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US govt seeks 'substantial' jail term for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen

Michael Cohen earned a reputation as the "fixer" and a pit bull defender of his longtime boss Donald Trump
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US prosecutors asked a New York court Friday to hand down a "substantial" prison sentence to President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, rejecting Cohen's request for leniency based on his cooperation with law enforcement officials.

"Cohen, an attorney and businessman, committed four distinct federal crimes over a period of several years. He was motivated to do so by personal greed, and repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends," New York's US Attorney Robert Khuzami said in a court submission.

Khuzami suggested a sentence in the range of 51 to 63 months for Cohen, who was a top executive and Trump's fixer at the Trump Organization.

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