Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Former Trump lawyer Cohen asks for no prison time

Former Trump lawyer Cohen asks for no prison time

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen said Friday he was in "close and regular contact" with Trump's White House staff and legal team when he prepared a statement for Congress that he now says falsely downplayed Trump's effort to land a Trump Tower Moscow deal during the 2016 presidential campaign. "To the contrary, he expects to cooperate further", the memo states.

Peskov - who said he never talked to Cohen personally - was also asked to respond to those that struggle to believe a contact with Cohen - then a lawyer for a US presidential candidate - would come to nothing, as he suggested.

"He could have fought the government and continued to hold to the party line, positioning himself perhaps for a pardon or clemency, but, instead - for himself, his family, and his country - he took personal responsibility for his own wrongdoing and contributed, and is prepared to continue to contribute, to an investigation that he views as thoroughly legitimate and vital", Cohen's lawyers wrote.

Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress during Mueller's investigation.

They alleged Cohen was assured by Trump he would be reimbursed for paying the lawyer of one of the women accusing him of an affair, and that Cohen "kept his client contemporaneously informed and acted on his client's instructions". "But, following the execution of search warrants in this case, almost every professional and commercial relationship that he enjoyed, and a number of long-standing friendships, have vanished".

"Arising out of Michael's concern that his entry into a traditional cooperation agreement would likely delay his sentencing, as investigations and trials unfold and conclude, he respectfully declined to pursue conventional cooperation so that his sentencing proceeding would go forward as scheduled", Cohen's lawyers wrote.

"He and Client-1 also discussed possible travel to Russian Federation in the summer of 2016, and Michael took steps to clear dates for such travel", Cohen's lawyers said in the filing.

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She added however that if the deal is rejected, "some people would need to take some practical steps in relation to no deal". The Conservative MP, who campaigned for Remain, today says that Mrs May should not rule out holding a second referendum.

Cohen previous year acknowledged sending the emails to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in January 2016, but said he killed the proposal after talking to Peskov's office.

Peskov, who is with Putin at an global summit in Argentina, said Saturday, "We told them that the presidential administration isn't involved in construction projects, and if they are interested in making investments we will be glad to see them at St. Petersburg's economic forum". He flashed the emails on his phone to reporters, in an exchange broadcast on Russian state television.

"He's lying about a project that everybody knew about", Trump told reporters.

In a court filing submitted Friday, Cohen's lawyers reveal new details about his cooperation with Mueller.

In one, former New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford said he thought so highly of Cohen that he gave him the special teams game ball after the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots in 2012.

According to Cohen's sentencing submission, federal sentencing guidelines in just the first case call for him to spend as many as five years and three months in jail. The most powerful letter was from his father, Maurice Cohen, 83, a Holocaust survivor, who wrote that his son is "the oxygen in the air that I breathe".

Following Cohen's court appearance on Thursday morning, President Trump called his former ally "a weak person" who was lying about the proposed Moscow deal in hopes of getting a reduced sentence.

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