Trump Wants 'Full And Complete Sentence' For Cohen

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

Michael Cohen's lawyers ask for no prison time

Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Trump, is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation in hopes of receiving a shorter prison sentence.

Mueller's team, in two memos filed ahead of Flynn's December 18 sentencing, said that Flynn participated in 19 interviews with the special counsel or other DOJ officers and provided documents and communications.

Flynn, whose sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period from election day 2016 to Trump's inauguration in January 2017.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the president accused Cohen of cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe in exchange for a reduced sentence on the unrelated tax fraud and campaign finance charges.

This week, Trump lashed out at his former legal fixer, Michael Cohen, saying he is making up "stories" to get a reduced prison sentence after his latest guilty plea to lying to Congress. Trump also praised longtime confidante Roger Stone for saying he would "never testify against Trump", adding in his tweet: "Nice to know some people still have 'guts!'"

Stone is suspected of pushing author Jerome Corsi to obtain Hillary Clinton's campaign team's hacked emails, published via WikiLeaks.

Cohen became a person of interest early on in the investigation, given his close connection to the president and business contacts in Russian Federation.

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Once a distinguished military officer with decades of government experience, Flynn - who's now retired - forged a close bond with President Trump during the 2016 campaign as an adviser and surrogate.

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen is one of five people who have pleaded guilty in connection to the Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career. Flynn also admitted to lying on his foreign lobbying registrations about his lobbying in Turkey.

Flynn is a potential font of information, having had contacts with Russia's former ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, during his time advising Trump and during a transition period.

Flynn's sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 18, and prosecutors are due to submit a sentencing memo for him on Tuesday. Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Mr. Trump, claimed he misled Congress to be consistent with and loyal to Mr. Trump.

Other than Flynn and Cohen, Mueller's team charged former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos with making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Flynn was in the White House for less than a month before he was sacked for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian officials.

He is the only member of the Trump administration so far to plead guilty as a result of the investigation.

Prosecutors suggested no prison time after 19 interviews with Flynn.

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