Trump’s ex-lawyer pleads for le­niency

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Worldwide -

Don­ald Trump’s for­mer lawyer pleaded for le­niency this week­end, telling a US judge that he should be spared prison be­cause he was spilling se­crets to Spe­cial Coun­sel Robert Mueller about the US Pres­i­dent and his busi­ness deal­ings.

Michael Co­hen’s lawyers made the re­quest a day af­ter his dra­matic ap­pear­ance in fed­eral court, where he ad­mit­ted he lied to Congress about the Trump Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ef­fort to build a Moscow tower.

Only months ago, Co­hen’s bid to re­main free would have been unimag­in­able. In April, af­ter FBI agents raided his home and of­fice, he seemed to be head­ing to jail in a sep­a­rate tax-eva­sion and cam­paign-fi­nance case built on what ap­peared to be over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence.

But Co­hen, once among the Pres­i­dent’s most loyal al­lies, turned on Trump af­ter plead­ing guilty, and pro­vided pros­e­cu­tors with de­tailed ac­counts of his pos­si­ble wrong­do­ing. In court in Au­gust, he told a judge that he vi­o­lated cam­paign-fi­nance laws at the Pres­i­dent’s di­rec­tion and, last Thurs­day, said he lied to Congress to re­main con­sis­tent with Trump’s mes­sag­ing on the cam­paign trail.

Co­hen (52) is sched­uled to be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 12 in the tax-eva­sion and cam­paign-fi­nance case.

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