Michael Cohen, who worked as a lawyer to Donald Trump from 2006 to 2018, including through his presidential campaign, has been sentenced to 36 months in prison.
Cohen is the first member of Trump’s ‘inner circle’ to be sentenced over an enquiry by the special counsel into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The former lawyer pleaded guilty to multiple crimes, including campaign violations, tax evasions, and lying to Congress. In total, he was found guilty of nine felonies.
In court, Cohen broke down in tears, and had some scathing remarks for his former boss.
I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen I deeply admired.
Today is one of the most meaningful days of my life. The irony is that today I get my freedom back.
Cohen, 52, reportedly told the court Trump had caused him to ‘follow a path of darkness rather than light’, and his ‘weakness was a blind loyalty to Donald Trump’, BBC reports.
The campaign finance violations reportedly involved Cohen making ‘hush money’ payments to women who allegedly had affairs with Trump.
The ex-lawyer also pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow during the 2016 campaign.
In addition to the jail sentence, Cohen was ordered to pay fines totalling nearly $2 million (£1.6 million).
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.