The Special Counsel’s Office and New York federal prosecutors just released a pair of pre-sentencing memos about President Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, which are filled with details sure to enrage his former boss, and likely will lead to his conviction of crimes in a court of law. (see below)
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in reality, Justice Dept prosecutors from Southern District of NY asserted in Cohen sentencing memo that the president committed a felony https://t.co/EIsJv4bzOZ
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 7, 2018
Prosecutors requested that Trump’s legal fixer serve at least 42 months in prison and pay a $100,000 fine.
Special Counsel Mueller used a pre-sentencing memo filed in federal court to point his finger right at Donald Trump for obstruction of justice as the reason that Michael Cohen lied to Congress, and simultaneously thanked him for providing prosecutors with key intelligence about how the current White House does business.
New York federal prosecutors noted that Cohen committed election crimes at Trump’s direction with the expectation of being rewarded with a title and high position after the election, which he ultimately cashed in for $4 million in consulting payments.
But the President is sure to be even more angry than usual after prosecutors revealed that Cohen recorded brags in which he took personal credit for winning the presidential election for Trump, thanks to the multiple illegal hush money deals he arranged behind the scenes.
“Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1″ wrote prosecutors, which means that it is now the opinion of the Justice Department that President Trump is a felon for his involvement in a conspiracy to misuse campaign funds.
The Special Counsel highlighted four specific areas where Cohen’s cooperation provided key information against his former client, Donald Trump, across seven meetings and on a continuing basis. Here are the four areas cited in the SCO’s memo:
- Cohen revealed his additional Russian contacts who sought to connect Trump to the Russian government during the campaign for the “Moscow Project” and during the UN General Assembly which took place in New York during the Republican Presidential primary in late 2015.
- He provided “useful information concerning certain discrete Russia-related matters core to its investigation that he obtained by virtue of his regular contact with Company executives during the campaign.”
- Cohen also “provided relevant and useful information concerning his contacts with persons connected to the White House during the 2017–2018 time period.”
- Lastly, Cohen “described the circumstances of preparing and circulating his response to the congressional inquiries, while continuing to accept responsibility for the false statements contained within it.”
The fourth element of his cooperation hints at Cohen’s participation in the Trump cover-up of a lie which he maintained in his first meeting with Mueller’s team but eventually admitted to in early September.
In exchange for Cohen’s help, Mueller’s team limited their indictment to a single count and asked the court to sentence him concurrently to the tax evasion, campaign finance, and mortgage fraud charges, which means that he will effectively not face a sentence for crimes he admitted to the SCO (Special Counsel’s Office).
Cohen’s admission to the SCO that he spoke with, “a Russian national who claimed to be a ‘trusted person’ in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign ‘political synergy’ and ‘synergy on a government level’” is more new information that sounds an awful lot like Russian collusion which hadn’t previously been made public.
US Attorneys at the Southern District of New York (SDNY) were far less impressed with Cohen’s cooperation than Mueller’s team, noting that most of what his attorney called assistance consisted of providing documents which they had demanded under subpoena already.
Their request for a slightly lenient sentence just below federal guidelines’ recommended 51-63 month prison sentence reflected just the limited credit he earned for helping Mueller.
Furthermore, the SDNY prosecutors were particularly harsh towards Michael Cohen for committing his crimes while he was an attorney, noting that he even studied taxation at Cooley Law School in Michigan, widely known as America’s worst law school.
“After cheating the IRS for years, lying to banks and to Congress, and seeking to criminally influence the Presidential election,” prosecutors concluded, “Cohen’s decision to plead guilty – rather than seek a pardon for his manifold crimes – does not make him a hero.”