President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen is sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty to a number of crimes related to his work for the President.
Cohen spoke in court during his sentencing, and said "Today is one of the most meaningful days of my life. The irony is that today I get my freedom back.” He made specific references too, “Blind loyalty to this man led me to choose a path of darkness over light.”
Cohen added, "I take full responsibility for each act that I pleaded guilty to ..." including those implicating the "President of the United States of America.”
In addition to the sentencing, Cohen was hit with forfeiture of $500,000, restitution of $1.4 million and a fine of $50,000.
Cohen was sentenced in NYC. As we reported ... Cohen pled guilty to 8 federal charges in August, including 5 counts of tax fraud and 2 campaign finance violations -- the latter of which related to his $130k hush money payment to Stormy Daniels leading up to the 2016 election.
Prosecutors had asked a judge to impose a "substantial term of imprisonment" despite his cooperation.
It's a dramatic end to the Cohen saga. Remember, he was under investigation in New York at the recommendation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which launched a full-blown FBI raid on Cohen's office ... and it was all downhill from there.
Cohen broke away from Trump's inner circle as the feds turned the screws on him. He has reportedly cooperated with investigators extensively. As we reported, he made it clear to Stormy's people his client, Donald Trump, was directing the hush money payment.
Also, an audio recording leaked this year of Cohen and Trump's discussion regarding ex-Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who also reportedly received money for her silence.
Cohen has until March to begin serving his sentence.