Michael Cohen Sentenced To 36 Months In Prison

Michael Cohen Sentenced To 36 Months In Prison, by Tyler Durden.

Michael Cohen, former longtime personal lawyer for President Trump, has shown up to a New York courthouse where he [was] sentenced on Wednesday for a laundry list of crimes — some of which implicate Trump in possible wrongdoing, but most of which have nothing to do with the president. …

Cohen, who went from claiming he would “take a bullet” for President Trump to stabbing his former boss in the back, [was sentenced] on nine federal charges, including campaign finance violations based on a hush-money scheme to pay off two women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump, as well as making false statements to special counsel Robert Mueller. …

Cohen, 52, pleaded guilty in August to tax evasion, lying to banks and violating campaign finance laws. …

Cohen has been sentenced to 36 months in prison for his crimes, far below the guideline of 51 – 63 months laid out by New York prosecutors.

Cohen has spoken, telling the Judge: “Recently the president tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds.”

Paul Mirengoff:

Today, during his sentencing proceeding, Cohen attributed his criminality to the original sin (as he would now have it) of working for Donald Trump. I can see how being Trump’s personal lawyer might land one in parlous situations.

But Cohen’s account doesn’t quite ring true. As I understand it, Cohen’s own crooked real estate deals are at least part of what landed him in trouble with the prosecutors. They leveraged his culpability for deeds unrelated to Trump, as well perhaps as some that are Trump-related, to squeeze him into pleading guilty and providing information about Trump.

Cohen cannot blame Trump for his own corrupt real estate deals.