CBS NEWS: Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, during a sentencing hearing in federal court in Manhattan.
The judge declared Cohen should turn himself in on March 6, 2019 when he will serve time for the fraudulent crimes.
Stormy Daniel’s Lawyer Micheal Avenatti said outside the court after the sentencing that Cohen lied to everyone and he deserves everyday of the 36-months sentence he will serve.
That sentencing stemmed from Cohen pleading guilty to campaign finance violations related to payments to women alleging affairs with Mr. Trump. Cohen will serve his term concurrently with a two-month sentenced imposed for lying to Congress over a proposed Trump Tower Moscow project, a charge brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. The court is fining him $50,000 each for the separate cases.
In court Wednesday, Cohen claimed “blind loyalty” to Mr. Trump led him to “take a path of darkness instead of light.” Cohen described being in a “mental and physical incarceration,” blaming his ties to the president as what brought him before the court today. He spoke of the president’s recent attacks on him where he called him a “liar,” “rat,” and weak. He said the president was “correct,” and that his weakness was his “blind loyalty” to the president. Cohen claimed he was “motivated by personal greed and ambition,” adding that he “thrives on his access to wealthy and powerful people,” and eventually became one his self.
Cohen teared up at the podium, apologizing to his family and to the American people for his actions. As he was given 36 months by the judge, Cohen’s shoulders slumped forward slightly and he shook his head from left to right, apparently in disbelief.
Cohen’s sentencing marks a major milestone in legal developments against former Trump associates.
Prosecutors said last week they believe Cohen committed illegal acts at the direction of Mr. Trump, named “Individual 1” in court filings. The president has denied directing Cohen to do anything illegal.
Mr. Trump’s relationship with Cohen has soured in recent months. When Cohen’s apartment and office were raided in April, the president called him a “good man,” and the raid, a “disgraceful situation.” Last week, Cohen declared his longtime lawyer “weak” and “not a very smart person.”
“Michael Cohen is lying and he’s trying to get a reduced sentence for things that have nothing to do with me,” the president told reporters on the White House South Lawn last week.
The president doesn’t appear inclined to give Cohen a pardon, although he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of doing so for his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Manafort has pleaded guilty to fraud counts related to his business transactions, but Mr. Trump has praised him.