Lanny Davis: Michael Cohen 'feared for his country and his family' when Trump became president

Lanny Davis, an adviser and former attorney for Michael Cohen, said Sunday that Cohen "underwent a genuine transformation" when Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE became president that led to Cohen admitting to crimes he committed while working for Trump.

Davis, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," said the transformation was sparked because Cohen "feared for his country and his family."

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“Michael Cohen is now taking ownership in his statement to the court of his personal responsibility for his behavior when he worked for Donald Trump," he said.

"Now that he saw Donald Trump as president, he underwent a genuine transformation because he feared for his country and his family when Donald Trump was president," Davis added.

Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, was sentenced last week to three years in prison for a range of crimes he committed while working for Trump.

Those crimes included campaign finance violations stemming from payments he made during Trump's 2016 presidential campaign to women who said they had affairs with Trump. Cohen and federal prosecutors have said that Trump directed Cohen to make those payments.

Davis, who is also an opinion contributor for The Hill, said Sunday that Cohen "took ownership and personal responsibility" for his crimes.

“And he’s going to jail as a consequence," Davis added.