Former Trump lawyer sentenced to three years in prison
Michael Cohen has been sentenced to 36 months in prison.
One of American President Donald Trump's former lawyers has been sentenced to three years in jail following a sentencing in a Manhattan court on Wednesday.
According to The Guardian, Cohen was sentenced for his role in a hush-money scandal which saw him buy the silence of two women who said they had affairs with Trump.
The incident involved a series of payments to a porn star and a former Playboy model before the 2016 election.
President Trump, whose presidency is said to be at risk following this incident, denied knowing about the payments at first, but he has since insisted that the payments were "a simple private transaction", and not election-related spending.
Since Mr. Cohen came under investigation, Mr. Trump has mocked him as a “weak person” who was giving information to prosecutors in an effort to obtain leniency when he is sentenced.
In August 2018, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges, including one related to the scandal, and he stated under oath that he paid Daniels "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office," referring to Trump himself.
Cohen’s sentence is the longest to arise out of the Mueller probe thus far.