Michael Cohen, the former attorney and fixer of Donald Trump, will begin serving his three-year prison sentence today. Cohen’s time behind bars comes after his commission of tax fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations.
Reviewing Cohen’s Prison Sentence
Cohen has until 2:00 PM today to report into the Federal Correctional Institution. This is the federal prison where Cohen will remain until 2022. The Federal Correctional Institution is widely regarded as a place for white-collar criminals to carry out their time behind bars.
Over the past year, the president’s former lawyer faced a series of legal issues. The legal issues in question included bank fraud, tax fraud, and campaign finance violations. As matters worsened for Cohen, he subsequently blamed President Trump.
Cohen maintained that Trump ordered him to make illegal payments prior to the 2016 election. However, the president denies it; Trump furthermore professed that he never ordered Cohen to break any laws.
Statements to the Press
On Cohen’s way to the Federal Correctional Institution, he delivered some statements to eager reporters. Of course, these statements largely centered around pointing the finger at President Trump.
In Cohen’s own words:
“There still remains much to be told and I look forward to the day that I can share the truth. I hope that when I rejoin my family and friends that the country will be in place without xenophobia, injustice and lies at [the] helm of our country.”
Prior to Cohen’s legal issues, he repeatedly and openly gave testament about the great character of then-candidate Trump. The president’s former attorney even once stated that he would “take a bullet” for him. However, that all changed as the federal authorities closed in on Cohen.
The Attempt to Save Himself
President Trump has ongoingly maintained that Cohen’s swipes at him are merely an attempt to lessen his legal woes. Earlier this year, Cohen testified before Congress and made a series of shocking, appalling accusations about the president. The former fixer moreover alleged that Trump is a racist, a conman and someone who cheats.
Following his testimony, Cohen attempted to get help from Democrats to lower or postpone his prison sentence. Democrats, however, declined to be of aid.