Trump’s former attorney was sentenced today to three years in prison. Cohen had pled guilty in August to avoiding illegally 1.4 million in taxes, and more controversial, to violating campaign finance laws. He made payments in the 2016 election to silence porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. Both women claimed, they had sexual encounters with Trump.
Trump, has continued to claim on Twitter that the affairs never occurred, and that the payments to the women were “a simple private transaction,” and not a campaign contribution. Trump has also argued, if there was any violation of the campaign laws, the only guilty party was his former attorney–Michael Cohen.
However, in the prosecutor’s court pleadings, it was evident, that they believed Cohen handled the hush-money payments to the women, at Trump’s direction. The prosecutors stated that the payments were part of a plan to “influence the election from the shadows.”
The court’s sentence was consistent with the federal prosecutor’s request for Cohen’s imprisonment. Sentencing guidelines recommended four to five years incarceration. Prosecutors stated that Cohen should be given only a slight break. U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III stated at the sentencing hearing, that Cohen deserved modest credit for his decision to admit guilt and cooperate in a federal investigation of efforts by Russians to tamper with the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen’s plea was the first defendant to implicate in court, that President Trump was involved in illegal activity, during his presidential campaign.
Cohen also pleaded guilty last month to lying to Congress about Trump’s business dealings in Russia. He admitted that he did not tell Congress about the trump’s proposal to build a Trump skyscraper in Moscow, while he was running for president. Trump had claimed during the campaign that he did not have any business ties at all with Russia.
Posted By: Bradley Schwartz
Founder of prisonpath.com