Michael Cohen Reports to Prison to Begin 3-Year Sentence

Michael Cohen Reports to Prison to Begin 3-Year Sentence
Michael Cohen (R) leaves his Park Avenue apartment in New York City to begin serving a three-year sentence at a federal prison in Otisville, N.Y., on May 6, 2019. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has begun serving his three-year sentence for tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

Fox News reported that Cohen arrived this morning at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, a federal prison in the wilderness some 70 miles northwest of New York City.

Michael Cohen in his car
Michael Cohen is seen in his car as he leaves his apartment in New York City before heading to Otisville, N.Y., to serve a 3-year prison sentence on May 6, 2019. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

On the way to prison, Fox reported that Cohen made remarks to reporters outside of his Manhattan apartment, suggesting that he hopes Trump loses the presidency in the 2020 election, saying: “I hope that when I rejoin my family and friends that the country will be in place without xenophobia, injustice, and lies at helm of our country,” adding that “there still remains much to be told and I look forward to the day that I can share the truth.”

Michael Cohen outside apartment
Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Trump, speaks to the media before departing his Manhattan apartment for prison on May 6, 2019. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In response to Cohen’s comments, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), who is among Trump’s strongest supporters in Congress and who also serves on the House Oversight Committee, tweeted: “Guy who lied to Congress, then came back to Congress under oath and lied again, wants you to know he has more to say.”

Cohen testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Feb. 27 after publicly turning against his former boss during the investigation into alleged collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia during the 2016 election.

Cohen had once claimed that would be willing to “take a bullet” for Trump, but he ended up pleading guilty last year to campaign finance violations, tax evasion, and lying to Congress about Trump’s past business dealings in Russia. Before Congress, Cohen claimed of Trump: “He is a racist. He is a conman. And he is a cheat.”

Michael Cohen testifies in Washington
Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, testifies before the House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2019. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

However, under oath, Cohen had testified before Congress that the president never directed him to lie—an allegation made in a false report published by BuzzFeed News, which alleged that the Mueller team had evidence that Trump had directed Cohen to lie to Congress about his real estate business deal in Moscow. Mueller disputed these claims and confirmed in the report he released last month that the news was indeed false.

“Cohen said that he and the President did not explicitly discuss whether Cohen’s testimony about the Trump Tower Moscow project would be or was false, and the President did not direct him to provide false testimony. Cohen also said he did not tell the President about the specifics of his planned testimony,” Mueller wrote in the report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times

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