Michael Cohen's Going To Prison 🔒

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A ‘smorgasbord’ of crimes

Trump's ex personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison. Cohen’s sentence stemmed from two cases in which he pleaded guilty: campaign-finance violations related to paying women to keep quiet about their affairs with Trump and lying to Congress about a potential deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

A failed plea for mercy

The three year sentence followed Cohen’s plea for leniency to the court. Cohen stated that he was forced to “cover up [Trump’s] dirty deeds,” and his team emphasized his cooperation with the special counsel’s office. The federal judge recognized Cohen’s assistance, but maintained that this did not “wipe the slate clean.”


LEANING LEFT:

NBC News: Michael Cohen Gets 3 Years, Says Trump’s ‘Dirty Deeds’ Led Him to ‘Choose Darkness’

Bloomberg: Cohen Gets Prison, Saying His Duty Was to Hide Trump’s ‘Dirty Deeds’

The left focuses on tying Cohen’s crimes to Trump, implying that the president is just as guilty as his former attorney. They repeatedly highlight Cohen’s allegiance to the president throughout his efforts to conceal hush-money agreements and unjust business deals.

LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Michael Cohen, Former Trump Attorney, Gets 3 Years in Prison for Tax Fraud, Campaign Finance Violations, Lying

Washington Examiner: Former Trump Fixer Michael Cohen Gets 3 Years in Prison

The right does not focus nearly as much as the left does on Cohen’s guilt translating to the president’s. Unlike the left’s inclusion of the phrase ‘dirty deeds’ in several headlines, the right focuses on Cohen’s individual sentencing, portraying him as the central blame-worthy character.


What does this mean for Trump?

So far, four individuals who took part in Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation have been sentenced to prison. Cohen’s case in particular may be Trump’s biggest threat yet. During the case, both the prosecutors and Cohen himself stressed that the slew of crimes were carried out under Trump’s direct command.

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