BREAKING: Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

President Trump and former personal attorney Michael Cohen

From CBS News:

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has been sentenced by a federal judge in Manhattan to three years in federal prison.

Prosecutors had recommended a “substantial term of imprisonment” for Cohen, who pleaded guilty to both lying to Congress over a possible Trump Tower Moscow project, and to campaign finance violations for paying women who alleged affairs with Donald Trump. Cohen’s lawyers had asked that he serve no prison time.

Cohen, according to the Associated Press, said in his defense that “blind loyalty” to Mr. Trump “led me to take a path of darkness instead of light.”

Prosecutors say they believe Cohen committed illegal acts at the direction of Mr. Trump, named “Individual 1” in court filings. Mr. Trump has disowned Cohen, calling him “not very smart.”

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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  1. DavieDavie says:

    Politico has more fascinating fallout from the Cohen plea and sentencing:

    They are investigating the Trump Organization and have granted immunity to cooperator Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, as well as David Pecker, who runs the company that owns the National Enquirer and was fingered in the charges against Cohen. That indicates prosecutors are pursuing additional charges.

    The ultimate target of the New York federal criminal investigation may be the Trump Organization official dubbed “Executive-2” in the charges against Cohen. In paragraph 38 of the Cohen charges, Executive-1 (reportedly Weisselberg) sought approval for payments to Cohen from Executive-2, and then told another employee to “pay from the Trust.”

    Who would the chief financial officer need approval from? If it was for a payment from Trump’s own trust, Executive-2 could be Donald Trump Jr. (Trustee) or Eric Trump (Chairman of the trust’s advisory board). Because the payments described in the charges against Cohen involved false statements in the books and records of the Trump Organization, other crimes—including state crimes—could be implicated, and Cohen’s attorney told Judge Pauley that Cohen is cooperating with the New York Attorney General.

    An indictment of Executive-2 could potentially include Trump as an “unindicted co-conspirator,” 

     

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