Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to 3 Years in jail after pleading guilty to crimes related to his work for the President.
Cohen is the first member of Mr Trump’s inner circle to be jailed over the special counsel’s inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
He has pleaded guilty to multiple crimes including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress.
Though Cohen lashed out his ex-boss in court, he said;
“Today is one of the most meaningful days of my life. The irony is that today I get my freedom back.”
He made specific references too;
“Blind loyalty to this man led me to choose a path of darkness over light.”
“I take full responsibility for each act that I pleaded guilty to …” including those implicating the “President of the United States of America.”
In addition to the sentencing, he was hit with forfeiture of $500,000, restitution of $1.4 million and a fine of $50,000.
Cohen pled guilty to 8 federal charges in August, including 5 counts of tax fraud and 2 campaign finance violations the latter of which related to his $130k hush money payment to Stormy Daniels leading up to the 2016 election.
He will serve that term concurrently with a two-month sentence he was given for lying to Congress about a possible Trump Tower project in Moscow, a charge leveled by Special Counsel Mueller.