After reports that President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is cooperating with Manhattan prosecutors as they investigate whether the Trump Organization falsified business records, former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance said the president could face an “unpleasant sentence” in New York, should he be found to have committed a crime.
NBC News reported that Cohen cut a deal with prosecutors to "provide information about the president's business operation."
Speaking with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Vance said the amount of time Trump could face depends on what prosecutors find, but she also said any amount of time in a New York prison would be “very unpleasant” for the president.
“If they were able to make some sort of a tax charge here, which we don’t know — we don’t know if they have tax records — we could be looking at a lengthy violation for a felony. It’s certainly not a misdemeanor,” Vance said.
“The felony crime is a serious one, it carries a lot of collateral consequences,” she added. “But most significantly is the threat there is jail time involved, and any amount of jail time in the state system in New York would be very unpleasant for the president of the United States.”