A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen to three years in prison for financial crimes and lying to Congress, as the disgraced “fixer” apologized but said he felt it was his duty to cover up the “dirty deeds” of his former boss.
An emotional Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to 3 years behind bars for what a Manhattan federal court judge called a “veritable smorgasbord” of criminal conduct, including making secret payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.
Judge William H. Pauley III called Mr. Cohen’s crimes a “veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct” and added, “Each of the crimes involved deception and each appears to have been motivated by personal greed and ambition.”
Since he first pleaded guilty in August, Cohen said Trump “publicly mocks me, calling me a rat and a liar, and insists that the court sentence me to the absolute maximum time in prison.”
“I am committed to proving my integrity and ensuring that history will not remember me as the villain of his story.”