Trump urges 'full sentence' for his ex-lawyer Cohen in Russian Federation probe

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NEW YORK-Of all of U.S. President Donald Trump's former associates who have come under scrutiny in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has undertaken perhaps the most surprising and risky legal strategy.

The Russia investigation is drawing close to a sensational conclusion, with Mr Mueller due to file sentencing recommendations for Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn this week.

Cohen, once Trump's self-described "fixer", said in a court filing last week that he had pursued a Moscow building project with Russian government officials well into the presidential campaign, with Trump's knowledge. The filing could also give some insight into the direction of the Russian Federation probe. The sentencing guidelines for Flynn's offense suggest 0 to 6 months of incarceration.

He will be sentenced in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on 18 December.

A former member of Trump's inner circle, Cohen has been co-operating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States election and possible co-ordination with the Trump campaign.

Flynn, who turns 60 on Wednesday, is among a number of people in Trump's orbit who have pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

President Trump on Monday highlighted a contrast between a former ally and a current one, and he hopes the former ally spends a long time in prison.

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The two sides have been engaged in talks on the leaders' second meeting after the first, unprecedented, one in Singapore in June. The White House said he reaffirmed that plan during a meeting with Moon Friday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina.

In August, Cohen pleaded guilty as part of a separate investigation by the Manhattan US attorney's office, and he has since given over 70 hours of voluntary interviews to the special counsel.

What Stone said:"There's no circumstance under which I would testify against the president, because I'd have to bear false witness against him", Stone told ABC's This Week, per Fox News.

Cohen, who is cooperating with a federal probe into whether Trump's campaign worked with Russian Federation to sway the election, is scheduled to be sentenced on December 12 after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a bank, campaign finance violations, and lying to Congress.

He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career.

Flynn also admitted that later in December 2016 he asked Kislyak not to retaliate in response to the Obama administration sanctions, something he initially told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents he didn't do.

Flynn's false statements stemmed from a January 24, 2017, interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his interactions with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's then-ambassador to the US, as the Obama administration was levying sanctions on the Kremlin in response to election interference. Flynn "made multiple false statements, to multiple Department of Justice ("DOJ") entities, on multiple occasions".

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