US PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in hush-money payments to women during the 2016 presidential election campaign and lying to Congress.
Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday to three years for his role in payments to the two women and to two months for lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia. The two terms will run concurrently.
It comes after Cohen pleaded guilty to the charge over the payments in August and to making false statements in November.
Cohen was accused of paying $130,000 to porn actress Stormy Daniels and helping to arrange a $150,000 payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to stop the women speaking out about their past relationships with Mr Trump.
However Cohen claimed that Mr Trump directed the payments, implicating the President in a possible campaign finance law violation.
Under Federal law, the contribution of "anything of value" to a campaign must be disclosed, and an individual donation cannot exceed $2,700.