Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison


A federal court in Manhattan, on Wednesday, gave Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer,  36 months in prison and about $ 2 million in fines for financial crimes and lying to Congress.

While Mr. Cohen’s lawyers asked for zero jail time, the prosecutors for the Southern District of New York argued for “substantial” time, noting that Mr. Cohen deserved some leniency, mostly for cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

Mr. Cohen had not entered into a formal cooperation agreement with the Southern District, though he offered limited help to prosecutors at his discretion and pleaded guilty last month to lying before Congress regarding talks he had with Russians about a Trump Tower deal in Moscow.

Mr. Cohen had also pleaded guilty, in August, to eight charges, brought by the Southern District, including $1.4 million…



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