Lawyers: Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen deserves no prison

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, informed Trump about a conversation he had with the Kremlin seeking help to build a skyscraper in Moscow in 2016 during the United States presidential campaign, according to a court filing.

"Nearly every professional and commercial relationship that he enjoyed, and a number of long standing friendships have vanished", it reads.

But Cohen declined to enter into a traditional agreement because he wanted to avoid a delay in his sentencing "as investigations and trials unfold and conclude", his lawyers wrote Friday. This likely indicates that they feel his cooperation is very valuable to investigators.

Cohen admitted that he made the misstatements about the "Moscow Project" - the Trump Organization's efforts to "pursue a branded property in Moscow" in an August 2017 letter to the House and Senate intelligence committees, which were conducting inquiries into alleged collusion and Russian interference, according to court documents.

Cohen pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to Congress about the Russia investigation in a new deal with Mueller, who is probing Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen, the filing says, could have "continued to hold the party line, positioning himself perhaps for a pardon or clemency", but instead, "he took responsibility for his own wrongdoing and contributed and is prepared to continue to contribute to an investigation that he views as "thoroughly legitimate and vital".

The lawyers, in a document that sometimes referred to Trump as "Client-1", said Cohen committed campaign finance fraud and made false statements out of a "fierce loyalty" to Trump and at his direction.

"Michael regrets that his vigor in promoting [Trump]'s interests in the heat of political battle led him to abandon good judgment and cross legal lines", the lawyers wrote.

Cohen previous year acknowledged to Congress that he sent the emails to Peskov in January 2016.

In July, a report by The New York Times revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had recordings of President Trump discussing hush money payments for a former Playboy model Karen McDougal. He also acknowledges he spoke to an assistant of Peskov's for 20 minutes by phone about the project.

"We told them that the presidential administration isn't involved in construction projects, and if they are interested in making investments we will be glad to see them at St. Petersburg's economic forum", Peskov, who was with Putin at an global summit in Argentina, said Saturday. Trump this week accused Cohen of lying to spare himself time in prison - an allegation that is sure to be fueled by Cohen's request for a punishment that includes no time behind bars.

In one, former New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford said he thought so highly of Cohen that he gave him the special teams game ball after the Giants won Super Bowl XLVI over the New England Patriots in 2012. They added that Cohen knew Trump wanted to "dismiss and minimize the merit" of Muelller III's probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and that Trump's public spokespeople were trying to say that any contact with Russian representatives had ceased by February 2016.

In a personal, reflective sentencing memo filed late Friday night, attorneys for Cohen sought leniency from Judge William Pauley of New York's Southern District, citing the "gargantuan cost" the case has already taken on him and his family.

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