We're starting with news that a former lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. Last month, Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. There's an ongoing investigation involving Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential election and Cohen admitted he misled Congress about a proposal to build a Trump property in Russia.
Cohen originally said that discussions about that ended in January of 2016, when they had actually continued through the spring. But that wasn't the only crime that Cohen committed. In August, he pleaded guilty to eight Federal charges in a separate investigation. Those included five counts of tax fraud, one count of lying to a bank and two counts of breaking campaign finance rules. Those last two counts might have involved President Trump because Cohen says Trump directed him to break those rules.
The President says no crime was committed because campaign finance funds weren't used the way prosecutors say they were. The judge who sentenced Cohen says his crimes were, quote "a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct." Cohen said he took full responsibility for his actions and he criticized the President. The lawyer said quote "time and time again, I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds." Earlier this month, President Trump said Cohen lied to get a reduced prison term and should serve a full and complete sentence. Meanwhile, the Special Counsel investigation continues into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Across the Atlantic, the United Kingdom, unease over the Brexit from the European Union hangs in the air.
But for Prime Minister Teresa May, there was some good news that broke last night. She won a confidence vote from her own political party. Here's what that means. Prime Minister May can continue in her job as Britain's leader. The vote tally was 200 to 117 with a majority of conservative party members indicating they do have confidence in Prime Minister May. Before the vote, she said she would not run for re-election in 2022. And as a result of the vote she'll get at least another 12 months before her party could even hold another confidence vote but she still has a difficult job ahead of her.
Britain's parliament has to approve any final deal on Brexit. There's a lot of opposition in parliament to the Brexit Deal that the May administration negotiated with the European Union and the EU says it's not going to renegotiate that deal. So the British leader's still caught between a rock and a hard place. But while one of her rivals called on Prime Minister May to resign, she says she's going to get on with the job of delivering Brexit and building a better future for her country.