Eli Ridder | Report
Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to the United States Congress.
Lawyer and fixer Mr. Cohen once said he would “take a bullet” for U.S. President Donald Trump, but in court he said the president caused him to “follow a path of darkness rather than light”.
Part of the significance of his sentencing is that he is the first in the Trump inner circle to be sent to jail due to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“Each of these crimes is a serious offence against the United States,” Judge Pauley said as he described each count, adding that the ex-fixer “pled guilty to a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct”.
Following the sentencing, which came after he pleaded guilty in August, Cohen was rushed with his family out of the Manhattan courthouse and into a waiting car.
Soon after, lawyer Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels, noted that it was a year ago when his client filed a case against Cohen, saying that Trump was next.
In addition to the three-year prison sentence, Judge William Pauley imposed more than $1 million in restitution for Michael Cohen, with the lawyer ordered to surrender to jail on Mar. 6 of next year.
Cohen was recommended to serve out his sentence at the Otisville Federal Correctional Facility, a medium security campus located northwest of New York City.
Image of Michael Cohen from previous files.