Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of crimes, including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress
Before the sentence was imposed, Cohen said he took “full responsibility” for the crimes, “for each act that I pled guilty to: The personal ones to me and those involving the President of the United States of America.”
He also said he felt it was his duty to cover up the president’s “dirty deeds.”
Manhattan U.S.District Court Judge William Pauley walked through each of the counts against Cohen, saying “each of these crimes is a serious offense against the United States.”
“Mr. Cohen pled guilty to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct,” he said.
Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Trump, has been cooperating with Mueller’s team, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and has provided prosecutors with a potential bounty of information about the Trump campaign’s contacts with the Kremlin.
Cohen and Trump, the former real estate developer, once seemed a united team, as Trump expanded his business empire and his fame by licensing his famous name and starring in The Apprentice while Cohen took on Trump critics in legal combat.
But their relationship ruptured this year as federal prosecutors and Mueller investigated both men.