The US Attorney for the Southern District of NY , citing Michael Cohen’s extensive criminal actions and initial being untruthful to federal and state prosecutors has asked the judge in the case to put Cohen in jail for up to four years….
The Mueller Special Counsel group have cited Cohen’s cooperation with them…But have detailed even more extensive contacts with Russian individuals ….
The NY feds have including Donald Trump’s name in their paper handed to the court….
Federal prosecutors on Friday mounted a scathing attack on Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, rejecting his request to avoid a prison term and saying that he had “repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends.”
The prosecutors said Mr. Cohen deserved a “substantial” prison term that would most likely amount to roughly four years.
Mr. Cohen, 52, is to be sentenced in Manhattan next week for two separate guilty pleas: one for campaign finance violations and financial crimes charged by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, and the other for lying to Congress in the Russia inquiry, filed by the Office of the Special Counsel in Washington.
Prosecutors in Manhattan said the crimes Mr. Cohen had committed marked “a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life,” and though he was seeking a sentence of no jail time for providing assistance to the government, he did not deserve much leniency.
In a lengthy memo to the judge, William H. Pauley III, prosecutors wrote that Mr. Cohen was motivated by “personal greed” and had a “rose-colored view of the seriousness of the crimes.”
[Read the federal prosecutor’s memo ahead of Michael Cohen’s sentencing in Manhattan.]
They once again emphasized that Mr. Cohen had implicated the president in his guilty plea, writing that Mr. Cohen “played a central role” in a scheme to purchase the silence of two women who claimed to have affairs with Mr. Trump, so they would not speak publicly during the 2016 presidential campaign….