Michael Cohen, a former longtime lawyer to United States President, Donald Trump, has been sentenced to three years for violating election laws in the country’s 2016 presidential election.
His jail term centres around his role in hush-money payments made to two women, porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who are alleging affairs with Trump.
Before the sentence, Cohen sensationally claimed earlier in the year that he made the illegal payments at the direction of the US president, who has since denied this, claiming the payments were a “private transaction”.
In their court filing, prosecutors said: “While many Americans who desired a particular outcome to the election knocked on doors, toiled at phone banks, or found any number of other legal ways to make their voices heard, Cohen sought to influence the election from the shadows.
“He did so by orchestrating secret and illegal payments to silence two women who otherwise would have made public their alleged extramarital affairs with Individual-1.”
“The sentence imposed should reflect the seriousness of Cohen’s brazen violations of the election laws and attempt to counter the public cynicism that may arise when individuals like Cohen act as if the political process belongs to the rich and powerful,” the prosecutors added.