Today’s sentencing hearing for Michael Cohen begins at 11 a.m., and I‘ll be live-tweeting it.
As Cohen tries to avoid a lengthy prison term, we’ll see if there will be more revelations about “Individual-1,” i.e. Trump.
Thread to come here.
Michael Avenatti is also said to be in attendance.
Mueller's team prosecuted lying to Congress about the negotiations of the attempted Moscow tower deal.
The SDNY sentencing memo was blistering toward Cohen.
By comparison, Mueller's memo was good cop.
We're beginning. AUSA Nicolas Roos introduces.
The Special Counsel's office and Cohen's attorney Guy Petrillo introduce themselves too.
Cohen argued that the tax evasion charges were "not closely related" to other charges, but Pauley finds in favor of the government that they are.
Reminder: The judge isn't bound by those guidelines, and can go either above or below.
"He knew that the president might shut down the investigation."
Or without knowing whether the probe would "survive," Petrillo said.
"The crux of what we're saying is that he puts himself out to raise money for very worthwhile organizations."
"This is a man whose first instinct is to help."
He repeats that line twice.
He claims that tax-evasions cases like Cohen's are "routinely treated in a non-criminal context."
"He is wary of a long-term cooperation agreement for personal reasons," asserting that Cohen wants to keep himself and his family from the "glare of the cameras."
"Power to the Southern District," Petrillo said. "They want to build a bigger case than they've already made. God bless them."
"Mr. Cohen has sought to tell us the truth," Rhee said.
Kept tight-lipped throughout her remarks. More on what she said soon.
SDNY's Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos is now up.
"To do so would send the wrong message," Roos says, the message being that "selective cooperation" would be rewarded.
The campaign finance charges, Roos said, were particularly "serious because of the tremendous societal costs."
"I take full responsibility for each act that I pleaded guilty to ...." including those implicating the "President of the United States of America."
"This is why I did not enter into a cooperation agreement."...
"I do not need a cooperation agreement in place to do the right thing."
He slams Trump for trying to influence proceeding that "implicate" him.
"He thrived on his access to wealthy and powerful people, and he became one himself," he says.
"This court ... believes a significant term of imprisonment" is justified, Pauley says.
No statement from Khuzami.
In brief, Mr. Sandick noted:
* The AMI agreement is dated Sept. 20, 2018, *after* Cohen's first guilty plea.
* It could help explain how prosecutors independently corroborated Cohen's accusation that Trump "coordinated" and "directed" payoffs.