Michael D. Cohen, a former attorney for President Trump, was sentenced to 3 years in prison on Wednesday after denouncing Mr. Trump and describing that”I felt it was my obligation to pay up his dirty deeds.”Mr. Cohen gave an emotional apology to the court for his involvement in a hush-money scandal to buy the silence of 2 women who said they’d had affairs with Mr. Trump.
Judge William H. Pauley III said Mr. Cohen had committed a”Veritable smorgasbord” of crimes involving deception and”Motivated by personal greed and ambition,” every warranting”Serious punishment.”He added that Mr. Cohen’s particular crimes busting campaign finance laws, tax evasion and lying to Congress -“Implicated a far more insidious injury to our democratic institutions.”As a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better,” the judge said.
The judge stated Mr. Cohen’s assistance to the special counsel’s office, though useful, had not”Wiped the slate clean,” along with a”Substantial term” of prison has been warranted.
In the long run, the judge gave Mr. Cohen three years for the offenses he committed in New York and two months for lying to Congress, to be served at the same time.
In the case brought by Mr. Mueller’s office,” Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the duration of discussions to Construct a Trump Tower in Moscow, as well as regarding the extent of the participation of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Cohen disclosed that Mr. Trump was involved in discussions over the potential deal during the election campaign than previously known.
Mr. Cohen admitted in court that he had organized the obligations”For the principal purpose of influencing the election” for president in 2016.The obligations included $130,000 into the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, which the government considers an illegal contribution to Mr. Trump’s campaign since it was intended to improve Mr. Trump’s election opportunities.
Mr. Cohen also confessed he had arranged for an illegal company contribution to be made to Mr. Trump when he orchestrated a $150,000 payment by American Media Inc. into a former Playboy playmate, Karen McDougal, in late summer 2016.Prosecutors in Manhattan wrote Friday to Judge Pauley that Mr. Cohen, in organizing the payments,”Acted in coordination with and at the leadership” of Mr. Trump, whom they referred to as Individual 1.On Nov. 29, billed by Mr. Mueller’s workplace with lying to Congress,” Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty again.
The two prosecuting offices each composed to Judge Pauley, offering sharply contrasting portrayals of Mr. Cohen.
The Southern District wrote to the judge that Mr. Cohen had a”Rose-colored perspective of the seriousness” of his crimes, which they stated were”Marked with a pattern of deception which permeated his life.
Lawyers for Mr. Cohen, who claimed he’d”Take a bullet” to Mr. Trump, mentioned his alliance with Mr. Mueller and his efforts to help the Southern District prosecutors in asking that he be spared prison.
Mr. Cohen’s attorneys, Guy Petrillo and Amy Lester, contended in a memorandum to the judge that Mr. Cohen had taken responsibility for his offenses and had cooperated with Mr. Mueller’s office, fulfilling seven times with these prosecutors to offer information.