The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at how Michael Cohen’s botched Moscow Hotel deal fully exonerates the Trump campaign of any possibility to have colluded with the Russian government in the run up to the US Presidential election.
Via The Gateway Pundit…
Federal prosecutors in New York filed their sentencing memo for President Trump’s former-lawyer-turned-rat Michael Cohen on Friday.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not take a position on Cohen’s sentencing even though the charges stemmed from Mueller.
Last week Michael Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his role in building a Trump Tower in Moscow – a tower that was never even built.
Michael Cohen’s lawyers asked for no prison time; Cohen reportedly thought Trump was going to pardon him.
But the liberal prosecutors suggested 51 to 63 months in prison when referring to the sentence.
Cohen reportedly cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia witch hunt and provided information that “was ultimately credible and useful to its ongoing investigation.”
For this he will serve up to five years in prison.
President Trump tweeted about Cohen’s sentencing and the court’s findings.
It looks like Cohen may be on his own here.
Totally clears the President. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
CNBC reported on the filing:
- The Southern District of New York cited sentencing guidelines of 51 to 63 months in prison when referring to the sentence.
- Prosecutors asked for a “substantial term of imprisonment” for Cohen, whom they slammed for committing crimes intended to affect the 2016 presidential election: “Cohen sought to influence the election from the shadows … [he] clouded a process that Congress has painstakingly sought to keep transparent. The sentence imposed should reflect the seriousness of Cohen’s brazen violations of the election laws and attempt to counter the public cynicism that may arise when individuals like Cohen act as if the political process belongs to the rich and powerful.”
- But they noted in the memo that their recommendation be modestly lower than the suggested range of prison time suggested in federal guidelines.
- Prosecutors also wrote: “While Cohen – as his own submission makes clear – already enjoyed a privileged life, his desire for even greater wealth and influence precipitated an extensive course of criminal conduct.”
- The U.S. attorney’s office noted that Cohen’s cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe provided information that “was ultimately credible and useful to its ongoing investigation.”
- But, the prosecutors added that “Cohen repeatedly declined to provide full information about the scope of any additional criminal conduct in which he may have engaged or had knowledge.”
- The prosecutors also pushed back on the characterization of Cohen from his lawyers, who presented Cohen’s cooperation as an act of principle: “While Cohen’s provision of information to the [special counsel] merits credit, his description of his actions as arising solely from some ‘personal resolve’ … ignores that Cohen first reached out to meet with the [special counsel] at a time when he knew he was under imminent threat of indictment in this District. As such, any suggestion by Cohen that his meetings with law enforcement reflect a selfless and unprompted about-face are overstated.”
According to The Gateway Pundit, Cohen’s previous plea deal with federal prosecutors in the SDNY focused on finance felonies; he pleaded guilty to six felonies related to his personal business in August.
Then Mueller interrogated Michael Cohen for 70 hours about the Trump campaign’s so-called contacts with Russians, Trump’s business ties to Russia, obstruction of justice and talk of possible pardons, according to ABC News.
It isn’t new news that Michael Cohen was discussing plans to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow, but the Deep State and fake news media need their ‘Trump-Russia’ headlines, so here we are.
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