Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years

Trump ex-lawyer Cohen given 3 years in prison

Michael Cohen, center, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, accompanied by his children Samantha, left, and Jake, right, arrives at federal court for his sentencing, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, in NY, for dodging taxes, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance law.

The developments on Wednesday marked the toughest sentence handed down so far from the investigations into Mr. Trump's circle, and ratchets up pressure on the President: People once in Mr. Trump's orbit now accuse him of violating campaign-finance laws by ordering the payments, and one of his former confidants has given extensive co-operation to the people probing the administration. Here's what the sentence means, according to political analysts and commentators.

The language they used strongly implies that they possess evidence beyond Cohens say-so.

- If there's enough here already to indict Cohen, there's enough to indict Trump.

Cohen's crimes included working with American Media Inc to buy the silence of a model who said she had an affair with Mr Trump.

US President Donald Trump's former lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison. Then came the allegation that Cohen was protecting his wife and her "rich" father from legal trouble by pleading guilty. It is hard to find, in his résumé, an unquestionably honest dollar.

Trump's tweets also contradict Cohen's receipts.

At the sentencing hearing, a prosecutor in Mueller's office, Jeannie Rhee, said Cohen has "sought to tell us the truth and that is of the utmost value to us". But there is another policy that can use the 1973 Office of Legal Counsel opinion to its advantage and achieve the same effect as an indictment without having to issue one: "the special counsel regulations under which Robert S. Mueller III is appointed", writes Asha Rangappa, senior lecturer at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University and a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, in Washington Post.




Cohen has been ordered to hand himself in on March 6 to start his sentence.

When Cohen began to discuss financing, Trump interrupted him and asked, "What financing?"

Cohen's sentence is a warning to anyone caught up in the Mueller probe who declines to cooperate with prosecutors.

Mueller had argued for more leniency than the SDNY, saying Cohen has "provided relevant and useful information concerning his contacts with persons connected to the White House during the 2017-2018 time period" and "has gone to significant lengths to assist the Special Counsel's investigation".

The Justice Department, in opinions issued by its Office of Legal Counsel, has said a sitting president can not be indicted because a criminal case would interfere with the duties of the commander in chief. Nicolas Roos, the assistant USA attorney who prosecuted Cohen in the Southern District, asserted that allowing Cohen to engage in "selective cooperation" would "send the wrong message" that such behavior is rewarded.

"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 I deeply admired", Cohen said.

Cohen said on Wednesday that he was taking responsibility for his crimes, "including those implicating the president of the United States of America".

Scannell, who was inside the courtroom, said Cohen teared up as he spoke to the judge about bringing pain and shame to his family. His long-time accountant is co-operating with investigators. It's also the website you are now on.

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