The Michael Cohen sentencing memo has dropped, and prosecutors are recommending a “substantial term of imprisonment” of around four years for President Donald Trump‘s former lawyer.
“Cohen, an attorney and businessman,” the SDNY memo said, “committed four distinct federal crimes over a period of several years. He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends. Now he seeks extraordinary leniency – a sentence of no jail time – based principally on his rose-colored view of the seriousness of the crimes.”
The memo does note Cohen’s cooperation with the special counsel’s office, but adds “Cohen’s description of those efforts is overstated in some respects and incomplete in others.”
Per the New York Times:
Mr. Cohen, 52, is to be sentenced in Manhattan for two separate guilty pleas: one for campaign finance violations and financial crimes charged by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, and the other for lying to Congress in the Russia inquiry, filed by Mr. Mueller’s office.
The SDNY memo dropped shortly before the release of a memo from special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office on Cohen and the cooperation he has provided.
CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz spoke with Jake Tapper this afternoon on the memo and said, “This is not looking good for Michael Cohen.” You can watch his report above.
You can read the full document here.
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