Special Counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors for the Southern District of New York filed sentencing memos in court for Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney.
Michael Cohen was given a sentencing recommendation of 51 to 63 months in prison for multiple crimes. Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to each of these crimes, which included willful tax evasion, making false statements to financial institutions, making illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress. The memo from the Southern District of New York (SDNY) included several damning descriptions of Michael Cohen’s character, showing how he had willfully engaged in multiple illegal actions over a period of many years, and with full knowledge of the illegality of his actions.
Of great interest to the country, of course, were several mentions of a man named in the documents as “Individual-1”, who it was made clear had successfully run for President of the United States and who had employed Michael Cohen for several years. It left no doubt that “Individual-1” was Donald Trump.
In the SDNY memo, the detail about Michael Cohen’s illegal campaign contributions made it clear that these campaign contributions had been made “in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1”. In other words, Donald Trump assisted with the crime of making illegal campaign contributions. These contributions had been made to influence the election by paying off two women who had affairs with Donald Trump, so that they would not make their stories public. False reasons were documented for both the payments to the women’s attorney, and for reimbursement to Michael Cohen, showing that they were not only trying to hide the stories from the public, but also hide the payments from the public.
In the Special Counsel memo, the detail about Michael Cohen’s cooperation with the Special Counsel included information about how Michael Cohen had “conferred with Individual-1 about contacting the Russian government” to setup a meeting with Vladimir Putin in the Autumn of 2015, a few months after Donald Trump had started his Presidential campaign.
You can read both of the memos below: