Some Leniency for Michael Cohen, Who Rips Into Trump - Page 2

President Trump's former lawyer is sentenced to 36 months
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2018 11:10 AM CST
Updated Dec 12, 2018 2:23 PM CST

  • His lawyers had argued for leniency. Some of Cohen's crimes, they said, were motivated by overenthusiasm for Trump, rather than any nefarious intent. Before the sentencing, his defense lawyer said Cohen "came forward to offer evidence against the most powerful person in our country."
  • Experts said Wednesday's hearing might not be the last word on his punishment: Cohen could have his sentence revisited if he strikes a deal with prosecutors in which he provides additional cooperation within a year of his sentence, said Michael J. Stern, a former federal prosecutor in Detroit and Los Angeles. "Few things spark a defendant's renewed interest in cooperating faster than trading in a pair of custom Italian trousers for an off-the-rack orange jumpsuit," he said.
  • Part of Chris Cillizza's take at CNN: "Cohen is the fourth person to be sentenced to jail as a result of the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. (Mueller referred the Cohen case to the Southern District of New York.) The broad conclusion from those four cases is that the judicial system is not willing to accept the idea that everyone was a hapless victim here, or that no one really knew that they were doing anything but following orders."
  • At the Washington Post, Adam Blake writes that Cohen's willingness to rip into Trump in court on Wednesday raises a question: "whether the speech was bluster or suggestive of something to come. Cohen suggested he covered up 'dirty deeds' almost routinely, which makes you wonder what else he might have told special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team about such deeds."
  • Cohen's courtroom comments on Trump may be just the start. Cohen adviser Lanny Davis said Wednesday that Cohen "continues to tell the truth about Donald Trump's misconduct over the years" and will "state publicly all he knows" about the president after special counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation.
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