Adam Klasfeld @KlasfeldReports Reporter, @CourthouseNews: NYC+Int’l. RTs=What's it to ya? adam[at]adamklasfeld[dot]com PGP Fingerprint: F427 EE3B 6F05 E5D5 785B 775B 2C74 683C 219D 91DC Dec. 01, 2018 1 min read

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Michael Cohen's legal team just released his 33-page sentencing submission seeking a time served sentence for "voluntarily" cooperating with the Mueller probe. There are 37 exhibits.

Here's a snippet from the memo.

Here's how Cohen's attorney Guy Petrillo ends what he calls a "unique and unprecedented" case.

The full sentencing memo is here:  https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5348235-Cohen-sentencing-memo.html 

In seeking leniency on the tax evasion charges, Cohen favorably compares his crimes to those of... Swizz Beatz, Floyd Mayweather, Willie Nelson, Chris Tucker and John Travolta.

Cohen blames the campaign finance violations on his "fierce loyalty" to "Client 1"(aka Trump).

This section continues:

"Michael’s conduct was different in kind from recent campaign finance charges brought before this Court, in which the charged individuals used straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions. See United States v. @DineshDSouza,"

On the false statements to Congress count, Cohen again blames his fervor as a "loyal ally and then-champion" of Trump. The footnote quotes several letters from his friends talking about his "loyal service" to Trump.

Cohen's self-rationalization:

"At the time, Michael justified his false summary of the matter on the ground that the Moscow project ultimately did not go forward. He recognizes that his judgment was fundamentally wrong, and wishes both to apologize and set the record straight."

Looks like I'm going to have to seek comment from the @NewYorkStateAG and @NYSTaxDept. h/t @DrDenaGrayson

"In the context of this raw, full-bore attack by the most powerful person in the United States, Michael, formerly a confidante and adviser to Mr. Trump, resolved to cooperate, and voluntarily took the first steps toward doing so even before he was charged in this District."

Big rebuke to Trump here:

After Trump's campaign to discredit the Mueller probe and cries of "witch hunt," Cohen vows he's "prepared to continue to contribute, to an investigation that he views as thoroughly legitimate and vital."


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