Prosecutors want 'substantial term of imprisonment' for Michael Cohen

Source: CNN | December 7, 2018 | Erica Orden and Marshall Cohen

New York (CNN) – Federal prosecutors Friday requested that Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen receive “a substantial term of imprisonment” for various finance-related crimes.

In separate filings, prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and the Southern District of New York outlined their cases for Cohen’s future.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes after being charged by Manhattan federal prosecutors. Those included tax fraud, making false statements to a bank and campaign-finance violations tied to his work for Trump, including payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate that were designed to silence women who claimed affairs with the then-presidential candidate. Trump has denied those claims.

Cohen was subsequently charged last week by the special counsel’s office with one count of lying to Congress.

“After cheating the IRS for years, lying to banks and to Congress, and seeking to criminally influence the Presidential election, Cohen’s decision to plead guilty — rather than seek a pardon for his manifold crimes — does not make him a hero,” prosecutors for the southern district wrote.

In its filing, Mueller’s office says that Cohen took “significant steps” to help the investigation and has accepted responsibility for his crimes. It argues any sentence he serves should run concurrently.

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