Federal prosecutors in New York recommended “substantial” jail time for Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump.
In August, Cohen pleaded guilty of committing several crimes including tax evasion, making false statement to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress.
Last month, he also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about Trump’s involvement in 2016 over a potential business transaction to build a tower in Russia.
Earlier this week, Cohen’s attorneys request a lower court in Manhattan to issue a sentence of no jail time to their client. They cited his cooperation with the Special Counsel’s investigation into the alleged Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and probes by other law enforcement agencies.
Prosecutors say Cohen is not a cooperating witness
In a court filing on Friday, prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said they agree that Cohen’s cooperation in “ongoing matters” is a factor to be considered in his sentencing.