'Dirty deeds': Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

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  • Furry1993 MSC, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 4:58 p.m.

    @worf - Dec. 12, 2018 12:50 p.m.
    If you can't get to Trump!

    Than go after someone who knew him.

    Democrats are not problem solvers. They create it!
    -----

    Actually the Democrats are not the creators of the problem now affecting the United States. They are trying very hard to be the problem solvers and protect the United States against the harm being visited it by Individual 1 in the District Court pleadings (in other words, trump). Justice and truth are finally catching up with trump. I'm glad that is finally happening -- it is about time.

  • John Jackson Sandy, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 4:05 p.m.

    Cohen suggests he failed to "listen to my own inner voice and my moral compass," and "was weak for not having the strength to question and to refuse his demands."
    My mind spins back to an article in the Church News, of Elder D. Todd Christofferson's experience in Watergate. "How the Watergate Scandal Taught Elder Christofferson to Always Follow His Conscience," says the title of the article. "Nixon was, in Elder Christofferson’s assessment, a “basically decent [man],” says the article. "But his decisions to whitewash the crime occurred when the president opted not to assert his conscience."

  • UtahBlueDevil Alpine, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    "Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, lying to Congress, and making false statements on a banking application."

    Kinda like Al Capon. A lot of this sounds like the same kind of mob behavior. Of course he spent some quality time on Alcatraz.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Dec. 13, 2018 10:28 a.m.

    @LOU Montana: "Bob Mueller is playing cat and mouse with Donald J Trump."

    Great metaphor.

    When cats actually hunt mice, there is the patient stalking phase, followed by the phase where the cat has caught the mouse but has not yet killed and eaten it. The cat literally plays with the captive mouse, which instinctively must realize it is not long of his Earth. Sheer terror I imagine. I think Mueller-Trump is in that second phase. The cat-mouse metaphor is not perfect of course -- the average mouse tends to be significantly braver and more competent than Trump. Though in fairness, mice typically are not distracted by multiple criminal inquiries.

    Another metaphor is Edgar Allen Poe's short story: The Tell-Tale Heart, where a suspect becomes increasingly erratic and says/does things that only a guilty person would say and do. If Twitter existed in mid-1800s, Poe could have structured the entire story around a series of tweets sent by the narrator ...

    ... from his workplace

    ... during the workday

    ... using his work account.

    With misspellings.

    Lots and lots of misspellings.

  • Klaus2012 Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 13, 2018 9:46 a.m.

    We can gloat, but Cohen will go to a prison where he will play softball and stay within the white, painted, line. When he is released he will still be wealthy, write a book, and go on the lecture tour. Maybe, like G. Gordon Liddy, he will get a radio show.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Dec. 13, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    Cohen first and then the NRA.
    Exposing the NRA will take down Don Jr.

    Bob Mueller is playing cat and mouse with Donald J Trump.

  • pragmatistferlife Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 7:46 a.m.

    Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to making false statements on a banking application. Money that he then used to commit campaign finance fraud with.

    Remember how the Steele dossier claimed Cohen had secret connections with Russian agents for the purpose of collusion during the campaign, and how now in the court filings Mueller says Cohen cooperated with the Special Council on matters that are core to their mission.

    Could be pretty interesting.

  • Klaus2012 Rexburg, ID
    Dec. 13, 2018 7:25 a.m.

    But were they done dirt cheap?

  • RC in WJ WEST JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 13, 2018 7:13 a.m.

    Re: Worf

    "Democrats are not problem solvers. They create it!"

    Not to worry Worf, comes mid January 2019, the Dems. are going to change their ways and become "Problem Solvers"!

    Enjoy!

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:40 p.m.

    @RichardB: "Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, lying to Congress, and making false statements on a banking application. That's it."

    According to Cohen's August 21, 2018 plea agreement, the "total maximum term of imprisonment on Counts One through Eight is 65 years."

    Thst's it.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:27 p.m.

    Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax evasion, lying to Congress, and making false statements on a banking application.

    That's it.

  • dordrecht Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 6:56 p.m.

    I am going to buy some more American flags, one for each corner of the house. Celebrations are coming, and they are not far off!

  • batfink Australia, 00
    Dec. 12, 2018 6:29 p.m.

    What's great about this story is that you can discuss it openly and freely and read about it openly- the institution of governance in the USA & the institution of law/courts allows you to discuss this openly without fear of jail for doing so.
    It's wonderful that you have a free press, protected by your constitutional amendments.

    Meanwhile another institution has just had its highest ever ranking cardinal actually convicted of a crime and we in Australia are not allowed to read about it due to a federal media suppression law.
    Oh, to have the freedoms that the USA has when it comes to the judiciary. I wish we had a strong constitution in Aus that gave us *freedom of the press*.

    Hmm, but on the subject of Cohen, I can't help wondering if Cohen will become another Oliver North type character who wins favor with American citizens for his 'patriotism' and loyalty to the POTUS though.
    I didn't mind Charles Colson as he seemed to honestly repent of his crimes when behind bars re Watergate... time will tell if Cohen has a change of heart in the slammer.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Dec. 12, 2018 2:43 p.m.

    "BHO called it: The fundamental transformation of America."

    And about time. We are not an 18th century agrarian society whose economy was founded on the suffering of slaves, the slaughter of indigenous people and a narrow view of democracy's participants.

    Change is absolutely essential. We know now more than Bronze Age sages, than 2000 year old Gospels, than 18th Century planters and than 19th century Founders of Religions, The world is vastly more complicated, and vastly more populated. We are inter-related in ways most of us could not have imagined at the beginnings of our lives.

    I know that change is difficult for those who cling to ancient wisdoms and newer revelations. Much of that wisdom still applies. However, a lot of it is unfounded theory and conjecture, given what new information and circumstances we now possess.

    Change is not the enemy. Ignoring the necessity to do so is.

  • FatherOfFour WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 2:39 p.m.

    Michael Cohen stated in court:

    "Recently the President tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds," Cohen said.

    For those keeping score: 192 criminal charges against 36 people and entities, 7 guilty pleas, 4 people sentenced, 1 convicted in a jury trial.

  • hask Chino Hills, CA
    Dec. 12, 2018 2:39 p.m.

    G-Day-M8:

    Trying a second time to comment. You quoted from the scriptures to attempt to prove your point that anyone who is against Trump is part of a secret combination. Have you considered that secret combinations may be found around and within Trump's orbit, as well? Why are secret combinations only found on one side? This is an honest question.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 2:35 p.m.

    @Red Smith
    "Mike Cohen was the lawyer for many people and many corporations."

    He was first and foremost Trump's personal lawyer. A court filing earlier this year stated that Cohen had three clients over the previous year. The second was Elliott Broidy and the third was Sean Hannity.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 1:46 p.m.

    The road to trump leads through Cohen.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 1:25 p.m.

    worf... hang tight, podner.

    They are getting the foot soldiers out of the way first...clearing the path to fell the biggest tree.

    trump's myriad disgraces will last...the dessert.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 1:08 p.m.

    Yes. You better not lie to the FBI; in fact don't even say anything that might be in error. Best have a lawyer handy so you don't trip up. The FBI agents who questioned Flynn didn't think Flynn was lying. That decision was made higher up. Of course, if you are in the FBI, lying is not a problem. Just ask Mr. Comey.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:50 p.m.

    If you can't get to Trump!

    Than go after someone who knew him.

    Democrats are not problem solvers. They create it!

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Dec. 12, 2018 12:38 p.m.

    "The chronic Trump bashing is boring. Can we get a new person to bash, please?"

    Another ironic comment. How long have we endured the boring bashing of Hillary Clinton? Not just a couple of years, but a few decades.

    Now, I am no particular fan of Mrs Clinton. But the GOP needs a new pinata. The President has to spend some more time being the punching bag for the majority of the country to come close to the years of bashing Clinton endured. And besides, he invents new reasons to bash him on a daily basis.

    Trump is the gift that keeps on giving to his critics. Irony aside, it is hard to get bored with so much new material.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:36 a.m.

    Remember Cohen's tweet of 12/19/2015??

    "@Hillary Clinton when you go to prison for defrauding America and perjury, you room and board will be free!"

    I remember....and just take a moment to savor the delicious irony.

  • FatherOfFour WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:35 a.m.

    @Red Smith - American Fork, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:14 a.m.

    "The headline is ridiculous. Mike Cohen was the lawyer for many people and many corporations."

    Yes he was, but he is being sentenced to three years in prison for lying to protect Donald Trump, according to his own sworn testimony.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:32 a.m.

    Cohen, Hannity, and Trump are tight ring and called each other a lot.

  • wgirl Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:17 a.m.

    @Red Smith: "Mike Cohen was the lawyer for many people and many corporations."

    Sorry, he was not.

    In court, Michael Cohen said he only had three clients: Trump, Sean Hannity, and Elliott Broidy, former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.

    He worked primarily for Trump.

    He was Trump's "fixer." The guy Trump hired, as Cohen said in court, "to cover up [Trump's] dirty deeds."

    Cohen wanted the judge to feel sorry for him, but he is a grown man, and he knew exactly what he was doing. He was not forced against his will to work for Trump for all those years.

    At anytime he could have said, "Mr. Trump, what you are asking me to do goes against what I believe to be right. It is not who I am. You will have to find somebody else."

    He didn't do that. He deserves the justice that is being served him.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 11:05 a.m.

    I dont read fiction masquerading as truth.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:59 a.m.

    "I hire only the best people."
    Cohen, Manafort, Gates, Flynn, et al.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:53 a.m.

    The end is near and the 64 thousand dollar question is will Trump pardon his ex conspirators and will Pence pardon the President?

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:50 a.m.

    Red Smith -asked: "Does anyone read books today like Dan Bongino's "Spygate" detailing the Mueller probe fraud?"

    -Not by radio show and former Secret service folks who appear only on hannity or other right wing nationalist shows. I prefer non-fiction.

    RS: The headline is ridiculous. Mike Cohen was the lawyer for many people and many corporations.

    Not really, although Hannity was one of his clients, birds of a feather.

    RS: The chronic Trump bashing is boring. Can we get a new person to bash, please?

    Not to worry if things continue as they have, Trump will be joining Cohen for a few years, and nobody will be bashing him in prison where he can't tweet out his nonsense to adoring fans.

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:47 a.m.

    🎼 Ooooo!... You better watch out!
    You better not Cry;
    You better not Lie to the FBI...
    Robert Mueller has Come to Town!!!! 🎶

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:15 a.m.

    I just noticed Sean Hannity deleted a bunch of Twitter posts where he was defending Michael Cohen.

    Uh oh . . .

  • Red Smith American Fork, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 10:14 a.m.

    Does anyone read books today like Dan Bongino's "Spygate" detailing the Mueller probe fraud?

    The headline is ridiculous. Mike Cohen was the lawyer for many people and many corporations.

    The chronic Trump bashing is boring. Can we get a new person to bash, please?

  • FatherOfFour WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 9:53 a.m.

    The Trump administration would like to let everyone know that no one in the Trump administration has had any ties to the Trump administration.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 8:45 a.m.

    It was Cohen's choice to become Trump's pit bull. He knew what he was doing for fame and fortune, but he got caught doing what he chose to do. Trump quit feeding his pit bull, so Cohen had to do what he has done to save himself.

    Now, in order to get a reduced sentence, Cohen is cooperating. Trump has turned to his best defense...name calling.

    If all of the people that Trump has called names for being a ; loser, liar, disloyal, dishonest, etc., and Trump claims to pick only the best people, doesn't that make Trump the sole owner of his choice of all of these; dishonest, liars, losers in the first place?

    Yet some people cling to Trump like barnacles on a sinking ship.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 7:59 a.m.

    trumps whole world is starting to really crumble now.
    Good thing..better him than us.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Dec. 12, 2018 6:44 a.m.

    Good. He needs jail time. I know that he helped Mueller. I know he gave the government insight to Trump's crimes. However, he was a willing partner for over a decade. He needs some time as punishment.