He also was ordered to pay $1.4 million in restitution and a $50,000 fine, and forfeit $500,000. Cohen said “blind loyalty” to Trump led him “to take a path of darkness instead of light.” Cohen told the judge he takes “full responsibility for each act,” saying the “sooner I am sentenced, the sooner I can return to my family.” He also apologized to the people of the United States.
Last Friday, federal prosecutors recommended a “substantial term of imprisonment” for Cohen. They said that Cohen was “motivated” by “personal greed” and “repeatedly used his power and influence for deceptive ends.” In the New York case, prosecutors accused Cohen of a years-long “tax evasion scheme” to avoid paying federal income taxes on more than $4 million. 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. He also recently said Cohen “lied” and deserves to “serve a full and complete sentence.”