Michael Cohen was just sentenced to three years in prison and will have to pay almost 1.5 million in restitution:
POLITICO – A contrite Michael Cohen on Wednesday received three years in prison for a series of tax fraud and lying charges, sending another former Donald Trump associate to jail.
Cohen’s sentence is not as large as the four-plus years that federal prosecutors in New York wanted, but it nonetheless stands out as the biggest punishment to date tied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s sprawling investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The sentence also puts a coda on the dramatic downfall for the 52-year-old longtime Trump lawyer who served in the president’s inner circle as recently as this spring but turned on the man he declared he’d “take a bullet for” soon after FBI agents raided his home, office and hotel room.
In the courtroom Wednesday, Cohen was visibly emotional. At various points he broke down, his voice cracking while he read a prepared statement he had printed out.
“Today is the day that I am getting my freedom back,” Cohen told U.S. District Court Judge William Pauley, a Bill Clinton appointee who minutes later handed down the prison sentence. “I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired.”
In addition to the prison time, Cohen will have to forfeit $500,000 in assets and pay $1.393 million in restitution.
Trump said a few weeks ago that Cohen should serve a “full and complete sentence”, after pointing out that his crimes had nothing to do with him.
I checked to see if Trump had tweeted anything about Cohen, but so far I’ve seen nothing from him on this.