Moment of reckoning looms for ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

NEW YORK (AP) — The moment of reckoning has nearly arrived for Michael Cohen.

A federal judge in New York is set to decide Wednesday whether the former lawyer to President Donald Trump gets leniency or years in prison for crimes including tax evasion, making illegal hush-money payments during the campaign and lying to Congress about Trump’s past business dealings in Russia.

Cohen’s lawyers say he deserves a break for cooperating with investigators.

Federal prosecutors in New York said in court filings that Cohen failed to fully cooperate and overstated his helpfulness. They want a substantial jail term.

Legal experts say Wednesday’s sentencing might not be the last word on Cohen’s punishment.

He could have his sentence revisited if he provides additional cooperation within a year of his sentence.

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