Saturday, December 8, 2018

After Betraying Trump to Help Mueller, Cohen Likely to Serve Prison Term Anyway

Prosecutors have recommended that Michael Cohen revive “substantial” jail time.

The BBC reported that Cohen has pleaded guilty to crimes including violating finance laws during the 2016 election by handling hush money for Mr Trump’s alleged lovers.

He has also admitted lying to Congress about a Trump property deal.

He is one of a number of Trump aides investigated amid a probe into alleged Russian collusion in the election.

Cohen has been co-operating with the investigation overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller.

However, while prosecutors in New York accepted this should be taken into account in sentencing, it should only bring a “modest” reduction on the guidelines of four to five years.

Mr Mueller will not seek any additional sentence beyond the New York prosecutors’ recommendation, a court filing said.

Trump supporters responded to the memo.

From NBC News

Federal prosecutors recommended Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, serve a “substantial term of imprisonment” after he pleaded guilty to eight felony charges according to a sentencing memo released Friday.

Prosecutors said he should be given something close to the usual federal sentence for his crimes, which would be between 51 and 63 months.

Though Cohen has been cooperative with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential election, prosecutors say his crimes were deceptive and “motivated by personal greed and ambition.”

“While Cohen — as his own submissions made clear — already enjoyed a privileged life, his desire for even greater wealth and influence precipitated an extensive course of criminal conduct,” the memo states.

“Cohen did not need to commit the crimes that he did, yet he committed them for personal gain,” the memo read. “He was motivated in part by greed and the desire to live an opulent and lavish lifestyle. And for all of Cohen’s outward rectitude, he has lived a double life, which weighs heavily against a variance.”

Cohen’s lawyers had argued to the court that he should be spared prison time given his cooperation with federal prosecutors in two separate cases. But President Trump, in a scathing Twitter post, said his former fixer should receive a “full and complete sentence.”

Federal sentencing guidelines in the twin cases called for Cohen to be sentenced to a minimum of 51 months and maximum of 69 months, according to his plea deals.

Cohen, who just last year boasted that he’d take a bullet for Trump, turned on his longtime boss after he became ensnared in federal investigations.

On Nov. 29, Cohen pleaded guilty to a charge brought by the special counsel’s office that he lied to Congress to cover up efforts during the presidential campaign to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

The surprise plea marked the first time that Trump and his private business dealings were named in open court as part of Mueller’s probe of Russian election interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign.

Cohen admitted to lying to Senate and House intelligence committees in 2017 to minimize links between the proposed project and Trump as his presidential bid was gaining momentum.

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