US: Trump’s ex-lawyer deserves prison despite cooperation

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, exits federal court, August 21, 2018 in New York City. Cohen reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to charges involving bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, deserves substantial prison time despite his cooperation, prosecutors said Friday.

The recommendation was in a filing ahead of Cohen’s sentencing in New York next week.

Cohen pleaded guilty to federal charges and cooperated in multiple state and federal probes over several months, including having seven meetings with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Prosecutors said the court’s Probation Department estimated that federal sentencing guidelines call for Cohen to serve at least four years in prison. Prosecutors said the range “reflects Cohen’s extensive, deliberate and serious criminal conduct.”

Prosecutors said Cohen should not receive the credit a traditional cooperating witness would receive “given, among other reasons, Cohen’s affirmative decision not to become one.”