Federal prosecutors recommend ‘substantial term of imprisonment’ for Michael Cohen

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Federal prosecutors on Friday recommended a “substantial term of imprisonment” for President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, saying his efforts to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller were “overstated.”

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a sentencing memo as part of its criminal investigation and grand jury probe into Cohen’s personal business dealings. Cohen pleaded guilty to several counts of tax and business fraud. He also pleaded guilty to making an excessive campaign contribution.

The memo stated that the range of imprisonment for Cohen and his crimes is 51 to 63 months. It also noted that the court’s Probation Department had recommended a sentence of 42 months, “albeit for different reasons.”

“This range reflects Cohen’s extensive, deliberate, and serious criminal conduct,” prosecutors said in the memo. It added that while Cohen “should receive credit for his assistance” in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, he should still be given a “substantial term of imprisonment, one that reflects a modest downward variance from the applicable guidelines range.” – READ MORE

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