Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Prosecutors Recommend 'Substantial' Prison Time for Michael Cohen Despite His Assistance

Prosecutors Recommend 'Substantial' Prison Time for Michael Cohen Despite His Assistance

Prosecutors, who said Flynn's assistance was "substantial" and merited no prison time, disclosed that he had cooperated not only with the Russian Federation investigation but also with at least one other undisclosed criminal probe.

The meeting didn't take place.

It said Cohen made the payments in "coordination with and the direction of" Trump.

In fact, Mueller said Cohen provided substantial assistance to his team in its probe into Russian interference in the presidential race as well as "useful information concerning his contacts with persons connected to the White House during the 2017-2018 time period".

In meetings with Mueller's team, Cohen "provided information about his own contacts with Russian interests during the campaign and discussions with others in the course of making those contacts", the court documents said.

Cohen, dubbed Trump's "legal fixer" in the past, also described his work in conjunction with Trump in orchestrating hush money payments to two women - a porn star and a Playboy model - who said they had sex with Trump a decade earlier.

In the latest filings Friday, prosecutors will weigh in on whether Cohen deserves prison time and, if so, how much.

Mueller said on Friday that Cohen repeated his false statements about the project in his first meeting with Mueller's office, admitting the truth only in a later meeting in September after he had pleaded guilty to the separate NY charges.

Mr Mueller called for leniency for Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer, in sentencing next week for lying to Congress about the timing of plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

A key figure in the Watergate scandal has told CNN that the allegations against President Donald Trump contained in a court filing are sufficient for Congress to start impeachment proceedings.

Prosecutors said probation officials recommended a sentence for Cohen of three-and-a-half years in prison.

"On the Mueller situation", Trump said today, "we're very happy with what we're reading because there was no collusion whatsoever".

Cohen's crimes "were more serious than his submission allows and were marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life", they said.

The Manhattan feds noted Cohen's cooperation but said it was limited.

Dean, who was Nixon's former White House counsel, said on Erin Burnett OutFront that Cohen had "implicated Trump directly". But the NY prosecutors were unsparing in their descriptions of his conduct, saying he was motivated by "personal greed" and that he "repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends".

First, Cohen's commission of two campaign finance crimes on the eve of the 2016 election for President of the United States struck a blow to one of the core goals of the federal campaign finance laws: transparency.

The court documents disclosed that Trump hired Cohen in 2007 for $500,000 a year after he ousted the board of a condo that was trying to remove Trump's name from its building.

In a separate filing on Friday, Mueller's office said Cohen should serve any sentence imposed for that crime concurrently with the sentence imposed for the NY charges, saying he had gone to "significant lengths to assist the Special Counsel's investigation".

Manafort, who has pleaded guilty to several counts, violated his plea agreement by telling "multiple discernible lies" to prosecutors, they said.

The report was expected to provide more information on Mueller's probe, but federal Judge Amy Berman Jackson granted the special counsel's request to file the report under seal and ordered a redacted version to be released.

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