Lawyers: Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen deserves no prison

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She said that when Trump made derogatory statements about Muslims during the 2016 presidential campaign, Cohen asked the couple out to dinner "to apologize for his hurtful comments, distancing himself from the public position, and even expressing his shame and his children's embarrassment at his association with such a view".

The report states "his false statement to Congress - which Cohen pleaded guilty to on Thursday - was based on Trump and his team's efforts to "portray contact with Russian representatives" by Trump, his campaign or his company 'as having effectively terminated before the Iowa caucuses of February 1, 2016, '" Politico reports. In addition to admitting he lied to Congress, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges brought on by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY in August, including tax fraud, making false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations relating to hush-money payments made to women alleging affairs with Trump.

In a late-night court filing, lawyers for the onetime Trump loyalist wrote that their client was a changed man who was eager to share his knowledge with law enforcement and mindful that he would have to "begin his life virtually anew".

Giuliani also alleged Mueller was trying to force Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, to implicate the president for collusion, which Giuliani said never happened. At the time, Cohen's then attorney had a joint defense agreement with Trump's legal team. He is expected to be sentenced on December 12, and prosecutors have yet to submit their own recommendation.

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Prosecutors have not yet filed a pre-sentence submission but have agreed to note Cohen co-operation to the sentencing judge. His lawyers, though, disputed those calculations and argued his remarkable, if out-of-the-ordinary, cooperation warranted a sentence of "time-served".

They portrayed him to a judge as a hero for co-operating in a probe Mr Trump has "regularly questioned, publicly and stridently".

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and financial crimes in a case brought by the US attorney in Manhattan. But more notable than that were the allegations it leveled against the president. That adds to his previous guilty pleas to eight counts of financial crimes, including an unlawful campaign contribution to Donald Trump in the form of a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

The memo refers to "Woman-1", who appears to be Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who was paid by The National Enquirer for her story.

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"Michael regrets that his vigour in Client-1's interests in the heat of political battle led him to abandon good judgment and cross legal lines", they said.

"As such, he was (a) fully aware of Client-1's repeated disavowals of commercial and political ties between himself and Russian Federation, as well as the strongly voiced mantra of Client-1 that investigations of such ties were politically motivated and without evidentiary support", Cohen's lawyers wrote.

Detailing the contacts, he described "two emails and one telephone call, returned telephone call, asking what they wanted and why they wanted to be in contact with [the Russian] presidential administration" that took place. Cohen admitted as part of his plea he knew discussions continued into that summer, though he told Congress otherwise.

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