Michael Cohen, former attorney to the president, was sentenced to three years in prison for his involvement in both political and financial crimes.
In addition to three years in prison, Cohen will then undergo three years of supervised release, and will forfeit $500,000 as well as pay a restitution of $1.4 million on top of a $50,000 fine.
While Cohen had asked for leniency, he also took responsibility for his actions as well as the consequences.
“I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds. I was weak for not having the strength to refuse his demands. Owning this mistake will free me to be once more the person I am.” — Cohen
Prosecutors also announced that they have reached a non-prosecution agreement with American Media, Inc., a tabloid publisher involved in Cohen’s campaign finance violations. It appears that AMI officials have agreed to cooperate with the investigation moving forward.
Cohen’s sentencing implicates the president in at least two instances of campaign violations in which the president directed Cohen to make hush-money payments to two women in order to prevent them from speaking publicly about their affairs with the president ahead of the 2016 election.
Such violations strongly suggest that Trump secured the presidency through fraudulent means, increasing Congress’ chances of successfully impeaching him on the grounds that the election was not valid.
Iron Triangle Press continues to follow the results of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.