February 5, 2019
So far, the Russia investigation has found eight people guilty. Arguably, the most consequential charge was for Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. Cohen got sentenced to three years in prison on December 12th, 2018. He was charged and found guilty of financial crime
s, campaign violations, and lying to Congress, according to the New York Times.
His trial has led the Southern District of New York prosecutors to claim that Donald Trump, also known as Individual-1, had committed a felony, specifically, a campaign finance violation. According to prosecutors, “In particular, and as Cohen himself has now admitted, with respect to both payments, he acted in coordination with and at the direction of Individual-1,” according to the New York Times article.
The payments refer to two stories that Cohen bought the rights to. Both stories revolve around women claiming that Donald Trump had an affair with them. According to Cohen himself, “Mueller has substantial evidence to back up my story.” He also added that Trump knew that paying off the women was wrong, but that “he [Trump] was very concerned about how this would affect the election.”
In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Cohen stated that, “Here is the truth: People of the United States of America, people of the world, don’t believe what he [Trump] is saying. The man doesn’t tell the truth. And it is sad that I should take responsibility for his dirty deeds.”
“I think we should be able to trust someone [Cohen] who had experience with it. If they were with Trump, and they were together, then they know what happened,” said Serena Brown, 18, of Seabrook, New Hampshire. Though a Republican, she said we should be able to trust Cohen based on his connection to Trump.