Michael Cohen
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Michael Cohen, the former lawyer of US President Donald Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes related to the 2016 presidential campaign.

At the sentencing hearing, Cohen, who once said that he'd "take a bullet" for Trump, blamed the president for his situation, saying that Trump caused him “to choose a path of darkness over light.”

"Recently, the president tweeted a statement calling me weak, and he was correct — but for a much different reason,” Cohen said.

“Time and again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds rather than listen to my own voice," he added. "Today I get my freedom back."

Cohen cried while describing how his family “suffered immeasurably” because he had "let them all down.”

In August, Cohen plead guilty to eight counts of bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance law violations.

Last month, Cohen plead guilty to lying under oath to Congress, as part of a plea bargain Cohen signed with special prosecutor Robert Muller, who is investigating suspicions of Russia's illegal involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

Judge William Pauley III said that Cohen had committed a “veritable smorgasbord of illegal conduct,” and that “as a lawyer, Mr. Cohen should have known better.”

“The magnitude and breadth of his criminal conduct requires general deterrence,” the judge added.