Cohen: My ‘Weakness’ Was ‘Blind Loyalty to Trump’

During his sentencing hearing, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen fired back at the president, who called him a “weak person” two weeks ago on Twitter. “Today is the day that I am getting my freedom back [...],” Cohen began, according to a tweet thread from Courthouse News reporter Adam Klasfeld. “I have been living in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real estate mogul whose business acumen that I deeply admired.” He later responded directly to Trump’s tweet: His weakness, he said, was “a blind loyalty to Donald Trump.” Klasfeld added that Cohen, who appeared to be “tearing up,” also apologized directly to the public. “You deserve to know the truth and lying to you was unjust,” he said. Soon after his comments, Cohen was sentenced to 36 months for a litany of campaign finance violation and tax fraud crimes he pleaded guilty to this August. Prosecutors originally asked for a “substantial” sentence of about four years.