Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years

"Mr. President, did Michael Cohen cover up your dirty deeds?' one reporter asked".

Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet for Trump", was sentenced in NY on Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty to orchestrating the payments that were part of the "dirty deeds" he did at the behest of Trump.

Mr Cohen and federal prosecutors have said the payments were made at Mr Trump's direction to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The president tweeted: "I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law".

It is for these reasons I chose to participate in the illicit act of the president rather than to listen to my own inner voice which should have warned me that the campaign finance violations that I later pled guilty to were insidious.

Trump has gone from denying knowledge of the payments to saying they would have been private transactions that weren't illegal.

Prosecutors have implicated Mr Trump in a crime, but have not directly accused him of one.

Before the sentencing, he called for Cohen to serve a full sentence in prison.

Mr Trump, who calls Mr Mueller's inquiry a "witch hunt", has repeatedly criticised his former ally since he began co-operating with investigators.

As part of the deal, publisher American Media Inc (AMI) admitted that it made the $150,000 payment to McDougal "in concert" with Trump's presidential campaign and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

In addition to the jail term, he was also ordered to forfeit almost $2m (£1.6m).

Under Federal law, the contribution of "anything of value" to a campaign must be disclosed, and an individual donation can not exceed $2,700.

Trump's tweets Thursday offered another layer of defense: that he had done "nothing wrong with respect to campaign finance laws, if they even apply, because this was not campaign finance".

Pleading for leniency in a packed Manhattan courtroom before US District Court Judge William H. Pauley III, Michael Cohen said he had been led astray by misplaced admiration for Trump.

After the case, an adviser to Cohen said the former political fixer will "state publicly all he knows" about Trump after special counsel Robert Mueller completes his investigation.

The Mueller investigation is likely in the end game.

'There will come a time after Mr. Mueller is done with his work that Michael Cohen will be sitting in front of a microphone before a congressional committee and what he has to say about the truth will be judged by the members of Congress listening and then will be up to people to decide whether he has got the facts or not, ' Davis told Bloomberg.

In an interview with Reuters this week, he slammed Cohen for cooperating with prosecutors and said he was unconcerned about possible impeachment.

'As a lawyer, Michael has great liability to me!'

The agreement was announced shortly after Cohen was sentenced. Russian Federation has denied USA allegations of interfering in the election to help Trump.

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