Trump Advocates ‘Long Prison Term’ for Ex-Lawyer Cohen

‘He lied for this outcome and should, in my opinion, serve a full and complete sentence…’

Cohen Prepared to Tell Mueller Trump Knew About Trump Tower Meeting

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(John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call) President Donald Trump on Monday called for his former personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen to receive a “long prison term,” while suggesting his former employee’s wife and father-in-law also committed crimes.

Cohen asked a federal judge to opt against giving him jail time in a document filed Friday night. In the same document, he goes farther than in documents released last week by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s office, in which Cohen admitted to lying to Congress about his work on behalf of Trump when he was a candidate as he tried to secure approval for a hotel project in Moscow.

“In fact, Michael had a lengthy substantive conversation with the personal assistant to a Kremlin official following his outreach in January 2016, engaged in additional communications concerning the project as late as June 2016, and kept Client-1 apprised of these communications,” the lawyers wrote. Client-1 is how Trump is referred to in the document filed Friday.

Mueller determined Cohen lied to congressional investigators, and the former Trump “fixer” admitted to making false statements about the nature and scope of work he did on the Moscow tower project, including revealing the work went on well into Trump’s 2016 campaign for the White House and included talks with a Kremlin official in an attempt to get Russian President Vladimir Putin’s support for the project.

The situation reportedly has shaken Trump, who during a G-20 summit appeared reluctant to take reporters’ questions as he met with other world leaders. What’s more, he canceled a Saturday news conference citing the death of former President George H.W. Bush.

But on Monday morning, the president was back to criticizing his onetime attorney.

The president again accused Cohen of lying about making false statements to lawmakers so he could get a reduced sentence.

Trump showed no signs of sounding a lighter tone about Cohen or the Mueller probe during official events related to Bush’s death and funeral. He fired off a third tweet praising former confidant Roger Stone for stating over the weekend he would not testify as part of any probe against Trump.

The president’s critics contend such statements about individuals who refuse to testify against him or give up potentially damaging information are signs he might pardon them, should they face federal charges.

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