Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen does not deserve prison, judge told


In court documents filed on Friday evening, Cohen's lawyers, Guy Petrillo and Amy Lester, argued that their client should not receive any jail time because he helped authorities despite huge pressure from President Trump.

"Michael's decision to cooperate and take full responsibility for his own conduct well reflects his personal resolve, notwithstanding past errors, to re-point his internal compass true north toward a productive, ethical and thoroughly law abiding life", Cohen's lawyers wrote in the memorandum, noting that he'd "participated in seven voluntary interviews with the Special Counsel's Office" so far. The 52-year-old Cohen faces sentencing December 12 after pleading guilty to crimes in August and on Thursday.

The filing cited his cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation has angrily been branded a "witchhunt" by Trump in numerous statements and tweets.

In his guilty plea, Cohen confessed that he lied to Congress previous 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. Cohen had secretly taped Trump, who had previously said that he had no knowledge of any payments by his lawyer.

Looking to get a lenient sentence, Cohen also admitted to paying off women to keep them silent regarding their romantic relationships with Trump and to prevent them from "disseminating narratives that would adversely affect the Campaign and cause personal embarrassment", his attorneys wrote.

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In his earlier plea deal with federal prosecutors in NY for two campaign finance violations and six counts related to his personal finances, the guidelines call for 46 to 63 months in prison and up to $1 million in fines.

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Michael Cohen is asking a judge to sentence him to time-served in his various cases before the special counsel and federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

Threaded throughout the document were testimonials from people closest to Cohen - drawn from some three dozen letters that were also submitted - depicting an image of generosity that undercuts the public perceptions of him since his guilty plea.

Cohen's lawyers sought to address speculation over why their client has not entered into a formal cooperation agreement with prosecutors, saying Cohen was concerned that such a deal would delay his sentencing.

Speaking to MSNBC's Alex Witt on Saturday, Glenn Kirshner warned that Trump's children are now potentially facing criminal liability following the president's ex-lawyer Cohen's guilty plea last week.

The report states "his false statement to Congress - which Cohen pleaded guilty to on Thursday - was based on Trump and his team's efforts to "portray contact with Russian representatives" by Trump, his campaign or his company 'as having effectively terminated before the Iowa caucuses of February 1, 2016, '" Politico reports.

"Michael regrets that his vigor in Client-1's interests in the heat of political battle led him to abandon good judgment and cross legal lines", they said.