US federal prosecutors have asked a judge in New York to sentence Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, to a “substantial term of imprisonment” for evading taxes and violating election finance laws.
New York City’s US Attorney Robert Khuzami made the request in a court filing on Friday, rejecting Cohen’s request for significant leniency based on his cooperation with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“Cohen, an attorney and businessman, committed four distinct federal crimes over a period of several years. He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends,” Khuzami said in his court submission.
Khuzami cited the officially recommended sentence range of 51 to 63 months for Cohen, who was a top executive at the Trump Organization.
After a year under investigation, Cohen pleaded guilty on August 21 to charges of tax and…