President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign-finance law violations on Tuesday afternoon.
Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion, one count of making a false statement to a financial institution and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution on Oct. 27, 2016. That is the same date Cohen finalized a $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels as part of a non-disclosure “hush money” agreement over an alleged affair with Trump.
Cohen said in court his campaign finance violations were payments made “in coordination with and at the direction of” a candidate.
Michael Cohen was shaking head and appeared to be holding back emotions as judge reviews possible sentence, according to Bloomberg.
Cohen faces a likely prison sentence of 46 to 63 months, the judge said.
The judge set sentencing for December 12.https://t.co/WcZeOSxjVz
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