Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer and so-called "fixer," was sentenced by Judge William Pauley Wednesday to three years for tax and banking fraud, and campaign finance violations for facilitating payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal - at the behest of Trump - during the 2016 presidential election. Pauley told Cohen that each crime is a serious offense against the country.
He was also ordered to pay $1.39 million in restitution, $500,000 in forfeiture, and $100,000 in fines.
Cohen expressed remorse in a prepared statement, saying he takes "full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to — the personal ones to me and those involving the president of the United States of America," and blamed his "blind loyalty" to Trump for leading him "to take a path of darkness instead of light":
"Recently the president tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct, but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."
Cohen was also sentenced to two months for lying to Congress about the timeline concerning a project to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. He will serve those two months concurrent with his other sentence.
Cohen is ordered to surrender on March 6, 2019. Judge Pauley is going to recommend he serve out his sentence at the medium security federal prison in Otisville, New York.