Michael Cohen to 'State Publicly All he Knows About Mr. Trump' After Getting 3-Year Prison Sentence, Attorney Says

Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, intends to "state publicly all he knows about Mr. Trump," his lawyer revealed Wednesday.

Lawyer Lanny Davis released a statement shortly after Cohen was sentenced in New York to three years in prison for crimes involving campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress. Davis said he will now serve as "communications adviser" to Cohen and that the president's "repeated lies cannot contradict stubborn facts."

"At the appropriate time, after Mr. Mueller completes his investigation and issues his final report, I look forward to assisting Michael to state publicly all he knows about Mr. Trump—and that includes any appropriate Congressional committee interested in the search for truth and the difference between facts and lies," Davis said in the statement.

Cohen pleaded guilty in two separate cases. Special counsel Robert Mueller accused him of lying to Congress, while federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York accused him of the financial crimes.

SDNY prosecutors implicated the president in two felony crimes in a court filing last week that alleged he directed Cohen to commit the campaign finance violations in the form of hush payments. Cohen has admitted in court to buying the silence of Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who claimed they had affairs with Trump, "for the principal purpose of influencing the election."

Before he was sentenced Wednesday, Cohen told Judge William Pauley of his work for Trump, "Blind loyalty to this man led me to choose a path of darkness over light."

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

Federal prosecutors had recommended Cohen receive a "substantial" prison sentence, and Pauley seemed to agree. Davis, however, argued in his statement that his client had "owned up to his mistakes and fully cooperated" and said SDNY prosecutors did not give Cohen enough "credit for cooperation." He classified their judgment as showing a "lack of appropriate proportionalitity."

Cohen is due to start his three-year prison sentence on March 6, 2019. He'll also be forced to pay $500,000 in forfeiture and $1.4 million in restitution.

Democratic Senator Mark Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told Newsweek on Capitol Hill after the sentencing that "there should be sufficient time for us" to bring Cohen before Congress to answer more questions before his prison term starts.

"One of the questions is, What other stories and facts did Cohen lay out to the special prosecutor?" Warner said. "I'm anxious to learn what those are."

Cohen first pleaded guilty in August to eight counts involving campaign finance violations, tax fraud and bank fraud for his involvement in hush payments to Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford) and McDougal, which Cohen and prosecutors said were made "in coordination and at the direction of " then-candidate Trump. He agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

In November, Cohen again pleaded guilty to additional charges of lying to Congress about a Trump real estate deal in Moscow. He admitted to giving false testimony in 2017 to the House and Senate intelligence committees to be "consistent with" Trump's "political messaging and out of loyalty" to him.

Since prosecutors' court filing on Cohen last week, where prosecutors implicated the president in two felony crimes, Democrats have not shied away from calling Trump's actions "impeachable offenses." Despite this, more than half of the 17 Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee—the governing body where articles of impeachment would originate—have been hesitant to call for Trump's impeachment, telling Newsweek it's too early to seriously consider such a drastic measure. They said Democrats should wait until Mueller's report is released to Congress and more investigations are conducted in the House once Democrats take control in the new year.

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Michael Cohen, former personal attorney to President Donald Trump, exits federal court on November 29 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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