Lawyers: Co­hen should not go to prison

The Sun News (Sunday) - - News - BY LARRY NEUMEISTER

Lawyers for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s for­mer per­sonal lawyer, Michael Co­hen, say he should be spared prison for crimes he com­mit­ted in an abun­dance of en­thu­si­asm for his ex-boss, and they por- trayed him to a judge as a hero for co­op­er­at­ing in a probe Trump has “reg­u­larly ques­tioned pub­licly and stri­dently.”

The lawyers said in court pa­pers filed in New York late Fri­day that Co­hen, 52, has co­op­er­ated ex­ten­sively with spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller and New York state in­ves­ti­ga­tors who brought a civil law­suit against the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion and in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing Trump.

They cited the fact he met with Mueller’s team in “seven vol­un­tary in­ter­view meet­ings” that be­gan even be­fore he pleaded guilty on Aug. 21 to cam­paign fi­nance and bank frauds, among other charges, and con­tin­ued through late Novem­ber.

He pleaded guilty Thurs­day to ly­ing to Con­gress, a charge that his lawyers said re­sulted in part from in­for­ma­tion he vol­un­tar­ily pro­vided Mueller’s team in meet­ings governed by a lim­ited-use im­mu­nity agree­ment.

“Michael’s de­ci­sion to co­op­er­ate and take full re­spon­si­bil­ity for his own con­duct well re­flects his per­sonal re­solve, not­with­stand­ing past er­rors, to re-point his in­ter­nal com­pass true north to­ward a pro­duc­tive, eth­i­cal and thor­oughly law abid­ing life,” his lawyers wrote.

They say he'll con­tinue to co­op­er­ate, though he wants to be sen­tenced as sched­uled on Dec. 12 so he can re­turn to pro­vid­ing for his fam­ily.

Be­sides his co­op­er­a­tion with Mueller, Co­hen has also pro­vided the New York state at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice with doc­u­ments “con­cern­ing a sep­a­rate open in­quiry,” the lawyers wrote. They said he also has pro­vided in­for­ma­tion to the New York State De­part­ment of Tax­a­tion and Fi­nance.

Co­hen’s lawyers said their client has not en­tered into a for­mal co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment with pros­e­cu­tors, say­ing he was con­cerned that such a deal would de­lay his sen­tenc­ing.

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