Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of tax evasion, violating campaign finance laws and lying to Congress.
According to NBC News, Judge William Pauley found Cohen deserved “a significant term of imprisonment” on account of the crimes that were driven by “personal greed and ambition.”
Judge Pauley called Cohen’s crimes – that included making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, failing to report $1.4 million in personal business income and lying to Congress about plans for a Trump Tower to be built in Russia – a “veritable smorgasbord of criminal conduct” and sentenced Cohen to 36 months behind bars, three-years of post-release supervision, and a $50,000 fine. Cohen must turn himself in on March 6th to begin his sentence.
Pleading with the judge for leniency, an emotional Cohen admitted “blind loyalty” led him to cover up Trumps “dirty deeds” sharing, “I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen I deeply admired.”
“It was my own weakness and blind loyalty to this man that led me to choose a path of darkness over light,” Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Trump, told the court. “Time and time again, I thought it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than listen to my voice.”
According to the Associated Press, Cohen revealed in court he plans to continue cooperating with two interconnected investigations – one run by federal prosecutors in New York and the other led by Robert Mueller who is heading the Russia investigation.
Cohen’s legal adviser, Lanny Davis, told the AP Cohen will tell publicly “all he knows” about Trump after the Mueller investigation is complete and will also testify before Congress.