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Michael Cohen gets 3-year jail sentence for “veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct”

The president’s former lawyer pled guilty to campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and lying to Congress.

Michael Cohen gets 3-year jail sentence for “veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct”
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Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison today after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and lying to Congress.

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In federal court in Manhattan, U.S. Judge William Pauley said Cohen essentially admitted to a “veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct,” according to CNBC.

Federal prosecutors last week argued for substantial jail time for Cohen, who is accused of paying hush money to two women who say they’d had affairs with the president. Court documents allege that Cohen acted at the direction of Trump, who was a candidate for president at the time.

In the courtroom today, Cohen himself implied as much–citing “blind loyalty” to Trump for his actions, and claiming to have been led down a “path of darkness instead of light.”

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Cohen is due to begin his sentence on March 6. Twitter insults from the president are likely to come much sooner.

Read more about Cohen’s sentencing here and here.

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