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Prosecutors Recommend "Substantial" Prison Sentence for Michael Cohen

Do you agree with the recommendation?

by Axios | Updated on 12.7.18

Prosecutors from New York’s Southern District recommend a "substantial term of imprisonment" for President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, for campaign finance and tax violations, as well as lying to Congress, despite his cooperation with the investigation.

In a separate sentencing filing, Special Counsel Bob Mueller and his team are not taking a position on what amount of prison time Cohen should serve, but have determined that "any sentence of incarceration" the court in New York recommends would be "appropriate," per a sentencing filing released Friday evening as well.


The intrigue: Mueller's filing notes that Cohen has "gone to significant lengths to assist the Special Counsel's investigation" and provided information on conduct of his own and "of others on core topics under investigation by the [office]."

  • Cohen has "committed to continuing to assist the [office's] investigations."
  • By the numbers: Cohen has met with the Special Counsel's office on 7 occasions.
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  • Marizzapan
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    Flynn, a traitor to his country, got off because he cooperated with Mueller. Papadopoulos got a mere two weeks, a slap on the wrist. Someone in this corrupt nest of criminals needs to pay for their crimes. If any of us mere mortals were to commit any one of the crimes these people have done, there is no way in hell we would get off or get two weeks behind bars. We'd never see the light of day again. So, yeah, Cohen should appropriately pay for his crimes. Dammit, no one is above the law!

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  • Tyrano
    Voted Maybe
    12/07/2018
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    When people say “lock up the Clintons”, they’re showing they not only don’t understand how the justice system works but also that they don’t have a firm grasp of reality. Let’s say the Clinton’s committed major crimes that a prosecutor could prove. What happens? They weigh the fact Hillary was First Lady/secretary of state and Bill, the president, against the crimes, factor all that in, and come up with a half assessed sentence that you’d be right to say is unfair because it’s true ... people in power always catch breaks. They’ll never “lock up” a former president, First Lady or anyone whose been in power unless the crimes were so obvious to prove and so awful that a small jail sentence (for show basically) would be recommended. The fact that we haven’t even gotten to that point tells us that they have a hard time proving anything and that this constantly regurgitated narrative is something Fox News and it’s viewers just won’t give up on. But it doesn’t matter because you’re no closer to getting Hillary Clinton in jail now then you were years ago. Now ... let’s imagine for a minute what would have happened if Hillary Clinton would have won the election? Now these “unprovable” and petty crimes take on a whole new meaning ... why? Because she is in a position of power, a position of influence.. and that troubles the intel community. Deeply. You can’t have a president from either party whose beholden to other countries or criminals. But when Trump won (unexpectedly to him as well) he won and lost at the same time. Trump of course knew he and his compadres have a long history of “bending the rules “ to put it mildly. Had trump lost, the result of that would have been most likely negligible. But when he won... he shoved his entire history and that of everyone working around him under a microscope. This freaked people out... they were told this was a guaranteed loss but with massive benefits. They didn’t want to “serve” the people, they wanted some easy cash and publicity. So by winning the election, trumps campaign was thrust into a situation where every move he makes will be scrutinized. And instead of doing the smart thing and keeping his mouth shut, his ego gets the better of him and he can’t stop himself. This is probably because he doesn’t have much history with law enforcement and doesn’t understand just how shitty it is to be on their list. So what happens? Well we know there’s no charges coming for Obama or the Clinton’s ... they’re yesterday’s news... but there’s still the problem of trump having all this influence while not playing by the rules and following the laws. That makes prosecutors want to “teach you a lesson”. Now whether or not Mueller makes an example out of trump is still debatable, but I’d be worried if I were him... because as I said law enforcement really enjoys making an example out of people thumbing their nose at the law, and who more to send that message loudly and clearly to the people then the Intel community brining Hell down on the president himself? So in summation what did we learn here? We learned that if you’re in a position of power and the feds start nosing around you’d better jump ship fast (ie. Jess Sessions, etc) because if you’re still in that position when the come after you, and especially if you get an attitude about it, the law really relishes putting those people in their place. In fact, they live for that situation. So rather than saying “lock her up “, you might as well say it like it is...”thanks a lot of getting us into this quagmire under false pretenses Donald, you’ve literally screwed us all over for your massive ego!”

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  • Steve
    Voted No
    12/07/2018
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    His financial history and or taxes had absolutely nothing to do with the investigation!! Stick to the question at hand !!!! LOCK UP THE CLINTONS !!!!

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  • Linda
    12/08/2018
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    Jail time is needed for law breakers, not probation. If you do the crime; do the time. Hold people responsible for their actions.

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  • Jade
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    One by one the corrupt, immoral, greedy, pieces of human garbage surrounding Trump will fall. Justice must finally prevail. These criminals should be charged to the fullest extent of the law. I hope Kushner, Don Jr. & Pence are next.

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  • Mark
    Voted No
    12/07/2018
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    Cohen was just ANOTHER person that Trumpster has thrown under the bus 🤬🤬🤬🤬

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  • Oneda
    Voted Maybe
    12/07/2018
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    Shouldn’t the decision on sentencing wait until the investigation is over? What about Trump?

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  • Chickie
    Voted Yes
    12/08/2018
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    There just isn’t enough Charmin toilet paper to cover Michael Cohen’s ass. He flipped on #45 faster than a pancake at iHop. #45 is under the delusional belief that Cohen’s sentencing recommendation from the NY court combined with today’s memo released by Mueller clears him. Your sweater is still unraveling Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire-in-Chief.

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  • Brian
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    Yes, Cohen should be held accountable for any crimes he committed. But I don't want him to be a scapegoat. If he was working for someone who ordered these crimes or committed crimes himself, then that person (Individual 1?) should also face substantial prison time as well. Nobody should be exempt from justice.

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  • DrCindyBean
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    WOW: The Dec 7 filing in SDNY on Michael Cohen’s sentencing charges that President Trump (aka “Individual 1”) directed a criminal conspiracy with his attorney Cohen to violate the federal election laws in order to increase his odds of winning the presidency by deceiving voters. trump is illegitimate in office. He’s a traitor and a criminal. Remove corrupt criminal trump and trump’s corrupt criminal regime from our government.

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  • Benjamin
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    Throw the book at him. Treasonous snake.

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  • Josie.Christensen5
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    Yes yes yes HELL YES. Trump is up to something fishy and I’m so shocked that people have not taken further action.

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  • Peanut
    Voted No
    12/07/2018
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    What does this have to do with the fabricated Democrat and Media narrative that the Trump campaign “colluded” with the Russians to win the election? You libtards need to read Dan Bongino’s book titled Spygate. The good news for Libtards and Dims is he uses all the biased liberal ALT left media stories that you fools read to make his case.

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  • SneakyPete
    Voted No
    12/08/2018
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    The Cohen Sentence According To NY? I’m in agreement that Cohen’s crimes are not related to work he did for President Trump. However, they are significant and he must be held accountable. This was a campaign finance issue. Anyone that had a campaign finance issue in the past needs to join him in prison if this is all of a sudden a crime worthy of prison time. I’m also in agreement that this whole fiasco has been a waste of taxpayer money and we should be due a refund of the money. Is there a special counsel looking into the DNC and Clinton campaign for the real crimes committed! BTW, I don't hear any Russia collusion here. By all means yes someone needs to answer for this time wasting farce! SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👿👎🏻👿👎🏻. 12*8*18.....

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  • Stickyfingers
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    Throw the book at the bum

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  • Heather
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    The person who admits guilt and tells what others have done does tend to get consideration when it comes to sentencing. However, these people aren’t lawyers and aren’t lawyers for the President. They also aren’t lying to Congress. Cohen only cooperated after he realized he was in major trouble. With all of these things in mind, he deserves no consideration. He’s almost eligible to be charged with treason. We are always a country of “teaching lessons”. I understand that he is appearing to be the fall guy. Hopefully, he is the first of many others & his sentence is a reflection of what can be expected. We have more people in prison than any other country. We throw people in prison that should be in mental health facilities or rehabs and no one thinks twice. In this case, we have a well paid attorney committing numerous illegal acts for himself and people with great power. He and his fellow conspirators are the true people that deserve to be locked up for a long time. They think they are smarter and have enough money that they can do whatever they want and they need to know that they are not above the law!

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  • Caren
    Voted No
    12/08/2018
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    While I am highly displeased with Cohen wrongfully turning on President Trump, a long jail sentence is excessive. Certainly, he should be punished and fined, but years in confinement is a waste of taxpayer money. Let’s save a long prison sentence for Hillary Clinton who has a very long laundry list of crimes to her credit and is undeniably guilty!

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  • Lynn
    Voted No
    12/07/2018
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    From the southern district of New York? Of course they do. Scumbags. Put the judge in jail and leave Cohen alone.

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  • Christopher
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    The punishment should fit the crime however the ultimate beneficiary of these crimes should be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law. Prosecution of public officials complicit in these crimes, regardless of their status, must be held accountable if we are to have faith in the laws of this country. When we dilute them because of political considerations we undermine the rule of law and precipitate new malfeasance to obscure the original crime. This can have a destabilizing effect upon the economy and national security, which at its core is accountable to the ‘people’ who constitute the citizens of the country.

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  • Ken
    Voted Yes
    12/09/2018
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    I don't believe that he or Manafort or Trump should get easy sentences just because they think they're somebody. We're all somebody. We need to see a real justice system at work all though I'm not going to hold my breath.

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  • Ann
    Voted Yes
    12/07/2018
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    He knows he did wrong. Maybe early parole for good behavior and help to others.

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