Manhattan - and would continue to do so if needed - responding to their questions concerning "an ongoing investigation", which the memo did not describe.

The 83-year-old Holocaust survivor wrote that his son "is the oxygen in the air that I breathe", the New York Times reported.

Included in the defense submission were over three dozen letters from Cohen's friends and family.

Prosecutors have not yet filed a pre-sentence submission but have agreed to note Cohen cooperation to the sentencing judge.

The request came in the form of a memorandum filed late Friday, one day after Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen's lawyers Guy Petrillo and Amy Lester asked for the cases to be consolidated so Cohen could be sentenced for all of his crimes at once.

They alleged Cohen was assured by Trump he would be reimbursed for paying the lawyer of one of the women accusing him of an affair, and that Cohen "kept his client contemporaneously informed and acted on his client's instructions".

In the Friday night memo, Cohen's attorneys wrote that "in the weeks during which his then-counsel prepared his written response to the Congressional Committees, Michael remained in close and regular contact with White-House based staff and legal counsel to [Trump, ]" suggesting that Cohen's testimony may have reflected a coordinated effort meant to protect Trump, though the memo stops short of making a direct allegation that Cohen was encouraged to lie.

But they wrote that Cohen did so because he knew Trump wanted to "dismiss and minimize the merit" of the special counsel's inquiry, and that he and his aides "were seeking to portray contact with Russian representatives in any form by Client-1, the campaign or the Trump Organization as having effectively terminated before the Iowa caucuses of February 1, 2016".

According to the memo, Cohen violated campaign-finance laws out of a "fierce loyalty" to the president and "regrets that his vigor in promoting [the president's] interests in the heat of political battle led him to abandon good judgment and cross legal lines".

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