President Donald Trump’s former attorney was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.
Michael Cohen had pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump Tower project in Moscow, evading $1.4 million in taxes related to his personal businesses, and breaking campaign finance laws in arranging payments in the last days of the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.
Cohen says Mr. Trump directed him to make the hush money payments to keep the affairs from hurting his election prospects.
President Trump contends the payments were private transactons and not subject to campaign finance laws.
Cohen, who once said he’d take a bullet for the president, told the judge he felt it was his duty to cover up the dirty deeds of President Trump and that blind loyalty led him to “choose darkness over light.”
He is the latest person once in President’s Trump’s inner circle to be indicted or plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s tampering in the 2016 election.
Cohen’s attorney says he looks forward to an appropriate time when he’ll reveal all he knows about President Trump.