Michael Cohen, former lawyer
The embattled lawyer is found guilty of conspiracy with Russia’s meddling into the presidential election that brought in his former boss, Mr Trump. Although report has it that Donald Trump do have a soft spot for his former lawyer.
Michael Cohen in a statement, said he took full responsibility for his actions while working for Trump. His sentence will be the longest thus far for anyone involved with the president or stemming from special counsel Robert Muller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
He previously pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts brought by federal prosecutors in New York, and received 36 months for those crimes. Cohen also pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress from Mueller’s team, for which he was sentenced to two months.
Cohen will serve the sentences concurrently.
US District Judge William Pauley described the crimes that Cohen had pleaded guilty to as “a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct” before announcing his sentence.
Pauley also ordered Cohen to pay $1.39 million in restitution, forfeit $500,000 and pay a $50,000 fine. Cohen was ordered to report to prison in March.
Meanwhile, according to CNN report, Cohen says he has been ‘living in a personal and mentalincarceration’ since agreeing to work for Trump.
“Recently the President tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds,” Cohen said.
“This may seem hard to believe, but today is one of the most meaningful days of my life,” Cohen added later. “I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired.”