Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer of President Donald Trump, was very cooperative with the Special Counsel’s Office (SCO) in its investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
In a new court filing on Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller said Cohen’s crime was serious. He pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress on matters related to the Russia probe.
However, Mueller stressed that Cohen “has taken significant steps to mitigate his criminal conduct” and “chose to accept responsibility for his false statements.”
Additionally, Mueller told the court that Cohen met seven times with the SCO and has “gone significant lengths” to assist in its investigation. The defendant provided information regarding his conduct and that of others on core issues under investigation.
Furthermore, the Special Counsel said Cohen provided information “credible and consistent with other evidence” obtained by his office. The defendant also made a commitment to “continue to provide relevant and truthful information to the SCO.
Cohen provided “relevant and useful information”
According to Mueller, Cohen’s assistance has been useful in four significant respects: