“My weakness could be characterized as a blind loyalty to Donald Trump,” President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen told a federal judge. The judge rejected a plea for no jail time and said “a significant term of imprisonment is fully justified in this highly publicized case to send a message.”
Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former attorney, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for financial crimes and lying to Congress, reports the Washington Post. The disgraced former “fixer” apologized for his conduct but said he felt it was his duty to cover up the “dirty deeds” of his former boss. Cohen made an emotional, teary apology to U.S. District Judge William Pauley, taking responsibility for crimes that included tax violations, lying to a bank, and buying the silence during the 2016 campaign of women who alleged affairs Trump.
“My weakness could be characterized as a blind loyalty to Donald Trump,” Cohen told the packed courtroom. The judge also ordered Cohen to pay nearly $2 million in financial penalties. Pauley said Cohen’s sentence should reflect the competing interests of the Cohen case — punishing those who repeatedly break the law, and rewarding those who cooperate and provide truthful testimony. The judge said Cohen “selected the information he disclosed to the government. This court cannot agree with the defendant’s assertion that no jail time is warranted. In fact this court firmly believes that a significant term of imprisonment is fully justified in this highly publicized case to send a message.”