Michael Cohen (lawyer)

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Michael Cohen
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Cohen in 2011
Michael Dean Cohen

(1966-08-25) August 25, 1966 (age 55)
Political party
Laura Shusterman (m. 1995)
Conviction(s)Fraud; Perjury
Criminal charge
  • 5 counts of tax evasion
  • 1 count of making false statements to a financial institution
  • 1 count of willfully causing an unlawful corporate contribution
  • 1 count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate or campaign
  • 1 count of making false statements to a congressional committee
Penalty3 years in prison; fines; asset forfeiture; disbarment

Michael Dean Cohen (born August 25, 1966) is an American attorney and convicted felon of Jewish descent. He worked as a lawyer for Donald Trump from 2006 until he was fired in May 2018.

Cohen was a vice-president of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Donald Trump,[1] and was co-president of Trump Entertainment and was a board member of the Eric Trump Foundation.[2]

As of April 2018, he has been under investigation by federal prosecutors on multiple matters, including bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations due to payments made by him in the Stormy Daniels–Trump scandal.[3][4] The investigation led to him pleading guilty on August 21, 2018 to eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud.[5] On December 12, 2018, Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Helderman, Rosalind (January 19, 2017). "Michael Cohen will stay Trump's personal attorney – even in the White House". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
  2. Nathan-Kazis, Josh (July 20, 2015). "Meet Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's Jewish Wingman". The Forward. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
  3. Apuzzo, Matt (April 9, 2018). "F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump's Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen". The New York Times.
  4. Leonnig, Carol D.; Hamburger, Tom; Barrett, Devlin (April 9, 2018). "Trump attorney Cohen is being investigated for unknown reasons". The Washington Post.
  5. "Michael Cohen Says He Arranged Payments to Women at Trump's Direction". The New York Times. August 21, 2018. Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  6. "Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen jailed for 36 months". BBC News. 2018-12-12. Retrieved 2018-12-12.