Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years, Hammers President Trump
Former attorney for President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, has been sentenced to 36 months in prison.
He was sentenced for the eight criminal counts he pleaded guilty to in August and he received an additional two months for a special counsel charge, CNN reported.
“Mr. Cohen pled guilty to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct,” Judge William Pauley said in court on Wednesday.
For his part, Cohen said that he took responsibility “for each act that I pled guilty to: The personal ones to me and those involving the President of the United States of America.”
He added that he was going to make certain that he would be “ensuring that history will not remember me as the villain of his story.”
Judge Pauley also ordered Cohen to pay $500,000 in forfeiture to Cohen, and $1.39 million in restitution.
Cohen left the courtroom with his family and did not speak to reporters, but his former attorney, Lanny Davis, issued a statement.
“Michael Cohen, former attorney to Donald Trump, continues to tell the truth about Donald Trump’s misconduct over the years.
“At the appropriate time, after Mr. Mueller completes his investigation and issues his final report, I look forward to assisting Michael to state publicly all he knows about Mr. Trump — and that includes any appropriate Congressional committee interested in the search for truth and the difference between facts and lies. Mr. Trump’s repeated lies cannot contradict stubborn facts.
“Michael has owned up to his mistakes and fully cooperated with Special Counsel Mueller in his investigation over possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian meddling in the 2016 election. While Mr. Mueller gave Michael significant credit for cooperation on the “core” issues, it is unfortunate that SDNY prosecutors did not do the same. To me, their judgment showed a lack of appropriate proportionality.
“Since the sentencing process has been completed, I no longer need to serve as an attorney for Michael, but will continue to serve as a communications advisor,” he said.