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Michael As An Open Book

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. Cohen reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to... NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on 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 Yana Paskova/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 1, 2018 3:56 p.m.

There are some more details about Michael Cohen’s cooperation that came out overnight. Most came in a sentencing memorandum which Cohen’s attorneys submitted to the US District Court in the Southern District. The outline of what is contained in this new document broadly match what came out earlier this week: the Moscow deal negotiations lasted much longer than admitted, Cohen kept the President in the loop on all his activities (hardly surprising). But the sentencing memorandum goes into more and different detail. Cohen claims he discussed details of a potential trip to Russia with Trump in the summer of 2016, as part of the effort to secure the Moscow Trump Tower deal. Cohen says he worked closely with and remained in regular contact with White House lawyers and the President’s personal lawyers as he plotted to deceive Congress about the the same deal a year later.

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