A New York city federal judge sentenced Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, to three years in federal prison on Wednesday. Cohen had pleaded guilty to numerous criminal charges related to lying to Congress and violating campaign finance law because he paid hush money to women who allegedly had sexual affairs with Trump.
Cohen now faces two cases covering a range of criminal charges.
“I take full 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,” Cohen told the judge before his sentencing. He said he had been living “in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul.”
Trump tweeted a message that called Cohen weak. He responded and said that he was weak because “time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.”
Lanny Davis, an adviser to Cohen, said that Cohen would “state publicly all he knows about Mr. Trump” at an appropriate time.
“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,” Davis said. “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.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York also revealed on Wednesday that it had reached a non-prosecution agreement with AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer. AMI admitted to making the $150,000 payment “in concert with [Trump’s] presidential campaign” as part of an effort to hide Playboy playmate Karen McDougal’s alleged affair with the now-president from voters. The company has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.