Michael Cohen Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison, Including For Crimes Trump Directed
President Trump’s former personal attorney/fixer Michael Cohen (also former RNC Deputy Finance Chairman and Trump Organization Executive) has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. The Wednesday sentencing included crimes President Trump is implicated in.
This came after Cohen pleaded guilty to 8 counts that include bank fraud, tax fraud, and campaign finance violations. The Southern District of New York’s court filing this past Friday then indicated “Individual 1” (the President of the United States) was officially implicated in Cohen’s two campaign finance felonies. The National Enquirer has also admitted to the fact this was done in coordination the Trump campaign, as they struck a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorneys in the SDNY.
In his speech in court, Michael Cohen emotionally apologized for lying and claimed he was setting out to do the right thing. Cohen also took aim at the man he once said he would take a bullet for:
“I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to: the personal ones to me and those involving the President of the United States of America…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.”
The crimes Donald Trump were implicated in were the hush money payments to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels which were directed personally by then-candidate Trump himself in 2016. Upon Trump’s request, the National Enquirer paid former Playboy Model Karen McDougal $150,000 to purchase and suppress the story about her 2006 affair with Donald Trump. Cohen made the $130,000 hush money payment to Stormy himself. These were considered illegal campaign contributions.
This investigation was originally referred to the SDNY by Special Counsel Robert Mueller upon discovering evidence of his wrongdoing. Part of the reason his sentence was lower than recommended was due to his cooperation with Mueller. Which should even further worry the President.
Special Counsel’s Office prosecutor Jeannie S. Rhee said that Cohen provided “credible” and “valuable information” regarding “any links between a campaign and a foreign government.”
“Mr. Cohen has sought to tell us the truth,” Rhee said.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) December 12, 2018
Although there is much debate among legal experts about whether a sitting President can be indicted, there is no question as to whether he can be indicted after he leaves office.
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