Mueller may be poised to lift the lid of his investigation

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Trump demands stiff prison sentence for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen, accuses Mueller of seeking ‘lies’ from witnesses

An angry President Donald Trump on Monday called for his ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen to receive a stiff prison sentence for his admitted crimes, as he accused Cohen of making up “stories to get a GREAT & ALREADY reduced deal for himself.”

Trump in a Twitter tirade also accused special counsel Robert Mueller of seeking “lies” from witnesses about Trump ‘ and praised his longtime associate Roger Stone as having the “guts” to withstand pressure from Mueller’s prosecutors to “make up stories” about the president.

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Trump’s latest rants came three days after lawyers for Cohen asked a judge in a court filing to give him no prison time when he is sentenced Dec. 12 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan for charges brought by Mueller and other federal prosecutors.

  • Publisher: CNBC
  • Date: 2018-12-03T11:21:53-0500
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Michael Cohen: Why Trump’s former lawyer pleaded guilty to lying to Congress over Russia investigation

He did all this without first obtaining a traditional, iron-clad deal under which the government would commit to seeking leniency on Mr Cohen’s behalf when he is sentenced on 12 December.’

Allegedly Mr Cohen’believed’that’to begin anew, he needed’to speed up the legal process by quickly confessing his crimes and serving any sentence he receives.’

He has told friends that he is “mystified” that he is taking the fall for actions he carried out on behalf of Mr Trump, who remains unscathed. Still, he is resigned to accepting responsibility.

Mr Cohen, who once said he would ‘take a bullet’ for Mr Trump, was for years Mr Trump’s do-it-all fixer who had a hand in several shady deals. He has admitted he lied to Congress to help Mr Trump and broke campaign finance laws by helping to arrange hush money for women who might have embarrassed Mr Trump with accusations of infidelity as he was running for president.

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  • Date: 2018-12-04T08:41:31+00:00
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Michael Cohen plea for leniency borders on lunacy | TheHill

Cohen has never shown loyalty to anything or anyone but himself, according to the record compiled by Mueller’s team. He betrayed the bar, his friends, and his clients whenever it suited his interests. He often planned ahead, like secretly taping his clients as a type of evidence nest-egg for hard times. This is why I once described Cohen as meeting Sam Houston’s definition of someone as having ‘all the characteristics of a dog except loyalty.’

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However, this is another example of how Trump may be right for the wrong reason. I have been a long-time critic of Michael Cohen and, early in the administration, recommended that President Trump sever ties with Cohen before he metastasized as an existential threat. The president ignored such advice and pulled Cohen even closer, even as his lack of legal skills and ethics snowballed in scandal. Cohen’s only concern was and is Michael Cohen. When Trump promised access to wealth and power, he was his loyal hatchet man, promising to take a bullet for him. When Robert Mueller discovered his myriad criminal acts, Cohen became a Mueller man.

Cohen and Manafort developments add very little to answering THIS ultimate question

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is seeking leniency in a new court filing amid a plea deal; reaction and analysis from attorney Andrew Stoltmann and criminal defense attorney Will Bruzzo.

Amid the media hysteria over Michael Cohen’s guilty plea and discussions between the lawyers representing Paul Manafort and Donald Trump, it’s important to understand from a legal standpoint what this means ‘ and what it does not.

We don’t know what other evidence Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have that hasn’t yet been disclosed. But the evidence disclosed to date – including in Cohen’s plea deal ‘ still doesn’t reveal any illegal conduct by Trump or his campaign or any collusion with the Russian government to change the outcome of the 2016 election. There is nothing illegal or unethical about discussions and sharing of information between lawyers representing individuals who may be the focus of the same prosecutor.

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Mueller may be poised to lift the lid of his investigation

America may get its most intimate look yet inside Robert Mueller’s secretive Russia investigation in the next four days, with a series of disclosures that have the potential to be greatly damaging for President Donald Trump.

Court filings focusing on Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Tuesday and his ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Friday could offer tantalizing new details of Mueller’s deep dive into the 2016 campaign.

If the special counsel lives up to his reputation, his filings will feature surprising revelations and rich texture to color the picture he has already painted in indictments and witness testimony of a culture of endemic dishonesty in Trump’s orbit about multiple, so far unexplainable, ties with Russians.

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