"Time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds," Cohen says of President Trump while pleading to a judge for leniency.
Well, it happened. Finally. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who was briefly the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Hollywood and the rest of the world has been watching this saga unfold on the edge of their seats since Cohen's office was raided last April, and now stars are relishing in sweet justice on Twitter. One of the president's closest confidantes heading to the slammer for crimes including tax violations, lying to a bank, and buying the silence of Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal during the 2016 campaign so they wouldn't talk to the press about their alleged affairs with Trump. In retrospect, what a waste of money, right?
"Will and Grace" star Debra Messing -- one of Trump's most vocal critics in Hollywood -- shouted out the president on Twitter to stress that two felony crimes Cohen copped to were committed, "At YOUR DIRECTION @realDonaldTrump."
Indeed. Cohen even emphasized this when pleading for leniency Wednesday morning in front of U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III in a New York City court room.
"I stand before your honor humbly and painfully aware that we are here today for one reason, because of my actions that I pled guilty to," Cohen said, according to The Washington Post. "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."
"It was my own weakness and a blind loyalty to this man that led me to choose a path of darkness over light," Cohen added. "Time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds."
Daniels didn't revel in Cohen's sentencing, but she did appreciate a shoutout from her attorney, Michael Avenatti, who tweeted, "None of this happens without Stormy Daniels. None of it. No warrants, no indictment, no plea. Check the timeline and check the predictions."
"Thank you, Michael!" she tweeted. Outside the courthouse where Cohen was sentenced, Avenatti told reporters, "“Michael Cohen was sentenced today. Donald Trump is next."
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" producer Andy Lassner seems to agree. "This will be way bigger than Watergate," he tweeted after Cohen's sentencing and added in another tweet, "It’s fun to remember that a felony is a felony no matter how many times Donald Trump, his brainwashed apologists and his bush league attorneys try to redefine that fact."
Zach Braff was among the flood of people reminding Twitter that Cohen once tweeted Hillary Clinton would be going to jail. "When the guy who said you were going to jail gets 3 years," the actor tweeted with a GIF of a young Clinton clapping.
See more reactions from regular Trump haters like both "The Daily Show" and "Late Night with Seth Meyers," plus Patton Oswalt, Michael Schur, Kathy Griffin and Michael Ian Black. We'll update this post as more roll in.
Thank you, Michael! https://t.co/Cs847LWMO5— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) December 11, 2018
Sending a Raquel Welch poster to Michael Cohen.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 12, 2018
Don't worry, Michael, if the last two years are any indication, the next three will only feel like about 30.— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) December 12, 2018
BREAKING: Sean Hannity's lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison. https://t.co/NasjdjSHsh— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) December 12, 2018
Michael Cohen be like pic.twitter.com/UllEUTFFiV— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) December 12, 2018
Paul Manafort: GUILTY— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) December 12, 2018
Michael Cohen: GUILTY
Michael Flynn: GUILTY
George Papadopoulos: GUILTY
Alex van der Zwaan: GUILTY
Rick Gates: GUILTY
Richard Pinedo: GUILTY
I'm no lawyer, but I'd guess the guy who all these criminals did crimes for is probably innocent
When the guy who said you were going to jail gets 3 years. https://t.co/flMwQVZPEV— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 12, 2018
Everyone who falls into Trump’s orbit ends this way: betrayed, broken, destitute, broke, angry, lost, ruined. https://t.co/0kcdfmQK5q— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) December 12, 2018
“I take full responsibility for each act that I pleaded guilty to ...." including those implicating the "President of the United States of America."— andy lassner (@andylassner) December 12, 2018
-Michael Cohen, Personal Attorney to @realDonaldTrump
"Recently the president tweeted a statement calling me weak and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds"— andy lassner (@andylassner) December 12, 2018
-Michael Cohen, Personal Attorney to @realDonaldTrump
This will be way bigger than Watergate.— andy lassner (@andylassner) December 12, 2018
It’s fun to remember that a felony is a felony no matter how many times @realDonaldTrump, his brainwashed apologists and his bush league attorneys try to redefine that fact.— andy lassner (@andylassner) December 12, 2018
Michael Cohen is the Sean Penn character in “Carlito’s Way” without the glorious Jewfro.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 12, 2018
I hate to kick a man when he’s down, but in this case I’ll make an exception: fuck Michael Cohen.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) December 12, 2018
You’re guilty as sin when your full-time fixer gets three years in the pokey. Donald Trump is a mafia boss who’s using the presidency to prevent himself from joining Michael Cohen behind bars. There’s no other way to spin it, but damn it’s going to be fun watching Hannity try.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) December 12, 2018
It’s is very disturbing to know that there is a sizable portion of this country(GOP and Trump followers)who are okay with a criminal being President. He will be gone, but if 20 Republican Senators can open their eyes, minds and hearts, we can expedite his departure.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) December 12, 2018