Deputy U.S. Attorney: ‘We are a nation of laws — Mr. Cohen learned that today and it is a very harsh one for him’
Michael Cohen (CBS/screen grab)

Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami spoke moments after President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax and bank fraud.


"First, these are very serious charges and reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over an extended period of time," Khuzami said.

He said that Cohen learned the lesson of justice the hard way.

“We will not fear of prosecuting additional corporation — campaign finance cases," Khuzami continued. "The rule of law applies, and that for law enforcement, all of whom are gathered here, it is our commitment that we will pursue and vindicate the majority of people who live law-abiding lives, who follow honest and fair dealing and live lives of lawful behavior.” [sic]

He added, “The message is that we are here. Prosecutors are here. Law enforcement is here. The Department of Justice is here. The law enforcement agencies here."

He explained that America is a nation of laws and that this case is about justice.

"The essence of this case is about is justice, and that is an equal playing field for all persons in the eyes of the law, and that is a lesson that Mr. Cohen learned today, and it is a very harsh one for him,” he said.

Deputy U.S. Attorney: ‘We are a nation of laws -- Mr. Cohen learned that today and it is a very harsh one for him'

Watch the video below via CNN.