Read Michael Cohen’s Parting Words Before Heading To Prison
Michael Cohen, the former “fixer” lawyer for President Donald Trump, is set to report to federal prison on Monday as part of a plea arrangement he made with federal prosecutors.
Cohen, who cooperated with the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller (and possibly aided other ongoing inquiries involving the president), told reporters outside of his New York City apartment that there was more to the story behind his work in the past involving Trump.
“There still remains much to be told and I look forward to the day when I can share the truth,” Cohen said, the Associated Press reported.
Cohen also said he wished to see that, once he was released from prison, a change in leadership style would emanate from the White House.
Cohen stated that he hopes to see “the country will be in a place without xenophobia, injustice and lies at the helm,” an apparent reference to Trump.
Cohen is set to serve three years in a minimum-security federal prison. He must report by 2 p.m. to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville. The former lawyer to the president was originally slated to go to prison in March, but was granted a two-month delay in order to recover from surgery before beginning his sentence.
Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about alleged dealings occurring between Trump and the Russian government regarding possibly building a Trump Tower in Moscow.
Cohen had originally touted the line stated by the Trump campaign that those negotiations had ended in January 2016 — in reality, those negotiations, Cohen later recalled, went well into the 2016 election season, months beyond what he had originally told Congress under oath.
According to reporting from BuzzFeed News, Cohen said he was told by Trump directly to lie “using coded language.”
Cohen also admitted to facilitating “hush money” payments to two of Trump’s alleged mistresses, adult film actor Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. The allegation could land Trump in more legal trouble, as the payments were never reported to the Federal Elections Commission but could be considered campaign expenditures that were made to influence the presidential election, according to reporting from NBC News.