New York (CNN)Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, on Wednesday asked a federal judge to reduce his three-year prison term while claiming that Attorney General William Barr and the Justice Department are biased against him. Roger Adler, an attorney for Cohen, writes in the filing that Trump's former fixer has cooperated with federal, state and local prosecutors in New York but alleges the Justice Department has not treated Cohen in good faith. "This lack of good faith, and disabling conflict of interest," he said, "should not be a barrier to recognizing defendant's substantial assistance to, and cooperation with, the government." He asks for a court hearing to discuss his request to reduce the sentence to one year and a day or home confinement, as well as community service. Adler accuses the prosecutors with the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York, who did not support the request and have not agreed to meet with Cohen, of playing a … [Read more...] about Michael Cohen asks judge to cut his prison sentence, says Attorney General Barr is biased against him
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On the day he took the oath of office, Donald Trump delivered two messages about what to expect from his administration. First came the lofty promise of his inaugural address. “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” he vowed. “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth.” The second message, which Trump delivered without speaking a word, was aimed at a much smaller, but very rich, audience. As the new president’s motorcade left the Capitol, rolling past knots of supporters and protesters, it suddenly stopped three blocks short of the White House. Trump, the First Lady, and the rest of his family got out of their limos and took a three-minute turn in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue. This was no random spot. The very first place Trump headed after being sworn in … [Read more...] about 501 Days in Swampland
Attorney General William Barr. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today, why the Mueller investigation wasn’t Watergate, the role of the press in investigating Trump, and if Washington will return to normal. Before Robert Mueller submitted his report to Attorney General William Barr, many people thought of Mueller’s work as a kind of Watergate investigation, with everything that means about presidential accountability. Now that his investigation, at least according to Barr, has ended inconclusively, were we wrong to think of it that way? No one thought Mueller’s work was more of a Watergate investigation than Donald Trump, who outdid the Nixon template in trying to derail it, to the point of vilifying his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, because he didn’t prevent it. But given that Mueller’s … [Read more...] about Why the Mueller Investigation Wasn’t Watergate
Candidate Michael Bloomberg? Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images Donald Trump’s romp through the primaries so far has been positively gleeful. On his way to winning seven more states on Super Tuesday, the New York billionaire said of this year’s election: “It’s tough, it’s nasty, it’s mean, it’s vicious. It’s beautiful.” But if there is anyone as despairing as Trump is gleeful, it’s another New York billionaire: Michael Bloomberg. From his open desk at the headquarters of Bloomberg LP, the financial-data company he founded and returned to as CEO in September 2014, Bloomberg has been watching the primaries unfold with outrage and frustration. Rarely a day goes by when Bloomberg doesn’t hear Trump say something—such as his declaration that “we’re going to build a wall” on the Mexican border or that climate change is “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. … [Read more...] about Trump Goaded Bloomberg Into Planning a Presidential Campaign. Here’s Why He Probably Won’t Run.