Federal prosecutors said Friday that Michael Cohen “repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends” in a court document recommending prison time for President Trump’s longtime attorney.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York filed the memo describing “a pattern of deception” committed by Cohen that led him to committing four federal crimes over a period of several years.
“He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends,” the 30-page memo reads. “The crimes committed by Cohen were more serious than his submission allows and were marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life (and was evidently hidden from the friends and family members who wrote on his behalf).”
“He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends,”
Cohen pleaded guilty last month to making false statements to the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2017 about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. And in August, Cohen pleaded guilty in a separate case that Mueller referred to prosecutors in the Southern District of New York because it fell outside the scope of his congressional mandate to probe possible Russia collusion.
In the August plea, Cohen admitted to violating federal campaign finance laws by arranging hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal in the weeks leading up to the election “at the direction” of then-candidate Trump.
Friday’s recommendation denies Cohen’s request of “no jail time” and instead calls for “a substantial term of imprisonment” come sentencing day on Dec. 12.
“Cohen, an attorney and businessman, committed four distinct federal crimes over a period of several years. He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends. Now he seeks extraordinary leniency – a sentence of no jail time,” according to the memo.
“The Office respectfully requests that this Court impose a substantial term of imprisonment, one that reflects a modest variance from the applicable Guidelines range. The Office also requests that the Court impose forfeiture in the amount of $500,000, and a fine.”
The filing acknowledges that while Cohen had worked with officials and disclosed important information to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, his efforts were “overstated.”
“To be clear: Cohen does not have a cooperation agreement … and therefore is not properly described as a ‘cooperating witness,’ as that term is commonly used in this District.”
Friday’s memo comes just days after Mueller’s office submitted a heavily redacted sentencing memorandum indicating that fired national security adviser Michael Flynn had provided "substantial assistance" with several ongoing investigations and recommending no prison time.