Michael Cohen: ‘I Am Completing My Prison Sentence’

Michael Cohen, the former longtime personal attorney to President Trump, said he has completed his sentence in prison. In a statement, Cohen said he has “pleaded guilty to various criminal charges, admitted wrongdoing, and…

Michael Cohen: 'I Am Completing My Prison Sentence'

Michael Cohen, the former longtime personal attorney to President Trump, said he has completed his sentence in prison.

In a statement, Cohen said he has “pleaded guilty to various criminal charges, admitted wrongdoing, and made painful but necessary disclosures.”

The announcement came after New York’s Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed civil lawsuits against Cohen and an LLC he controls that he said laundered hundreds of millions of dollars for him to funnel into the United States for Trump’s use.

Cohen’s decision on Tuesday to return to New York also came a day after former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was fired by Trump, released a scathing, 13-page rebuttal to his firing last year.

“While I am disappointed that I cannot pursue the opportunity to come home to resume my practice and serve my community, I know that I have always answered lawfully and acted in good faith,” Cohen said in a statement released late Monday.

The New York AG’s actions are related to foreign and domestic political contributions Cohen and his firm, Essential Consultants, are accused of making to lawmakers in the government that may not have passed the threshold for the laws that the AG has enforced.

“After my initial statements, I immediately implemented and enforced systems to ensure compliance and terminated employees with apparent violations,” Cohen said in the statement.

Underwood’s decisions on Tuesday also included filing a lawsuit against Cohen and the organization, Essential Consultants, for failing to register as foreign agents for their work.

Trump has repeatedly denied any knowledge of Cohen’s illegal activities, and he has seized on the investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as a distraction.

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