Cohen Goes To Prison After Prosecutors Refuse To Meet With Him

I was hiking on my birthday when Michael Cohen finally went to prison. By the time that he made the walk, few of Michael Cohen’s former clients or associates are likely returning his calls these days. After revealing that he taped clients without their consent and confessing to various felonies, Cohen is radioactive. However, one group of people joining the “lose my number” list is apparently chilling for Cohen: the federal prosecutors. Cohen’s counsel Lanny Davis has confirmed that Cohen has repeatedly tried to arrange meetings to share new information with prosecutors in the hopes of delaying his prison stint beginning tomorrow or securing a reduction in his sentence. They have refused. For a man who has made his career on being willing to do anything for powerful figures, Cohen is in the one place that he most feared: he is alone and out of options. In his final statement as a free man, Cohen again dangled the prospect of his sharing more information — a repeated suggestion that must truly irritate prosecutors and congressional investigators who have been repeatedly told by Cohen that he has shared everything that he knows.

Cohen has repeatedly gamed the system. He has claimed to be unable to appear at hearings and then was seen out on the town in a fancy restaurant. After assuring that he had turned over everything, he suddenly found a huge amount of new evidence and unsuccessfully tried to delay his prison date to go through the cache of evidence. Cohen was told by Chairman Elijah Cummings that he would be referred for prosecution by any false testimony and proceeded, in the view of many, to make such false statements. (Cummings decided to accept a later “clarification”). Then, shortly before he reported to prison, Cohen contradicted his sworn statements before the court and Congress by suddenly denying that he committed crimes that he previous pleaded guilty.

The Mueller report and recent coverage does not paint Cohen in a flattering light — showing that (rather than having a moral epiphany) Cohen continued to the last minute to seek a pardon from Trump. It was only when he was rebuffed that Cohen tried to make a deal with Mueller.

In his last statement, Cohen again seemed determined to portray himself as a whistleblower despite the fact that most of his crimes were unrelated to Trump. Cohen stated “I hope when I rejoin my family and friends that the country will be in a place without xenophobia, injustice, and lies at the helm of our country.” Again, seeking to game a reduction in his sentence, he told reporters “there still remains much to be told.”

Cohen reported to a federal prison 70 miles north of New York City that is known to house many white collar criminals in a dormitory-like environment.

27 thoughts on “Cohen Goes To Prison After Prosecutors Refuse To Meet With Him”

  1. It’s a pity that Turley does not exhibit a like moral ire against Cohen’s client, Trump, on whose behest and direction he committed the bullying and unethical tactics that Turley so rightly condemns.

    1. Cohen’s going to jail on charges related to his taxi medallion business and tax returns, about which there is no reason to believe Trump had any knowledge.

      1. And I suppose you don’t believe that Trump is a sexual degenerate for having sex withstand porn star while his Sugar Baby was recuperating for just giving birth and directing Cohen to illegally buy Stormy’s silence so as not to reinforce the negative fallout brought about by the revelation of his taped confession about how he prefers to sexually assault women…

        1. Pardon, but regardless of your passions, lying is never okay, so don’t. Hush money agreements are not illegal and are quite common. And “they let you grab them” is implicitly NOT sexual assault, just gross. I haven’t heard anyone, anywhere say that Trump HASN’T been a sexual degenerate, so give yourself a cookie for getting one thing accurate, I guess.

  2. The professor asserts, “:he [ Michael Cohen ] is alone and out of options …”
    Here is where “he is alone …”
    The Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville (FCI Otisville) is a medium-security United States federal prison for male inmates located near Otisville, New York. It is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), a division of the United States Department of Justice. It also includes a satellite prison camp for minimum-security male offenders.
    Otis I’ll is a college dormitory. As for options, I suspect that the application for “he” to be moved “minimum-security” prison has already been filed. Considering “he” has committed nonviolent crimes and he presents no security risk his application will be approved within 30 days.
    Justice … “American” style.
    dennis hanna
    p.s. Anyone who has ever “spent time” there or visited anyone there will form the inevitable and I indisputable opinion that it seems like a college dormitory.

    1. not too far from the Big Apple.

      CNN says,

      “FCI Otisville has sometimes been viewed as a preferable prison option for inmates convicted of white-collar crimes. In 2009, Forbes named it one of “America’s 10 cushiest prisons.”


      1. Considering that Rod Blagoyavich, another lawyer convicted of bad behavior got 14 years in a Colorado prison, thousands of miles away from his family, I’d say Michael Cohen got a sweet deal!

    1. The BOP will give Cohen a relaxing vacation in a safe and orderly minsec facility. He will work on his book and get some much needed exercise and rest. He may take up playing cards for relaxation. Snitches get stitches, in many prisons, but not the kind he will reside in for his bit. Easy time is guaranteed for people at his level.

      See you in a couple years Mikey.

  3. “In sum, the investigation established multiple links between Trump Campaign officials and individuals tied to the Russian government. Those links included Russian offers of assistance to the Campaign. In some instances, the Campaign was receptive to the offer, while in other instances the Campaign officials shied away. Ultimately, the investigation did not establish that the Campaign coordinated or conspired with the Russian government in its election-interference activities.”
    page 173 meuller report

    ha ha 7 degrees from Kevin Bacon, ties and links etc, but no collusion. LOLZ

    1. One of the charges against Manafort, the campaign manager at the time, was passing campaign sensitive information to the Russians to aid in their propaganda to elect Trump. Sounds like a conspiracy between the campaign and the Russians to me.

      1. It wasn’t ‘sensitive’. It was public opinion survey data.

      2. BettyKath,
        What was the specific charge against Manafort for sharing the polling data?

        1. Absurd,
          IF BettyKath is correct…..that sharing the polling date was one of the criminal offenses Manafort was charged with…..I’m wondering what statute ( if any) applies and makes that a crime.

  4. I think there are a great many attorneys, perhaps most, who regard the law as a set of conventions you respect for practical reasons only. Some of them are less risk averse than others and are willing to cross the boundary or dance right on it as a calculated risk. I doubt at this point in his life Cohen knows what’s true and what isn’t, because it’s been a very long time since that distinction was of any interest to him.

    1. Lawyers embody the times, where dialogue about truth and falsehood have given way to continuous weighing of factors directed by the “Wille zur Macht.”

      Of course this dynamic has always been with us. Quid est veritas?

    2. A better and more accurate description of the miscreant Cohen I have never read. Bravo!

    3. Absurd,
      But Cohen, on his way to prison, did say that he ” looked forward to the day when he could share the truth”.😄😀

      1. At then end of Cohen’s pre-prison comments he “hoped he could one day tell the truth”. Does that mean he is still lying?

  5. Cohen will write a book while in jail and make a lot of money $

    1. ob·ses·sion
      noun: obsession

      the state of being obsessed with someone or something.
      “she cared for him with a devotion bordering on obsession”
      an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.
      plural noun: obsessions
      “he was in the grip of an obsession he was powerless to resist”

      1. But, but . . . I have decided yet. To impeach or not to impeach. I haven’t decided yet. Fortunately it’s not my decisions to make. So there.

        1. its too late now baby its too late
          Though we really did try to make it
          Somethin’ inside has died, and I can’t hide
          And I just can’t fake it, oh, no, no

  6. Page 91 of Volume II of The Mueller Report (PDF page 303)

    Attempted Intimidation of a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer.

    Contributed by The L4D Anonymous Tipster Project

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