Cohen's sentencing documents show that Trump told him to 'reach out' to Russia
In Friday’s sentencing document Michael Cohen admitted not just that his efforts to make contacts for Trump in Russia extended months into the campaign, but that he had coordinated with Donald Trump and Trump instructed him to reach out to the Russian government. This wasn’t just Russia attempting to reach out to Trump. This is Cohen saying that Trump reached out to the Russian government.
As part of a busy day in federal course, the special counsel’s office and the Southern District of New York both provided sentencing documents for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. With hearings about both Cohen and Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort due on Friday, it wasn’t until after 4 PM before the first substantial documents appeared, and when they did arrive, they came with the thud of a 40+ page document hitting the table. And with substantial jail time.
Anyone expecting that Cohen’s cooperation with the special counsel or other jurisdictions was going to allow Trump’s attorney to stroll out the courthouse door is bound to be disappointed. While prosecutors recommended a “a modest downward variance,” based on the cooperation that Cohen provided. However, the document from the Southern District of New York indicated that Cohen was “not fully cooperative.” In particular, he refused to answer questions about other criminal matters that were not part of the charges on the table today. The SDNY made it explicit that Cohen “does not have a cooperation agreement” and “is not properly described as a ‘cooperating witness’” at least when it comes to the charges leveled by the SDNY.
The SDNY notes that range of sentences related to the charges on which Cohen has been convicted range from “51 to 63 months.” Based on the recommendation of a “modest” decrease, it’s likely that he could serve four years or more on the charges that include tax evasion and illegal campaign contributions.
‘in or around November 2015, Cohen received the contact information for, and spoke with, a Russian national who claimed to be a ‘trusted person’ in the Russian Federation who could offer the campaign ‘political synergy’ and ‘synergy on a government level.’ https://t.co/mI5h4MVeTt
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) December 7, 2018
This alone would be a felony.
“With respect to both payments, [Cohen] acted in coordination withand at the direction of Individual-1” — aka Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/IrnDg3dw6k
— Tim Dickinson (@7im) December 7, 2018