Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump, was ordered imprisoned Wednesday for three years for a range of crimes, including ones which helped cover up Trump's "dirty deeds" and put the president in legal peril.
"I take full responsibility for each act that I pled guilty to — the personal ones to me and those involving the president of the United States of America," an emotional Cohen said in federal court in Manhattan.
"It was my own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man that led me to choose a path of darkness over light, Cohen said.
"Time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."
The 52-year-old attorney also was ordered by Judge William Pauley to pay $1.39 million in restitution, $500,000 in forfeiture and $100,000 in fines.
Trump later Wednesday refused to answer reporters when asked about his former personal lawyer.
Cohen's own misdeeds included a range financial crimes, lying to Congress, and playing a key and illegal role in keeping two women quiet about purported affairs with Trump so that tawdry tales did not swing voters to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Pauley called Cohen's crimes "a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct," and said "each of these crimes standing alone warrant considerable punishment."
Cohen told Pauley he lamented his past association with the president, saying he had been in "personal and mental incarceration" working for Trump.