Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years

Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen leaving the federal court

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

President Donald Trump's former lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison.

A New York judge said that Michael Cohen deserved a harsh punishment for crimes including tax evasion, lying to Congress and arranging illegal payments to silence women who posed a risk to Mr Trump's presidential campaign.

District Judge William H Pauley III rejected arguments by Cohen's lawyers that he should be spared jail because he cooperated in multiple federal investigations involving Mr Trump.

Cohen said his "blind loyalty" to Trump made him feel a duty to "cover up" the president's "dirty deeds".

Cohen's crimes included evading 1.4 million dollars (£1.1m) in taxes and misleading Congress about his talks with Russians about a Trump skyscraper project in Moscow.

Trump had called for a tough sentence for Cohen, whom he labelled a liar.

 

'Lost his moral compass' 

Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, New York

The judge said Cohen's cooperation with prosecutors "does not wipe the slate clean" of his crimes.

Mr Pauley said that Cohen "appears to have lost his moral compass" and that the lawyer "should have known better" than to dodge taxes, lie to Congress and violate campaign finance laws.

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.

Lanny Davis said that Cohen "continues to tell the truth about Donald Trump's misconduct over the years".

Davis, who was previously a lawyer for Cohen, said he will assist him in testifying before any Congressional committee "interested in the search for truth and the difference between facts and lies".

Cohen has been ordered to hand himself in on March 6 to start his sentence.