Michael Cohen calls working for Trump ‘mental incarceration’ during sentencing

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump‘s former long-time lawyer, was sentenced to three years in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday.

Cohen was sentenced for bank fraud, tax evasion, campaign-finance violations, and lying to Congress.

During the sentencing, Cohen said his time working for the president was a “mental incarceration,” according to CNN.

“I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired,” he reportedly said during Wednesday’s hearing.

He also referenced the president calling his former lawyer “weak.” Cohen told the court he felt it was his “duty to cover up” Trump’s “dirty deeds.”

Part of the sentencing revolved around hush-money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, both of whom allege they had affairs with Trump before he became president.

Cohen must surrender to authorities to head to prison on March 6, USA Today reports.

Trump’s former long-time lawyer had agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and within his guilty plea filed late last month there were numerous references to “Individual 1,” believed to be the president.

Many people on Twitter pointed to an old tweet of Cohen’s where he taunted Hillary Clinton about going to jail–a popular theme from Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Other people cracked jokes.


Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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