Lawyers for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen asks for no prison time

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, has asked if a federal judge can opt against sentencing him to prison, citing his cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen's attorneys argued that his cooperation with multiple investigations, including the special counsel's Russian Federation probe, and the impact and suffering on Cohen and his family merits avoiding jail. The filing also included letters written by Cohen's family, friends, and associates, including his father who is a Holocaust survivor, speaking to Cohen's character, in the hopes that he would receive a lesser sentence.

Cohen, 52, is scheduled to be sentenced December 12 in Manhattan federal court after pleading guilty to lying to Congress and to campaign finance law violations involving alleged hush money payments to two women.

"Michael regrets that his vigor in promoting Client-1's interests in the heat of political battle led him to abandon good judgment and cross legal lines", Cohen's lawyers wrote.

Cohen has been cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign and his lawyers asked in the filing that he avoid prison time.

Cohen faces between 46 and 63 months in prison, along with financial penalties.

The memo notably depicts Cohen as an unsophisticated and flawed man who was trying to please an exacting, demanding and powerful boss - Trump.

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"Michael participated in seven voluntary interview meetings with the Special Counsel's Office of the Department of Justice", they also wrote. Cohen's attorneys said he declined a traditional cooperation agreement because he wanted to be sentenced as scheduled so he can "begin his life virtually anew".

Arguing that Cohen could have fought the government, "positioning himself perhaps for a pardon or clemency", the lawyers said he instead took personal responsibility for his wrongdoing "and is prepared to continue to contribute to an investigation that he views as thoroughly legitimate and vital". CNN has previously reported that Cohen met with representatives of these offices.

Cohen does not claim he was instructed by Trump to lie to Congress. The filing does not provide further details.

Looking to get a lenient sentence, Cohen also admitted to paying off women to keep them silent regarding their romantic relationships with Trump and to prevent them from "disseminating narratives that would adversely affect the Campaign and cause personal embarrassment", his attorneys wrote.

Furthermore, the filing said that misleading Congress was at the behest of Trump and that he was collaborating with the White House and Trump's legal team when he did so. "In each case, the conduct was meant to benefit Client-1, in accordance with Client-1's directives".

Prosecutors have not yet filed a pre-sentence submission but have agreed to note Cohen cooperation to the sentencing judge. "But, following the execution of search warrants in this case, almost every professional and commercial relationship that he enjoyed, and a number of long-standing friendships, have vanished".

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