Michael Cohen Should Get 'Long Prison Term,' Trump Says

Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington

Special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington

The new details explaining how Flynn has helped the special counsel investigation will ratchet up the pressure on President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly attacked the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt".

Flynn ― who joined in chants of "lock her up" against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Republican National Convention ― admitted that he made a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on January 24, 2017.

The criminal charges included five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate.

In a court filing last week, Cohen said he had pursued a proposed Trump Organization real estate project in Moscow with Russian government officials well into the presidential campaign, with Trump's knowledge.

According to his plea, Flynn discussed USA sanctions with Kislyak on Trump's behalf during the presidential transition and said members of the president's inner circle were aware of, and in some cases directing, his efforts.

This week, Trump lashed out at his former legal fixer, Michael Cohen, saying he is making up "stories" to get a reduced prison sentence after his latest guilty plea to lying to Congress detailed conversations he had with the then-Republican presidential candidate.

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Lawyers for Cohen asked a federal judge in NY on Friday not to sentence him to prison.

US President Donald Trump has called for a "full and complete" sentence for his former lawyer Michael Cohen, weighing in on a judicial proceeding with accusations Cohen lied about dealings with Russian Federation during his 2016 presidential campaign. One knowledgeable source said Flynn's cooperation largely took place immediately following his December 2017 court appearance.

The president's critics contend such statements about individuals who refuse to testify against him or give up potentially damaging information are signs he might pardon them, should they face federal charges. Van der Zwaan received a 30-day sentence and Papadopoulos got a 14-day sentence.

He is at the center of what's believed to be an investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice.

The president compared Cohen with Stone, who is also being investigated by Mueller over his possible role in colluding with the Russians during the campaign.

But according to memos penned by Comey, President Trump tried to protect Flynn by asking Comey to let the investigation into his false statements go. This suggests that the investigation may not be wrapping up soon. "The fact it's done out in the open is no defence", said Neal Katyal, a veteran constitutional lawyer and former acting solicitor general of the Department of Justice.

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