Ex-Trump Lawyer Cohen Gets 3 Years in Prison for Hush-money, Lying to Congress

Michael Cohen gets three years in jail, but can wait till after Christmas to serve

Cohen sentenced for role in making illegal hush-money payments to women, lying to Congress about Trump Tower project in Russia

Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former attorney, exits the United States Court house after his sentencing at in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 12, 2018.
Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former attorney, exits the United States Court house after his sentencing at in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., December 12, 2018. \ SHANNON STAPLETON/ REUTERS

|AIWA! NO!|Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison on Wednesday for his role in making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump’s 2016 election campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia. 

U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan sentenced Cohen to 36 months for the payments, which violated campaign finance law, and to two months for the false statements to Congress. The two terms will run simultaneously. The judge set March 6 for Cohen’s voluntary surrender.

Cohen pleaded guilty to the campaign finance charge in August and to making false statements in November.

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Cohen, 52, had walked into court on Wednesday morning with his wife, son and daughter, amid a crowd of photographers and reporters.

Federal prosecutors in New York charged that Cohen, just before the November 2016 election, paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 and helped arrange a $150,000 payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal so the women would keep quiet about their past relationships with Trump, who is married. Trump denies having the affairs.

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