Qual­i­fi­ca­tions touted

Pros­e­cu­tors say he de­serves `sub­stan­tial' prison sen­tence

Tulsa World - - Front Page - By Chad Day, Eric Tucker and Jim Mus­tian of the fil­ings,

Those who worked with Barr pre­vi­ously were quick to tout Barr's qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“I think the pres­i­dent has cho­sen a su­perb nom­i­nee who is pre­cisely what the Depart­ment of Jus­tice needs now, which is a steady hand,” said Joseph diGen­ova, a Trump sup­porter and for­mer U.S. at­tor­ney.

Paul McNulty, who worked at the Jus­tice Depart­ment un­der Barr and a decade later be­came deputy at­tor­ney gen­eral, re­called him as de­ci­sive on the need for a strong fed­eral re­sponse af­ter the ri­ots in Los An­ge­les fol­low­ing the ac­quit­tals on state charges of po­lice of­fi­cers in­volved in the Rod­ney King beat­ing. He praised Barr's “bold­ness and thought­ful­ness” in send­ing in the FBI to deal with a 1991 Alabama prison riot in­volv­ing dozens of Cuban de­tainees.

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's for­mer lawyer, Michael Co­hen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Rus­sian who of­fered “po­lit­i­cal syn­ergy” with the Trump elec­tion cam­paign, the fed­eral spe­cial coun­sel said Fri­day in a court fil­ing.

Fil­ings by pros­e­cu­tors from both New York and the TrumpRus­sia spe­cial coun­sel's of­fice laid out for the first time de­tails of the co­op­er­a­tion of Co­hen, a vi­tal wit­ness who once said he'd “take a bul­let” for the pres­i­dent but who in re­cent months has be­come a prime an­tag­o­nist and pledged to come clean with the gov­ern­ment.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors said Fri­day that Co­hen de­serves a sub­stan­tial prison sen­tence de­spite his co­op­er­a­tion with in­ves­ti­ga­tors. He is to be sen­tenced next week, and may face sev­eral years in prison.

In hours of meet­ings with pros­e­cu­tors, Co­hen de­tailed his in­ti­mate in­volve­ment in an ar­ray of episodes, in­clud­ing some that di­rectly touch the pres­i­dent, that are at the cen­ter of in­ves­ti­ga­tions into cam­paign fi­nance vi­o­la­tions and po­ten­tial col­lu­sion be­tween the Trump cam­paign and the Krem­lin.

In one

Co­hen

Mueller de­tails how Co­hen spoke to a Rus­sian who “claimed to be a `trusted per­son' in the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion who could of­fer the cam­paign `po­lit­i­cal syn­ergy' and `syn­ergy on a gov­ern­ment level.' ”

The fil­ing says the meet­ing never hap­pened.

Co­hen also dis­cussed a Moscow real es­tate deal that could have net­ted Trump's busi­ness hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars and con­ver­sa­tions with a Rus­sian in­ter­me­di­ary who pro­posed a meet­ing be­tween Trump and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin as well as of­fer­ing syn­ergy with the cam­paign, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Co­hen, dubbed Trump's “le­gal fixer” in the past, also de­scribed his work in con­junc­tion with Trump in or­ches­trat­ing hush money pay­ments to two women — a porn star and a Play­boy model — who said they had sex with Trump a decade ear­lier. Pros­e­cu­tors in New York, where Co­hen pleaded guilty in Au­gust in con­nec­tion with those pay­ments, said the lawyer “acted in co­or­di­na­tion and at the di­rec­tion” of Trump.

De­spite such spe­cific al­le­ga­tions of Trump's ac­tions, the pres­i­dent quickly tweeted af­ter news of the fil­ings: “To­tally clears the Pres­i­dent. Thank you!”

In ad­di­tion, the fil­ings re­veal that Co­hen told pros­e­cu­tors he and Trump dis­cussed a po­ten­tial meet­ing with Putin on the side­lines of the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly in 2015, shortly af­ter Trump an­nounced his can­di­dacy for pres­i­dent.

In a foot­note, spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller's team writes that Co­hen con­ferred with Trump “about con­tact­ing the

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