Michael Cohen did everything he could to get out from under the mess he created and in the end, it was not enough.
Imagine…this guy turns on Trump to get out of a lengthy prison term and then lies to Bob Mueller and refused to come clean to SDNY prosecutors about all his other crimes.
In other words, Michael Cohen is a slimy dude and the money he made has been alleged to come from crooked origins.
The taxi scam and before that he was allegedly part of an insurance scam involving doctors and ‘victims.’ He didn’t want to talk about those and one must wonder what is he hiding.
It must be huge for him to keep it a secret in the face of prison but he chose to and in a desperate attempt to avoid his fate he trashed Trump one last time in front of the judge as he begged for mercy.
The unmoved judge threw the book at him. From The New York Post:
Michael Cohen blamed President Trump for corrupting him before being sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging illegal payoffs during the 2016 campaign to keep a porn star and a Playboy model silent about their alleged affairs with Trump.
Cohen — who once vowed that he’d “take a bullet for the president” — told the judge that Trump had led him “to choose a path of darkness over light.”
“Recently, the president tweeted a statement calling me weak, and he was correct — but for a much different reason,” Cohen said.
“Time and again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than listen to my own voice.”
“Today is the day I am getting my freedom back,” Cohen added.
Trump’s former personal lawyer and longtime “fixer” also broke down in tears while describing how his family — including his wife, son and daughter, all seated in court — had “suffered immeasurably” because “I have let them all down.”
The punishment imposed by Manhattan federal Judge William Pauley III was well below the maximum five-plus years Cohen had faced under non-binding guidelines, but more than the no-jail sentence sought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in exchange for Cohen’s cooperation with his Russia probe.
Cohen, 52, shook his head and shut his eyes as he learned his fate, while daughter Samatha Cohen gasped and wept.
Pauley said Cohen had committed a “veritable smorgasbord of illegal conduct,” even though “as a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better.”
“The magnitude and breadth of his criminal conduct requires general deterrence,” Pauley said.