Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison

Dec 15, 2018, 01:16
Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years in prison

Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday for crimes that included making false statements to Congress, tax evasion, and arranging payments during the 2016 election to silence women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. "He directed me to make the payments, he directed me to become involved in these matters", Cohen said. Cohen was guilty on many charges unrelated to me, but he plead to two campaign charges which were not criminal and of which he probably was not.

"I think the walls are closing in on this White House", Warner said, pointing to the series of guilty pleas from former Trump appointees and associates as a result of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe. "First of all, nothing at the Trump organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump".

In the interview, Cohen maintained that Trump had directed him to make hush payments to to women who were alleging they'd had affairs with him, out of concern about how it would affect his chances in the 2016 presidential election.

"I think the pressure of the job is much more than what he thought it was going to be", Cohen said.

Federal prosecutors are also investigating whether Trump's inaugural committee misspent some of the US$107 million (£85.23 million) it raised from donors, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported on Thursday. Prosecutors said the McDougal payment violated federal law against corporate campaign contributions, while the money that went to Daniels exceeded the $2,700 limit on campaign donations.

District Judge William H Pauley III rejected arguments by Cohen's lawyers that he should be spared jail because he cooperated in multiple federal investigations involving Mr Trump.

A recording surfaces of Cohen and Trump allegedly discussing a payment to Playboy Playmate Karen MacDougal.

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Prosecutors argued successfully that these payments amounted to illegal campaign contributions.

"You have to remember at what point in time that this matter came about - two weeks or so before the election", Cohen said. In fact, I now know that there is little to be admired. "I stood up before the world [Wednesday] and I accepted the responsibility for my actions". But he added: "Let me be clear, Michael Cohen is neither a hero nor a patriot" and "he deserves every day of the 36-month sentence he will serve".

Michael Cohen, on the other hand, initially put up a legal fight.

"Whether you think it's wrong or right, I don't understand the case for how it's illegal", Dershowitz continued.

Cohen also insisted that the president has been lying when it comes to associations with Russian Federation, and he suggested that his former boss is afraid of Cohen's testimony - that, he said, explains why the president keeps attacking him on Twitter.

It doesn't take a genius to gander that Trump is lashing out on Twitter over the investigation because he's very, very concerned about what Mueller may have on him. "He attacks my family", Cohen charged.

Michael Cohen, US president Donald Trump's former attorney, exits the United States Court house after his sentencing, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, US, December 12, 2018.

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"Whatever he did, he did on his own", Trump said.

The President said the charges "are not criminal and shouldn't have been on there".

Cohen's sentence is a warning to anyone caught up in the Mueller probe who declines to cooperate with prosecutors.

Cohen insists that Trump is a different person now than when he was running his real estate empire in NY and said he believes the pressure of being the president of the United States is "much more than he thought it was going to be".

Cohen adviser Lanny Davis, who previously represented President Bill Clinton, said the former political fixer will "state publicly all he knows" about Trump after Mueller completes his investigation, and that includes testifying before Congress.

"That sort of gets into the whole investigation right now between (the) special counsel's office, the attorney general's office, you also have the Southern District of NY - I don't want to jeopardize any of their investigations", he said.

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