Prosecutors recommend jail time for Cohen

Federal prosecutors said in a new court filing that President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen should spend significant time in prison

Cohen was prosecuted by two separate parts of the Justice Department, Mueller’s office and federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Their reports differed sharply:

“Prosecutors for the Southern District of New York filed a memo arguing that he should serve substantial time, possibly years, in prison  — saying that while Cohen did provide useful information to investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, he refused to disclose everything he knew.” (I was surprised to hear this. I thought Cohen was genuinely contrite.)

Mueller filed a separate document, taking a much softer stance, saying that while Cohen’s crime was “serious,” he had “taken significant steps to mitigate his criminal conduct.”

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