Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018
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Mueller's new case says Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was in contact with a Russian seeking "political synergy" with his campaign

BREAKING NEWS: The unidentified Ukraine said a meeting between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin could have a "phenomenal" impact "not only politically but also commercially According to the file.

Special advocate Robert S. Mueller III has made no recommendation on the sentence that Cohen should face, but said that any sentence should be served concurrently with a possible sentence in another case .

This story will be updated.

Federal prosecutors have said in a new case that former Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen should spend a lot of time in jail, saying that although he provided useful information to investigators investigating Russia's interference in the elections of 2016, he refused to reveal everything.

The lawsuit was filed Friday while Cohen was preparing to be sentenced next week in two separate cases, one involving election campaign funding violations and lying to one bank, and another in which he admitted having lied to Congress about the efforts made during the 2016 presidential campaign to get a Trump. Tower built in Moscow.

Cohen had asked for a prison sentence without explanation, citing his cooperation with the investigators, but prosecutors in the Southern District of New York filed a memo stating that he should serve a substantial sentence or even years, in prison.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Cohen could face nearly five years in prison. In the filing, prosecutors have suggested that he should get a modest reduction, possibly in the order of three and a half years.

"He is clamoring for extraordinary leniency – a prison sentence that does not serve any prison sentence – based mainly on his rosy vision of the seriousness of the crimes; his pretensions to a sympathetic personal story; and its communication of certain information to the forces of the order, wrote the prosecutors in their file. "But the crimes committed by Cohen were more serious than his thesis allowed and were marked by a scheme of deception that permeated his professional life."

The record also suggests that Cohen's cooperation with law enforcement was not as important to the inquiries that revolved around the president.

"Let's be clear: Cohen does not have a cooperation agreement and does not receive a letter under Section 5K1.1 or from this office or from (special advocate Robert S. Mueller III) and is therefore not not properly described as a "cooperating witness". as this term is commonly used in this district. "

Most striking perhaps, prosecutors accused Cohen of having withheld some of what he knew.

"This office understands that the information provided by Cohen to (Mueller) was ultimately credible and useful for his ongoing investigation," wrote the prosecutors, while stating that they would not give him a legal letter detailing his cooperation, because "Cohen repeatedly refused to provide complete information. complete information on the scope of any additional criminal conduct in which he may have engaged or become aware ".

Cohen was sued by two separate departments of the Department of Justice, Mueller's office and federal prosecutors in Manhattan. These offices file separate notes Friday in anticipation of Wednesday's conviction before Judge William H. Pauley III of the US District Court.

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to tax evasion, making a false statement to a bank and violations of campaign funding, admitting that he had helped buy the silence of two women who claimed to have relations with Trump for help the president's campaign. Last month, he added a plea of ​​guilty to a charge of misrepresentation to Congress, confessing that he had lied to lawmakers about a possible Trump commercial project in Russia.

In seeking a prison sentence, Cohen insisted on his close cooperation with Mueller, as well as with investigators from other agencies. His lawyers directly linked his wrongdoing to Trump, explaining that Cohen was motivated to pay the women to be quiet and lie in Congress because of his "fierce loyalty" to Trump. Trump had publicly denied the facts and said that he "stayed away" from business in Russia.

"He could have fought the government and continued to respect the party line, maybe placing himself in a pardon or a pardon, but instead, for himself, his family, and his country, he took responsibility he has contributed to and is willing to continue contributing to an investigation that he considers to be entirely legitimate and vital, "Cohen's lawyers wrote in court documents submitted last week.

For his part, Trump ridiculed Cohen's request on Twitter and appeared to put him in opposition to Roger Stone, a long-time adviser to Trump who publicly stated that he would not be willing to cooperate against the president.

Trump said about Cohen, "He lied for this result and should, in my opinion, serve a full sentence." From Stone, he said, "It's nice to know that some people still have courage." "

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