US President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been handed a 3-year prison sentence for paying hush-money on behalf of his client to women he had unlawfully connected with and for lying to Congress about a proposed project in Russia.
Manhattan’s District Judge William Pauley on Wednesday sentenced Cohen to three years in jail for the illegal payments, in addition to two months in jail for the false statements to Congress. The two terms will run concurrently.
Cohen had pleaded guilty on both charges in a plea bargain with investigator for a reduced sentence.
On August 21, Cohen pleaded guilty to charges of tax and financial fraud. He also pleaded guilty to violating election campaign finance laws by paying an adult film actress hush money on Trump’s behalf during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Then on November 29, he pleaded guilty to an additional charge of lying to Congress over matters related to an…