In addition to admitting he lied to Congress, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal charges brought on by the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY in August, including tax fraud, making false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations relating to hush-money payments made to women alleging affairs with Trump.
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". In fact, lawyers for Cohen alleged that he and Trump discussed the possibility of Trump traveling to Russian Federation in the summer of 2016.
Cohen told Congress that he killed the proposal after talking to Peskov's office, which was a lie.
Cohen on Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about an effort to establish a Trump hotel in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign. Two women had alleged extramarital affairs with Trump, which the president denies. He is expected to be sentenced on December 12, and prosecutors have yet to submit their own recommendation. "To the contrary, he expects to cooperate further", the memo states. They're also seeking leniency for Cohen, saying that he has cooperated extensively, amid intense public pressure from Trump, who has called the investigation a "witch hunt", and will agree to cooperate in the future.
The 69-year-old already faces years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy counts in the Washington court and being convicted of financial fraud crimes at a Virginia court, which is scheduled to sentence him in February. But more notable than that were the allegations it leveled against the president. Cohen, President Donald Trumps former lawyer, told the judge he lied about the timing of the negotiations and other details to be consistent with Trump's "political message".
Michael Cohen's sentencing memorandum was released this morning.
His lawyers note that Cohen's legal problems aren't over and he "will be named in a parallel tax case brought by New York State".
Cohen's upcoming sentencing will cover all of the counts to which he's pleaded guilty.
"Furthermore, in the weeks during which his then-counsel prepared his written response to the Congressional Committees, Michael remained in close and regular contact with White House based-staff and legal counsel to Trump."
"As such, he was (a) fully aware of Client-1's repeated disavowals of commercial and political ties between himself and Russian Federation, as well as the strongly voiced mantra of Client-1 that investigations of such ties were politically motivated and without evidentiary support", Cohen's lawyers wrote.
Cohen has also "voluntarily met twice" with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, the memo said, and separately "met voluntarily" with the New York Attorney General's office "concerning a state court action in which the NYAG has sued the Donald J. Trump Foundation and certain individual defendants, including Donald J. Trump".
"He and Client-1 also discussed possible travel to Russian Federation in the summer of 2016, and Michael took steps to clear dates for such travel", Cohen's lawyers said in the filing.